Scripture of the Week: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Lesson: There was a young boy named Jeremiah who could hear the words of the Lord. God had chosen Jeremiah to speak to his people for Him before Jeremiah was even born. Jeremiah really didn't want to do this because he was only a kid and he didn't think he would know the right things to say. The Lord told him not to be afraid and touched him on his mouth. This gave Jeremiah the power to speak the words of the Lord. This all took place a long time before the birth of Jesus,
One day the Lord told Jeremiah that a day would come when he would make a new covenant (which means promise) to his people because they had not done what he had asked of them. God promised the people of Israel that he would always take care of them as long as they followed his laws and were faithful to only Him. God kept his promise and freed the Jewish people from the Egyptians, but the people were not faithful to God and did not continue following the laws he had given them to live by.
God told Jeremiah that the new covenant he would be making would be different because the people would be different. The Lord told Jeremiah that when he was ready to make this new promise the people would realize who their Lord was and believe in only him. They would all know the Lord because he would write his laws in their hearts, just like he had put his own words inside Jeremiah's mouth. Then the people would know what it meant to be a good person and God promised to always forgive their sins, even though they made bad choices sometimes. He was telling Jeremiah that he loves us so much that he would be giving his people another chance to learn right from wrong and one day everything would be ok. He was really talking about the birth, life, and death of Jesus, but of course Jeremiah didn't understand that at the time. It might be a good idea to go back and read some of our earlier lessons to remind us how important it is to make God proud of us and love him with all your heart, mind, and soul. God gave us a second chance so lets make sure we thank him for that every single day. Amen