Our passage this week is Hebrews 8:6-13. This passage picks up on the fact that Jesus is a High Priest of the order of Melchizedek. In other words, he is a better high priest than the human priests appointed to serve in the temple. Now we will see that not only is Jesus a superior High Priest, he also mediates, or oversees the implementation of, a better covenant between God and man. Remember the covenant that God made with the people… I will be your God, you will be my people, I will live among you. He gave them the law as they came out of Egypt, it was a revelation of His nature and character and was given to them for their good. But the people could not keep the law. Now our passage turns to Jeremiah 31:31-34 to show us the “new” covenant, the improved covenant that Jesus mediates as our High Priest. Consider these questions as you read the passage.
- Verses 6 and 7 tell us that there was a fault with the original covenant. Verse 8 tells us where the fault was… what was the problem with the first covenant? (hint: who is “they” in verse 8?)
- Why is the new covenant better the old? The answer is found in verse 10.
- Verses 11-13 is an “already – not yet” passage. Which part is already in place? Which part not yet fully realized?