No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34)
They All Shall Know Me
To be a child of God in the nation of Israel you had but to be born and consecrated according to the Law of Moses. All male children were circumcised on the eighth day in keeping with the covenant made with Abraham. At eight days old, the child knows nothing about the Lord. He will grow to maturity learning about the law and the stories of old solidifying his faith in Jehovah. This went on with the Jewish nation for generations until the coming of Christ. The death of Jesus on the cross changed everything; including the Law of Moses. While the Gentiles were justified by faith, the people of Israel were redeemed by loving God and keeping the commandments. When the gospel of Jesus Christ entered the hearts of men, they became children of God by a different birth. No longer a physical birth, salvation came from a spiritual birth. This also changed the manner men came to know the Lord.
Under the Law of Moses, children began with no knowledge of the Lord and grew in knowledge. When a man wants to become a child of God under the law of Christ, he must know God first. Having Christian parents does not make a child a Christian. Circumcision means nothing. Lineage is of no value. The heart that turns to the Lord is the avenue of salvation by those who come to know the Lord and humble their hearts to His will. Faith will come by hearing the word of God and in turn, the heart will obey the will of the Father. Faith comes first, then knowledge and finally obedience.
The plan of salvation today is a wonderful testimony to the wisdom of God. All of God’s people are to know the Father because this is where they began. This knowledge can never be filled up. Living to be a centennial Christian will leave a void of things to know and understand about God because there is so much to know. One of the most important parts of living the Christian life is always learning more and more about the Father. He wants His children to know Him and to understand His character, His love, His reasons for doing what He does and why He made us. The more we know about God the fewer questions we have. Get to know the Father. You will be glad you did.
Knowledge is the key that first opens the hard hearts, enlarges the affections, and opens the way for men into the kingdom of heaven. (Jonathan Edwards; 1703-1758; Works, V, 151)