Friday – February 23, 2024

Leviticus 21-23; Hebrews 8

by Kelli Simpkins

“By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete, and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.” Hebrews 8:13

Be honest. How long have you been hanging on to an item (you know the one) waiting for the day that it comes back in style or fits like it did in high school? How full is that box of chargers and cords to electronics you’ve long disposed of? Do you even know what that key in your junk drawer goes to?

We all hang on to things long past their point of usefulness. They can be physical, emotional, or even spiritual. In Hebrews 8 we see people hanging on to the old ways for dear life. I can almost hear the grumbles, “We’ve always done it this way,” or “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But that’s just it. It was broken, so God fixed it (Hebrews 8:7-10).

We can be guilty of the same behavior. We go through the motions and hang on to habits that are spiritually obsolete. But what does that get us? We have an amazing opportunity through the new covenant that, rather than external rules and principles, God has put his laws in our minds and hearts (Hebrews 8:10). Now, through the Holy Spirit, we are gifted with the desire to obey and honor God and truly grow in our faith.

The first covenant had its place but like many of the things we get nostalgic for, it no longer fit. So, God gave us something new and improved with a lifetime guarantee. Now our sacrifices come from trading our old ways for new, relationship-building ways. Out with the old, in with the new!