Hebrews Lesson 14

Lesson 14
Hebrews 8:7-13

Henry Mahan

(Vs. 7) The first covenant spoken of here is the covenant of the Levitical Priesthood, made with Israel and delivered by Moses. It was a typical covenant (Heb. 7:11, 18).

This covenant was deficient. It had a weakness in that it was only typical. Its priests were only sinful men; its sacrifices were animal blood; its offerings could not remove sin. If this covenant could have redeemed, there would have been no reason for Christ to come! (Heb. 10:1-4, 9.)

(Vs. 8) "But finding fault with them" (BOTH with the covenant which had its weakness and with the people who continued not in it), God said, "The days come when I will make a new covenant" (Jer. 31:31-34).

This covenant is called a NEW covenant not with respect to its origin or its age, for it is the EVERLASTING covenant made with Christ before the foundation of the world (Heb. 13:20; Rev. 13:8). It is called the new covenant in that it is NEWLY REVEALED! That which is revealed second was made first. It is called new because it is ALWAYS NEW; it WILL NEVER BE OLD nor give place to another. It is also called new because IT GIVES A NEW HEART, a new nature, and a new spirit!

(Vs. 9-12) "This is the new covenant I will make with them after those days," after the times of the Old Testament, when the Messiah shall come and the gospel of grace shall be preached.

(Vs. 13) In the establishing of the New Covenant, the Levitical Covenant is done away. It has served its day but is now disappeared and used no more, as a garment rots and vanishes away (Gal. 5:1-6).

Henry Mahan
Ashland, Ky.