In a world where we often forget so many of the tasks we have to accomplish in a day, we often rely on reminders, whether they be sticky notes, alarms, or notecards, to keep us on track. For Israel, the people used colors to remind them of something very important…
Numbers 15: 37-41…
Then the Lord said to Moses, 38 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel: Throughout the generations to come you must make tassels for the hems of your clothing and attach them with a blue cord. 39 When you see the tassels, you will remember and obey all the commands of the Lord instead of following your own desires and defiling yourselves, as you are prone to do. 40 The tassels will help you remember that you must obey all my commands and be holy to your God. 41 I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt that I might be your God. I am the Lord your God!”
Obviously we don’t walk around wearing a blue cord anymore to remind us of the commandments that were given to us by God to keep us from sinning. Instead the new covenant reminds us that God wants us to keep the reminders in a more personal place: our heart. “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says the LORD. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people” (Jeremiah 31:33). Years before the Psalmist sang a song to the same tune when he wrote, “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). God wants you to treasure His word in your heart, to think of Him daily, to never forget His promises. And what better place to have Jesus than in our hearts and minds where He becomes all we ever think about, all we ever talk about?
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