“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” - Jeremiah 31:33-34
God’s law needs to be put in our minds and hearts; that’s one of the many lessons in this passage. It led me to look up Deuteronomy 6:9 in the NIV Bible which states, “Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
We bought our house from the estate of Alvin Fink, of the Fink’s Jewelry Store chain. We’ve had no luck finding hidden diamonds! We did, however, find a treasure that we chose to keep. A mezuzah is affixed to our doorframe, and we chose to keep it to honor a past era, a religion different from ours, and – so we hear – from a very nice man. It’s comforting, though, to realize that we don’t need that physical reminder to prove that God’s law is always with us; we know it is in our hearts.
We know God’s law in our hearts and what He expects of us, but can we always do it? We all have good intentions, but if you are like me, you fail over and over. That’s where the end of this passage comes in:
“For I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more.” It is sometimes hard for us to forgive – and even harder to forget – the sins of others. God, however, has promised us that He will. Keep that promise in your heart! Amen!