This week’s sermon title is “The New Covenant.” The term “new covenant” occurs in the OT only in our text from Jeremiah. It was spoken in a time of great despair for the people of God. Nebuchadnezzar had taken away many Israelites into exile in 597 BC. Our text comes sometime after that, at a time when Jerusalem is threatened with a final and thorough destruction. In the midst of such discouraging times, God proclaims news of the new covenant! It’s hard to believe. Similarly, when Jesus appeared to the disciples that first Easter, it was a dark time, and hard to believe. Yes, we too, were dead in our trespasses and sins.