ADVENT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT—DAY 21
Jeremiah 31:33-34 “This is the covenant I will make with the house 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.
No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying ‘Know the LORD,’
Because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD.
“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Jeremiah was the prophet who witnessed first-hand the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by the Babylonians, who also took the descendants of King David into an exile from which the monarchy would never be restored in its past earthly form. It is no wonder that Jeremiah could see the need for a new covenant. But he also saw clearly that this new covenant would not be based on commandments that were directed to external observance. There would be a new law written on people’s hearts.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you that at his Last Supper Jesus inaugurated a new covenant, and undergirded it with a new way of relating to You. Although we used to know You We Judge, through Jesus we now know you as Father; although we used to hide behind empty religion, we can now come before Your presence through his sacrifice; although before our only motivations do act righteously were fear and a sense of obligation, we are now motivated by a joyful desire to please You. Thank you, in the name of Him whose death made this new covenant possible. Amen.