Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 14, 2015

“a better covenant” and a better doctrine

Today’s devotion comes from 12 Chronicles chapter 4.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“Solomon also made all the things that were in the house of God: even the golden altar, the tables with the bread of the Presence on them, the lampstands with their lamps of pure gold, to burn in front of the inner sanctuary in the way prescribed;  the flowers, the lamps, and the tongs of gold, of purest gold;  and the snuffers, the bowls, the spoons and the firepans of pure gold;  and the entrance of the house, its inner doors for the holy of holies and the doors of the house, that is, of the nave, of gold.”  2 Chronicles 4:19-22.


“See that you make them after the pattern for them, which was shown to you on the mountain.”  Exodus 25:40.  In both the building of the house of the LORD and in the making of the contents for the house of God, Solomon showed great attention to detail required by the Law.  And, yet it was not enough to accomplish salvation.

In yesterday’s devotion, we focused on a comparison of the house of the LORD with the city of God (heaven).

In today’s devotion, we will focus on a more general comparison between the house of the LORD, the related things inside and outside the house of the LORD, the priests, and the worship practice (which are summarized as the “first covenant”) with “a better covenant” a/k/a “a second” covenant a/k/a “A new covenant”.

“1 Now the main point in what has been said is this:  we have such a high priest (Christ), who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.  3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; so it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer.  4 Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law;  5 who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle;  for, “See,” He says, “that you make all things according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain.”  6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second.  8 For finding fault with them, He says,

“Behold, days are coming, says the Lord,
When I will effect a new covenant
With the house of Israel and with the house of Judah;
9 Not like the covenant which I made with their fathers
On the day when I took them by the hand
To lead them out of the land of Egypt;
For they did not continue in My covenant,
And I did not care for them, says the Lord.
10 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
After those days, says the Lord:
I will put My laws into their minds,
And I will write them on their hearts.
And I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.
11 “And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen,
And everyone his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’
For all will know Me,
From the least to the greatest of them.
12 “For I will be merciful to their iniquities,
And I will remember their sins no more.”

13 When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.”  Hebrews chapter 8.

In conclusion, the things of the first covenant (the house of the LORD and all the things inside and outside the house of the LORD) were made by human hands, and the priests of the “first covenant” would enter and use them to repeatedly offer the blood of animals.  In comparison, Christ, “the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises” (see above-stated Hebrews 8:6) came into heaven itself and offered His own blood once to bear the sins of many (As a side note, notice that it does not state “all”) for their salvation.   

“For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;  nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood that is not his own.  Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world;  but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.  And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.”  Hebrews 9:24-28.

Which doctrine is more consistent with “the first covenant”?

Other doctrine which focuses on man and his works, his will, and his ability to satisfy all the Law’s requirements!

Which doctrine is more consistent with “a better covenant”?

Reformed Doctrine which focuses on God and His promises and His works! 


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