April 10, 2018
A "more excellent" ministry is a phrase used in this chapter (verse 6) and what does this mean? Also, a "better" covenant and "better" promises are used.
Isn't an excellent way/idea/person/etc. extremely good? And if it's extremely good or outstanding, what more could you ask for?
I want an excellent career.
I want to get excellent grades.
With all this excellence, what more could a person need? Could there be something "more excellent"?
We read in this chapter that there is a "more excellent" covenant/priest/law. And that covenant that Jesus provided is the "more excellent" way.
It is interesting that the author does NOT discredit the law of Moses because to discredit it and call it "okay" would be like saying, what God gave to Moses was simply sub-par. But instead the phrase "more excellent" is used. Which is like saying that the law of Moses WAS excellent, it WAS the law God gave us to follow, but NOW there is something better! And as said in Romans, we don't make void the law, we establish it. And in Hebrews 10, the law WAS a shadow of things to come but NOT the very image.
This reminds me of the younger generation and all their technological advances versus the older generation and their "old ways". What the author of this book says and what the younger generation should always remember is that the ways of old brought us to this point and we should not belittle them but give them the proper respect! There may be a "new" way to do things but respect should still be given to the older ways. Should I disregard the Old Testament because I have the New Testament? No! I still respect the Old while living in the New!
Hebrews 8:1-13 (KJV)
Christ's ministry from the heavenly tabernacle
1 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;
2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
The new covenant foretold by Jeremiah
6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10 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:
11 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.
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
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