“It shall be in those days when you are multiplied and increased in the land,” declares the Lord, “they will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ And it will not come to mind, nor will they remember it, nor will they miss it, nor will it be made again.” – Jeremiah 3:16
What can replace a treasured past?
For centuries, the Jewish people longed for a return to the glory of a restored Israel. The evidence of this restoration would have been a rebuilt Temple, a reinstated sacrificial system, and the ark of the covenant firmly settled beyond the veil. In their minds, nothing could possibly erase such a desire for a glorious future, though something infinitely better was coming.
God was going to establish a new and improved covenant with Himself through the blood of His own Son, Jesus the Messiah! Unfortunately, as a nation, God’s covenant people (Israel) could not see it. In the same way, if we cling so tightly to our own treasured past, we will never experience God’s renewing power in our present.
Seize His day.
If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future. – Blaise Pascal
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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