In our passage, God extends a new covenant to a whole people, the divided house of Judah and Israel. These words were spoken in the time of the Babylon captivity, and were most welcomed words, for the people felt abandoned by God. But this new covenant lies in the future, coming to full fruition, as we Christians believe, with the birth of Jesus. At that time, God would “put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
In this new covenant, God promises to be our God forever, despite all the rebellions and breaking of the covenant relationship on our part. On Good Friday, we see the lengths to which God went to keep this covenant intact. Our God is truly an amazing God.
Lord, thank you for your steadfast love and faith to each of us through all generations. Amen. — JB