Hebrews 8

Hebrews 8 is full of covenant talk.  The writer reminds us that God created a covenant with His people.  They were to walk in obedience to His law, to obey things exactly as He instructed.  It was about the law and obedience.  There was only one problem.  A covenant is a promise to perform – an agreement to do exact things in exact ways.  It is not open to interpretation or personal change to fit your situation.  God prepared a covenant and gave it to Moses.  He instructed him to “see that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you”.  There is no room for personal opinion or interpretation.  It is to be done God’s perfect way.  The problem – man fell short – they “did not continue” in the covenant” but did things their own way in their own time.  That creates a big issue and God “showed no concern for them”. 

We tend to shy away from covenants today in our society.  No one wants to go on record as being accountable and responsible to live in any certain way.  But marriage is a covenant relationship.  It is a vow that we make to live together until death do us part.  It is a required way of living.  Our world today is experiencing the same kinds of issues that the people of Israel did when they disregarded the covenant they had with God.  Destruction, grumbling, frustration, pain, sorrow and missing out on God’s promises.  Disregarding a covenant has serious consequences – then and now – and we need to listen carefully to the new covenant that God installed after mankind failed to live up to the first one.  We are lucky – He gave us a second chance – and we need to pay attention and live accordingly.

Jesus is the new covenant.  Check out what scripture tells us: “Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises “.  God has had mercy and expressed grace through Jesus.  He realized just how woefully short we had come in fulfilling our part of the covenant deal.  So He opts to give us another chance.  “I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt”.  Have you considered how blessed we are to be offered this gift.  But with it comes some expectations from God.  We have to DO something to fulfill our end of the bargain!

God is committed to helping us fulfill the covenant.  “I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people”.  Remember – we are the same people that failed miserably in covenant round one.  We are being equipped to keep the covenant.  God is writing things onto our hearts and publishing them in our minds – we have no excuse.  In fact He tells us that since He is proactively preparing us to keep the covenant: “they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest”.  He is not leaving it up to us to perform this time.  God Himself has written the covenant on our hearts.  He is preparing us to succeed in being His covenant people.  And He has blessed us indeed as He tells us: “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more”.  Can you believe this gift – forgiveness of sin and forgetting our failures.  God is giving us a real second chance to get it right this time.  He is allowing us to enter into a new covenant without penalty or even any baggage.  Are you walking in your covenant relationship with Jesus?  That is what we have now – a Savior who has entered into a covenant relationship with us to bring God’s mercy and grace upon us.  We just need to walk continually as Christ Followers and accept His gift!

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