It seems to be that lately the Lord has the beauty of the New Covenant flooding over my mind and heart. I’m fascinated by the words “you shall be” When God says something it’s as good as done.
“and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel” (Exodus 19:6 NASB) “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.”” (Leviticus 19:1-2 NASB)
It wasn’t time for God’s “shall be” for the Jews, the rules could not make the Israelites holy. The stubborn still do not understand how helpless they are, so troubles will come. Humble cries will once again reach God’s ears. Their grieving will be at the cross, seeing their shame, as God’s “shall be” becomes. In the meantime, it’s our time to hear the Good News. “So, the last shall be first, and the first, last.” (Matthew 10:16 NASB) Listen to what God said He will do.
“For this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord: “I will put My law within them and write it on their heart; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (Jeremiah 31:31-33 NASB) “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and bring it about that you walk in My statutes and are careful and follow My ordinances.” (Ezekiel 36:25-27 NASB)
“because it is written: “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16 NASB) Rejoice over and over as you think about God’s covenant with you, who believe in His Son Jesus. He has promised that “You shall be holy,” and that’s not something we can do, but “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, so that He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NASB) Beautiful Amazing Grace