Jesus Is Our High Priest In The True Heavenly Temple
8 Now[a]the main-point in the things being said is: we have such a High Priest, Who sat-down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 Minister of the Holies[b], indeed[c]of the true tabernacle (which the Lord pitched[d], not a human).
Earthly Priests Serve In a Copy And Shadow of The Heavenly Things
3 For every high priest is appointed that he might be offering both gifts and sacrifices. Hence it is[e] necessary that this One also have something which He may offer. 4 Now indeed, if He were on earth He would not even be a priest— there being the ones offering the gifts according-to the Law, 5 who are serving a copy and a shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses has been warned, being about to complete the tabernacle: for “See”, He says [in Ex 25:40], “that you make everything according to the pattern having been shown to you on the mountain”.
But Jesus Has a Better Ministry As Mediator of a Better Covenant With Better Promises
6 But He has now obtained amore-excellent ministry[f], by as much as He is indeed the mediator of abetter covenant, which has been enacted on better promises!
For God Promised a New Covenant
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second. 8 For, finding-fault-with[g] them, He says [in Jer 31:31-34]: “Behold— days are coming, says the Lord, and I will consummate[h]a new covenant for the house of Israel and for the house of Judah; 9 not in accordance with the covenant which I made with their fathers on the day I took-hold-of their hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, because they did not continue in My covenant, and I did not-care-for them, says the Lord. 10 Because this is the covenant which I will covenant with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: Giving My laws into their mind, I will also write them upon their heart. And I will be God to them and they will be a people to Me. 11 And they will by no means each teach his fellow-citizen and each his brother, saying ‘Know[i] the Lord’, because they all will know Me from the small[j]one up to their great one.12 Because I will be merciful[k]to their wrong-doings, and I will never remember[l] their sins again”.
God Has Thus Made The First Covenant Old
13 In that He says “New”, He has made the first old[m]. And the thing becoming old and growing-aged is near disappearance.
Hebrews 8:1At this point the writer turns from Christ’s person as High Priest in the order of Melchizedek to His work as High Priest.
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