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A faultless covenant???

03 Dec

Hello again!

I’m beginning to see that it’s almost impossible to avoid doing another post on the old covenant, a few weeks ago (around 2-4) we heard a sermon by a pastor, it was not the most, Fulfilling, but, he talked a lot about the old testament, he called it the older testament. I think it’s important to make it clear that it is not just older but almost without meaning, don’t get me wrong, the old covenant serves the purpose of pointing us forward to Jesus dying for us. So, just thought I’d give you a heads up:

They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.” But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second. For he finds fault with them when he says: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,

(Heb 8:5-8)

 I think the first question that needs to be answered here is, whom are the people who are a shadow or a copy, and while we’re there, I really wouldn’t normally put shadow and copy in the same sentence… My point being, a shadow is an image that it is around one fifth of what the actual noun looks like (of course, the does very). A copy, however, is nearly a perfect replica of the original (once more, it varies). So, why is he calling the priests (that’s who the author was referring to) a copy and a shadow? Simple – it’s a shadow, because there were many of them, compared to one (Jesus), they offered animals, Jesus offered himself. The way they were copies, is because, firstly, they were priests, like Jesus, they were holly, like Jesus. Do you see?

Well, lets look at some of the verses now, as in, all the other verses:

 

 

Heb 8:6

But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises.

Heb 8:7

For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.

Heb 8:8 For he finds fault with them when he says: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,”

 

Heb 8:8 For he finds fault with them when he says: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah (this isn’t all of what God says in here, verse 9 continues what God is saying)

Hmm, if the old testament had been perfect, there would be no need for another one? Then why do we have another testament? Christ has obtained a better covenant? What?! But I thought the old testament would be sufficient for me, I just needed to try a little harder! Have you ever felt like that? Yeah, that was the time you started reading self-help books too I bet… So, the old testament isn’t perfect? I need something else to get me into heaven? But I feel complete in myself! Have you ever felt that you were complete in yourself (that’s impossible, just to let you know), yeah, that was the other time you read that self-help book, right? The old testament was a shadow of the new testament, a shadow of things to come in Jesus. The old testament, is the not the older testament, it’s “useless” and even “weakness”. It’s the old testament/covenant. Jesus, is the new testament. I hope you understand what my point is, if you don’t, please ask me about it in the comments.

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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