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A New Covenant with God

8God finds fault with them when he says: “The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah; 9not like the covenant that I made with their ancestors, on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; for they did not continue in my covenant, and so I had no concern for them, says the Lord. 10This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 11And they shall not teach one another or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. 12For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” 13In speaking of “a new covenant,” he has made the first one obsolete. And what is obsolete and growing old will soon disappear. (Hebrews 8:8-13, NRSV)

I always have an issue with this verse and the fact we still do Sunday School. We teach about God, but this passage says that they shall not teach on another, for we will all know.

So does that mean that the new covenant has not been established yet?

And how many of us really know the Lord? If we did know the Lord would we be doing things for our own interests or would we be living as Jesus taught us?

 

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Thanksgiving for Help

1I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
3He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.
4Happy are those who make the Lord their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods.
5You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted.
6Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.
7Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me.
8I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
9I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord.
10I have not hidden your saving help within my heart, I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.
11Do not, O Lord, withhold your mercy from me; let your steadfast love and your faithfulness keep me safe forever.
12For evils have encompassed me without number; my iniquities have overtaken me, until I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails me.
13Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me.
14Let all those be put to shame and confusion who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire my hurt.
15Let those be appalled because of their shame who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”
16But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
17As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God.
(Psalm 40, NRSV)

As for me I am poor and needy!

And as I wait for the Lord my cries are heard and the Lord delivers me.

Happy is the one who trusts in the promises of the Lord for the Lord is good and His love will endure through anything we face.

The Lord will not let us down. The Lord hears our cries and sees our anguish and comes to our aid.

Trust in the Lord and live in His life!

 

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The LORD is Righteous

1I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.
2Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
3The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
4Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, save my life!”
5Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.
6The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.
7Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
(Psalm 116:1-7, NRSV)

Do you love the Lord?

If you do, why do you love the Lord?

This psalmist says they love the Lord because the Lord heard them cry when they were close to death and were encamped all around by enemies and the Lord heard them and saved them.

That is actually where all of us were. Death was knocking and we were sinking down in our sin and God reached in and pulled us out. Not because we were or are worthy but because God made us. The Lord loves us and will not let us fall.

Trust in the promise and love the Lord!

 

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Overcome Evil with Good

14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:14-21, NRSV)

Do not seek revenge, and do not repay evil with evil. Instead, feed your hungry enemies and if they are thirsty give them something to drink, be kind to them for in doing this you will confuse them and they will not know what to do.

Revenge belongs to God and God’s wrath is worse than anything you could come up with, so love everyone, weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who are joyful.

Overcome evil with good.

Be good to everyone, and let God take care of the rest.

 

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Trust God, Not Rulers

1 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul! 
2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God all my life long.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
in mortals, in whom there is no help. 
4 When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
on that very day their plans perish.
5 Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God, 
6 who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever; 
7 who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
(Psalm 146:1-7, NRSV)

The Lord is the only one to trust. God will never let you down.

That is why we should praise the Lord with all of our life!

 

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Faithful or Wicked

45“Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their allowance of food at the proper time? 46Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. 47Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. 48But if that wicked slave says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ 49and he begins to beat his fellow slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know. 51He will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24:45-51, NRSV)

Have you ever been in a position of power or being in control? How did you handle it?

Were you a boss that told everyone what to do while you sat back and watched from the sideline and yelled at people when they messed it up? Or were you a leader and a person who worked alongside the others and did your fair share of the work?

It is not for us to lord our control over others. We need to serve at all times and know that by serving we are doing what Christ has called us to do.

 

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The Day of the Lord is Near

6Wail, for the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty! 7Therefore all hands will be feeble, and every human heart will melt, 8and they will be dismayed. Pangs and agony will seize them; they will be in anguish like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at one another; their faces will be aflame. 9See, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the earth a desolation, and to destroy its sinners from it. 10For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising, and the moon will not shed its light. (Isaiah 13:6-10, NRSV)

The day of the Lord is not going to be a pleasant day. There will be judgment and no one will be comforted until it is over.

Hands will be feeble and unable to do anything and hearts will melt, not like a good melt, like my heart melts every time I see you. A bad melt like the opening of the Ark of the Covenant on Raiders of the Lost Ark kind of melt…

It is not a day we want to happen, but we need to know that we will make it through because we are covered by the blood of the lamb. We are set apart and will endure. Doesn’t mean there won’t be judgment or anguish, but we will survive.

So help others know the love God has for them so that they might be set apart with us.

 

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