Hebrews 8: Are You God’s People?
Verse of the Day: (V10) “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:”
1. Priest (V1-6)
V1 “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;”
When Jesus came and died on the cross, and shed His blood for the sins of the whole world, the new covenant of grace replaced the old covenant of law. Not that the old covenant was ineffective as the people during the old covenant could still be saved by faith in God. However, the new covenant is better, as Jesus became the ultimate gift and sacrifice for the sins of the whole world as compared to the many gifts and sacrifices that the high priests had to offer to God for the atonement of their own sins as well as the sins of the people. After Jesus’ resurrection, from the ultimate sacrifice, He became the High Priest who is now seated at the right hand of God, the Majesty, interceding for all our sins.
V3 “For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.”
2. Place (V7-9)
V7 “For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.”
The people of Israel time and again failed to keep the first covenant because of unbelief. If they had kept the first covenant, there should be no place for the second, but they could not, and God gave them a better covenant by sending Jesus Christ, the ultimate sacrifice.
V8 “For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:”
3. People (V10-13)
V11 “And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.”
Today, when we believe and receive Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour and Lord, He shall forgive and forget our sins, and at the same time, the Holy Spirit shall indwell our minds and hearts, and guide us in God’s Word and prayer, as we become God’s people.
V12 “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I am Your people because I believe in You by faith.