God’s Word Goes Forth: Trust in God’s Promises
Hebrews 8:1-13: God gave Moses the plans for building the first sacred tent (Exodus 25:40). Israel’s priests offered sacrifices first at this tent, and later at the temple. But God created a new paradigm for worship through Christ. The author says that the ultimate place for worship is now in heaven.
Today's Scripture: Hebrews 8:10b
“I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
1 The whole point of what we are saying is that we have such a High Priest, who sits at the right of the throne of the Divine Majesty in heaven. 2 He serves as high priest in the Most Holy Place, that is, in the real tent which was put up by the Lord, not by human hands. 3 Every high priest is appointed to present offerings and animal sacrifices to God, and so our High Priest must also have something to offer. 4 If he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer the gifts required by the Jewish Law. 5 The work they do as priests is really only a copy and a shadow of what is in heaven. It is the same as it was with Moses. When he was about to build the Sacred Tent, God told him, “Be sure to make everything according to the pattern you were shown on the mountain.” 6 But now, Jesus has been given priestly work which is superior to theirs, just as the covenant which he arranged between God and his people is a better one, because it is based on promises of better things. 7 If there had been nothing wrong with the first covenant, there would have been no need for a second one. 8 But God finds fault with his people when he says, “The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will draw up a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 9 It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by the hand and led them out of Egypt. They were not faithful to the covenant I made with them, and so I paid no attention to them. 10 Now, this is the covenant that I will make with the people of Israel in the days to come, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 11 None of them will have to teach their friends or tell their neighbors, “Know the Lord.” For they will all know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 I will forgive their sins and will no longer remember their wrongs.” 13 By speaking of a new covenant, God has made the first one old; and anything that becomes old and worn out will soon disappear.
In biblical times, the high priest was in charge of the holy place in the temple. He was the only one who could go into the inner part of the temple, the most holy place, the place of God’s dwelling. This passage says that God provides access for all people to what is now the most holy place—heaven. What does God’s promise mean to you?
Everlasting God, through Christ our Lord, you welcome everyone into your holy and sacred presence. Help me to extend your welcome to others by sharing the Good News of Christ. In your holy name. Amen.
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