Let’s look at Hebrews 10:16
“This is the covenant that I will make with them
After those days, says the Lord:
I will put My laws upon their heart,
And on their mind I will write them,”
I have to ask if you move something from one place to another, does it cease to exist? Well, if you are my wife and the item is your keys, then the answer is yes. Seriously though, does it change or cease to exist? Of course not, it just moved locations. So the covenant that He has made with us is to put His laws on our hearts and in our minds. He did not change or delete them, just moved their locations.
Let’s talk about computers. My first, “only at work,” computer was an hp8088, I believe. I had to insert a floppy disk to run a program. Now my phone has far more computing power than a thousand computers. I no longer have to load a program or an app. It is on the hard drive or in the memory.
The Father’s only intent was to “put My laws upon their heart, And on their mind, I will write them,” memory loaded!
The New Covenant is not a new law; it is a new location for those laws. Previously written on stone tablets and now loaded on our memory.
Jeremiah 31:33 and 34, Ezekiel 11:17 thru 20, Ezekiel 36:24 thru 28, and Ezekiel 37:21 thru 24 all confirm the Father’s intent.
How can I get the download?
Jeremiah 31:27 and 28, then 33 and 34, Ezekiel 11:17 thru 20, Ezekiel 36:24 thru 28, and Ezekiel 37:21 thru 24 lays out a pattern.
The pattern is the same in each one of the references above. For now, we will just use Ezekiel 11:17-20. But please spend some time and read through each text.
Ezekiel 11:17 Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries among which you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.”’
The first portion of this pattern is to be gathered in. To be gathered in means that you were first willing to leave where you are currently at.
Leave where? Leave, “the countries among which you have been scattered.” We left the country we were intended to live in, and for now, we will call that country “the perfect will of God.” We have to be willing to leave where we’ve been before we can be gathered in.
The fact that you felt the drawing of the Ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) is a sure sign that the Father is attempting to “gather you” in.
18 When they come there, they will remove all its detestable things and all its abominations from it.
The second portion of this pattern is you have to leave the culture as well as the country.
We can leave where we are currently at and yet still bring the garbage from that place with us. Even worse than that, we set that stuff up in the new location.
2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,
“I will dwell in them and walk among them;
And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
In 2 Corinthians 6:14 Paul, yes Paul makes a distinction between righteousness and lawlessness.
Being without law.
Righteous people are not people without the law. What a strange thing for a guy that says the law is done away with.
You might read 2 Peter 3:14-16
Think of it this way, what if the Father is trying to reestablish you and your thinking and your habits stay the same? A man begging on a corner in Denver is the same man begging on a corner in Coffeyville. He’s just in a different location. Addictions, habits, mindsets, preconceived ideas, and beliefs that belong to the “old country” have to be left behind. Why?
That brings us to the next portion of this pattern.
19 And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,
Let’s go back to the computer analogy. I’m a Mac guy, but I hear that other computers get viruses. Ok, I’m messing with the Windows guys. However, if you were to get one of these viruses, you would need to remove them, then put the good stuff back on. Right?
The Father doesn’t work much differently. He wants the “viruses” gone so He can load what we need in the new place. Leaving even one virus corrupts the entire system.
“One heart,” is un-fragmented and completely His.
What does being gathered in and leaving the culture produce? A new heart and a new spirit. So what are they for?
That brings us to the next portion of this pattern.
20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God.
A new heart and a new spirit give us the ability to walk in His will. What is His will? To “walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them.” Then we become His people, and He becomes our God.
There you have it. The reason for the new heart is to change the location of the Law. Law goes from the stone tablets to your heart tablet.
2 Corinthians 6:17 and 18 says, “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. “And I will be a father to you,
And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,”
Says the Lord Almighty.
I think David was talking about the same thing in Psalms 51:10,
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
I pray that you choose to be gathered in, that you leave the culture, and receive a new heart and a new spirit. The result will be walking in His will.
Shalom Aleichem, Pastor Brendt