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!
* Faithful God, please teach us today of Your faithfulness.
“Therefore I brought upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they did not.”
God remembers His covenant!
Back in the book of Deuteronomy chapters 28 and 29 we read Moses’ words, telling the people of God’s covenant with them.
Blessing for obedience. Curse for disobedience.
“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, …”
“But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, …”
Here in Jeremiah we find ourselves in the midst of the curse. God’s punishment on His people for their disobedience (the fulfilling of the covenant).
God clearly gives blessing to obedience and punishes disobedience.
But we are broken. We are disobedient from conception (Romans chapter 5).
So what are we to do?
God asks the question in this passage,
“Can even sacrificial flesh avert your doom?”
This passage speaks of a lamb. In Israel’s understanding, lambs were used for atoning sacrifice at altar of God.
“But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter.”
At the front of all that this means, it points us to Jesus!
We read in Isaiah 53,
“… like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,”
He is the COVENANT KEEPER, both sides. God and Man.
He is the 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 You made with us through the Messiah, You the Son.
And thank You that You keep our side of the covenant for us, through Jesus. God become flesh.
Thank You Lord!