“For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.”
Here our writer gets to the heart of the matter. The first covenant was faulted and because it was faulted it had to be replaced. God wanted His relationship with His people to be one of perfection and therefore a covenant with a fault had to be replaced with one that was faultless.
Jesus as the perfect priest, perfect king, and perfect covenant giver was sent by God to correct the problems of the first covenant. A second covenant was needed because the first did not bring about proper restitution for the sins of the people nor did it provide a priest who could offer a perfect restitution. We have a new covenant. The Hebrews writer is trying to convince people of his time to leave the old covenant written on stones and adopt the new covenant written on their minds and hearts.
Task for Today: Are you still holding on to the Ten Commandments? Jesus has nailed it to His cross and replaced it with the new covenant of His blood. The new covenant brings perfection to the sinner through that blood. Leave the old and come to the new. Believe in Jesus, a new and perfect high priest; a new and perfect covenant bringer.