How Do You Know God?

For Lent 5B OT Lesson

Jeremiah 31:31-34  Read it here at Oremus Bible Browser

This passage of Scripture is most known for v.33, I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they will be my people.  It was a powerful word of encouragement and promise to Israel, and it comes as both to us today as well.

But, v.34 should also get some attention too.  Jeremiah prophesied that No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

The promise of knowing God must have warmed their hearts, captured their imagination, solidified their resolve, and increased their patience.  Even as a people who had taken their own way repeatedly and sinned, God still wanted to know them–from the least to the greatest.

What a great blessing we have before us as well, one enriched even more with accessibility on this side of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.  Does reading and hearing this still capture your imagination?  Warm your heart? In what way do you best “know” God?

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