December 24

Today’s Text: Hebrews 6:13- 10:18

Today’s Reading: Hebrews 6:13 – 10:18.

Highlights:  Yesterday’s reading stated that with Christ we have a better messenger (Jesus is greater than angels) and lawgiver (Jesus is better than Moses). Today’s reading says that we have a better high priest, covenant, and sacrifice. Note how this reading ends:  “Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.”  That is the greatest benefit of the gospel and the greatest difference when compared to what the Law of Moses offered. The blood of animal sacrifices offered under the law could not take away sins. The blood of Jesus can!

We have spent almost a year reading through the Bible. Everything we have read is a part of God’s word  but it doesn’t all apply to us in the same way.  So much of the Old Testament is about the nation of Israel and their life under the Law of Moses. What does Hebrews 8:8-13 tell us about the old law?   What did Galatians 3:24 say about the law?




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2 Responses to December 24

  1. Sandy Steinman

    Because God is promising a new covenant, we should discern that the old covenant was flawed.Hebrews 8:8-8:12 is right from Jeremiah 31:31-34 and the prophecy most likely comes from the days of Josiah’s renewal of the covenant after finding the law. The renewal was certainly good but it wasn’t good enough because Jeremiah looks forward to a new covenant. The word “new” is really important in this reading. It does not mean “new and improved” which we see in a lot of marketing today and a lot of times the “new and improved” product is really not all that different. When God says “new” he means it. The word that is used here is “Kainos” and it describes something that is not only new in reference to time but is truly new in its quality.

  2. Mary K

    It’s interesting to me that Hebrews 8:8 says God found fault with the people (not the law) that required a new covenant. It goes on to say that the law fulfilled its purpose in that through the law everyone from the least to the greatest knows who God is. That being true, the new better covenant forgives sins, which the old law did not. And since sins are forgiven the law is now unnecessary (Hebrews 15:18).

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