July 11, 2018: SOAP #3142: Isaiah 8-10; Hebrews 8
Scripture: Hebrews (NIV) 8:6 But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises. 7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. 8 But God found fault with the people and said: “The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 9 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord. 10 This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 11 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” 13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and ageing, will soon disappear.
Observation: The greatest novel ever written is the progression of God’s work down through history. The environment, the temptation, the crisis, the plan, the first stage to solve the crisis, the characters, both villains and the heroes, the drama, the victory. It is all there. And it is reality. It is truth. No fiction here! At times it is written as prophecy and other times as history.
Application: As I consider the progression of God’s plan in history, I know that God has a progression for my life. My life is not static, but fluid. It is flowing through days, weeks, months, years.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, I trust you to direct the flow of my life. You know what is ahead and how to prepare me for the future. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!