As we said yesterday, the Word of the Lord is to first be considered literally and contextually. God does what He does to make Himself known. History is best understood to be His-story. To ignore what He did or said thousands of years ago will lead to misunderstanding what He is doing today.
The issue of God’s covenants with Israel while profound is also simple.
Consider a ladder. One side is “Grace” and the other is “Mercy.” Each rung is a covenant between God and His people, starting with the covenant with Abraham and ending with the New Covenant promised through Jeremiah. Each successive rung/covenant brings the people higher (closer) into God grace and mercy.
PRAY THAT ISRAEL WILL RECOGNIZE AND ACCEPT GOD’S PROMISE OF THE NEW COVENANT.
Psalm 111: 1-5
Praise the Lord!
I will praise the Lord with my whole heart,
In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.
The works of the Lord are great,
Studied by all who have pleasure in them.
His work is honorable and glorious,
And His righteousness endures forever.
He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
“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— not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 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. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”