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Chapter 8

8:1 This is what we have been saying. We do have such a great chief priest. He sat down at the right side of God’s *throne. This is the place in heaven of all power and honour. 8:2 He is the priest in the true holy place where God lives. It was the *Lord who made that place and not *humans. 8:3 It is the task of all chief priests to bring gifts and offer sacrifices to God. So this chief priest also must have something to offer.

8:4 If he were on earth, he would not be a priest. There are already men here who offer the gifts that the law of Moses demands. 8:5 The holy place where they do this is a model and copy of what is in heaven. God told Moses to erect a special tent for *worship. He warned Moses to make it to the exact plan in all its details. God gave him the plan when they met on the mountain. 8:6 God has given Jesus a much greater work to do than they had. Jesus has made a better agreement with God for us than they could have done. It has the better promises of God as its base. 8:7 If the first agreement had been perfect, there would have been no need to make another agreement.

8:8 The people did not please God. He says in the Bible, ‘The time will come, says the *Lord, when I will make a new agreement with the people of *Israel and the people of *Judah. 8:9 It will not be like the agreement that I made with those whom I took by the hand and led out of *Egypt. They did not remain true to that agreement, so I turned away from them, says the *Lord. 8:10 After that time, the *Lord says, I will make a new agreement with the people of *Israel. This is what it will be. I will put my laws in their minds and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God and they shall be my people. 8:11 Nobody will need to teach his neighbour or his brother to know the *Lord. All of them will know me, from the least of them to the most important. 8:12 I will forgive them the *sins that they have done. I will remember their *sins no more’. 8:13 God calls this agreement new. That makes the first agreement out of date. What is old and out of date soon disappears.

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