They Will All Know Me

51dc821be4b097e4d38392b0“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.”   This is what the Lord says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the Lord Almighty is his name:   “Only if these decrees vanish from my sight,” declares the Lord , “will Israel ever cease being a nation before me.”   This is what the Lord says: “Only if the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth below be searched out will I reject all the descendants of Israel because of all they have done,” declares the Lord . – Jeremiah 31:33-37

Ahhh what a refreshing passage.  This is the God I am familiar with from my pursuit through the bible so far.  A God who will “put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”  God has certainly made an impression on my heart.  He has in fact channeled my heart toward Him, and continues to do so day by day as I explore new reaches of the bible with this blog.

The word picture here is amazing and wonderful.  He will be such a part of His 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.”  God is describing a time when His people will know Him so well that the people will exude Him from their pores like sweat.  This path to forgiveness and intimacy will come about because of God’s forgiveness rather than some new found passion or skill within the people.  God says: “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.

God is the one to settle the matter.  God does require that the people repent and return to Him, but the hard work will fall on Him.  The one who “appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar” will accomplish this reconciliation.

The passage ends with a part that I confess I am still a little confused about.  God says “Only if these decrees vanish from my sight,” declares the Lord , “will Israel ever cease being a nation before me…Only if the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth below be searched out will I reject all the descendants of Israel because of all they have done”.  I have read this part several times and the only way it makes sense to me is if God is engaging in hyperbole.  I am reminded of the Psalm 103:8-12.

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. – Psalm 103: 8-12

God is saying that as “descendants of Israel”, we are all His treasured possessions and in the end nothing can separate us from Him.  No ocean is too wide or mountain too tall.  He will find us if we are willing to be found.  That is a reassuring truth to be sure.

Prayer: God it is amazing to know that You will find us no matter what obstacles we think separate us from You.

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