Passion Translation, Hebrews 8:10: “For here is the covenant I will one day establish with the people of Israel: I will embed my laws within their thoughts, and fasten them onto their hearts. I will be their loyal God and they will be My loyal people”.
The verse ends with, “…and they will be My loyal people”.
Now this is where I want you to listen to God’s heart. His desire, that we will be His that’s the first part. He wants us won over and have our hearts turned towards Him and accept the gift of salvation that Christ offers. He wants to adopt us as His children. He wants us. “They will be My loyal people”, He says.
God also wants us to be loyal to Him. Now, how do we learn loyalty? Is it a pre-requisite to His loyalty that we have to be loyal for Him to be loyal? The short answer is no. For His word says even when we are faithless, He remains faithful (see 2 Timothy 2:13). Also see how the verse is written? He said He will be our loyal God even before we are His loyal people. If we had to be loyal first, it would have been written the other way around. Another way to say it is, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”, Romans 5:8. God does not wait for us to be loyal before He is loyal. He is already committed to us. So in turn we must commit to Him.
Since God is so committed to us and He has already said that He will embed His laws within our thoughts and inscribe them onto our hearts, it means that as we remain committed to Him even when things are not looking good; as we continue to allow Him to work in us, He embeds within us the ability to remain loyal to Him.
He teaches us His ways that it is not by strength nor by might but by His Spirit that things are accomplished (see Zechariah 4:6). He teaches us that when we are weak that is when He is strong so we are to lean on His strength (see 2 Corinthians 12:9). He writes His word onto our hearts so that we learn how to be more like Him and where we are weak to lean on Him and trust Him. That way He teaches us to sleep through the storm just like Jesus did. To walk on the waters that rage against us. He teaches us His ways when we remain loyal to Him. It takes time.
He wants us to be a people who trust Him, a steadfast immovable people who have faith in the infallible God who never sleeps nor slumbers but faithfully watches over us, (see Psalm 121:4). This verse, though I have drawn it out a little, talks to us about God’s heart towards us. His desire to be one with us. His desire to live with us, to teach us, train us, build in us and downright just love us and be good to us.
Imagine this if you will, this is God standing at one point in time looking at you and I in this time we are living in now and marvelling at the beauty of the new covenant because the intimacy He seeks with Israel, He cannot have it at that moment until Jesus has come and the new covenant is established.
God is timeless. He is omnipresent. When God spoke the words of that verse, He was already standing here in this moment with us, rejoicing at the finished work of His Son Jesus. There is an excitement as God is speaking those words because even though the words were spoken before Jesus came, He could already see you and I today, full of His Spirit and yielding to His inscribing hand.
That is part of the reason why the Bible says that for the joy set before Him, Jesus endured the cross despising its shame (see Hebrews 12:2). Part of that joy is you and I being in a position whereby we can have relationship with the Father. It is the peace we have with God through the new covenant. It is salvation for our souls. God longed for the day, where He could have the relationship He is building with us today.
I pray that we continue to honour Him with our lives and continue to yield to His hand as He faithfully inscribes on our hearts. Let us be reminded that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (see Hebrews 10:17). We need to meditate on His word that it may be embedded in our thoughts. It is like listening to a new song, the first time you hear it you may catch a line or two but the more you listen to it, over and over again you begin to know more lyrics. The same is true with the word of God. Reading a verse once, it may go in but as you read it over and over again, learning it, listening to God speak to you through it, it becomes etched in your spirit. May we yield to the process of inscription by the Holy Spirit.
He who began a good work in us, is faithful to complete it.
Love you all.
Have a blessed Easter weekend.