Jeremiah’s New Covenant

(An excerpt from Of whom the world was not worthy, by H. A. Whittaker, page 207)

The details of this New Covenant occupy four of the most wonderful chapters in the Old Testament. They are available today for the reassurance of faith because God specifically charged Jeremiah to “write all the words in a book” (Jeremiah 30:2). The message begins with a picture of “the time of Jacob’s trouble”. Appropriate enough to the horrors of his own day, it actually describes the climax of tribulation which is yet to come upon the people of Israel before the Messiah is revealed.

“But he shall be saved out of it”

— in Hebrew the words sound wonderfully like:

“But out of it Jesus!” (30:7).

The picture is one of a people past helping, by all human judgment:

“Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound grievous. There is none to plead thy cause … thou hast no healing medicines. All thy lovers have forgotten thee … I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy … for the multitude of thine iniquity, because thy sins were increased” (30:12-14).

Nevertheless there is a firm promise that, in that very day of extreme suffering and hopelessness,

“I will break his yoke from off thy neck … and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him”.


“they [Israel] shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them” (30:8,9).

This is “the righteous Branch” of an earlier prophecy (23:5).

“Their Prince shall be of themselves, and their Ruler shall proceed from the midst of them”

… he shall not be imposed on them by the king of the south (as Jehoiakim was), nor by the king of the north (as Zedekiah). More than this, he shall be a Priest-King after the order of Melchizedek:

“I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me”

— this is the language of priesthood (Numbers 8:19; 16:5; Leviticus 21:7). This is not a presumptious Uzziah, impiously thrusting himself into the sanctuary of the Lord:

“Who is this that hath been surety for his own heart to approach unto me?”

In all human history only one Man fulfils this description. Only Jesus, son of David, is capable of being guarantor of his own righteousness and therefore of others.

This is the interpretation put on these words in Hebrews:

“By so much hath Jesus become surety of a better covenant” (7:22).

The context is: “a priest after the order of Melchizedek”! Through him,

“Ye shall be my people, and I will be your God” (30:21,22).

This is God’s New Covenant. Way back in Sinai this God-with-people people-with-God union was the backbone of a Covenant made with a nation of God’s choice. For many centuries it has all lain smashed and derelict. Now, through a greater one than Moses or Aaron this is to be replaced by God’s New Covenant with His people.

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Free Christadelphians or Brothers and sisters in Christ, living in Belgium, European Union. - Vrijë Christadelphians of Broeders en zusters in Christus wonende in België in de Europese Unie.
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