A better hope
For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. Hebrews 7:18-19
The law of Moses (former commandments) was good because it was all that the people of Israel had as a guide to live life by. God set up governing laws for them and these laws today are held to around the word. Even America, the land we live in and love was founded on the law of Moses. Of course, we know they are God’s laws, but He gave them to Moses. They were good and they are still good today. In the world we live in they are good for governing countries and keeping peace. We have been made free from being judged by God according to the law of Moses through our salvation, but that doesn’t mean that it is okay to break the law. It simply means we are not judged by how we keep the law. In the natural world, we are. You cannot steal, kill and break the laws of the land, get arrested and say, but I’m a Christian, I am not under the law. You are under the governing laws of whatever country you live in. The reason the scripture says the former commandments were weak and unprofitable and could not make anything perfect was because it was not enough to reconcile us back to God after sin came into the world. It was only given to govern the people and no one was able to keep it perfectly so atonement had to be made continually for the sin of the people.
This is where the good news comes. We have hope and it is not in being a good person and obeying the laws. It is good to do good and obey the laws, but the laws will never save you. Only Salvation through the blood of Jesus can save and bring us back into a right relationship with our Heavenly Father, the one who created and loves us.
This is Jesus’ job still today. He is our High Priest. He gives us an entrance and connection with our Father who loves us so. The reason God made this provision was not just because we needed to be saved from a sinful world, it was mostly because we are His creation that He loves and desires to have us back under His care and protection. God, our Father and creator did all this to get us back into fellowship with Him because of His great love. Now we have the honor and privilege to be as close to God as we want to be through Jesus our Savior.
Today I want to encourage you to draw near to your loving Heavenly Father through a better hope, Christ Jesus. The one who suffered and died to pay the judgement of sin’s penalty for us all. Press into Him through the name that is above every name and the blood that removes the guilt and stains of sin. He told us that if we draw near to Him, He will get closer to us. (James 4:8) He wants to be close and touch every area of your life, He is just waiting for you to hope in His Salvation and give Him priority in all things.
Today’s scripture reading: Hebrews 7:11-19