I Will Make a New Covenant with You

““This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach. It is not kept in heaven, so distant that you must ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven and bring it down so we can hear it and obey?’ It is not kept beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear it and obey?’ No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it” (Deuteronomy 30:11–14, NLT).

Sometimes we tend to make things too hard and complicated for ourselves when God already took care of everything. Even our ability to seek God comes from a desire to know Him that comes from the Spirit of God dwelling in is. “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13, NLT).

After the Passover deliverance from Egypt Moses led the people of Israel to Mount Sinai. Moses went up to the top of the mountain and received from God the first two tablets of the Ten Commandments (Exo. 32:15-16). When Moses came down and saw the people worshipping the golden calf, he broke the two tablets with the Ten Commandments. After Moses interceded for the Israelites God changed His mind and told Moses to bring two new tablets so that God could write the Ten Words again on the tablets provided by Moses.

“Then the LORD told Moses, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones. I will write on them the same words that were on the tablets you smashed” (Exodus 34:1, NLT). God did not ask Moses to write on the new stone tablets, he was only to prepare two new fresh and blank stone tablets so that God could rewrite His words.

I think that the same applies to us, instead of having to prepare two stone tablets we can go up to the mountain, spend time in the presence of God and allow the Holy Spirit to write in our hearts the words that we need each day. All we must do is to offer our hearts afresh every day without the limitations and conditionings of yesterday. In the book of Jeremiah God makes the promise of making a new covenant with His people. This time He is writing His Word on the tablets of our hearts. This is not something we can do, it is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, but like Moses had to bring two new tablets, we must offer our hearts to be the tablets for this New Covenant.

““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” (Jeremiah 31:33, NLT).

Psalm 40:6-7
2 Corinthians 3:15-16
Romans 12:1-2
Jeremiah 24:7; 32:40
Ezekiel 11:19-20; 36:26-27
Hebrews 10:16-17