Daily Devotional Tuesday 8th November 2022by William Moody
Jesus, High Priest of a Better Covenant
8:1 Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 a minister in the holy places, in the true tent1 that the Lord set up, not man. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer. 4 Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law. 5 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.” 6 But as it is, Christ2 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. 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.
8 For he finds fault with them when he says:3
“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,
9 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers
on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt.
For they did not continue in my covenant,
and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws into their minds,
and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
11 And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor
and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’
for they shall all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,
and I will remember their sins no more.”
13 In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
The writer continues to focus on the superiority of Jesus as a great high priest much greater than the Old Testament priests. The OT priests in serving in the tabernacle, were serving in something, which although glorious, was still a shadow of the greater reality in which Jesus ministered in (v1-5).
The tabernacle had to be erected so carefully according to God’s instructions because it was pointing to heaven. Each year the High Priest took the blood of atonement into the holy of holies, Jesus at death presented Himself as a sacrifice into the holy of holies of heaven.
Jesus is also a more excellent priest as He is one of a better covenant (v6-13). The ministering of the old covenant was very grand with all the ceremonies and sacrifices, the new covenant will have less outward glory but is more wonderful as it transforms hearts in a much greater way writing God’s law on people’s hearts (v10). The ministry of Jesus does away with the need of the OT priesthood, it has been surpassed (v13). Reality replaces the shadows.
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