God is the author of our religion. It is not up to us to pick and choose our beliefs and practices. We are to be guided by God’s covenant with us and by His covenant promises. He has told us what is good!
God remembers His covenant!
Back in Deuteronomy 28, 29 we read Moses’ words, telling the people of God’s covenant with them.
Blessings for obedience. Curses for disobedience.
From the Deuteronomy passage:
“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, …” ==> BLESSING.
“But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statues that I command you today, …” ==> CURSE.
So here in this passage from Jeremiah we are right in the midst of the curses, of God’s punishment on His people for their disobedience!
“Therefore I brought upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they did not.”
God clearly commands obedience and punishes disobedience.
But we are broken, without ability to obey from even conception (Romans 5).
What are we then to do?
God asks the question in v15, “Can even sacrificial flesh avert your doom?” This was aimed at the people in their sin, pointing out the folly of their _false_ religion, their empty offerings.
But in Jesus (v19 points to Him!, “But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter.”) we have a TRUE sacrifice, flesh that DID avert our doom!
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* Faithful God,
Thank You for Your covenant.
Thank You that You keep and have kept Your side of the covenant.
Thank You that in Jesus, because we have no hope of worth, You keep our side of the covenant for us.