Today’s Hebrews passage finishes with these few words from the last sentence of Jeremiah 31:34.
God promises us this gift through the gift of Christ who has died once for our sins. Who appeals for us before God for His mercy and forgiveness for the sins we commit which make God grieve for each of us and be angry that we have not followed His guide, the Holy Spirit..
We would otherwise be subject to God’s wrath for our offences against Him.
Looking at the Ezekiel passage today and over most of this week we can clearly see what exciting God’s wrath would mean. What great tribulation would be ours should we live historically on the other side of the Cross. No body who sins is spared. Each person must pay their own price for behaviour that turns our backs on God.
God is so angry with Israel that He is not able to hear them!
This verse from Jeremiah begins;
No longer will they teach their neighbour,
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.
Hebrews reminds us that Jesus has gone to sit at the right hand of God and wait for the time when His enemies are made a footstool for Him. (v14)
Collossians 3:12-14 provides us with a way to live before God in response to this great gift of forgiveness as we witness and work before the time that Jesus returns.
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
A prayer – Lord and Father, in the light of the gift of Christ and your Holy Spirit, guide and strengthen me to live my life before You, striving to meet Your standards and seeking Your forgiveness when I fail to do so in any way. I ask these things in name of my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.