Day 9

a better covenant

from the reading plan


Hebrews 8:1-13

BY Debbie Eaton

Text: Hebrews 8:1-13

 “I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
– Hebrews 8:10

Imagine being one of the 12 disciples sitting at the Last Supper table with Jesus, enjoying food and fellowship. The conversation is rich with the tradition of the Passover and what it meant to be Jewish — the Mosaic Law entrenched and lived out in the culture of the day.

These 12 men had spent close to three years watching Jesus contend with the law and challenge those who implemented the law. And here they sat together, unaware of what was going to be said next and the ramifications of it — that soon a new covenant, a superior covenant would be ushered in, making the old obsolete.

Jesus broke bread and said, “‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them saying, ‘Drink from it all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’” (Matthew 26:27-28)

Did the disciples look at each other and say, “What?” Did they have any idea what was to come?

Then there came the unthinkable reality — betrayal, arrest, declared guilty, hung in the gap of heaven and hell. Death. The curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook. Silence.

Then… an empty tomb.
Can you imagine?

God’s supernatural power and perfect plan shifted the old, external covenant to an internal and eternal new covenant. The prophetic words of Jeremiah came true — “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Jeremiah 31:33, Hebrews 8:10)

A new covenant means new day — a day where the spirit of God lives in us.

Jesus himself engraves His love on our hearts. He places His Spirit in us so we can choose to live out His better plan. When we abide in Him, our mind, heart and soul are changed forever.

God’s thread of grace transcends time.

From creation, to the fall of Adam and Eve, to His birth, death and resurrection – God’s hope for humanity is filled with grace, mercy and unfailing love.

When my son was four years old and asked me one Good Friday, “Mom, why is it called Good Friday when it was a bad day for Jesus?” I could lovingly say it was a great day for mankind. God’s plan for grace, forgiveness and redemption was fulfilled in a new and more superior covenant with His people.

“What this new covenant does is implant into the heart of a man a new nature, impelling him to act righteously. No longer is his conduct directed by an exterior law but by the law of Christ within him.” – AW Tozer

How is God engraving grace on your heart today?

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74 thoughts on "a better covenant"

  1. Stephanie says:

    I love that quote at the end- a perfect reminder that everything good in us is from God and we don’t have to work hard to be good, just to build a connection with Jesus that will make us good through him.

  2. b11n11 says:

    Hebrews 8:11 says, “No longer will they teach their neighbor,
    or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
    because they will all know me,
    from the least of them to the greatest.” What a BEAUTIFUL picture to keep at the forefront of my mind as God prepares my heart to leave this soil. Our God is a missionary God from beginning to end. He wired me to be mission minded. He knows I desire to leave when I am fully funded, so as to come face to face with NO fundraising distractions and for my house, car, etc. to be taken care of. Seek Him and you’ll find mission. YOU have a role to play in the fulfillment of the scriptures. Be motivated by His desire to see the nations take their position fighting for ALL to bring their worship to Him. Every family, people group, tribe, and tongue. If you don’t know what to say, just say, “JESUS.” I can’t think of a better place to start. No backup plan for a name so powerful in me.

  3. Sarah Faith says:

    Alicia thank you for that. Thank you for the verse and for the encouragement. I love this community!!! :)

  4. Sarah Faith says:

    Today I woke up in such a grumpy mood. Maybe it was from my nightmare. Maybe it was from my insecurities that I constantly think about. Maybe it was from my sin that I haven’t forgiven myself for. Or just the pile of dishes starring at me. Whatever it was, it was eating me alive this morning. I couldn’t even focus on my reading at first because I was thinking of every little thing that was frustrating me. And then I heard a whisper in my heart to talk to Him. Not to yell or vent at the people I’m frustrated with but to talk to HIM. AnD that’s exactly what I did. This message has shown me even when my heart is distracted God still has his hands wrapped around me. And even though I don’t deserve a fraction of what god has given me he still loves me and allows me to carry about my days. It was the internal part of the covenant that made me remember the eternal importance. Thank you lord for speaking through my heart. I can’t describe it or explain how you speak or even how it feels when you do but I know it’s real and I can HEAR YOU. Thank you for this new covenant that allows me to have you in me.

    1. Sarah! "It was the internal part of the covenant that made me remember the eternal importance." Wow, honestly thank you for sharing. I feel you, I have many days where I just cannot focus or get my mind to stop and be still. I constantly forget how powerful the Holy Spirit is and that I need to ask of His help to just get through my day.. leaving me dependent on myself which we all know is not the best ;) there is a verse that has been on my heart for the last month or so and that the Lord has been using to reassure me, maybe it will speak to you as well.

      "You hem me in, behind and before, and lay Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it." Psalm 139:5-6

      I feel like this verse is exactly what my heart constantly says. I have a hard time grasping the fact that God holds my every moment, that He cares so so deeply for me and YOU! He sees you Sarah and He hears you, He has His hands wrapped around every part of your life.

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