I know it isn’t really a long passage, but it has a lot in it:
For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.
Lets pick up on a few key words here real quick “former, weakness, uselessness, better hope, draw near to God” Do you see a pattern?
Did you realize we can apply all of those words to us, “Formerly we were weak and useless, because we were under the law. But, we found a far better hope in Jesus, and his amazing love. And now we draw near to God. Do you see what I mean? The law, is now in essence, useless, don’t get me wrong here, I need to clarify something, just because the law is “useless” doesn’t mean that we should ignore, stay with me on this for a minute. When we obey Jesus, we don’t need to try and obey the law, we just do. Though, by no means perfectly (I know I’ve said this several times, but I wanted to make sure that wasn’t the message being conveyed)…
Anyway, now the law is broken (that makes three times now, if your interested) and the curtain torn in two. Now we can draw near to God, because Jesus died for us! Because of Jesus, we are now able do obey the law, now we are able to do what God requires of us. I’d say that http://www.thefreedictionary.com/able describes it well in their definition.
You are loved!