by Tony Nester

Better Promises
Tony Nester
Hebrews 8:6-13

(Hebrews 8:6-13 NRSV) "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. {8} God finds fault with them when he says: "The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah; {9} not like the covenant that I made with their ancestors, on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; for they did not continue in my covenant, and so I had no concern for them, says the Lord. {10} This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. {11} And they shall not teach one another or say to each other, 'Know the Lord,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. {12} For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more." {13} In speaking of "a new covenant," he has made the first one obsolete. And what is obsolete and growing old will soon disappear."

I talked recently with a 40 something woman who isn't happy about having to move as a result of her husband getting a new job. She's fit and trim and looks like she could handle most anything, but she is struggling with leaving her home, friends, and church family. She said, "I used to think I liked change. But I've discovered that the only change I care to make now is my hair color or my toe nail polish. I find I'm clinging more and more to things as they are."

This woman has embraced a lot of what's new and contemporary — both in society and in the church. There's nothing old fashioned about her. But she recognizes that down ...

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