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Hebrews 8

September 21, 2012

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

12 thoughts on “Hebrews 8”

  1. v.1-2 We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

    Jesus is a seated priest; he has finished his work of dealing with sin and is thus described as seated. Jesus is an enthroned priest and a heavenly priest in the true tabernacle (not in the copy or shadow tabernacle v.5).

  2. v.1-2 We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

    Jesus is a seated priest; he has finished his work of dealing with sin and is thus described as seated. Jesus is an enthroned priest and a heavenly priest in the true tabernacle (not in the copy or shadow tabernacle v.5).

  3. v.9 It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord.

    The old covenant did not have the power to enable God’s people to remain faithful whereas the new one does.

  4. v.9 It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord.

    The old covenant did not have the power to enable God’s people to remain faithful whereas the new one does.

  5. v.10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares 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.

    The new covenant does have the power to enable us to remain faithful because instead of written instructions which we could not keep, God has written them in our hearts. His indwelling presence enables us.

  6. v.10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares 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.

    The new covenant does have the power to enable us to remain faithful because instead of written instructions which we could not keep, God has written them in our hearts. His indwelling presence enables us.

  7. Isn't it awesome, Susan, that He is seated, or it is finished? All that needed to be done on our behalf, has been done. We couldn't do it, so He did. Now, we can, but it's again because of Him and His power; the tool for a changed life because of Him alone.

  8. Isn't it awesome, Susan, that He is seated, or it is finished? All that needed to be done on our behalf, has been done. We couldn't do it, so He did. Now, we can, but it's again because of Him and His power; the tool for a changed life because of Him alone.

  9. v.13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.

    The old covenant is obsolete. It did soon disappear with the destruction of the temple in AD70.

    The old covenant was only added until Jesus came (Galatians 3:19). When God made the Mosaic covenant obsolete it did not affect the Abrahamic covenant since the Mosaic covenant was only “added” later. Once it had done its job it was made obsolete.

    (From Constable’s commentary) “His (Jesus) death was the basis for the fulfillment of the promises that the New Covenant contained. ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me’” (1 Corinthians 11:25).

  10. v.13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.

    The old covenant is obsolete. It did soon disappear with the destruction of the temple in AD70.

    The old covenant was only added until Jesus came (Galatians 3:19). When God made the Mosaic covenant obsolete it did not affect the Abrahamic covenant since the Mosaic covenant was only “added” later. Once it had done its job it was made obsolete.

    (From Constable’s commentary) “His (Jesus) death was the basis for the fulfillment of the promises that the New Covenant contained. ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me’” (1 Corinthians 11:25).

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