“Behold, the days come”, says YHWH, “that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah; not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; forasmuch as they broke My covenant, although I was a ruler over them”, says YHWH.
“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days”, says YHWH:
“I will put My law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people; and they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying: ‘Know YHWH’; for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them”, says YHWH; “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more.”
There are several things I see in this passage.
- This new covenant is only made with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. My conclusion would be that if a person does not consider themselves and/or behave as the house of Israel or Judah, this covenant does not belong to them
- The covenant is: YHWH putting His TORAH inside of His people, in their hearts, so that they no longer have to teach it, everyone KNOWS Him. This does not sound like Torah observance will stop, but rather that it will be followed from the heart and with devotion and love. It also sounds like something in the future. I don’t see in history or in our present day that this is true.
- The final part of the covenant is that He will forgive their iniquity and remember their sin no more. Is this as a result of everyone observing Torah from the heart? It seems to be implied, but it does not say directly.
I am doing some studying today and this passage came up in the process. Does anyone have thoughts they want to share? Post them in the comments!