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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Out With the Old and In With the New (Jeremiah 31:33)

 "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 shall be my people."

In this well-known passage God establishes the truth that He is going to make a new covenant. The writer of Hebrews makes it clear that God finds fault with the Old Covenant (Hebrews 8:8). What are these faults?
  • Its mediator is imperfect
  • Its sacrifice is incomplete
  • Its altar is earthly
  • It couldn't make dead men alive (Galatians 3:20)
The Old Covenant merely exposes man's sin. It provides no lasting means to remove it.

The writer of Hebrews describes the superiority of the New Covenant:
  • It has a better sanctuary, a better priest, a better offering that brings about a better result founded on better promises.
  • It is perfectly designed to do what the Old Covenant cannot; it makes dead men alive and gives them the perfect righteousness of God Himself.
Whereas the Old Covenant condemned, the New Covenant redeems. The gospel of grace wins over our hearts because it is more piercing in exposing our sin but it is infinitely more gracious in removing it completely. "For I will forgive their iniquities and I will remember their sins no more" (Jeremiah 31:34b).

Question for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Jeremiah 30, 31; Ezekiel 26
  • Why does the Lord tell Jeremiah to record all of His words in a book?
  • What does God promise will happen to Judah and Israel in the future?
  • How does God describe His love for Israel?
  • What does God call the people of Israel who will return and dwell in the land?
  • What effect does God's discipline have upon the people?What does this tell you about discipline?
  • Describe God's goal in discipline in Hebrews 12:5-11.
  • What had this word from God done for Jeremiah? (verse 26)
  • What are the terms contained in the new covenant?
  • How does the Lord describe or compare the certainty of His promises?
  • Why does God promise to judge Tyre and by what means? What does God promise regarding the future of Tyre?
  • What does this tell you about God?
Turning truth into prayer
Praise the Lord for His promises of restoration. Thank the Lord for the New Covenant. Thank Him that Jesus Christ is the better sanctuary, high priest, and sacrifice.