THURSDAY 8TH FEBRUARY, 2018
THEME: THE BETTER COVENANT
TEXT: HEBREWS 8:6-13
MEMORY VERSE: HEBREWS 8:10 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: After those days,” says the Lord, “I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people”.
Covenant(or testament) in the context of the Scripture, means an agreement between God and His people in which God makes certain promises that require certain behaviour from them in return. God made a covenant with the Israelites through Moses in the giving of the Law. It was a written law in which all offences were punishable without any mercy. Imagine someone stoned to death for breaking the law of the Sabbath or a whole family stoned to death for the sin of only one of the family members!
In spite of all the strict rules of the old covenant, the Israelites could not keep their part of the covenant. Why? Because the Law did not give full explanations on why they must not do what they were forbidden to do. Moreover, no grace was given from God for the observance of the Law. It was because the Law was given in the first place as a punishment for Israel’s sins.
On the other hand, the new covenant was given through Jesus Christ and the offer of mercy and grace applied to relieve the people and offer God’s love. In verse 12 of our text, God says He will be merciful to our unrighteousness and not remember our sins anymore. What a promise to the new covenant people! The offering of Jesus Christ on the Cross opened up a new covenant which offers unmerited grace and mercy. The New Testament is a better Covenant because it offers life rather than death.
It is unfortunate that even in this better covenant, some walk in the old covenant, observing the rules of the Law which only brings death. What covenant are you operating, the old or the new? The choice is yours. Choose wisely!
HYMN: EMHB 162 – THOU ART MY LIFE; IF THOU BUT TURN AWAY
PRAYER: Lord God, grant me Your Holy Spirit to always know and walk in the new covenant in Jesus’ name. Amen.