If you were a tribal person, and many in the world still find their identity in their tribe rather than their nation state,a triad of people would govern your existence.
- A chief or king - Their decrees form the law and their power is believed to be granted by God(s), not the people they govern.
- A shaman or priest - They are the ones believed to be able to communicate with God(s) and/or spirit world and to influence the effects of that world upon our own. They are often a key advisor to the chief or king.
- The ancestors and parents - Their good will is believed to be important to our good fortune. By showing respect to their previous ways we help to give the tribe a future and a hope.
- The king of my life is myself. Whoever is allowed to govern does so from the collective will of the people and only for a limited time.
- The priest for my life is myself. Any priest or pastor is a guide to help me in my spiritual journey. They are not the gateway to God.
- The person I must please is myself. I seek to live beyond my parents.
7For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.
8For he finds fault with them when he says:
"Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah,
9not like the covenant that I made with their fathers
on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt.
For they did not continue in my covenant,
and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord.
10For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws into their minds,
and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
11And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor
and each one his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,'
for they shall all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
12For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,
and I will remember their sins no more."
13In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.