Today's devotion is based on Jeremiah 31:33,34, "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."
Passover begins at sundown tomorrow. People who observe Passover tomorrow will be remembering the old covenant of the Lord. Under the old covenant, the Lord had Moses lead them out of Egypt toward Israel's promised land. The Lord told them to obey his commandments as a way of thanking him for his deliverance. Of course, they did not, just as we do not keep God's commandments.
When Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples, he said that shedding his blood was a new covenant—something that had been anticipated by the prophet Jeremiah 600 years earlier. In the new covenant, the Lord would forgive everyone who had ever broken any of his commandments. He would forgive their wickedness and forget their sins.
You are living in the new covenant. The Lord has promised forgiveness for you through faith in Jesus regardless of how well you have kept the commandments. Let this assurance be your motivation for keeping his commandments, thanking him for delivering you from your sins.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Lord Jesus, thank you for your new covenant and for delivering me from my sins. Please help me keep your commandments this day. Amen.