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17 February, 2016

Search The Scriptures —Study 10 —Hebrews 8

Study 10 From The Book of Hebrews Is: Hebrews 8

1.      Verses 1-6.  Jews were used to seeing Levitical priests fulfil their ministry in an earthly sanctuary.  As Christian they needed to appreciate that Christ’s ministry in different and ‘much more excellent’ (verse 6). In what ways is this true? What is the significance of His being already seated at the right hand of God’s throne (verse 1)?  Cf. 10:10-14; 4:14-16; Eph. 4:8.
2.     Verses 7-13.  Why did the first covenant fail? Was there anything wrong with it? In contrast to it, in what ways does the new covenant meet our need, give us ‘better promises’ (verse 6), and make success certain?

Note.  Verse 10-12.  Experimental progress into the enjoyment of the blessings of the new covenant is best appreciated from the bottom to the top as (a) forgiveness of sins, (b) personal knowledge of the Lord, (C) covenant relation to Him, (d) the indwelling Spirit turning the external restraint of the law into an internal constraint to do God’s will.