“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 their husband, declares the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”— Jeremiah 31:31–34
I highlighted in bold the topic for today’s devotion in the scripture. Go ahead read it again. It’s found in the first sentence. The phrase is “new covenant”. Did you know that the word “new covenant” is only used one time in the old testament? Jeremiah wrote the word, ברית חדשה “berit hadashah” in Jeremiah 31 which means new covenant. Jeremiah tells us in verses 33 that this will be the new covenant where God will lay his law within our human bodies and He will write the law on our hearts. This sounds uniquely different. Weren’t the the laws given to Moses suppose to lay in the arc of the covenant in a special place in the tabernacle or later the temple? Now it’s suppose to lay within our heart. Interesting, huh?
What is even more interesting is that Jesus himself never actually stated that he would one day live with in us. Instead he told his disciples, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you.” John 14:15-17.
And then later John the apostle, who was there that night with Jesus during the Passover meal, states that this same spirit of truth, was revealed to him. God lives within him now. He said, “The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.” 1 John 3:24, NIV:
God keeps his promises. This same spirit of truth that Jesus promised on his last night on earth, lives in us today. We only have to believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, creator of heaven and earth, son of God, the messiah. The same prophecy that Jeremiah foretold in the 600’s BC exist today. He was describing the new covenant and explains that one day God will live with in our hearts and our bodies. He no longer needs a tent. He no longer need a priest. He no longer needs a temple to be present with us. Thank you Lord. Thank you precious Jesus.