Old Covenant Vs. New Covenant, Hebrews 8

Happy New Year! I’m not sure how this past year has flown by so quickly. But I’m sure having two teens and a preteen has something to do with it!

Thank you for your visit(s) and encouragement; I appreciate you! 🙂 I love how God opens our eyes to His truths and rich blessings through Bible Study.

Although I’m a fan of New Year resolutions, I’m trying to stay within Scripture and use the “newness” theme. But instead of picking up with Genesis 20, I’m jumping forward—backwards for us—with an overview of God’s plans and timing through His old and new covenants.

You may read Hebrews 8 here: Bible Gateway.

Why did God initiate these covenants in the first place?

Scripture declares that “the whole world is a prisoner of sin” (Galatians 3:22). So God set into motion a means to provide forgiveness of our sins.

Old Covenant

Fast forward about 450 years from when God gave Abraham His promise (Genesis 17:7, 8). God temporarily remedied our sin problem through His Old Covenant.

Under the old Jewish sacrificial system sacrifices were offered daily for forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 7:12-14).

The law God introduced to the Israelites through Moses included three categories: Ceremonial, Civil, and Moral laws. Although the moral laws still apply to us today (Ten Commandments – Exodus 20:1-17), the ceremonial laws primarily pointed forward to Jesus Christ.

And although the old laws revealed God’s character and will, they also pointed out our sin. For no one could please God by completely obeying every law. Hebrews 8-9 shows that the old covenant was a shadow of the real Christ. So the old covenant—a covenant of law between God and Israel—are no longer necessary.

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New Covenant

Although thousands of years have passed since God gave Abraham His promise (Genesis 17:7, 8), He has never revoked it. He saved Abraham through his faith, and blessed the world through his descendant: Jesus, the Messiah.

His new covenant reaches beyond Israel and Judah to include everyone. Christ offers a new way to forgiveness through faith. And instead of being bound to a temporal, external set of rules He writes His laws on our hearts and minds, reminding us of His words through the Holy Spirit.

Jesus’ death was the perfect sacrifice ending all need for further priests and sacrifices. “He sacrificed for their sins once and for all when He offered himself,” (Hebrews 7:27).

“Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous will live by faith,” (Galatians 3:11).

Even though time marches on and circumstances change, I love that God remains the same. He doesn’t break His promises. We can be sure of His promise to forgive our sins through Jesus Christ.

Have you entered into this new covenant and enjoyed the better way with free forgiveness and unlimited access to God?

As you reflect on 2015, I hope you’ve evidenced God’s blessings through both the good and difficult times. Next week I will pick up with Genesis 20.

Day Three of 2013

Mmm…sparkling red grape juice cocktail. This sweet bubbly, packaged in red with white confetti, reminds me it’s New Year’s. Congrats, we’ve reached 2013! I’m so glad to meet you at this intersection. Life certainly is an adventure―twists, turns, detours and all.

The following sums up my “Out” and “In” list.

Out with: worn socks; stained pillows; spoiled food in the fridge; cluttered drawers; stacks of magazines; VHS tapes; clothes I haven’t worn in a year; my lime green kitchen sink (strange, but I hardly think about it anymore, at least not as often as when my husband and three children moved into our 1968 ranch style home seven years ago—I even have a quaint, little teapot that matches—hmm, not sure if that’s a blessing or a curse); excess sugar and fat (belly fat); gray, frizzy hairs―oops, now you know I’m forty­-something; kids who talk back; and flu germs. I promise not to send virtual germs, although they are virtually everywhere.

In with: good health; excellent physical condition; clean, organized home and clothes; lavender scented bedding and pillows; kids who appreciate menial household tasks; delicious low-fat meals; a larger kitchen table (maybe I’ll take that before my new sink); sleek, shiny hair; learning two new art skills: blogging and outdoor photography; and two new husband relational skills: dirt biking and mechanics.

Alright, you have me pegged. I’m an idealist. Maybe that’s why I’m so drawn to God. He’s perfect in every way, unlike me and my current condition. And I wonder, why or how God might use ordinary me?

My seven year-old helped take down Christmas ornaments. They’re strewn across the living room. Our kitchen faucet decided to spring a leak today, probably because I fixed a big breakfast with lots of dishes, which are soaking in the laundry room’s sink. My laundry pile is competing with my dish pile as I struggle to keep up with exterminating my husband’s and kids’ flu germs. And, my head feels full. I still declare: “I will not get sick!”

Yes, I’ve posted two days past my intended date. But it’s okay. I’m learning to loosen my grip on my ideals: me, family, dream home, etc. When I invest my time to read the Bible, God meets me there. His truth and presence bring rest and newness of life. I’m reminded God is not only extraordinary, but He also never grows weary. He has good plans for me (Jeremiah 29:11). I’m reminded the army of angels’ Commander stands in front, behind, and beside me (Psalm 139).

I love 2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he [she] is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

Okay, drawing near to God through prayer and Bible reading is my number one priority. Thanks for reading and allowing me to sort that out.

As you sort through your “In’s,” “Out’s,” “Up’s,” and “Down’s,” I pray you’ll find time to communicate with our Creator. May you find refreshment and fulfillment this New Year. I hope we can share our journeys together as I plan to post updates weekly.

Blessings,

K.D.