Hebrews 8



Hebrews 8 emphasizes Jesus as the High Priest of a superior and better covenant. The chapter contrasts the old covenant, symbolized by the earthly tabernacle and its rituals, with the new covenant foretold by the prophet Jeremiah. The new covenant, established through Christ, brings a more profound and lasting relationship with God, characterized by internal transformation and complete forgiveness of sins.


  1. Jesus, the High Priest of a Better Covenant (Hebrews 8:1-7): The author reiterates the main point that Jesus, as the High Priest, is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven. He ministers in the true tabernacle, which the Lord set up, unlike the earthly tabernacle constructed by human hands. The earthly priests served a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, but Jesus is the mediator of a better covenant established on better promises.
  2. The New Covenant Foretold (Hebrews 8:8-13): The author quotes extensively from Jeremiah 31:31-34 to emphasize the prophecy of a new covenant. The new covenant will not be like the old covenant given at Mount Sinai, which the Israelites broke. Instead, God promises to put His laws in the minds and hearts of His people, forgiving their sins and remembering them no more.
  3. The Obsolescence of the Old Covenant (Hebrews 8:13): The chapter concludes by declaring that the old covenant is becoming obsolete and aging, ready to vanish away. The new covenant inaugurated by Jesus brings a more intimate relationship with God, internalizing His laws, and providing complete forgiveness through the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ.