"But this is the covenant
that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, says the Lord:
I will put My laws into their minds
and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be My people.
And each person will not teach his fellow citizen,
and each his brother, saying, “Know the Lord,”
because they will all know Me,
from the least to the greatest of them" (Hebrews 8: 10-11, HCSB).
I read these verses early this morning, coffee cup in hand, fascinated by the image of Jesus as our High Priest. I've had a special connection with these verses ever since I took Beth Moore's study "A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place." That study brought the Old Testament Tabernacle to me, and really explained why the image of Jesus as our Ultimate High Priest would have meant so much to the Jewish people. For centuries they had lived under a structure that called for them to bring sacrifices to atone for their sin, again, and again, and again. The Levitical High Priests took these sacrifices and offered them up to God with prayer. When Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead, he paid the ultimate sacrifice, and opened up the doors for us to live in communion with Him. Old Testament sacrifices would no longer be needed. Jesus, the High Priest of all, had atoned for all of our sins.
It's an amazing picture.
We no longer need to bring animal, after animal, after animal to the temple where God dwelt. Instead, God lives in each one of us. We know God, because He lives within us each and every day.
And this morning, that's such an encouraging thought. He has written His laws upon our heart. We're His, friends. And the silly mistakes we make? All of the areas as wives, mothers, friends, where we fall up short? It's already covered.
I've made my share of mistakes all ready today, but the truth is that I have nothing to fear. I'm already covered.
The ways that I fall up short? He's already there, dwelling within me, ready to fill in the gaps.
The days when I don't have the strength to deal with the hurt, the pain, the frustration?
He's already there, with the answers, ready to work through me, to hold me up when I don't have the strength.
It's a powerful thought. Christ, the Ultimate High Priest, dwells within us. We are His temple