I read Hebrews 8 and Jeremiah 1-5
Some verses that stood out to me; along with brig thoughts.
Hebrews 8:1 (NKJV) “Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
Hebrews 8:12 (NKJV) “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
This is the main point, the writer says, we have Jesus. We have Jesus as our personal High Priest in the heavenlies, who has offered Himself on the cross, and because He ever lives, continues to minister on our behalf…every day. This better covenant with better promises – promises to wash away my sins so thoroughly, that God will remember them no more. WOW!
Hebrews 8:13 (NKJV)
13 In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
The Hebrews were going back to Judaism. Why would anyone go back to the law and religion? Why would they leave Jesus thinking that He is insufficient?
O Lord, that I would never go back, that I would never, ever leave You!
Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV)
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
God ordained beforehand the what, and where, and to whom for the life of Jeremiah. He’s done the same for us!
Do not be afraid, God would say, over and over again, “for I am with you.”
Jeremiah 2:13 (NKJV)
13 “For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Which means they would die of thirst! Suffer from dehydration. Dehydration makes us delirious.
Judah would have appearances of revival, but they did not return nationally, with her whole heart (Jeremiah 3:10).
Jeremiah 3:15 (NKJV)
15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
A promise and a prayer. O Lord, that we would have Your heart; that we would feed the flock Your Word…faithfully.
Over and over again God invites His people to return to Him; He would pardon and receive.
Jeremiah 4:14 (NKJV)
14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?
So much of our mannerisms begins in the mind. O Lord, please weed out all wickedness! Please help us to set our minds on You.
Jeremiah 4:22 (NKJV)
22 “For My people are foolish, they have not known Me. They are silly children, and they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.”
Many people know how to connect the dots of evil, but Lord, how do we apply Your Word for good? Please show me.
Jeremiah 5:25 (NKJV)
25 Your iniquities have turned these things away, and your sins have withheld good from you.
O Lord, please help me, make me strong and set apart from sin. Not to sound selfish, but the last thing I want is for You to withhold good things from me, my family, and the flock.
Jeremiah 5:30–31 (NKJV)
30 “An astonishing and horrible thing Has been committed in the land: 31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?”
What a horrible thing, that we continue to see, even today. Prophets and priest speaking their own word by their own power…and to think that the people love it. What will they do in the end? O Lord, may I speak Your Word with Your power, please Lord!