MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,”
Hebrews 8:8 ESV
A NEW PROMISE
Someone wrote that you know when you are growing old when…’Everything hurts, and what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work; Your back goes out more often than you do; You finally get it all together and then you can’t remember where you put it; You don’t need an alarm clock to get up at 6 a.m; You sink your teeth into a nice juicy steak and they stay there.’
In Hebrews 8, the author is teaching his readers how much better God’s new covenant is than the old covenant. The word covenant means an agreement or promise between two parties. One problem with the old covenant and sacrificial system was that it could never make us perfect. It was incomplete without Jesus fulfilling the symbolism of that system. Seven times in this passage God says “I will.” The old covenant and the law showed us we could never hold up our end of holiness. This new covenant is dependent on God doing the work to make us holy. Every time God says “I will” it’s like another degree of assurance regarding the trustworthy nature of the new covenant.
Before we come to Christ, many of us believed being a good person will get us to heaven. Many of us hoped our good works would outweigh the bad we had done and maybe get us into heaven. The bible teaches that all of us have sinned and fallen short. For us that was the old way of living. The new way of living is that Jesus paid the price for our sin and God has promised to keep our covenant in place because of what He has done for us. If you are a Christian, take some time to reflect on what you thought about God expectations before you became a Christian. What changed your way of thinking to lead you to Christ? Do you know anyone else who may be thinking the way you did before you were saved? Pray for them and an opportunity for them to hear the truth.