Hebrews 8 – September 10-11
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Hebrews 8 – The High Priest of a New Covenant
Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.
3 Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. 4 If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. 5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” 6 But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.
7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. 8 But God found fault with the people and said:
“The days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
9 It will not be like the covenant
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they did not remain faithful to my covenant,
and I turned away from them,
declares the Lord.
10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel
after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put my laws in their minds
and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
11 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.”
13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.
Out With the Old Covenant and In With the New Covenant | Rebecca Hoyt
My Bible says the first covenant was not wrong but limited. Jeremiah 31:31-34, quoted in verses 8-12, indicates that the people’s sin caused the limitations of the first covenant and reveals the superiority of the new covenant. God made both old and new covenants with the house of Israel. Paul explains the inclusion of the Gentiles into the new covenant (Rom.11:23-24). All believers-Jews and Gentiles-receive the blessings and promises of the new covenant. The first covenant was based on the law. It’s blessings depended on the people’s obedience. The new covenant, however, is based on grace (That’s my favorite part!). The new covenant emphasizes an inward, personal relationship with God, as opposed to external rule keeping. The first covenant was written on tablets of stone, whereas the new covenant is written on the hearts and minds of those who follow God. The new covenant provides forgiveness of sins. Consequently, the first covenant which is obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish.
Through Jesus, God made a new covenant not of rules but grace. Verse 12: “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds, I will remember no more.” Man, am I glad we are a part of the 2nd covenant! Last night I was talking to one of my kids about asking for forgiveness when we pray for things we do wrong, but then I got to tell them that once we are forgiven, “God will remember it no more” and we have to try to do that with other people once they have asked for our forgiveness. We should not keep holding a grudge (even though that’s what we want to do sometimes) but try and remember it no more.
Dear Father, Thank You for Your perfect Son Jesus, the ideal high priest, who became the ultimate sacrifice for us. Thank You that we are not forgiven by rules but by grace.
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