A New Agreement (Hebrews 8)

“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,
9 not 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.
10 For 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.
11 And 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.
12 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,
and I will remember their sins no more.”

13 In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

Today is the day, ever since Jesus died on the cross, of the New Covenant. It’s the covenant through His blood (as He said at the Last Supper). It’s not like before, when the rules were etched on stone tablets, now we have the Holy Spirit living inside us showing us the truth. It’s not subjective, it is still God’s eternal law, but now we no longer rely on our ability to learn it, the Holy Spirit is here to guide us. The Old Covenant (“agreement”) was not faulty, but the people were (are). So God created a better way, the only way, for us to know Him, and that’s through the death of His Son, Jesus, as our sacrifice. Because Jesus has come, the Old Covenant is no longer needed, it’s “obsolete.” Praise God for Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf.

About John Harris

I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

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