Tag: tablets of the heart
Scripture reading for August 12th: Jeremiah 30-33
Out of all the gloom and doom of Jeremiah’s messages come words of hope and a glorious future! Their God would not abandon His people forever, but would have pity on them. He would be their God and they would be His people. (Jeremiah 31:1-2) Those who survived the siege would find favor in the desert and God would come to them.
“The Lord appeared to us in the past saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt, O Virgin Israel. Again you will take up your tambourines and dance with the joyful.” (Jeremiah 31:3-4) God’s love is not fickle. His love is everlasting and His tender mercies draw His people back to find comfort and hope. God would build them again in their land and restore their joy.
Now God promises restoration and a gathering of His people from the lands where they were scattered. This writing of Jeremiah mirrors Isaiah 35 where the redeemed of the Lord come back with singing to Zion. “Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness instead of sorrow. I will satisfy the priests with abundance and my people will be filled with My bounty,” declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 31:13-14)
“The time is coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. . . ” “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be My people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31, 33-34) This new covenant promised writing of the law on hearts and minds instead of on stone. It promised personal relationship with God for each person. Best of all it promised forgiveness of sins and a blotting out of any memory of those by God. Restoration would be something new and better! Praise the Lord.