SUMMARY: New deal
OVERVIEW: Despite Israel’s disobedience, God establishes a new covenant with his people proving that he will always be Israel’s God and they will always be his people.
BIG IDEA: God offers his followers a new heart and a fresh start.
KEY VERSE: Jeremiah 31:33 (God to Jeremiah)
“But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I want you to know me as your father, one you can always turn to. I want you to know me as a shepherd, one who protects his flock and pursues any who stray. I bring the lost home. I gather loved ones so family members can dance and sing and shout. I heal and mend relationships. And I am calling you to be in a direct relationship with me. I don’t want to know you through someone else. I want to walk with you and hear from you.
I am making myself available to you. When you confess your sin, I forgive it and no longer think about it. I have placed my law on your heart and mind as a sign of my love and presence. Christ brings you healing and wholeness, and he secures our relationship. Stop striving to do everything right. You do not have to prove your love. Rest in our relationship. When you fail, I will forgive you, but walk with me and let me show you how to live.
Do you struggle with guilt or regret from your past? Confess any sin and thank God that he forgives you and chooses not to remember your sin again. If the sins from your past come to mind, quote the second half of verse 34 and thank God he forgives you.