The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says 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. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
Food For Thought:
My favorite line in this passage of Scripture is, “I will be their God and they shall be my people.” That is the wonderful promise made by God―that we are his people. I have always liked that phrase, “my people.” I use it quite often in my vernacular. “Those are my people.” What do you think it means to be God’s people? When I think of my people, they are the group of friends that will be there for me no matter what. They have seen the best of me and they have seen the worst of me, and they still love me all the same.
God of suffering and glory, in Jesus Christ you reveal the way of life through the path of obedience. Inscribe your law in our hearts, that in life we may not stray from you, but may be your people. Amen.