Hebrews 8 Outline
– Jesus Christ as the high priest who serves in the heavenly tabernacle (Hebrews 8:1-2)
– Jesus Christ’ priesthood is superior than the priests on earth (Hebrews 8:3-6)
– The new covenant was established because the Israelites rejected God (Hebrews 8:7-13)
Hebrews 8 Bible Study
In Hebrews 8:1-2, Jesus Christ is our high priest, who is in the highest position of authority in heaven. He sat at the right hand side of God’s throne. The old covenant is only a shadow of the things to come. Jesus had already finished the work and bring the new covenant into effect. Jesus served as high priest in the true tabernacle in heaven. The tabernacle that Moses built was only a copy of the true tabernacle in heaven (Exodus 25:9).
In Hebrews 8:3-6, the high priest is responsible for offering sin sacrifices and gifts. Jesus’ priesthood is far more superior than the high priest on earth because he offered up his own life to atone for our sins. Jesus did not come to the earth to serve as priest because there are already many priests to do that. The tabernacle that Moses built is a copy of the heavenly temple. There is no earthly priest able to take away sin permanently like Jesus. Therefore, the ministry of Jesus is superior to ministry of the earthly priests. Jesus acts as a mediator between God and men. Jesus offer many good promises to see us through the troubles we face.
In Hebrews 8:7-13, the new covenant is established because there are some flaws in the old covenant. The Israelites were stubborn and refused to obey God so now salvation is open to other people around the world as well. God will write his law in their mind and on their hearts. The Old Testament law only can make a person guilty but it cannot change a person. The new covenant allows us to be nearer to God. Under the new covenant, all your sins will be blotted when you sincerely confess them and repent. In the New Testament, God sent the Holy Spirit to the believers to help them. The Holy Spirit is our comforter and helper. In John 14:26, but the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.