Mercy Leads to Knowing God

Jeremiah 31:34

No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Jeremiah and Isaiah both tell us the same thing – God will remember our sins no more. However, Jeremiah adds that, once God has forgiven us, we will “know the Lord.” For the people of Israel to know someone is more than to know about that person. It is more than be acquainted with him or her. It is to be in a deep relationship with the other. To know someone is to be intimately connected with them. It is a relationship of love and mutual respect. Husbands and wives were to know each other so well that they became like one person, inseparable forever. That is what Jeremiah wants of us: to know that we are forgiven, that God remembers our sins no more, so that we will be intimately connected to our God forever. We will have no secrets from God and God will have no secrets from us, and even though God could remember everything about us, God chooses to forgive our iniquity and remember our sin no more.

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