In reading Hebrews 8 in our Bible read through, my friend Tim absolutely nailed it when he said, “We were what was wrong,” in response to reading:
For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.
We could not keep the covenant of Mt. Sinai. Although we said, “All of this we will do,” we didn’t.
We probably meant well.
We may have even believed that we would accomplish it.
In those moments of ecstatic devotion you believe you could obey anything.
The problem with the first covenant was that we continually broke it.
It said, “Do this and don’t do that and be blessed. If you fail on either account you will be cursed.”
My friend Tim then went on to say, “the New Covenant has been tailor made for broken people,” in response to reading:
It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord.
God made the New Covenant based on what HE COMPLETED in Christ.
The problem with the first covenant is removed.
We were screwing up the equation.
So God sent His Son to live perfectly and pay it all (perfectly).
The strength of the New Covenant is that it is only as weak as Jesus is weak.
And He isn’t weak at all.
He is mighty to save.
This New Covenant is tailor made for people who are not very good at keeping their end of covenants.
Sounds like a match made in heaven, eh?