Comments on Verses from Prophets

Jeremiah 31:31 “‘Behold, the days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was there husband, declares the LORD.’”

Jeremiah knows about the first covenant because he lived his entire life under its sway. He learns of a new covenant from God, but his knowledge is limited. He knows it will be different than the one he knows. He knows it won’t be written on stone but on hearts. He knows that its end result will be to eliminate the remembrance of sin and iniquity. The first covenant did not eliminate those but brought them back to memory each and every year. Under the first covenant, sin was not put to death.

Jesus nailed the old covenant to His cross. He became the mediator of the new covenant. The Law of Moses ended with the establishment of the kingdom on the day of Pentecost. Today, all men live under the new covenant. Some still follow the Old Covenant, but they follow a dead law that never could save them completely. The only way to heaven is through Jesus, and the only covenant is the new one that God promised through Jeremiah.

Task for Today: If you have been observing the Ten Commandments or any part of the Old Law as a means of pleasing God, stop today, now. Jesus abolished that entire system of former covenants and brought with Him as God’s new Moses a completely different covenant. According to Romans, going through baptism puts you to death to sin (or the law). You then are made alive to Christ and His new covenant. God ‘will forgive your iniquity and remember your sin no more.’

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