March 31, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 38



Monte Holland

This is the thirty-eighth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or 

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 37

Today’s photographs feature two locations. The cross casting a shadow is located at the head of the St. Georges River, Thomaston, Maine, on the property where Henry Knox built his summer home, Montpelier, in 1795.

     The second cross is seen from the distance on the road to East Lamoine State Park and East Lamoine Beach in East Lamoine, Maine. To view click on:

     Today is Maundy Thursday— we remember the Last Supper, the betrayal of Jesus, and anticipate the Good Friday remembrance. We are closing in on Easter and its whole new picture of Jesus and a renewed hope for our lives. Today we look at Jeremiah’s image of God’s renewed people.

Images of the moral life- Jeremiah 33:31-34

The New Agreement with Israel and Judah:

 31The LORD said:

   The time will surely come when I will make a new agreement with the people of Israel and Judah. 32It will be different from the agreement I made with their ancestors when I led them out of Egypt. Although I was their God, they broke that agreement.

    33Here is the new agreement that I, the LORD, will make with the people of Israel:

   “I will write my laws

   on their hearts and minds.

   I will be their God,

   and they will be my people.

    34“No longer will they have to teach one another to obey me. I, the LORD, promise that all of them will obey me, ordinary people and rulers alike. I will forgive their sins and forget the evil things they have done.”

     Jeremiah offers us two indications for the Godly, moral life:

     a. God will write God’s laws on the people’s hearts and minds.

     b. A time will come when all people will obey God.

     The first indication leads to a life that acknowledges God and God’s calling on our lives.

The second indication is clearly unfulfilled in this world full of evil. Yet we are assured that as the laws of God are written on hearts and minds, that day is getting closer.

     What does it mean to have God’s laws written on our hearts and minds?

     It indicates that we have a moral compass. We know down deep what action God expects of us in any situation. We have a conscience. We have “heart pangs” when we follow the wrong course. Ultimately, by committing to seeking out the Godly, moral life, we put ourselves on track to feel bad when we stray away from it. God put the laws on our hearts and minds so that we will not stray without some pain and remorse. And that is good for all of us.

Exercise: Learn the essence of Jeremiah 31:33 God is making a new agreement with God’s people—God will write His laws on their hearts and minds, God will be their God, and they will be God’s people. In the Old Testament the people of Israel and Judah are mentioned. Today, after Jesus has come, we understand this promise to be for all who choose God.

Continue on to the next lesson on A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: 39 by clicking on:A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 39 Good Friday


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