Chapter 8 appears to be something of a summary of what has already been covered.
Hebrews 8:1 “Now this is the main point of the things we are saying…”
Now this hyer’s the pint. Movie line from Sergeant York. Always cracks me up.
1 “…We have such a High Priest…”
The point he wanted to make. He’s described a better high priest and now assures us we indeed have one.
3-6 “…He has obtained a more excellent ministry…”
Jesus wouldn’t be a priest on earth as He wasn’t from the tribe of Levi according to the law. And He doesn’t serve as priest of the copy as the Levites do. He serves in heaven in the real ministry of redemption, having paid the price once for all and now is seated, not having to offer sacrifices ever again. His covenant is the better as it is complete. It doesn’t cover sins, but paid for them totally.
10 “…I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts…”
After Christ, God has put a sense of Himself in all men. They know the difference between right and wrong. They know they need someone outside themselves to fill the internal void. Many try to fill it with wrong things, but they all feel it there. We don’t have to share the sense of longing with anyone, they already have it. What we share is the answer to that longing, Jesus Christ Himself.
12 “…their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more”
Once we’ve accepted Christ, the mediator of the new covenant, God forgives and cleanses us of our sins, and remembers them no more.
13 “…He has made the first obsolete…”
He’s not talking about the law as in making the law of no effect. He’s talking about the way a person believed. The old covenant had a person express faith by offering the sacrifices on a regular basis. With the new covenant, you don’t have to do that. Christ paid the price once for all. You accept His onetime sacrifice, and you never have to offer another one. The faith is the same, but the old way has been replaced with the new.
I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word. May it accomplish what He desires. Please feel free to comment or post questions. Thanks for reading!
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