In the Old Testament – the High Priest was able to go into the most sacred part of the temple – to intercede on behalf of God’s people. He presented the sacrifices on the alter – he mediated for them – dealing with God so they could receive forgiveness for their sin. V6 begins.
But now… The writer is telling us things have changed – the old way of doing things – has been superseded – not just by a new way – but v6 tells us… Jesus is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God based on better promises.
Come on – that sounds good.
In fact is sounds great! The old way – based on keeping the law and seeking forgiveness through the High Priest – by continual sacrifice – is done. The new way – is Jesus.
Lord help me remember the old way is gone – I am not chained to and constrained by the letter of the law – But now…You are the way to know God, You are the way to live free from sin and guilt and You are the way to the God’s promises.
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn