Daily Devotion on Jeremiah 31:31-34
Text: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Contracts are binding agreements. Once you enter into a contract, you are bound to abide by its rules.
God established a contract, or covenant, with the people of Israel. Read through all the laws that God gave to the Israelites at Mt. Sinai sometime. There are a lot!
This was a two-sided covenant. God told the people that if they obeyed his laws and kept their side of the covenant, then he would be their God and they would be his people. But if they did not obey, then he would punish them and leave them.
The Israelites didn’t fare so well with this covenant. Actually, they failed miserably, just as all of us sinners do with keeping the laws of God.
As Jeremiah was on the scene in the midst of the downfall of Jerusalem (a punishment from God for their sins), he proclaimed to the people that the LORD is still a faithful and gracious God. He would establish a new covenant with the people.
This new covenant would be a one-sided contract. The only one doing anything would be God. He would be forgiving sins, saving his people from death, and creating in them a new spirit that would know and obey his laws.
Give thanks to God for his grace and mercy in Jesus our Savior! By his Son he has saved us from sure and eternal punishment. By his Son he has established a new covenant of forgiveness and salvation. Thanks be to God!
Prayer: Lord God, I know that I fall short of your every command and decree. Yet in your grace, you have established a new covenant by the blood of Jesus, your only Son. Lead me to live in peace and joy of the forgiveness that only you can give. Amen.
Posted on March 19, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged Church, Contract, Covenant, Daily Devotions, Forgiveness, Jeremiah, Jeremiah 31, Joy, Peace, School. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.