What is our next Scripture that is twisted to appear to do away with YHWH’s Laws? HEBREWS 8:7-13:
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. (V8) For finding fault with them, He saith, Behold the days come, saith YHWH, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Yudah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers… For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith YHWH; I will put my Laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a Father, and they shall be to Me a people… In that He saith, A new covenant, He hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
The first sentence states the old covenant was not faultless, yet PSALM 19:7 and JAMES 1:25 say the Law is perfect. It was something about the old covenant that was faulty. What was it? Paul writes in HEBREWS 7:19 that the Law made nothing perfect. It could only guide and instruct. It could not change a person’s heart. What has changed and changed men’s hearts is that Yahshua came as the perfect sacrifice. The part of the old covenant that was faulty and not because of anything YHWH did or failed to do but because of mankind’s sinfulness, was the priesthood and sacrificial system. It was only ever meant to be a shadow of Yahshua Messiah Himself. For a time YHWH put the system in the hands of imperfect men.
In the beginning verses of HEBREWS 8, that is what is spoken of. It is not about the whole Law. Now the priesthood has been replaced by Yahshua, the High Priest, as prophesied and promised in PSALM 110:4:
YHWH hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
And the sacrifice of animals has been replaced by Yahshua’s perfect sacrifice on the cross:
But now hath He obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises (HEB: 8:6).
–the promises all through the Old Testament of a coming Saviour.
Notice this Scripture (HEB. 8:6) says ‘better covenant’, not ‘new covenant’. So should the other verse (HEB. 8:8) have been written. For the word ‘new’ in the Greek means new in quality or ‘renewed’, not new as in ‘different’. And in the Hebrew, for Paul quotes YEREMYAH 31:31, the word ‘new’ means ‘fresh’ or to renew as in ‘rebuild’, also not ‘different’. Anyway, it is quite obvious that for the most part, Yeremyah’s prophecy is about the priesthood and sacrifice being replaced by Yahshua, for in verse 3 where it says the Law will be written on their inward parts, it is the same Law given to Moses: Hebrew word #8451–Torah!
Returning for a moment to HEBREWS 8:13, we read that YHWH (through Yahshua) made the first covenant old and decayed and it was ready to vanish away. Well was it written, for forty years after the signing of the renewed covenant with Yahshua’s blood–and because of the Jews’ most heinous rebellion and rejection of this new covenant–the temple, priesthood, and sacrificial system vanished forever with the destruction of Yerushalem!
The priesthood of the firstborn, ordained in Egypt by YHWH, was changed in the wilderness soon after its establishment because of the sin at Mount Sinai. Even before the covenant was written or agreed upon by the Israelites, therefore, they broke it. Subsequently, YHWH regarded them not as in HEBREWS 8:9. The ones who broke it were slain by the Levites who were given the tabernacle and later temple duties as a reward.
How does one have the Law written on one’s inward parts or heart, which is the mind and spirit, without having to be taught by someone else? Quite simply, by the infilling of the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament, the priests or Levites taught the people the Law from the written manuscripts. Today the Holy Spirit is our teacher. There is a modern term for write it on their hearts. It is ‘know it off by heart’. It is also known as brainwashing. How did King David come to know the Law by heart or be brainwashed by it? PSALM 1:2 …in His Law doth he meditate day and night until PSALM 37:31 The Law of YHWH was in his heart…
David studied–from the book of the Law–a lot! Every day and every night. And so must we if we desire to know it, understand it, keep it, and delight in it as David did. Paul exhorted Timothy to study to show (himself) approved unto YHWH, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (I TIM. 2:15). What was Timothy exhorted to study? Not the Gospels, nor the Epistles, ACTS, or REVELATION. They were not written at that time! Timothy was taught the Old Testament from childhood by his mother and grandmother (II TIM. 1:5):
And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Yahshua Messiah.
When we learn something off by heart it does not mean we automatically live according to that principle. It takes an actual change of that heart to do so. The changing of the heart was what made the New Testament or Covenant better than the old one–what made Yahshua’s death superior to the sacrifice of animals: ‘The blood deals with sins while the cross deals with the power of sin. Through the blood sins are forgiven, but the blood cannot give a guarantee to us never to sin again–nay, not even never to sin the same sin again. and hence the flesh and the world (the power centers of sin) must be dealt with by the cross. the blood forgives, but only the cross can deliver – (from The King and the Kingdom of Heaven by Watchman Nee).
The next Scripture about the new covenant is HEBREWS 10:9:
Then said He, Lo, I come to do Thy will, O YHWH. He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second.
This is along the same lines as HEBREWS 8. A thorough reading of HEBREWS 10 shows it primarily concerns the sacrifice of Yahshua as being superior to that of animals. Therefore it is not the Law that YHWH has taken away, but the sacrifice of animals in which He found no pleasure. For, to reiterate, the blood of animals can never take away sins. It can never change a sinful heart.
Finally, HEBREWS 10:16, concerning the covenant being put into our hearts and written on our minds, is akin to HEBREWS 8:10 and YEREMYAH 31:31-33 as previously discussed.