Day 15

A Superior Covenant

from the Hebrews reading plan

Hebrews 8:7-13, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Luke 22:14-20

BY She Reads Truth

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 8:7-13, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Luke 22:14-20

Current reality often eclipses our future possibilities. It’s hard to imagine things will ever look much different than this, what’s right in front of us today.

I doubt that even the most imaginative Israelites in Egypt could have fathomed their miraculous escape from slavery across the dry ocean floor (Exodus 13:17–14:31). The disciples huddled together in Jerusalem could not have foreseen the power of Pentecost, even in their wildest dreams. I mean, tongues of fire? Crazy! (Acts 2:3). And when we were slaves to our sin, we could not have comprehend being truly free (Romans 6:17; John 8:36). It seems our God is always moving us toward something better, something brighter—something more than we dare to ask, imagine, or hope for (Ephesians 3:20).

Those who worshiped under the Old Testament covenant surely could not have grasped all that Jesus would usher in. That a day would dawn when sacrifices of animal blood were no longer required because Christ’s blood was sufficient to atone once and for all. That God’s presence wouldn’t rest between the angel’s wings on the ark of the covenant (Exodus 25:17–22), but would move freely in our hearts. That a time was coming when the law would not be written on slabs of stone, but instead on the hearts and minds of God’s beloved children (Jeremiah 31:33). That the curtain of the tabernacle would be torn in two, making a way for sinners to enter the presence of God (Matthew 27:51).

Yet, here we are, “speaking of a new covenant, [by which] he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away” (Hebrews 8:13). Today, we are the recipients of the avalanche of grace Moses could only dream of. We are free in a way even the Israelites who fled Egypt never knew. Under the new covenant, we have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This is a gift from God by which all our wrongdoing is forgiven, our sins never to be remembered again (Ephesians 2:8–9; Hebrews 8:12).

The old is gone and the new, superior covenant of grace is better than our wildest hopes. But we are also broken people, still stuck in this broken world and so easily convinced that this is all there is. Yet God is moving us onward, toward something unthinkably good. All that we see is ready to vanish away because our God is making all things new (Revelation 21:1–5).

Maybe you can’t quite picture it. Perhaps your heart doesn’t dare believe it, but that won’t stop the Lord from delivering it. The best is truly yet to come.


Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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  1. Emily Dick says:

    Like it was difficult for those fleeing Egypt to imagine a time where we would intimately know God, it is difficult for me to understand what it was like to NOT know God intimately and rely on my fellows for knowledge. It is difficult to empathize with them.

  2. Dominique Turnquest says:

    Amen!!!! Eye has not seen, ear has not heard neither has it entered into the heart of man, the things God has prepared for those that love him.

  3. Janee says:

    I think sometimes we have a hard time grasping that not only is God for us , but is loving that he wants to provide not only our needs, but some healthy things we may want, and that he does so abundantly. It can be hard to that when challenges arise, maybe you are like me and part of feels like maybe that only happens for other people. Maybe it’s hard to imagine because there seems to be so many examples to the contrary and maybe it’s something that has never been done before. Maybe we even question what God is so clearly speaking to us because it seems so outlandish, and maybe we just feel plan crazy. But God is not a human being that he should lie or need to ” make him self look bigger” than he is. God’s words do not return void. He is not a distant God that only listens to certain people. His word says the veil was torn , we have free access. Our God is a living God , who roars like a lion and comes to the aid of his children. Like the shunammite woman , Hannah, the woman with the issue of Blood .. countless other women who have gone before us .. we can dare to dream and hope knowing that our God not only hears us but wants to bless us. He is able, and he is willing .. we just have to trust him.

  4. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I love that God’s law is written on our hearts!! ❤️

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