He is a path, if any be misled;
He is a robe, if any naked be;
If any chance to hunger, he is bread;
If any be a bondman, he is free;
If any be but weak, how strong is he!
To dead men, life is he; to sick men, health;
To blind men, sight; and to the needy, wealth;
A pleasure without loss; a treasure without stealth.
–Giles Fletcher (1584-1623)
The same God who was there for His people in the Old Testament was there in the New Testament and today. He always has existed to meet our needs. The promises of yesterday stand true today too. The prominent difference between the two covenants is that the old one was simply a shadow of the new covenant. The mediator of the new covenant, the covenant of realism is Jesus Christ.
- Using Hebrews 8:1-13, encourage your class to find the following outline of the Mediator. For each point, have them identify the difference between the old and the new covenants.
- a. Position of the Mediator (vv 1, 2)
- b. Performance of the Mediator (vv 3-6)
- c. Promise of the Mediator (vv 6-9)
- d. Productions of the Mediator (10-12)
- In what specific ways does Jesus Christ make the new covenant more realistic to your every day life? How different would your life be today if there was not the new covenant?
- A promise is as good as the person making it. When God makes a promise it is even more solid than the facts of history. Why, then, is it easier to question God’s will than it is to blindly go where He leads? What lessons can we learn from biblical characters that chose to question rather than obey?
- Hebrews 8:10 says that Christ as the mediator, places God’s laws in our hearts and not on tablets of stone. How is this act part of our spiritual experience? Explain how having God’s law in our hearts enables us to know Him more intimately.
- Through Jesus Christ, the new covenant supersedes the old covenant. Through Jesus Christ, God’s law is shrouded by grace and love. Why then do we let legalism get in the way of spiritual growth? What specific things can you do to develop or strengthen a relationship with God based on the new covenant?