Sunday School Perspective
by Minnie Malone Cook
Written On The Heart
The study of the lesson is in the book of Jeremiah Chapter 31: Verses 27-34 and it offers study about the new covenant of Jeremiah that offers encouragement because God uses a new technique.
Key Verse: “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33, KJV: This scripture emphasizes that the new covenant endeavors to changes character encouraging obedience to God and love.
The lesson topic for Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 is “Written on the Heart” and this lesson emphasizes internal realization of love from the heart.
The objective for students and readers is to understand and appreciate love that comes from the heart.
A New Covenant (Jeremiah) 31:27-28)
The lesson unfolds with God endeavoring to offer a new covenant to Israel and Judah stressing obedience and heartfelt joyful love. “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD.” (Verses 27-28)
Individual Accountability (Jeremiah) 31:29-30)
It is significant in these verses that God’s new attempt would put to rest the idea that He was bringing judgment on them because of the sins of their ancestors. The plan is to restore the nation with fruitfulness, increase in population and agricultural growth. Each individual would be accountable for their own actions. The old covenant was inscribed on stone tablets. Salvation is gift of God that offers responsibility and accountability. “In those days they shall say no more, the fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. But everyone shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.” (Verse 29-30)
New Covenant Difference (Jeremiah) 31:31-34)
It is significant in these verses that the new covenant is an internal change and can easily be violated because of the condition of their hearts. God’s remedy was to put His Law in their hearts and in their minds; therefore, individual heartfelt changes will have to be made with assistance through the Holy Spirit. Jeremiah stated two imperative results of the new covenant. (1) The center of attention must be on widespread teaching of facts about Jesus Christ and (2) God promised to forgive the sins of his people. We must study and open our hearts to God’s truth. “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: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Verse 31-34)
PRAISE THE LORD.