Hebrews 8: Amazing Love
Hebrews 8 takes us back to the Old Testament and the Old Covenant. As you will recall, the Old Covenant established the relationship between God and Israel. Even back in Genesis 17, God establishes with Abraham a covenant. This covenant establishes the fact that the nation of Israel will be God’s children, and He will be their God. This type of relationship is also reiterated in multiple places throughout the Old Testament.
The problem with this type of covenant as we see in the Old Testament is that the children of Israel continually rejected it.
Heb 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
Heb 8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
Heb 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
God was certainly still the God of the people of Israel, but the people ran away from Him and refused to be His people. I think that is what the author of Hebrews is talking about here in regards to the Old Covenant not being faultless. The fault came from the people of Israel; it was not from God or the covenant itself.
Therefore, there needed to be a new covenant that would be more effective. This is what we have been talking about for the rest of the book. Jesus established that New Covenant. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus established a new relationship and dynamic.
This is part of the amazing love of God. The Old Covenant was not working out as well. The people were not living up to their end of the bargain. Granted, Israel would have revivals where they would be in following after God again, but then there would be another falling out. God could have thrown the entire thing out. He could have simply said that it wasn’t worth His time to try to develop a New Covenant, but He did it. In fact, He gave His one and only Son, His most precious gift. If God did not love us, I don’t think this would’ve happened.
That then ought to make us incredibly grateful.