Today we get to look at a short chapter that is pretty packed! I really enjoy how this chapter is laid out; it makes it easy to pick out what is being said. As a college student, I love when authors give you a heads up by saying, “Here’s the main point!”. It’s like they are pointing flashing arrows at key concepts that will be on the test later. Not that there is necessarily going to be a written exam at the end of this book… but we are definitely expected to know what is going on here! Verse 1 and 2 clues us in as to what the author is trying to get at. We have a high priest sitting at the right hand of God serving in a heavenly sanctuary that wasn’t built by humans. He’s there!
As we move on to verse 5 we see that the current tabernacle at that time was built specifically to mirror the one in heaven. I found that tidbit really interesting! I’m someone who tends to gloss over the verses that are just measurements and descriptions of structures… I find them pretty boring to be honest. BUT, how cool is it that the tabernacle Moses was to build had all of those specific measurements for a real purpose, besides just structural stability? It gave me a little bit of a boost to read through all of those seemingly unimportant building directions we find throughout Scripture!
Verse 6 and on is somewhat of a comparison and contrast between the old covenant and the new. First, we see that the new covenant is made superior and is established on better promises (vs 6). In verses 7 and 8 we see that a new covenant was deemed necessary by God because he found fault in the first and wanted to establish one between both the people of Israel and Judah. The next verse I think would’ve been a little tough to swallow as an Israelite. Here the author is writing about how the Israelites did not remain faithful to God’s first covenant and because of that, He turned away from them. Thankfully the chapter doesn’t end there and continues on to describe how amazing the new covenant will be!
In the last few verses we are told that we will be God’s people, that all will know the LORD, and that we will be forgiven of our sins! Verse 12 says that God will remember our sins no more and that our wickedness is forgiven. Praise God for a second chance! (Truthfully more like third, fourth, fifth, one millionth….) To end the chapter verse 13 restates that the old covenant is done, gone, obsolete. We are living under a new covenant that offers us a clean slate.
Today I encourage you to take advantage of your clean slate, let your sins of yesterday be dissolved and obsolete like the old covenant, and press forward with the reminder that your sins have been forgiven through Jesus Christ. What are you going to do today with that grace?