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Sunday Rest and Reflection!

Scripture reading for December 14th: Hebrews 8-10

I love new things!  Sometimes old things are nice to collect, but new things are better because they have all the latest technology.   But sometimes this shift to new is difficult for us because we are set in our ways.  This is what happened to many Jewish believers in the time of the letter to the Hebrews.

The old covenant had laws and regulations for those who broke those laws.  The old covenant had promises for those who obeyed and warning for those who didn’t.  Moses was the mediator of the old covenant and Aaron and the Levites were the high priest and priesthood.  These were men who had failings themselves and eventually died.  The old covenant had a mobile tabernacle carried by the Levites, and God could only be visited at prescribed times by certain people.  Only Aaron the high priest could go into where God’s dwelling was in the Holy of Holies.

Jesus Christ is the mediator of the New Covenant.  He revealed it to us by His life, teaching, and sacrificial death on a cross.  He was God’s Son, not just a servant.  He was perfectly obedient to the old covenant while here on earth and then became the sacrifice for laws broken under the old covenant.

His sacrifice was better because His body and blood were without sin.  He offered Himself once for all to put away sin.  (Hebrews 9:14)   He lives forever and is able to be a perfect high priest of a different order, that of Melchizedek.  (Hebrews 6:20)  He can identify with us because He was a man and  experienced our temptations. (Hebrews 4:15-16)

When we trust in Christ, God gives us a new heart and sends His Spirit to live in us.  (Hebrews 8:10-12)  We become priests of the new covenant here on earth!  Our sins are forgiven and erased from God’s memory.  We become the new dwelling place of God.  As children of God, we can come to Him any time with our needs and find help and comfort.

New Covenant people love to gather together and encourage each other.  We know Jesus Christ is coming soon!  We want to reach as many as possible with the Good News of the New Covenant before Christ appears!  (Hebrews 10:19-25)  Don’t hold onto the old, embrace the New Covenant!

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The better covenant!

Scripture reading for December 14th: Hebrews 8-10

I love new things!  Sometimes old things are nice to collect, but new things are nicer to use because they have all the latest technology and all the parts are new.  But everything we were used to with the old has to be relearned with the new!  Sometimes this shift is difficult for us because we are set in our ways.  This is what happened to many Jewish believers in the time of the letter to the Hebrews.

The old covenant had laws and regulations for those who broke those laws.  The old covenant had promises for those who obeyed and warning for those who didn’t.  Moses was the mediator of the old covenant and Aaron and the Levites were the high priest and priesthood.  These were men who had failings themselves and eventually died.  The old covenant had a mobile tabernacle carried by the Levites, and God could only be visited at prescribed times by a certain few people.

Under the new covenant, things are much better!  Jesus Christ is the mediator of this new covenant.  He revealed it to us by His life, teaching, and sacrificial death on a cross.  He was God’s Son, not just a servant.  He was perfectly obedient to the old covenant while here on earth and then became the sacrifice for laws broken under the old covenant.

His sacrifice was better because His body and blood were without sin.  He offered it once for all to put away sin.  (Hebrews 9:14)  His blood was offered in heaven on the heavenly mercy seat when He rose from the dead.  He lives forever and is able to be a perfect high priest of a different order, that of Melchizedek.  (Hebrews 6:20)  He can identify with us because He is a man and has lived here on earth, experiencing our temptations. (Hebrews 4:15-16)

When we trust in Christ, God gives us a new heart and sends His Spirit to live in us.  (Hebrews 8:10-12)  We become priests of the new covenant –a kingdom of priests!  Our sins are forgiven and erased from God’s memory.  We become the new dwelling place of God, living stones in His new body the church.  We become children of our Father and can approach Him boldly without fear anytime and anywhere.  We should be offering thanks daily for this blessed new covenant!

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He Will Appear a Second Time!

Scripture reading for December 15th: Hebrews 8-10

The Jewish believers being addressed by the writer of Hebrews needed help understanding the work of Jesus Christ in bringing atonement for their sins.   They were under the Old Testament law and knew that the High Priest went into the Holy of Holies once a year on the Day of Atonement.  He went in to offer the blood sacrifice for the sins of the people and even for his own sins.  This High Priest could only come from the line of Aaron or he would not be qualified to be a priest.  (Hebrews 9:6-7)

Their questions about this came from the fact that Jesus Christ was from the tribe of Judah, rather than from Levi and Aaron.  Jesus did not offer an animal sacrifice in the earthly temple like the Aaronic priests.  Jesus offered His own blood in the heavenly tabernacle.  The shed blood made forgiveness of sins possible for all who would put their faith in Him.  (Hebrews 9:21-26)  Jesus also offered this sacrifice of His own blood just once and then He sat down because His work was finished.  The writer of Hebrews had previously shown that Jesus was of the priesthood of Melchizedek.  This was because of the resurrection from the dead and the power of an endless life!

“But now He has appeared once for all to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.  Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are awaiting for Him.” (Hebrews 9:26-28)

Jesus Christ came the first time to take away sin and destroy it’s power to bring eternal death to mankind.  He offered His sacrifice of His own blood in Heaven itself before God’s throne.  But Jesus Christ is coming again!  This next time it will not be to bear our sins, but to bring the fullness of salvation to all those who have put their trust in Him.  Those who are waiting for Him gather together regularly to encourage each other to love each other and do good deeds.  (Hebrews 10:23-25)  Are you eagerly waiting and regularly gathering with God’s people?  The time is near!

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New Covenant Realities

Scripture reading for December 14th: Hebrews 8-10

I love new things!  Sometimes old things are nice to collect, but new things are nicer to use because they have all the latest technology and all the parts are new.  Everything we were used to with the old has to be relearned with the new things.  Sometimes this shift is difficult for us because we are set in our ways.  This is what happened to many Jewish believers in the time of the letter to the Hebrews.  The author spent some time and effort explaining the new covenant and how it was so much better than the old covenant.

The old covenant had laws and regulations for those who broke those laws.  The old covenant had promises for those who obeyed and warning for those who didn’t.  Moses was the mediator of the old covenant and Aaron and the Levites were the high priest and priesthood.  These were men who had failings themselves and eventually died.  The old covenant had a mobile tabernacle carried by the Levites, and God could only be visited at prescribed times by a certain few people.  In fact, only Aaron the high priest could go into where God’s dwelling place was in the Holy of Holies.

Under the new covenant, things were much easier and better.  Jesus Christ is the mediator of this new covenant.  He revealed it to us by His life, teaching, and sacrificial death on a cross.  He was God’s Son, not just a servant.  He was perfectly obedient to the old covenant while here on earth and then became the sacrifice for laws broken under the old covenant.

His sacrifice was better because His body and blood were without sin.  He offered it once for all to put away sin.  (Hebrews 9:14)  His blood was offered in heaven on the heavenly mercy seat when He rose from the dead.  He lives forever and is able to be a perfect high priest of a different order, that of Melchizedek.  (Hebrews 6:20)  He can identify with us because He is a man and has lived here on earth, experiencing our temptations. (Hebrews 4:15-16)

When we trust in Christ and His sacrifice for us, God gives us a new heart and sends His Spirit to live in us.  (Hebrews 8:10-12)  We become priests of the new covenant here on earth–a kingdom of priests!  Our sins are forgiven and erased from God’s memory.  We become the new dwelling place of God, living stones in His new body the church.  We become children of our Father and can approach Him boldly without fear to find help in times of need or just to worship and have fellowship.

New covenant people love to gather together and encourage each other.  We know Jesus Christ is coming soon!  We want to be ready and reach as many as possible before the full reality is unveiled when He appears!  (Hebrews 10:19-25)

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