A Different Kind of Covenant – Bible Journey Day 14
Bible Journey – Day 14
A Different Kind of Covenant
“Look, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will complete a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. “It will not be like the covenant that I made with their fathers…
When he speaks of a new covenant, he makes the first obsolete. Now what is growing obsolete and aging is about to disappear. Now the first covenant, in fact, had regulations for worship and its earthly sanctuary.
(Heb 8:8-9; 8:13-9:1 NET.)
Hebrews 8-9 is some of the most brilliant exposition ever written of the meaning of the coming of the Christ in light of the whole story of Israel. It’s offensive to religious people and just plain dumb to the non-religious and the pagan. This gospel is not about going to the right place and doing the right set of stuff. It is about dedication to the cause of a guy that looks like a total failure – a joke!
Every other religion has detailed instructions for how to worship.
The Christian Scriptures don’t even describe an entire worship assembly!
The world wants a hero: a good-looking, strong, charismatic person who sails to the top of all the popularity structures! Power, Fame, Sexuality – if you can win at all those games, the world will worship you.
The Christ died the most shameful death imaginable – naked public execution – slaughtered by the most powerful, popular, sexually attractive person in the Greco-Roman world, the mighty Caesar. His own friends abandoned him. No monuments were built to him. He was celibate and quite possibly plain or even ugly (Check Isaiah 53).
His commands? Follow me. Live like me. Die like me. Love like me. KNOW me. In Him, King and Kingdom are perfectly united — where He is, the Kingdom is. This is a different kind of religion – not based on a checklist of right doctrines or riding the coattails of a powerful icon. Rather, it is about believing – against everything your gut says – that this one man knew what He was talking about and that his way of living and dying is the real way to live. TRUST him. Defect from serving yourself and the rulers and systems of this world, pledge your loyalty to Him, and then start DOING it.
He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. If we die with Him, we’ll be raised like Him.
This is a different kind of covenant, and I’m not fighting about the old kind anymore.
in HIS love,