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January 7, 2016

BEHOLD THE DAYS COME

by Leslie John

“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD” (Jeremiah 31:31-32)

Inside of this bigger picture of reconciling man to himself comes the Davidic Covenant and God’s promise of restoring the kingdom of Israel. The “House of Israel” and the “House of Judah” will be united and Jesus will reign as king over them. In spite of the children of Israel committing sin and were unfaithful to God, He will love them, and promised them that He will have mercy upon them because they are His people and they shall say “Thou art my God” (Hosea 2:23). God is angry over them because they broke his covenant even though he took them by hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt and considered himself as an husband to them. He is asking them to come back to him.

“Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion”: (Jeremiah 3:14)

If they do not repent and still stand as obstinate as they stood while Jesus was on this earth, God will make them to fall on their knees and cry for help. God will surely answer their prayers and unite the “House of Israel” and the “House of Judah” That will be the fulfillment of the new covenant in respect of the children of Israel.

Apostle Paul referred to the relationship of God and Israel in Romans 9:25-26 (“Osee” is a form of writing of the word Hosea in Hebrew)

“As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God”. (Romans 9:25-26)

But is that all the Bible about? No, God was dealing with them to show to you and me the way we were unfaithful but when we confessed our sins to him he has washed our sins away. Restoring the kingdom was not the only purpose that Jesus came into this world. No doubt, he came seeking the lost sheep of Israel, but he came to die for you and me. Jesus asked us to remember his death for our sake. He rose form the dead on the third day and after forty days he ascended into heaven. He will come back soon. Jesus came into this world to save you and me. Jesus asked us to remember his death for our sake. He rose form the dead on the third day and after forty days he ascended into heaven. He will come back soon.

Don’t be misguided that the “New Covenant” is for Jews only…Some Christians misinterpret that it is not as we read in Matthew 26:28 Mark 14:24 Luke 22:20 1Corinthians 11:25…

“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:26-28)

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