Understanding the New Covenant Part One ~ By Eudora Nachand

PERSONAL NOTE FROM AUTHOR:

Before you begin reading this, I want to point out that there may be completely new information here that you have never been shown through the scriptures.  Please take a few minutes to pray and ask Father if you are ready to accept this knowledge before you continue.  This truth when revealed to me through the Holy Spirit did not come as a shock to me because I had never really read the Bible before except while in church.  Back then I just a pew sitter.  Once I was filled with the Holy Spirit in 2005, I did not have to be re-programmed as so many people often do.  I have studied the Bible nearly every day since.

Therefore, if this reading is not read under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you will only see this as rubbish. In that case, you are free to go about your business and come again when you are ready. ~ Eudora

Hebrews Chapter 8:1-5  ¶ Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.  For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.  For if He were on earth, He should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:  Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.

The sum, to total it all up, Jesus Christ, is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens. This author of the book of Hebrews has made a declaration. He goes on to declare that Jesus is minister of the sanctuary, the true tabernacle that the LORD created and not man.

I hope we all clearly understand that the earthly high priest were commanded by the law to offer ‘only the gifts and sacrifices’ that God had shared with Moses and that these gifts and sacrifices were a shadow of the heavenly things.  Moses was shown a pattern of these things when He met with God on Mt Sinai.

Very few people understand what God was talking about in a brief passage in Isaiah 1:18-20 

Lets read that:  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

The offering on Yom Kippur, also known as Day of Atonement, was and is still the holiest day of the year for those who do not believe that Jesus Christ is their Messiah. On this day, they used to tie a scarlet thread on the horn of the escape goat and (1) one thread on the same of the door of the Temple.

This part is not written in our scripture, so you can skip ‘this paragraph’ if you like.  It comes from the rabbinical teachings and I thought it was interesting so I added it here. After the great earthquake that occurred during the time that Jesus hung on the cross, after His death the red thread that hung on the door of the temple, never turned white again. Likewise, they used to cast lots for the escape goat.  The lot that used to fall on the right hand for the Lord never fell again to the right hand after the great earthquake. This happened for the next forty years until the temple was destroyed, letting the people know that Yom Kippur was no longer required in the earthly temple.

The other sacrifices however did continue until the temple was destroyed.  What was once a scarlet thread tied to the escape goat, Jesus took it’s place and now our sins, even though they are still red, because of Jesus, who took our place, allowing us to escape the penalty of sin which is death, our sins have now become white as snow as long as we remain obedient to God and keep our covenant with Him.  The same covenant that He made with us, through His Son Jesus.

I have often wondered how the people were able to reconcile this in their hearts and minds, knowing that the lot never fell in God’s favor to have the high priest go into the Temple on the Day of Atonement anymore, to atone for the sins of humankind, shortly after the death of  Jesus.

Hebrews 8:3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.

“This man’ is Lord Yahushua,  Christ Jesus.

I like to ask questions, so I consider verse three, worthy of asking, what is it that Jesus should also have to offer?

The earthly high priest was commanded to offer gifts and sacrifices, as atonement offerings to God and gifts of sweet smelling favor. It is then essential that Jesus as High Priest in the heavenly be able to give a comparative gift and sacrifice. We know that He gave His life as atonement for all humanity and continues to do so as He is enthroned at the right hand of the majesty. (For all those who have yet to call on His name)

We know by a few scriptures that He has given Himself as an offering of sweet smelling savor, just as the earthly priest offered man-made incense and through His blood, Jesus also offered Himself without spot just as the lambs were to be offered with out blemish or spot.  He could do this because Jesus led a sinless life. The work that Yahushua has been given to do is far superior to the priest’s on the earth. The place where they served was only a shadow of the heavenly original.

It is not comparative ,  it is better!  Lord Yahushua has provided the promise of the gift of life through His own life giving sacrifice and atonement for the sins of all humankind.

Hebrews 8:4 For if He were on earth, He should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:

This verse is clearly talking about Jesus.

First, many completely crazy teachings are out there saying that this verse proves that Jesus was never on this earth.  This is a complete fabrication.  Please do not fall for this lie.

Man was placed on earth for a purpose. And always, from the very beginning, God has had on earth a priesthood – a ministry representing Him, making known His will to man, carrying out His mission. We know this from the meeting of Abraham meeting up with Melchizedek.

In Exodus 19:5-6, God first makes His intention known that He has a special plan and function for His people Israel at the time when the Covenant is about to be made between them. He says

Now therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people: for all the earth is Mine: And ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

There is very little doubt to me that God intended to cause the nation to be priests who would intercede on behalf of the world and stand as intermediaries between them (the nations) and God. The whole of the teachings of the law were to be taught to all nations so that we would know how to commune together in harmony on the same planet.  However, ‘the people’ did not stay committed to God and went their own ways and repeatedly ‘they’ broke covenant with God by transgressing His law. We know this because God said so, through the mouth of the prophet Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which My covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:

The people broke covenant. The covenant did not ‘get broken’, nor was it put away as many ministers nowadays teach.

Back to the verse in Exodus 19:5-6 the intention to have priest on the earth is still a future intention and we can tell when we read this verse very slowly and hit some key words here. God says, firstly, that they ‘shall’ be priests not that they ‘are’ priests and, secondly, He makes the national priesthood conditional upon obedience to Him through both His spoken word and through their adherence to the written legislation of the covenant.

They have not yet been a ‘HOLY NATION’.  Not to mention but of course I will, the scripture says:  “above all people: for all the earth is mine:”

Why do we suppose that God mentions all people, in the same breath that He says for all the earth is mine?

Because it is still yet to come in the millennial reign.   Isn’t that something? We must not forget that Ezekiel gives a complete description of a Temple that has not yet been built.

Before the covenant was ratified with blood, there is at least one reference to priests which appear as if out of nowhere. Exodus 19:22 speaks of the priests who were to come near to the Lord while v.24 of the same chapter reads

And the LORD said unto him, Away, get thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee: but let not the priests and the people break through to come up unto the LORD, lest he break forth upon them.

There weren’t even priest yet according to the law but yet these verses imply that there was already a priesthood that was functioning amongst the gathering of this nation of peoples that had come out of Egypt, but, for lack of additional specific verses, perhaps this is about all we can say? The priests mentioned here, however, are certainly distinct from the people.

Nevertheless, the verse in Hebrews 8 makes it very clear that Jesus cannot be a priest on the earth, but WE KNOW that He is filling this position right now in the heavenly sanctuary.

The fact is, He is not on the earth now.  Not that He never was. In addition, as High Priest He holds a definite rank -a rank that outranks every priestly office – “after the order of Melchisedec.”

What we do know is that when Jesus returns, He will come as a warring King.

Revelation 19:11 ¶ And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness, He doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.

God must not ever break His covenants or He would be a liar and He is not a man that He should lie. He made a covenant with the tribe of Levi that they would be the priests upon the earth. We also know that God still intends for there to be priests because the book of Revelation mentions this: Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

As Hebrews, 8:10-13 clearly tells us, the spiritual laws that God had included in the Sinai Covenant were not disbanded. God did however quit concerning Himself with that generation. We understand this from scripture 9, part B if you will, where He says,’because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord’.

This alone should cause us to ponder on the implications of how important the law is that God should not allow His people to enter the Promised Land because they broke covenant with Him.

This is why I repeat, it is imperative that we understand the covenant that we have with the Living God now, who could do the very same to those who break the New Covenant or put it away.

He did not permit them to enter the promised land except for a chosen few who stayed in covenant.  By extension, when people turn away from Him with sufficient stubbornness, He turns away from them.

Romans 9:18-19 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?

Paul discusses here that like Israel’s apostasy to serve their own self will, just as God hardened the heart of Pharaoh, He will harden whom ever He chooses.

One might ask,  “Why did You find fault with me?”  God will answer,  “Because You resisted My will”.

One might also ask,  “If God is the One who makes my heart hard, why does He blame me for it being hard”.

Paul gives the answer to this question in the next two verses. Romans 9:19-20 Thou wilt say then unto Me, Why doth He yet find fault? For who hath resisted His will?  Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

Paul is a bit hard at times to understand, so I will help here. Paul is saying, “Who are you to question what God does?  God is the potter who holds the clay in His hand. If He wants to do what ever He wants with the creation that He made, so be it.  He is God. We are dirt.”

Because God is merciful, He does not just go around hardening hearts with out good reason.  If one continues to rebel repeatedly to His will and does not heed the advice of the Holy Spirit, what choice does He have?   His goal is to turn us away from sin to honor Him and His ways.  We cannot have cake and eat it too, when it comes to God.

With the Spirit of God now available, the principles of love that the law so eloquently expressed can finally be written in the hearts of all who repent of breaking them.  This is the central promise of the New Covenant.

I have not been able to find this in scriptures yet but I do not believe that a Kosher Priest or High priest can be a man of war.  I think that this is why Aaron’s grandson Phinehas took a javelin in his hand; and thrust through the belly of Cozbi, the daughter of Zur the Midianitish woman that was brought into the tent by Zimri, the son of prince Salu who was also thrust through by Phinehas, that stayed the plague because he had made atonement for the camp when they committed that horrible act in the sight of Moses.

I do not think that Moses could have been a priest anymore had he done this act.  Phinehas was in line to be a priest but was not yet.  After this act God rewarded him with a covenant of peace, in which God made Phinehas a priest, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood, which is also in the order of Melchisedec.  Regardless of what I think, verse 8 is very clear. Hebrews 8:4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:

Hebrews  8:6-13 ¶ But now hath He obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.  For finding fault with them, He saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in My covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put My laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to Me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest.  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.  In that He saith, A new covenant, He hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

God says here: Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah

It is imperative that we understand that only the house of Judah became known as Jews. In the broad sense they were called Israelites because they were still members of the original twelve tribes. However, after the Israelites were divided into the house of Israel and the house of Judah, the house of Judah also became known as Judahites, which is translated “Jews” in our English Bibles today. The first appearance of the word “Jews” is in 2 Kings and it occurs after the two houses separated:

Now when Rehoboam had come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin, 180,000 chosen men who were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam the son of Solomon. (1 Kings 12:1-21)

ALSO: 2 Kings 16:6, KJV

We who call upon the God of Israel are adopted into the family of God. The house of Israel are all who are graft in to the original House of God. The House of Judah are the Jews who will come to believe by faith in Yahushua as their Messiah.  For more understanding on this, see my blog called All Israel Shall Be Saved.  (See the link below)

This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

This begs for our complete attention. Unless we have blinders on, we see that it must be the same law that God gave unto Moses that will be put into our hearts and minds where He will write the law. We know this because God gave no other law and He makes the declaration, that the law that will be written in our hearts is ‘His law’’.   I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them’.

God is the One who wrote the Law.  So how will He put the law into our hearts and minds?  He said that He will write it there.  The word write in the Greek is epigrapho, pronounced  ep-ee-graf’-o, meaning to inscribe (physically or mentally): –inscription, write in (over, thereon).

God is indeed putting His Torah, His law, His teaching, in the minds and hearts of His true followers by means of the Ruach Hakodesh, The Holy Spirit, whom Yahushua sent to teach us in all truth.

John 16:13-15 Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.  He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you.  All things that the Father hath are Mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine, and shall shew it unto you.

NOTE:  You can find part two by going back up to the top of this page in the right hand corner you will see an arrow pointing to part two.  

https://eudoranachand.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/all-israel-shall-be-saved/

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