A better covenant.
Jesus became the Mediator of the New and a better covenant because He offered a perfect sacrifice for the removal of sin from the people. He offered Himself. “But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which rests on the better promise.” Hebrews 8:6, NKJV. The Jesus’ ministry is as superior to Aaron’s ministry as is the New Covenant superior to the old covenant. The old covenant, given to the temporary priesthood according to the order of Aaron, was a contract, an agreement, between the people and God. The people of Israel promised to be obedient to God. “Then he took the Book of the covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, ‘All that the Lord has said we will do, and be obedient.’” Exodus 24:7, NKJV.
The people of Israel, however, could not remain faithful in what they promised, so they broke the Covenant. Hosea 6:7. Because the covenant made at the Sinai was an agreement between two parties, therefore, it required that both parties fulfill their part perfectly, as promised. The law, the Ten Commandments, that was a part of the old covenant, could not empower the people to be obedient to God. The people disobeyed the commands. Therefore, the first, or the Old Covenant became ineffective and useless, since it did not have sufficient means to keep it in force. “For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.” Hebrews 8:7, NKJV.
What was the fault concerning the first covenant that was administered by the Levitical priesthood? “Because finding fault with them, He says: ‘Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah -.” Hebrews 8:8, NKJV. What then was the destiny of the old covenant with its stipulations? “In that He says, ‘A new covenant,’ He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” Hebrews 8:13, NKJV. Therefore, the old covenant, the agreement, with its stipulations, is no longer in effect. The New and a permanent covenant, which is not an agreement, replaced the Old Covenant.
Continued with the next blog.