Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A NEW COVENANT

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 31

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First century family life is depicted by the actors in Nazareth Village as they attempt to recreate life as it was in ancient times. Today’s reading contains the statement, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel.” Jesus lived here in Nazareth from His childhood until He was 30 years old.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Jeremiah 31:31, 33

Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah…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 in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

 

Jeremiah 31 was written as an encouragement to God’s people who had been forcibly removed from Jerusalem and relocated in Babylon. The prophet reminds them of God’s promise to their father, Abraham, that in his seed all families would be blessed. Statements such as, “I have loved you with an everlasting love,” and “Again I will build you,” may have been the inspiration for Daniel’s prayer offered through his open window in Babylon, three times every day (Daniel 6:10-11).

Jeremiah 31:15-17 is a prophecy fulfilled in Bethlehem (Ramah) when Herod’s soldiers killed the babies two years old and under (Matthew 2:16-23).

One cannot miss the word “covenant” repeated four times in today’s reading (Jeremiah 31:31-34).  A “covenant” is the most binding agreement that can be made between two parties. These words constitute a legal document registered in God’s unchanging Word for time and eternity. This New Covenant (or “Testament” as in Last Will and Testament) was executed by God, Himself, and sealed with the Blood of the eternal Sacrifice of the Messiah as He died on the Cross (Hebrews 7:22 – 8:13). How wonderful it is that this New Covenant is written on our hearts, not just on tablets of stone!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God of Jeremiah and Daniel, I ask that I will gain a new understanding of the New Covenant written on my heart, and may I learn to pray powerful pivotal prayers for the fulfillment of Your Word as did Daniel. “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth” (Psalm 86:11a). I pray this in the Name of the One who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6a). Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

John G. Lake, an influential Christian leader in the early 20th century, observed, “There is a mighty lot of difference between saying prayers and praying.” Whether one is a brand new believer in Jesus or a seasoned follower of His, when life’s storms hit us hard, we need God’s help. Take some extra time in prayer right now for that need that’s heavy on your heart…or perhaps it’s for a loved one.

Yours for knowing God hears and answers prayer,

David

The former president of Iraq (ancient Babylon), Saddam Hussein, was in the process of rebuilding the city of Babylon when the allied armies led by the U.S.A. invaded, occupied, and stopped the restoration project. This part of the wall is known as “The Ishtar Gate.”

10 thoughts on “Wednesday, February 7, 2018

  1. Yes, we serve You with gladness, Lord. We come before You, with joyful singing. We worship You, oh Adonai! And in prayer and with all supplication, we bring our requests before You, God, on bended knee. Deep in our faith, we cry out to You, for all our needs. For it is in You, that we place our trust. Wishing all saints a blessed day–stay safe in the snow.

    Know that the LORD Himself is God;
    It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
    We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
    Psalm 100 NASB

    You are My All in All – JESUS lamb of GOD – worthy is your name – with lyrics
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVn1BEAWqcc

  2. A lot of flu going around. My sister and I are both feeling wretched. We had flu shots & took care but this is awful. Dr put me on Tamiflu as a preventative measure (13 people passed away in January & the first few days of February in the nursing home). Lord help us. Release Your Healing Spirit in the home & the attached nursery school. Thank You.

  3. Amen fellow saints. Lord we lift up Doreen today for your healing touch and we remember Edward as well. We are being hit by another snowstorm along with many others.

  4. Today’s scripture so powerful and encouraging. Lord thank you for the New Covenant; and for giving me a New Heart. What a wonderful Lord we serve. Bless His Holy Name!!

    Thank you Reynold for the special photos and thank you Ron and Ann for posting them, and this daily manna!!

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