Written On Their Hearts

In your reading yesterday you caught a glimpse of the new covenant in Jeremiah 31:31-34- the high point of Jeremiah’s prophecies. In those verses God reveals His heart for His people Israel. And there He makes three primary declarations about His new covenant with them:
1. He will put His law in His people’s minds. His law will be internal rather than external. Rather than on stones, He will write His law on their hearts so that it impacts their very lives from within. God’s new covenant would give His people the inner ability to obey His standards of righteousness and thereby enjoy His blessings. The prophet Ezekiel explains that this would result from God’s gift of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the believers (Ezekiel 36:24-32). So, under the new covenant, God the Holy Spirit would actually dwell within each believer (see Joel 2:28-32).
2. He said, I “will be their God, and they shall be my people.” That simply continues the relationship with them that He had already established. In other words, the new covenant wasn’t meant to replace the old, but to fulfill it.
3. He will forgive His people’s sins. Because Israel had sinned, they received God’s curse. But as a part of the new covenant, God will “forgive and forget.” How can a holy God ignore sin? He can’t. But it’s not that the sin is overlooked, it’s that it is paid for by a Substitute… whom we know to be Jesus Christ.

As He shared a final meal with His disciples, Jesus took the cup and invited them to drink from it, saying, “This is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” The cup represents the blood of Jesus, which in turn represents His atoning gift, His poured-out life, His substitutionary death.
As you read Matthew 26:17-30, thank God in prayer for His commitment to you through the new covenant, and for the atoning death of Christ which made it all possible for you to enjoy eternal life with Him.

God has made an unshakable, unbreakable covenant with his people. What commitments have you made with Him?
Compose a list of life goals you want to accomplish in God’s power- goals for spiritual disciplines, witnessing, Bible study, teaching, whatever they may be.
Remember, God deserves no less than your best. After all, that’s what He gave you.

Tolerance and Idolatry

Today’s Passage: Jeremiah 1-3

Key Focus: 1; 2:13-19

When I study the Prophets I usually think of these passages as warnings that are applicable to us in the present. God always sent a prophet or messenger to His people when they were being disobedient. Are we being disobediant today?

In this passage Jeremiah was called to announce Judah’s condemnation. They were about to be given over to the Babylonians for being “Indifferent” and for their “Idolatrous” ways. I’m sure that many of you took a science course in your life at one time or another. Remember when the teacher poured water on a pile of sand? What happened? Right! The sand began to crumble. It was a study in weathering and erosion. Weathering is the process of breaking down rock. Erosion is the carrying away of these particles. These are a great lesson in the Christian walk. When we look at something that we know dishonors God it begins to weather our hearts and eventually it begins to erode and we are carried away. In other words, we become tolerant. Ever hear this word being used today? I think people have weathered and eroded hearts as I see bumper stickers that read “COEXIST” using different religious symbols. In the news you hear of “hate crimes” against different religions. Or, people that say “How dare they push Christianity on us!”
This passage can even be applied to our personal lives. How are we tolerant in our relationships? Our business practices? Although erosion is slow and we can ignore it for a while, we can’t escape its destructive power. Here in Texas, every homeowner MUST water the foundation. Especially during the hot summer months. If ignored the foundation will crack and slide and cause more damage to the rest of the house. A simple regular watering prevents this from happening.
Jeremiah’s warning to Judah was simply this; Get ready for Judgement (Chapt. 1), Remember where you came from (Chapt. 2), and Return to the Lord (Chapt. 3)
Are you toying with defection or defilement in your Christian life, confident that God’s patience will last? Then hear what God says by reading the penetrating reminder in Exodus 34:6-7.

To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you’re overdoing it.

For more reading onĀ  Jeremiah

Tolerance and Idolatry

Today’s Passage: Jeremiah 1-3

Key Focus: 1; 2:13-19

When I study the Prophets I usually think of these passages as warnings that are applicable to us in the present. God always sent a prophet or messenger to His people when they were being disobedient. Are we being disobediant today?

In this passage Jeremiah was called to announce Judah’s condemnation. They were about to be given over to the Babylonians for being “Indifferent” and for their “Idolatrous” ways. I’m sure that many of you took a science course in your life at one time or another. Remember when the teacher poured water on a pile of sand? What happened? Right! The sand began to crumble. It was a study in weathering and erosion. Weathering is the process of breaking down rock. Erosion is the carrying away of these particles. These are a great lesson in the Christian walk. When we look at something that we know dishonors God it begins to weather our hearts and eventually it begins to erode and we are carried away. In other words, we become tolerant. Ever hear this word being used today? I think people have weathered and eroded hearts as I see bumper stickers that read “COEXIST” using different religious symbols. In the news you hear of “hate crimes” against different religions. Or, people that say “How dare they push Christianity on us!”
This passage can even be applied to our personal lives. How are we tolerant in our relationships? Our business practices? Although erosion is slow and we can ignore it for a while, we can’t escape its destructive power. Here in Texas, every homeowner MUST water the foundation. Especially during the hot summer months. If ignored the foundation will crack and slide and cause more damage to the rest of the house. A simple regular watering prevents this from happening.
Jeremiah’s warning to Judah was simply this; Get ready for Judgement (Chapt. 1), Remember where you came from (Chapt. 2), and Return to the Lord (Chapt. 3)
Are you toying with defection or defilement in your Christian life, confident that God’s patience will last? Then hear what God says by reading the penetrating reminder in Exodus 34:6-7.

To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you’re overdoing it.

For more reading on  Jeremiah