OUT WITH THE OLD

By Pastor Shane Guldi
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 8:7-13
 
“… I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts.” Hebrews 8:10 (NIV)
 
Out with the old and in with the new. That is the saying that comes to my mind as I think about today. Out with the old covenant that God had given to Moses and the people of the Old Testament. A covenant that bound people with laws and rules and animal sacrifices.        Communication with God was only done with select people. Worship was done in a tabernacle. God’s spirit dwelled in an inner room, open only to the high priest once a year. A curtain in the inner room separated God’s presence from His people.
 
When Jesus came, He brought a new covenant. He brought with Him a newfound freedom for those who followed. We were no longer bound by burdensome laws, but we were bound by our love for Christ and for one another. The curtain was torn in the tabernacle and now we worship God in our hearts because His Spirit lives within us. Hebrews 8:11 says, “For everyone from the least to the greatest will know me already.”  Sins are forgiven and forgotten because of the blood of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 8:12).
 
As we prepare our hearts for tomorrow, I hope we will reflect upon the new life, new mercies, and new hope that Christ gave us when He forever got rid of the “old”. God said, “I will be their God and they will be my people.” Praise God for sending His Son to bring in the “new.”

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