Today’s Scripture: Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Jeremiah 31:31
A woman was cooking a pot roast in the oven. When it was finished, the pot roast was very tender. She used a meat fork to pick up the roast and put it onto a platter. She stabbed the meat, and as she tried to pick up the roast, it fell off the fork because the meat was too tender. She tried a couple more times to stab the meat and lift it out of the pot, but the meat kept breaking apart and wouldn’t stay on the fork. Then the lady grabbed a spatula, scooped out the entire roast, and put it on the platter. There was nothing wrong with the fork, but the spatula did what the fork could not do.
When we compare the Old Covenant of the law with the New Covenant of grace, we see a similar thing. There was nothing wrong with the law, it was a Godgiven covenant, but because the flesh is weak, it could not give salvation. Every time someone tried to keep the law, they could not stick with it because their flesh was weak. It wasn’t a problem with the law, but it was a problem with us as humans.
God, however, provided a way of salvation that would work. Grace did what the law could never do; it saved us from the penalty of sin and the power of sin!
Just like the spatula could pick up the roast regardless of how tender the meat was, grace can save anybody regardless of how weak our flesh is. For the fork to work, the meat must be tougher. For the law to work, we must be perfect. Just like the fork would never work, the law would never work.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.