THE LAW ON THE TABLET OF HEART
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
Jeremiah 31 : 23-39
“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” -Jeremiah 31: 33
It was always the Loving God who initiated the covenant with his fallen creation – ourselves - to save us from eternal death. It had to be initiated by God, since the parties involved in these covenants are not of the same standing- man being a mere creation of God, does not have the right to dictate/ negotiate the terms with His Creator. Because of His love towards them, God didn’t want His creation to be lost in eternity and those who obeyed these covenants were given the hope of eternal life, which is what man requires ultimately. But at large mankind always followed the evil ways emanating from his heart, broke all the covenants and sinned continuously as seen in the lives of the people of Israel.
During the time of Noah, the Bible says “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5). This generation was wiped out from the face of earth by the great flood caused by the wrath of God, except the righteous Noah and his family. Even after the flood, in Genesis 8:21 we see the affirmation by God that “the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth.” So we see that all the covenants and law given to people at various times were not able to transform the evil nature of the human heart, though there are exceptions of many righteous ones. The law given by Moses, talked about loving God with a sincere heart (And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might - Deuteronomy 6:5) was inscribed on stone tablets – as Apostle Paul says- but not on the fleshy tablets of heart.
The constant breaking of the covenants and God’s reprimanding for it continued thousands of years until Jesus Christ came to the scene—the Mediator of a new covenant through His death that redeems men from the transgressions of the old covenant (Heb.9:15). To make it possible to write the laws (that was given to Moses on the stone tablets) on the fleshy hearts of men, God had to purchase us from the bondage of sin by paying the price of sin that was death, paid in full by Jesus Christ through His death on the cross of Calvary. His blood cleanses us our hearts- even our conscience (Heb.9:14) so that God can write His laws on our hearts!
Now we who have accepted Christ’s death as the punishment for our sins can look forward to a similar home coming and restoration that Jeremiah promises to Judah in today’s reading. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men,
and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with
them, and be their God
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