Wednesday 22 September, 2021

Hebrews 8:7-13

7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. 8 But God found fault with the people and said: “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 9 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 did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord. 10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 11 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” 13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.

I’m a fan of true crime podcasts, and one thing I’ve learnt is that criminal masterminds usually retain power by making themselves unknowable to those who work for them. To be knowable is to be vulnerable. 

But God, creator of the universe, has made Himself knowable. In the Old Testament He made Himself knowable through designated leaders, priests and prophets. In the New Testament He made Himself knowable in the person of Jesus – God Himself on earth in human form. Now He makes Himself knowable to the world through His Church, the body of Christ, us! 

In the temple of the Old Testament only the designated High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies and make atonement on the people’s behalf. In the New Testament when Jesus died the curtain to the Holy of Holies was ripped open, opening it up so that all may enter it and know God directly! And now God is knowable through us – we are mini-Holy of Holies, walking around with the living God inside of us, knowable to anyone we come into contact with!

Lord thank you for making yourself knowable and for coming to earth with vulnerability of a baby. Help us this week make you knowable to those around us. 

Written by Rhiannon Mellor

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