Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
“This is the covenant that I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws on their hearts and I will inscribe them on their minds,” then he says, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no longer.” Hebrews 10. 16-17
The author of the book of Hebrews writes to Jews converted to Christ who are thinking of returning to the practice of the old law. The purpose of his writing is to demonstrate how Christ is superior to the old law in every way. That being the case, they needed to continue to serve Christ and follow him. Our verses today are a quote from Jeremiah 31.33-34 referring to the future and what was to come. Under the old law sacrifices for sin had to be made each year. It was a reminder that the sacrifice of bulls and goats could not take away sin, Hebrews 10.4-5. Then God sent Jesus to earth in the body of a human. Jesus came to do the will of God and be the sacrifice that would bring forgiveness for our sins. If we obey God, that forgiveness is ours to have. We can have direct contact with God through Jesus and we do not have to go through another person. God’s law is no longer written on stone tablets. It is written in the Bible where we can read it and make it a part of our lives. With Jesus’ death on the cross, we can have forgiveness and not just a reminder. If I am forgiven, then I do not have to worry about those sins any more. God does not remember them. I stand clean in his presence not because of what I have done. Jesus paid the price for me!