March 25 – 5th Sunday in Lent

Readings:


Jeremiah 31:31-34

Psalm 51:1-12

Hebrews 5:5-10

John 12:20-33

Notes:

The new covenant to be made with Israel is a common theme of the prophets. According to Jeremiah, the qualities that make it different from the old covenant are a) it will not be broken  but will last forever; b)it will be written on the heart, not merely on tablets of stone.

Questions:

A

  1. How does God’s law come to be “written upon our hearts”? (Jeremiah 31:33)
  2. How can you explain the psalmist’s deep sense of a need to be inwardly cleansed? (Psalm 51)
  3. Why is a “broken spirit” seen as an “acceptable sacrifice” before God? (verse 17)
  4. From the Hebrews reading, in what way did the life of Jesus achieve what the psalmist was craving?

B

  1. If you, like the Greeks who came to Philip (John 12:21), had a desire to “see Jesus”, where would you go, what would you do?
  2. What message does Jesus’ response have for his followers?
  3. What “light” is given to Christians?

 

Food for thought:

God’s purpose for us is a close relationship with Him, in which His laws are written on our hearts. Then the knowledge of God will be so clearly visible in the lives of His people that there will be no need to put it into words of instruction.

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