A New Covenant
March 19, 2012 § 2 Comments
Many times I hear people saying the Old Testament contains such harsh literature of God’s judgment and punishment. Jeremiah is one of those prophetic books that is sometimes labeled as not such a “happy” book. And there are good reasons indeed why this prophet is called the “weeping prophet.” Jeremiah is not afraid to lament sin, to call for repentance, and to state the necessity of judgment for broken promises. But what many people somehow miss is that, although the reality of sin with its consequences of death is real, the bigger reality is God’s amazing capacity to forgive and to yet again bring new hope for the future. Jeremiah 31:31-34 is one of the most beautiful illustrations of how God decided to “forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more” (31:34) and to “make a new covenant” that “will not be like the covenant” when “they broke my covenant” (31:31-32). That is still the comfort that you and I receive from the Lord today, put in our minds and written on our hearts (31:33). He brings hope into our lives today with His promise of a new covenant and future.