The Greater Covenant

If you could see into the year 2050, what things that we consider necessities do you think will be obsolete by then? If you had the ability to make something obsolete…what would it be?

We’re going to be continuing our study in the book of Hebrews this Sunday, reading all of chapter 8.

As you read this chapter, you’ll find that the writer is trying to press home a point: Jesus is who the Old Testament levitical system was pointing towards. What Jesus provides to us is greater than anything that had been known previously. His readers were being tempted to return to the old patterns of obeying the Law of Moses in order to be a covenant people, but the writer is adamant that to do that is to go the wrong way.

When describing the superiority of our covenant through Christ, he draws some contrasts. Where does he say Jesus exercises his priestly duties in contrast to the priesthood of Israel. What about this makes Jesus superior in the writer’s mind?

He then quotes from Jeremiah 31 where God Himself forecasts that a new covenant is on the horizon for Israel…and all mankind. As he describes what this covenant would be like, what are the characteristics of it? How does it contrast with a covenant of compliance with a law? How do you think this contrast makes the new covenant superior?

V13 is an amazing verse to me. This should be everyone’s go-to verse if they are confronted by anyone who wants to require us to submit to the Law of Moses. What do verses 12 and 13 tell us about the nature of God’s intent for the human race?

This will be a very engaging passage of Scripture to explore – hope to see you Sunday!

 

One comment

  1. Because of our sin nature, God’s law could not/would not be sufficient to save our souls, much like traffic laws cannot save our lives; though that is the intent (I think). Not many of us adhere to the legal speed limit; usually pushing the envelope at least another 5 mph…some do more. Anyone with good sense knows the “potential” dangers of reckless driving, but our good sense mixed with the law still isn’t an adequate deterrent for many.

    If God were to let us continue on in the law…who would survive? Who could withstand the required judgement? God, in his infinite wisdom and in his infinite LOVE (key word), would not/could not allow the law to be our demise. How could he show his love nature to us if he would not make a way to bring us back into harmony with Him – the one who created us to be His friend, to have an intimate relationship with Him, to be as He created us (in His LIKENESS). If we, human and fallible do all we can to protect and save those we love from physical demise, how much more would our perfect Heavenly Father do to save those he loves from eternal demise? What amazing Love…after all Israel did, after all the Nations have done, after all I have done and do…WHAT AMAZING LOVE!!!

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