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The Faithful Covenant God of Jeremiah (10)

December 11th, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: Jeremiah 33:14-16

” ‘The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will fulfill the gracious promise I made to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.

” ‘In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land.

In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.’ (NIV)

Ultimately Israel’s hope was not in the return of the exiles, the replanting of the crops and rebuilding of the houses – it is in the righteous Branch, Jesus Christ – the descendant of David who becomes our righteousness. That’s a big subject in itself.

It is at the heart of the “who” question. He is our righteousness.

We are back to where we started: who is this Jesus Christ? Who is the God who reveals himself in Jesus Christ?

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The Faithful Covenant God of Jeremiah (9)

December 10th, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: Jeremiah 32: 9 – 17

so I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel and weighed out for him seventeen shekels of silver. I signed and sealed the deed, had it witnessed, and weighed out the silver on the scales. I took the deed of purchase—the sealed copy containing the terms and conditions, as well as the unsealed copy- and I gave this deed to Baruch son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel and of the witnesses who had signed the deed and of all the Jews sitting in the courtyard of the guard.

“In their presence I gave Baruch these instructions: ‘This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Take these documents, both the sealed and unsealed copies of the deed of purchase, and put them in a clay jar so they will last a long time. For this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.’

“After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah, I prayed to the LORD :

“Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. (NIV)

Jeremiah actually gave a symbol of hope. Before the exile he will buy a field. This will symbolized that eventually they will come back to the land.

At the end of the abyss there is hope that they will return. Just as Jesus entered the abyss of our suffering, he was restored in the resurrection and this becomes our hope. Just as we have died in him, we have been raised and ascended in him into newness of life and thus we can wait for our full redemption .

Jeremiah’s purchase was like a guarantee for a full restoration to the land. So we have a guarantee in the deposit of the Holy Spirit which gives us a firstfruits of the resurrected life which we fully receive at his coming.

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The Faithful Covenant God of Jeremiah (8)

December 9th, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: Jeremiah 31: 31-34

“The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.

It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them, ” declares the LORD.

“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.” (NIV)

God is the source of covenant. The whole initiative in this new covenant comes from God. He takes responsibility for the relationship.

Jesus announced this new covenant during the Passover before he was crucified. In fact Jesus made himself the focus. They were to remember what he had done for them.

This is the covenant made through his broken body and his shed blood on the cross.

God has done the impossible – he has reconciled us when we were still sinners, so that we can be free to enter in Christ into this totally undeserving new relationship with God.

Jeremiah was pointing forward to God’s faithfulness in spite of our unfaithfulness.

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