Advent 2019 December 5

He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance. (Hebrews 9:15)

In today’s “Consider Jesus” Advent Devotional by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, we are reminded of keeping covenants and obedience.

The devotion begins with the story of the Israelites  in two groups, standing before Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim, after they had entered the Promised Land (Joshua 8).  As previously directed by Moses (Deut. 28), the Levitical Priests read from the Law and the people would shout, “AMEN!” Amen means, “truly.”  It is a word of agreement.  The priest read, from the law, that those who are not obedient to the God, would be cursed.  Again, the people shouted, “Amen.”  Even after agreeing, the Israelites failed to obey.  Over and over, they broke the covenant with God.

How many times are we guilty of not keeping our end of a promise?  Each year I think, “I am not going to do so much for the holidays.”  And while I have cut WAY back on my decorating and busyness, I still get caught up in other aspects of the season.  I have to consider other promises I may be breaking.  This is an impactful quote from today’s devotional:

We, too, are covenant breakers. And though we tend to think that we’re not so bad, that God will surely negotiate terms with us, bearing in mind the specifics of our situation, that’s not what the Bible tells us.

God does not change His position on there being consequences to breaking His covenant; however, He has sent a Perfect Substitute, in Jesus, to fulfill the law, that we have no hope of fulfilling.

As Christmas approaches, we can praise God for Jesus being the, “mediator of a new covenant.”  Even though we are guilty of being covenant breakers, He is our Promise of an everlasting relationship with God.

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