Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on October 21, 2014.
Prayer: Into my heart, into my heart, come into my heart Lord Jesus. Come in today; come in to stay. Come into my heart Lord Jesus. Amen.
Reading: Jeremiah 31: 31-34 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
"I (the LORD) will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people." (v. 33)
Reflection: The Old Testament is a lot of covenant and laws. In that book, we hear the story of the covenant with Abraham and Israel; and laws from "Do not eat of the fruit of the tree" to the big Ten Commandments to smaller laws beyond count. Still, there were problems. The written law, though useful, did not have the power to transform inner attitudes. But the Good News of the Gospels and the New Testament does. Through the Holy Spirit, we are changed from the inside out! The law is in our minds and written on our hearts. That way we all know Him, from the least to the greatest. --Ruth Gates
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