A Clean Plate – A Devotional by Idelette McVicker

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The time is coming”, declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.Jeremiah 31:31(NIV)

I recently heard this wonderful illustration to show why God couldn’t continue covering us under the old covenants or agreements. It is like taking a clean dinner plate and filling it with spaghetti Bolognese. Someone would be happy to eat it. Then, instead of cleaning the plate, place a napkin on it and add the next meal, let’s say a broccoli chicken casserole. Someone who’s hungry would probably still enjoy it. Then again, instead of cleaning the plate, place another napkin on top to cover up the old food and add another layer of food. With every covenant God renewed in the Old Testament, it was like a new covering over the old sin. But when God sent us Jesus, He came to clean our plates. He washed away our sins and gave us a clean start.

Thank You, Jesus, that You clean my plate. Thank You that by Your life we may have a new covenant and that we can start fresh every day, in spite of how messy our lives may get sometimes. Amen.

By Idelette McVicker
Used by Permission

Further Reading

•  How to be Saved

•  Reading the Bible – Where to Start?

•  How to Pray

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