Study (Sh). The prophecy of the New Testament. By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.

Week 70 shares with us : The Prophecy of the New Covenant.

Once Nebuchadnezzar crushed the rebellion of Jehoiakim in 597 . C. [1 ] the first deportation to Babylon occurs . At that time they were exiled by the prophet Ezekiel ( Ezekiel 1.1, 2 Kings 24.10) and the prophet Daniel (Daniel 1.1, 2 Kings 24.14 , 2 Chronicles 36.10 ) .

As we saw in the post " The siege of Jerusalem 588-586 BC " [2 ] Jeremiah and Ezekiel were contemporaries , prophesying the first in the city and the second from the captivity Chebar ( near modern Tel Aviv).

The deportation to Babylon plunged into deep sorrow to the Jews, both those who remained in the country as exiles .
The Lord , in His mercy , gave a word of encouragement and hope to his people :

16 Thus says the Lord :
"Restrain your tears , the tears from your eyes,
because your work will be rewarded :
your children become the enemy country
Declares the LORD.
17 hope your future is envisioned :
your children will return to their homeland , says the Lord. Jeremiah 31.16 - 17 NIV .

Meanwhile received this prophecy in Ezekiel Chebar :

When reporting my holiness among you, the nations will know that I am the Lord. Declares the Sovereign LORD . 24 For I will take you from the nations , gather you from all the nations and bring you into your own land. NIV Ezekiel 36.23-24 .

This began to be conducted from the decree of Cyrus (Ezra 1.1 - 5 ) in 539 BC But there is something very important to The Lord promises to his people:

25 I will sprinkle clean water, and be purified. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and idolatrías.26 will give you a new heart and put a new spirit will take the heart of stone out , and give you a heart of flesh . 27 I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to follow my decrees and obey my laws . 28 They will live in the land I gave to their ancestors , and you will be my people and I will be their God . Ezekiel 36.25 - 28 NIV .

25 I will sprinkle clean water, and be purified. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and idolatry . He's obviously talking about the cleansing that Christ does in the heart of the believer.

Remove them ... that heart of stone out , and give you a heart of flesh . Only the Lord can transform the heart of man that wants to understand and live according to His Word .

27 I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to follow my decrees and obey my laws . It is understood that this is the baptism of the Holy Spirit that serves all who accept Jesus as their personal savior. That would require a new , other than that the Jews had a pact .

They needed something new because it was clear that the old covenant had not tapped , Jeremiah explains:

31 " The days are coming , declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah . 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt , because they broke, though I was their husband , declares the LORD.

33 " This is the covenant that after that time will make with the house of Israel , declares the Lord : I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts . I will be their God, and they shall be my people . 34 No longer will a man teach his neighbor , and none his brother say : "Know the Lord , 'for all , from the least to the greatest , shall know me , says the Lord. I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins " Jeremiah 31.31 - . NIV 34 .

Jesus Christ was the mediator of the New Covenant in his own words:

19 (Jesus ) And he took bread , gave thanks , broke it , gave it to them and said :
- This is my body, given for you : this do in remembrance of me .
20 In the same way He took the cup after supper , saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you . Luke 22.19 - 20 NIV

We are lucky that we live in the time of the New Covenant ! For us it is the prophecy and its fulfillment . When we accept Jesus , The Lord put His law in our minds ( to understand it ) and our heart ( for the love ) to become children of God (John 1.12).

God and His Word put in us and in our hearts the desire to fulfill it. It's like when a technical programming introduces a program on a computer, the machine is ready and just need to find and run the program.

God has already done the hard part (actually impossible for us) and leaves the task of renewing our understanding of life changing it the way God tells us to live , but the apostle Paul explains it better than I :

1 Therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God , I pray that each of your spiritual worship, [ a] offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. That you may prove what the will of God, good and acceptable and perfect . Romans 1:1 - NIV 2 .

The Lord has already done his part, gave us a new heart and I printed His Word in our mind. We should just run the program , studying and meditating on the Bible and applying what it says.

Week 70 is about to begin , do not neglect so great a salvation , lest you lose . Are we renewing our minds with the Word of God?


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