What is your normal response when you hear the words, “have I got a deal for you”? Do you immediately walk away? Disconnect the phone? Do you cautiously listen?
Jeremiah was given a difficult responsibility. It was a depressing time for Judah. They were on the verge of being destroyed and taken captive. God told Jeremiah to go the people and remind them, “have I got a deal for you.” Israel was a skeptical bunch, but God wanted them to have a truth to hold on to while they were in exile.
Jeremiah 31:31-37 is in the middle of God’s promises for Israel’s future comfort. Part of God’s promise includes the restoration of Israel as a nation. With this restoration will come the establishment of a new relationship between God and His people, Israel. This new relationship will include 1) a new beginning, 2) a new covenant, and 3) a new city. The following verses describe God’s new covenant with Israel.
“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
Thus says the Lord,?Who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar (The Lord of hosts is His name):
“If those ordinances depart from before Me, says the Lord,?Then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.”
Thus says the Lord:?“If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath,?I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, says the Lord” (Jer. 31:31-37).
What will God’s new covenant with Israel be like?
1. Verse 33, Indwelling of the Holy Spirit. God’s new covenant will give Israel the inner ability to obey His righteous standards and enjoy His blessings.
2. Verse 34, Death of Jesus Christ. God’s new covenant makes provision for canceling the penalty of sin required from man through a once-for-all-time sacrificial Substitute.
3. Verses 35-37, Promise of the Father. God’s new covenant will forever preserve Israel as a nation.
One day, in the Millennium, Israel will be part of the complete fulfillment of this new covenant. Then Israel, as a nation, will acknowledge her sin and turn to the Messiah for forgiveness.
What about us? Do we get in on this new covenant? As God’s Church, we enjoy today some of the benefits of God’s new covenant with Israel because of our union with Jesus Christ. We are blessed—declared righteous because of Jesus Christ; being transformed in holiness because of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and eternally adopted heirs because of the Father. We are blessed!
*Blessed Lord, You have invited us to know You. You have redeemed all who are willing to accept Jesus Christ’s salvation. You have poured out Your Spirit to indwell us. You have made us partakers in a vast spiritual inheritance. We are blessed and sometimes we need to be reminded of these blessings so that we might thank and praise You, the Blesser.