Hebrews 8 - A Better Covenant

Hebrews 8:1-7 - In Hebrews 7, we find that Jesus is a priest of a different order entirely than the priests that they are familiar with. Here, in the beginnings of Hebrews 8, the writer continues to drive the supremacy of Christ the priest home. Not only does he come from a superior line with superior power and superior authority, he serves in a superior temple - the real temple, where God lives permanently. Not the copy made on earth, he sits aside the real throne in heaven.

Though God instituted the Earthly temple and the Earthly priesthood, and it was therefore excelent, it was only a shadow of what Christ already was and would be.

Hebrews 8:9-12 - The problem with the original covenant was not the covenant itself, but us. We simply could not keep it, though we desired to. God knew this, but the old covenant had to be made to establish for us our need for a better covenant in which God himself fulfilled both ends of the bargain. "I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts" he says. We will not commit to them, we cannot. Rather God himself will place His commands in our hearts Himself, through Jesus.

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