“The time is coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers
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 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 will be my people.
No longer will a man teach his neighbor,
or a man his brother, saying, ‘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.”
A covenant is a formal agreement between two parties that creates a relationship between them, often founded on promises or mutual obligations. The “old covenant” is also referred to as the Sinaitic covenant, made at Mount Sinai and explained by God to Moses. The old covenant involved the Ten Commandments and the laws governing idols, servants, personal injuries, property, social responsibility, justice and mercy, Sabbath, and festivals. (See Exodus 19-24)
What are the promises that are part of the new covenant referenced in this passage?
I will put my law _______ ____________ _________________.
I will write my law _______ _____________ ________________.
I will be _______________ ____________.
They will be ________ __________________.
They will all ______________ ________.
I will ___________________ _____________ _______________________.
I will remember their ____________ _____ _________.
Which one of these promises feels most meaningful to you in the season you are in right now? Why?
Try to place yourself at this time before Jesus Christ had come and before God’s plan had been fully revealed. What would these promises have meant at that time?
Father in heaven, thank you for the promises of your presence and forgiveness. Thank you that these promises have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. It is so hard to imagine a world that doesn’t know about your forgiveness and mercy through Christ. But, Lord, I pray that you would embolden me to live more fully in your forgiveness and to live out your purposes. I know sometimes I act as if your new covenant was never announced, as if I am earning my way to you through compliance with the ten commandments. Help me to breathe in your grace and live in your presence.
Go A Little Deeper:
Review Exodus 19:3-24:18 for a description of the “old covenant.”