Hebrews 8:13 Explained: ‘…a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete.’

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Introduction

The following explanation is intended to share how Hebrews 8:13 in no way says that a believer no longer observes the law of Moses – but rather in context, we will see that it instead speaks of something else – and that a believer observes the Law of Moses (Torah) with this faith.

In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete.
And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
Hebrews 8:13 ESV

Hebrews 8:13 Explained

The verse will now be explained sentence, by sentence;

‘In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete…’
(Hebrews 8:13 ESV)

Explanation: If a person belives in Christ, G-d makes the mosaic covenant obsolete.

The word ‘covenant’ refers to the blessings and curses (‘…keep all my commands always…’ ref. Deuteronomy 5:29 NIV) – as found in places such as Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28.

The old is obsolete, because a believer is now blessed in the new covenant – which ultimately means everlasting life without end upon resurrection (Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, Eph 2:20), amongst other blessings.

‘…And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.’
(Hebrews 8:13 ESV)

Explanation: Up until now, Hebrews 8 has been referencing Jeremiah 31:31-34, and in keeping inline with the time that the Old Testament (Tanach) passage was written (the tense of it), we can then read the next sentence in context.

Hebrews 8:13 here, is speaking of how at the time of writing Jeremiah 31, the new covenant was still not quite put in place just yet.

The new covenant was made active and available, just as soon as Christ (Messiah) had walked the earth and was resurrected.

How do we know?

The resurection of Messiah (Christ) was where he was given to be the mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) for the new covenant (Isa 42:6, 49:8) – by becomming the High priest (Hebrews 2:17) in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 45:7, 110:4), for between the Holy G-d and Mankind.

We see evidence of Gentiles recieving a heart for the commandments of God upon their believing just post Shavuot (Pentecost) in the Holy Scriptures (e.g. Acts 15:8, Romans 3:31, Ezekiel 36:26-27, 2 Corinthians 5:17).

What Does This All Mean?

This verse shows us that a believer is no longer under curses (Romans 8:1) as per the mosaic covenant, as we currently and sadly cannot do all the law (Acts 15:10-11, James 2:10).

A believer seeks saving, final grace (Ephesians 2:8-9), on the understanding standing that;

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:28‭, ‬3:31 ESV

Hoping it is fruitful with you.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. May not copy or download more than 500 consecutive verses of the ESV Bible or more than one half of any book of the ESV Bible.”

“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB), Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission. http://www.Lockman.org

“Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ “

The Orthodox Jewish Bible Copyright Artists for Israel Intl Used by permission © The Orthodox Jewish Bible fourth edition, OJB. Copyright 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011 by Artists for Israel International, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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