-The author uses citations from the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:31-34) to explain how the New Covenant is “more excellent” than the old one set up by God through Moses on Mt. Sinai when the children of Israel came out of Egypt. Jesus Christ has “obtained” this “ministry” with His work on the cross, which empowers the effects of the New Covenant involving the inner working of the Holy Spirit who writes the laws of God on hearts and minds (Hebrews 8:6,10). This is Christ’s offering on our behalf (Hebrews 8:3). The former covenant was a copy (example, model, pattern) and a shadow (foreshadowing) of the heavenly things, and these things teach us who Christ is and what He was to be about (Hebrews 8:5). This New Covenant makes the first one obsolete and allows us to “know the Lord,” from the least to the greatest (Hebrews 8:11, 13). It allows for God to be merciful towards our sins where He remembers them no more (Hebrews 8:12)! *Application* Moses could talk to God and be in His presence at the mercy seat, which sat on the Ark of the Covenant above the commandments and regulations that He had given (Exodus 25:22). This was the place where His atonement was actualized in the foreshadowing of things to come in Christ Jesus. Today is Good Friday, and we remember the Lord’s suffering on our behalf to cleanse us from each sin and set back that keep us separated from our Heavenly Father. We can now “know” Him intimately and forever because of the price Jesus paid; therefore, glorify God and give Him everything you’ve got (1 Corinthians 6:20)! His Kingdom endures forever and He has set us free!
Verse to memorize- Hebrews 8:6