Hebrews 8:6 But Jesus has now obtained a more excellent ministry, and to that degree he is the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted through better promises. 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need to look for a second one.
The writer is comparing the first covenant of the law (given through Moses) and the new covenant of grace (given through Jesus). Here’s a note I wrote in my bible two years ago that still reflects my thinking today:
“It would certainly seem from scripture that the first covenant of the law, via Moses, was intended to lead the people to perfection and union with God. It didn’t. There is now a second covenant that includes the first, but is covered by the grace of God. A question that I have relates to why God would make a covenant that did not ultimately work out. Why the need for a second? I understand there is human sin, fallen world, and all that. But an omniscient God would have known a covenant of law was insufficient given our frailty.”
Lord, whatever your reasons for two covenants, I thank you that we now have access to you by grace through Jesus Christ. Make me into the man you imagined I could be when you conceived me in my mother’s womb. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
4 thoughts on “The need for a second covenant…”
I would say, “Make me into the PERSON you imagined me to be, when……………….”
I read it that way as MY prayer.
A female, and proud of it!
The first covenant didn’t work because man refused to be man. Instead, man wants to be God. It is that arrogance that gets us into trouble. Now, as the world is getting more secular, Governments want to play the role of God and citizens that don’t have a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior are happy to see this happen. It hasn’t worked out well but the ‘churches’ only want to look the other way so they watch themselves die a death of a thousand cuts. A completely secular world is a world without Christianity.
Lyn I completely agree with your assessment. I get why the first covenant didn’t work out. What I wonder is why God, who knows all things, did not anticipate this failure on our part.
good questions! it’s a question I think about often…