6. But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.
7. If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it.
8. But when God found fault with the people, he said: “The day is coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.
9. This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and led them out of the land of Egypt. They did not remain faithful to my covenant,
so I turned my back on them, says the LORD.”
Hebrews 8:6–9 NLT
Today’s passage continues on with the point the author has been making concerning Jesus being the Great High Priest, replacing the necessity for the office of the Levitical priesthood.
He has been stating that Jesus’s Authority and Status is far Superior to that of the Mosaic priests and here he gets right to the point as to exactly why. Jesus’s Ministry is Built on a Stronger and More Stable Foundation because it Established on a Perfect Covenant and a Perfect Promise made by God.
The author goes on to state why this is important and why it was necessary in the first place. Now, as I read through this, I have to admit, in my carnal and imperfect mind, I wondered why, if God was perfect, was there the need for another Covenant in the first place?
The author answers this short-sighted and Faithless question in the next few verses. He states that the First Covenant indeed had faults but that the faults, much like the question I posed in my spirit about the reasoning for them, stemmed from the fallibility and carnality of mankind itself.
God found fault with the Children of Israel, with whom He made the First Covenant, because of their continual and unrepented sin against the Original Covenant He made with them. If they had been capable of following His Guidance and Statutes, there would never have been a need for a Change in the Promise He made.
It was our sin that caused Jesus to Need to Come and Die as a Sacrifice for us, and not just our sin alone, but the sins of mankind for all generations. However, if not for our individual transgressions, there would have been no need for Him to Suffer at all.
It is our fallibility and propensity for breaking God’s Statutes that caused the separation that was the Catalyst for Jesus’s Suffering. We caused His Pain and as mankind continues to sin unabated, we see that it was for good reason.
Without His Gracious and Forward-Thinking Sacrifice, we all would have Perished never having the True Opportunity to thrive in His Mercy and Power. However, because of this More Perfect Promise, we have our ticket to Eternal Life Worshiping Him before His Throne as the Great High Priest!
Have a Terrific Tuesday and Stay Safe out there!