Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet. He stood alone against the people of Judah. The destruction of Jerusalem was so absolute that I’ve heard some teachers liken it to the fire bombing of Dresden. Not one stone left on top of another.
However in the midst of all this destruction a glimmer of light shines through. We read this in 31:31-34:
31 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
32 It will not be like the covenant
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they broke my covenant,
though I was a husband to[d] them,”
declares the Lord.
33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people 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.
34 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘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.”
There is coming a time when a new covenant would be made between God and His people and all people on earth. It would be a spiritual kingdom, one that is in our hearts and not on tablets of stone. When Jesus came and lived a perfect life, died for us, was resurrected and then ascended this promise was fulfilled.
Are you still hanging on to the old ineffective things of this world? Are you trying to live a live by the rules instead of by grace. Put your trust in Jesus the author of that New Covenant and see how your life changes. His promised was kept and it’s for you today.
Father God please help us to cling to your New Covenant today. Not the old of the past. May we trust you for the future and for eternity. We pray these things in the promise keeping name of Jesus, amen.