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18 For [gar] there is [ginomai] verily [men] a disannulling [athetesis] of the commandment [entole] going before [proago] for [dia] the weakness [asthenes] and [kai] unprofitableness [anopheles] thereof [autos].
19 For [gar] the law [nomos] made [teleioo] nothing [oudeis] perfect [teleioo], but [de] the bringing in [epeisagoge] of a better [kreitton] hope [elpis] did; by [dia] the which [hos] we draw nigh [eggizo] unto God [theos]. KJV-Interlinear
18 For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. NASB
Here is the culmination of the Levitical Priesthood, the sacrifices, the Sabbath days, the feast celebrations, everything that pertains to the Old Testament Laws. It is all done away with, abrogated, destroyed, set aside, replaced, discarded.
The new law of Christ is now the permanent law of the land so to speak.
The old painted a picture that man was sinful and in need of being saved. The old painted the picture of man who was incapable of saving himself, incapable of changing his existence for something better. Our discoveries and inventions in technology might make life a little more convenient, but they do not change mans ultimate destiny.
Man has not and never will be able to terminate sin or death.
The old law simply pointed out all of mans weaknesses, and the need for something better. Christ is that something better.
Aaron is replaced by Christ. God set aside the old and imperfect and replaced it with the new and the perfect.
Even as the old priesthood tried to cling to their old ways, God finally removed the old law by removing the Temple and all of the ceremonial activities by means of their destruction in 70 A.D.
The bulk of the Old Testament speaks of mans debts and Gods redeeming man from his debts. The Song of Solomon is a picture of this relationship.
The human race is pictured as a young woman who has run up a lot of bills and charged far beyond what she was able to pay. She was in debt over her head and was incapable of finding any way to get out. She was in trouble and the situation looked hopeless.
Then a young man, Jesus Christ, came along and fell deeply in love with her. In time he proposed (the promise of salvation). She also loved him very much (faith), but felt that she should tell him about her debts (confession) before she agreed to marry him. When told, he said, 'Don't worry. I'll pay all your debts (the Cross). Just leave them to me.'
Before the wedding (eternity) he gave her an engagement ring (the seal of the Holy Spirit) and reassured her (the Christian daily life) many times that he would take care of her debts (the ultimate reality of resurrection). She trusted him implicitly (spiritual growth) and knew he was a person of his word. She had every reason to be confident and hopeful (maturity). But she was not yet actually free of her debts (life in this world) and, consequently, could not be at peace about them (faith tested).
Finally they were married (resurrection, Judgment Seat of Christ, wedding feast in heaven), and he paid her debts. Not only that, but he told her that he was wealthy beyond her wildest dreams and gave her joint ownership with all that he had (eternal blessings). She would never again need to be concerned about debts. From that time on she was secure in the riches of the one she loved and who loved her.
The old covenant is the life portrayed in the Old Testament or a life without Christ. There are debts and insecurities, and they will always remain. The old covenant was not able to remove them. Man is unable to remove his own flaws.
Under the new covenant there is complete freedom, complete payment of all of ones debts, a completion of ones destiny and tremendous prosperity.
But if you cling to the old, then you will have only what it has to offer - nothing.
If you look to and pursue the new, then you will have the greatest life, greater than you could ever imagine.
But again, this new life is only a potential. You have to pursue it with a passion (daily study) in order to make it become a reality (spiritual maturity) in your life.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.