In those days
They shall no longer say,
“Parents have eaten sour grapes
And children’s teeth are blunted.”
But every one shall die for his own sins:
Whosoever eats sour grapes
His teeth shall be blunted.
See, a time is coming –
Declares the Lord –
When I will make a new covenant
With the House of Israel
And the House of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant
I made with their fathers
When I took them by the hand
To lead them out of the land of Egypt
A covenant which they broke
Though I espoused them –
Declares the Lord.
But such is the covenant I will make
With the House of Israel after these days –
Declares the Lord:
I will put My Teaching into their innermost being
And inscribe it upon their hearts.
Then I will be their God
And they shall be My people.
No longer will they need to teach one another
And say to one another
“Heed the Lord”
For all of them
From the least of them to the greatest
Shall heed Me –
Declares the Lord.
For I will forgive their iniquities
And remember their sins no more.
– Jeremiah 31:29-34
Today, while there is the practice of a particular day of repentance and reconciliation in Judaism (Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement), with the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE, a service for dealing with the sins of the nation, in particular, is no longer practiced. And while there are numerous and famous schools and Synagogues teaching Torah, today, in Judaism its all about choosing whether to pursue a life dedicated to learning and teaching Torah rather than being required to follow it.
Today’s idea of sin in Judaism is threefold: there are sins against others, sins against one’s self, and sins against G-d. In the ten days preceding Yom Kippur, those who keep that day seek out the forgiveness of any person they may have offended in the previous year. They also address those things that they have done against themselves, which can include things done against the body – alcohol and drug addiction; against the mind – anxiety and depression; and against the heart – unfaithfulness to family, friends and G-d. The pursuit of such cleansing is as an individual. The acknowledgment of Judaism of the need for such a day maybe a day of corporate acknowledgment but it is pursued on an individual basis. There is no longer a high priest to make a single, physical, atonement for the nation.
The new covenant Jeremiah refers to is not one composed of new content but the new way the covenant will be learned. And Yeshua doesn’t depart from Jeremiah’s prophecy – it is individual accountability for sin and reconciliation with G-d that is needed and required, and it is that which brings about new life and life eternal (John 3:1-21). Yeshua’s rebuff of Nicodemus as a teacher of Israel not understanding what he was talking about was a rebuff for not recognizing that what Yeshua was referring to was that the fulfillment of the prophecy of Jeremiah for Israel was actually taking place. The time for the inscribing of the Torah on every person’s heart had come – and Yeshua was the Inscriber.
So the question is – if this is that, where are you? Have you been ‘inscribed’? This is the time for accountability, right now, right where you are, no matter the circumstance or situation. Turn, recognize that which you have done against another, yourself, and G-d. Be reconciled and be inscribed with the Living Torah – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach.
The Lord is coming!