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Some Sabbath Keepers Don’t Understand Hebrews 8:6-9

I have recently read an article in which someone used the following scripture to teach against the keeping of Gods commandments as contained within the Bible. Please consider the following:

(Speaking of Jesus)

6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.

 8 Because finding fault with them, He says: "Behold, 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--

 9 "not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD.

 (Heb 8:6-9 NKJ)

The argument goes like something like this; God took away the “Jewish” commandments and replaced them with a new covenant. Further, the person will go on to quote something like:

14 not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth. (Tit 1:14 NKJ)

To keep things relatively short and simple I will make the three following points:

1.     If you think Hebrews 8:7-8 is about finding fault in God’s covenant then you believe in a God that makes faulty convents. Does your God make faulty covenants? Isn’t it much more likely that the point is that the first covenant was able to find fault in “them”, meaning God’s people. However, if you check the Greek text, you will find “with them” is not there!

2.     Read Hebrews 8:8. Does “with them” make sense when referring to the “first covenant” (a singular item)?

3.     Do you think that any of God’s commandments as recorded anywhere in the Bible are “Jewish Fables” or “commandments of men”?

To read about what the “New Covenant” actually is it is given just a few verses down:

 

10 "For 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 mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. (Heb 8:10 NKJ)

 

What’s on your heart?

 

10-16-2012

 

 


 

 

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