Father, even with the detestable ways Your people sinned; so much so that You compared them to an adulterous, unfaithful wife; You promised them restoration.
You made a way of atonement for them. Not as we might see the restoration of an individual from one day to the next, but as a people, Your people.
You are so much more long-sighted than we humans are. We can barely see to the next day, but You look throughout eternity and see things from a different perspective.
Paul saw this new covenant. What You gave Your people in the wilderness was a shadow of what was to come. You showed them how to approach You in the Tabernacle – only through the earthly High Priest who was born into the line of Aaron, and who offered blood sacrifices. What Paul saw, and what I have as a believer, is a new High Priest! You!
With a shadow, something real has to cast that shadow. Moving toward the light, you see the shadow first. The old covenant was but a shadow. The something real, is when You became the High Priest as You walked the earth as the Lord Jesus Christ, and made atonement for my sin with Your perfect blood sacrifice!
Paul quotes Jeremiah, saying “The days are coming…when I will make a new covenant…I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people.”
It hasn’t happened for all of Israel yet, but it has happened for me!
Thank You Father, that I am in You, and that I have You in me! Thank You for putting Your law in my mind – for bringing Your Word to me – for placing me in a country and at a time when I can read and study Your Word freely and openly. Thank You that I was born to parents who worshipped You and gave me that example, worshipping and serving You.
Thank You Father, that You are in heaven now, on Your throne – in the true Tabernacle. A day will come when You return to earth in all Your glory. That is the light we are moving toward.
I long for the day when I will see You face to face. When every knee will bow and all will know that You are Lord. And I will praise You forever! Amen