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August 11 - Morning

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they broke my covenant,
though I was a husband to them,”
declares the Lord.

“This is the covenant I will make with the people 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 they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘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 31:31-34

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The Promise of the New Covenant    

In this portion of his book Jeremiah offers comfort for the forsaken people of Israel. In Jeremiah 29:11 Jeremiah spoke of the “plans I have for you” that included God’s “plans to prosper you and … plans to give you hope and a future.” This portion of Jeremiah’s writing is correctly referred to as the book of comfort for a people who know all too well that the cycle of “blessing-complacency-oppression-repentance-restoration” has been repeated throughout history and will continue in the future. Something drastic must to be done to interrupt this cycle and place the people in a secure position. As the writer of Hebrews says,

“If there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people.”Hebrews 8:7-8

The promise of a new covenant found within the Old Covenant indicated that something was wrong!
Jeremiah, the prophet, addressed this issue and gave the people comfort when he foretold them of a New Covenant. Jeremiah had reminded his listeners of the terms of the Old Covenant in Jeremiah 7:23. Then in Jeremiah 24-26 the problem is explained: evil hearts and stiff necks. God found fault not with the Old Covenant, but with the people.

In Jeremiah 11:1-8 in the year 622 BC Jeremiah tried to call the people back to their covenant. Jeremiah then watched in 621 BC as Josiah tried to force the people in a revival back to the covenant. Josiah knew God. Jeremiah knew God. But, the people did not. A relationship with
God and an obedient heart cannot be forced!

So, now Jeremiah 31:31, in the year 587 BC, after thirty-five years of watching the Old Covenant fail, Jeremiah is promised a New Covenant by the Lord.

Promise Number One: I will put my laws in their minds.”

The New Covenant will not depend on memorization as in Deuteronomy 6:6-9. The people planned on being obedient (Ex.24:7). The problem was not the law but the weak flesh and sin nature as in Romans 8:3

Ezekiel had already spoken in a similar fashion in the year 592 BC when he says in Ezekiel 11:17-20:

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered and I will give you back the land of Israel again… I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”

Promise Number Two:They will all know me.”

This was a matter of personal experience. In Judges 2:10 the generation that came into the land produced a generation that did not know the Lord. In Hosea 4:1, 6 there was no knowledge of God in the land and disaster was coming. This promise includes every member of the society knowing God. This puts God on a one to one relationship with everyone. No one will be hearing about God second handed.

Promise Number Three: I will remember their sins no more.”

“Remember” in Hebrew means more than to mentally recall something. It means to follow that recall with action either good or bad. God remembers sins and punishes them or He remembers good deeds and rewards them. Even in Exodus 34:6-10 God is merciful and forgiving.

There is positional sanctification. But, temporal sanctification is also needed.

Jesus spoke of his death and his blood being the blood that secured this New Covenant:

After the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’ ” – Luke 22:20

Hebrews 9-10 identify three things that result from Christ’s sacrifice:

  1. Cleanse our conscience (9:14)
  2. We may approach God since we have been made holy (10:10)
  3. We have become a people made perfect (10:14)

Hebrews 8 identifies these three things as the fulfillment of the promises of the New Covenant:

  1. Laws on our hearts (new nature, cleansed conscience) 8:10
  2. They will all know me (personal relationship, approach God) 8:11
  3. Remember sins no more (delivered from sin, made holy or set apart) 8:12
  Christian Quote from Church History
"Beat on that thick cloud of unknowing with the sharp arrow of longing and never stop loving, no matter what comes your way.”
– written by an unknown English monk in the 1300’s
in a book called
“The Cloud of Unknowing”
(read the book here or here; selected quotes here or here)
Something to Ponder??

Pope Leo the Great

• Roman Bishop in 440 and often called the first pope

• Asserted the primacy of the Roman bishop against the claims of the political capital, Constantinople.

• His Christological (nature of Christ) teaching was adopted by the Church at council of Chalcedon in 451.

• He negotiated with Attila the Hun for the removal of his barbarians from Italy in 452

• He clarified the doctrine of the primacy of the bishop of Rome, i.e., that the Roman bishop held the same position as Peter, which was one of authority over all the other bishops. This established the basis for the papacy.

• Dealing with doctrinal conflicts and barbaric invasions, Leo proved to be a great leader in difficult times.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Ka’as (Hb) - provoke (Eng) - The Hebrew word ka’as means “to provoke” and “to make angry”. 
refers to intense anger and the use of ka’as implies there will be consequences.

Deuteronomy 4:25 - " doing what is evil in the sight of the Lord your God,
so as to provoke him to anger..."

2 Kings 23:19 -  "Josiah removed all the shrines also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which kings of Israel had made, provoking the Lord to anger."


The Murashu Archive consists of 730 cuneiform tablets from 455 BC and 403 BC. (HERE and HERE) The tablets are documents from a family of bankers in Nippur (60 miles SE of Babylon) These documents mention the Keber Canal several times just like Ezekiel does (Ezekiel. 1:1). These records also mention many Hebrew names of wealthy Jewish men involved in business contacts by 455-403 BC (Details of Murashu Family HERE.). Ezekiel was among this group of people used by Nebuchadnezzar to resettle and repopulate Nippur after his father Nabopolasar had destroyed the city. (Details HERE)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will not neglect the great advantages and the great salvation I have in the New Covenant.
I will experience the relationship I have with the Lord.
I will walk in righteousness and serve the Lord with power.
  "He who puts up security for another will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to strike hands in pledge is safe."
- Proverbs 11:15
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
1 Kings 17 Daniel 12 (535 BC) Jeremiah 14-15
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