2019-4-12

Exodus 24:1-18

In Exodus 24, we got an idea of the reason Paul said that the advantage in being a Jew – they have been entrusted with the very words of God (Romans 3:1-2).
On Mount Sinai, the words of God were entrusted in the form of covenant with the Israelites.
How marvelous! The cloud, the consuming fire, the glory of the Lord.

What did the people say about the words of God?
The Israelites promised that they would obey (Exodus 24:3b).
Therefore the first covenant was put into effect with blood: “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.” (Exodus 24:8a)

What happened then, to the pride of the Jews, this first covenant?
With the course of the history, we learned that it was broken – there was no fault found in this previous covenant, which is holy; the fault was actually found on the men.
Men’s promise failed, and they did not remain faithful to the covenant, which caused them misery.
That’s why in Jeremiah 31:31-34, through the prophet, the Lord said that the he would establish another one, that the words of God would be entrusted in the minds and hearts of His people, and He would restore and renew.

How was the ‘new covenant’ been delivered and put into effect?
As matter of fact, we were all reminded on the past Sunday in the Communion – “This cup is the new covenant in my blood;” (1 Corinthians 11:25b).
Through the blood of Jesus, our sin is pardoned and we are received in this new covenant and His kingdom.

Lord, thank you for being faithful and merciful even when men was not.
Please help us to remain in you and your words, so that we might find the peace and joy in following you. Amen!            —- Ivy Lin

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