10 comments on “A New Covenant

  1. Good for you for tackling this book. Most people don’t want to hear it. They want to dip back into the Old Law to do their favorite things – tithing, separate priesthood, an orchestra, a choir, candles, etc. Hmmmm. Somehow they leave out stoning for adultery.

  2. Again, fascinating study, Don. What you’re sharing here (and last post) reminded me a couple things that come to my mind.

    Bringing up Melchizedek and how Jesus offered Himself is a fascinating connection and contrast between Old and New Covenant, and God’s actual intent. For instance, Melchizedek does not represent animal sacrifice at all. I think the author is trying to show that this Levitical sacrificial system was never God’s intent (Paul said it was “added”), as Jeremiah said…

    22 For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices. 23 But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. (Jer. 7:22-23)

    The author of Hebrews says that Jesus offered Himself, not like with the animal sacrifices, but as a Son, fully devoted by love to do His will (even to the point of death in the hands of sinful men). This is what God wanted all along. Not our religious sacrifices but our willing obedience and devotion.

    • Whether or not there is value in reading or learning Scripture, in this case the Law, isn’t at issue. As an operating system, it is gone… or as Scripture itself says, “useless and obsolete”. Here, let’s put it another way… The Law tells us how we must dig a latrine. If you don’t follow the La on this point, are you going to hell? How about if you forget to inform the elders before sunup that you had carnal relations with your wife; are you unclean? And what about that tattoo?

      Of course there is value in learning Scripture, but as a relational covenant between Man and God, it is done; that’s what I am saying about, and by the way, that’s what the text is saying as well.

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