Making Disciples of All Nations

Hebrews Passage – Sunday October 11

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.

  1. 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?)
  2. Why is the new covenant better the old?  The answer is found in verse 10.
  3. Verses 11-13 is an “already – not yet” passage. Which part is already in place?  Which part not yet fully realized?

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