He Made the First Old
| The writing in
Hebrews makes many points of truth regarding Jesus and the old law of
Moses. Paul tells us it was nailed to the cross and taken out of the way.
Christ did not destroy the law but fulfilled it. That law had a purpose
and that purpose was accomplished. Hebrews 8: 13 teaches, with respect to
the old and new covenants, He made the first old.
Why was it old? It was just not because it came first, even though it did come first. It was not because it lasted longer (it lasted about 1,500 years and the law of Christ has already lasted over 2,000 years). It was made old because it was REPLACED by the new. That which is REPLACED becomes old.
By this teaching we can know for certainty we are accountable to God being subject to the will of Christ rather than that by which the Israelite nation was guided for many years. After all, this is precisely what Jeremiah foretold in Jeremiah 31:31.