Chosen and Dearly Loved

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What does it mean for the law to be written on hearts and minds rather than on stones?

Pray: 

Lord, thank You for the new covenant. Thank You for the blood shed on the cross to make this covenant of love possible!

Read: 

Jeremiah 31:27-40

Reflect: 

What does it mean for God to write the law on hearts?

God's judgment had meant that nothing could go right for his people, but now a new day had dawned (28,29). The God who decreed all the physical laws of creation (35) chose to make a new covenant (31), calling, loving, and blessing sinful people. Everything would change. The written word would no longer remain on stone or parchment but would be engraved on hearts and minds (33). This covenant would transform the relationship that broken people could have with their righteous God: the greatest to the least would know him for themselves (34).

But has the Old Testament taught us nothing? What about Leviticus, Uzzah, and the ark (2 Samuel 6:6,7) or the barrier of the temple curtain (Exod. 26:33)? How could a holy God choose to bless wicked people (34)?

How could a perfect God accept an imperfect people without betraying justice? The mystery was not made clear to Jeremiah's hearers, and they must have felt the tension of the apparent contradiction. Their actions and lifestyles, no matter how repentant, could not justify the living God restoring them so graciously or being on their side.

Apply: 

God is for you. Journal about what this means to you. Identify lies you have believed that are contrary.

Pray: 

God, You are good and gracious, full of tender mercy and willing to forgive. You desire to bless those You love.

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