Day 10

A Superior Covenant

from the Hebrews reading plan

Hebrews 8:1-13, Zechariah 8:4-8, Luke 22:14-20, Romans 12:1-2

BY Patti Sauls

I admire the patience of the rhododendron bush that grows by the side of our house. Month after month, it sits, doing nothing but holding the same green leaves—no grand growth, no dramatic changes. But once a year, in late spring, everything changes. Green buds in the middle of each leaf cluster unfold to reveal big, bright fuchsia flowers. The humble bush transforms into a masterpiece bursting all around with beautiful blooms. 

Today we see the unfolding of God’s covenant. In the Bible, covenant refers to the agreement between God and His people concerning His plan to rescue them and restore them to unity with Him forever. We can see its beauty from bud to bloom throughout the unfolding story of Scripture.

The bud of the old covenant centered on the commandments given through Moses and the system of animal sacrifice that God established to cleanse the nation of Israel from sin. The terms were set. God outlined the perfect pattern of love and obedience to ensure flourishing life with Him. Any deviation from His plan would result in separation and death. The Israelites could not hold up their end of the bargain. Disobedience grew like weeds, and Israel’s priests could never offer enough sacrifice to cover the people’s sins. 

It seems like the plan failed. Could there be anything beautiful about the old covenant? Definitely! Through this covenant, God revealed a love for His people and His desire to be close to them. He uncovered the severe consequences of not following His ways: destruction and death. He exposed every person’s addiction to sin. These truths stand firm today. Clearly, each of us needs someone who can accomplish what we can’t. 

The plan wasn’t a failure. Just watch the bud unfold and bloom. “See, 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). God sent His Son to do what no one else could: fulfill the old covenant by standing in our place and holding up our end of the bargain. Jesus didn’t deviate from the plan. He lived a perfect life of love and obedience (1Peter 2:22). And He willingly became the spotless sacrifice that conquers sin. 

Jesus’s fulfillment of the old covenant ushered in the new. It is for all nations, for all eternity (Revelation 7:9). What a beautiful transformation! The old covenant highlights our need; the new covenant highlights our hope. Jesus, our divine High Priest, secured the way for us to be united with Him forever. “He is the mediator of a better covenant, which has been established on better promises” (Hebrews 8:6).

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48 thoughts on "A Superior Covenant"

  1. Lois East says:


  2. Ada McCloud says:

    Great High Priest – I need you.

  3. Sydney Scott says:

    He will save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him! Thank you father for providing the new covenant to us in Jesus. For opening the door to give sinners new hearts and forgive all their sins against you. Let us stand on the grace you’ve given, the justice of Christ dying on our behalf, the hope of the resurrection of Christ in our life today and forever. Let us stand on the obedience, righteousness, perfection of Jesus and uphold your righteous laws as the people of God. We stand on grace, saved by grace, and we walk in your ways as a result (from the power of the Holy Spirit). You fulfilled the old covenant, so we could live in the new one. We would be hopeless without you Jesus. With you, we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God!

  4. Calia Knutson says:

    “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.” – Hebrews 8:5 5
    A reminder to keep God’s ways in our everyday. He has never changed…nor has His deep pursuit of us.♥️

  5. Calia Knutson says:

    “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.” – Hebrews 8:5A reminder to keep God’s ways in our everyday. He has never changed…nor has His deep pursuit of us.♥️

  6. Susan Lincks says:

    Jesus is everything.

  7. Terri Baldwin says:

    20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. – Luke 22:20

  8. MaryBeth Thomas says:

    Dear Lird, please watch over Kacie. Show her the path you have made for her. Watch over and guide her as she is in need of your love and mercy. In Jesus’ name, Anen.

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