We continue with our series looking at” the Promise Keeping God” this time looking at the promised New covenant to be eventually found in Jesus.
At an unspecified time in the future God would make with the now divided Kingdoms of Israel and Judah – “a new covenant.” The old covenant, delivered to Moses and the people from Mount Sinai, with its 10 Commandments and hundreds of secondary laws (Exodus 20- 31) was simply not working, despite a recent revival under the leadership of young King Josiah (2 Chronicles 34 – 35); and so instead of patching it up, it needed to be replaced with something new and radically different.
What we have here is the ANNOUNCEMENT of the new covenant which Jeremiah looked forward to in faith, and of which God declared that it would be an:-
1 – Internal Covenant (v 33.)
The old Mosaic covenant had been externally written on tablets of stone (Exodus 31 v 18) that were then read to a people whose hearts were not inclined towards obedience and who regularly broke the covenant (Jeremiah 11 v 10.)
But the new covenant would be internally implanted in the minds and written on the hearts of the people, providing them with the resources and incentives to do good and to live in a way that pleased God (Psalms 37 v 31 & 40 v 8, 2 Corinthians 3 v 3.)
Challenge – How inclined is your heart towards godly obedience?
2 – Intimate Covenant (v 34.)
Under the old Mosaic covenant the people preferred to relate to God on a second hand basis through Moses (Exodus 20 v 19) rather than have God speak to them or deal with them directly.
But under the new covenant people would know and relate to the Lord on a firsthand and personal basis rather than through an intermediary (Jeremiah 9 v 24 & John 1 v 12.) They would experience the blessing of forgiven sin as God remembered their wickedness no more.
Challenge – How up close and personal is your relationship to God?
But who will be the faithful bringer of this “New covenant?” and how will it be implemented? All will be revealed over the next two weeks as we look at what Isaiah, and then Ezekiel have to tell us about the covenant! So don’t go away and keep your eye on this space!!
Theme: “An inside job!”
Reading: Jeremiah 31 v 31 – 34
Preacher: Chris Hughes
Led by: Nathan Gordon