BIBLE READING: HEBREWS 7
18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. 19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
There was always something “weak” and “unprofitable” about “the law”. You have to admire individuals that disciplined themselves so greatly to try to follow every Jot and tittle of Old Testament law. It was a constant, futile struggle. The issue always was that the law could not make anyone perfect. A person would almost have to be perfect to follow the letter of the law, and yet no one is perfect. The Bible says:
* Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
So every bit of the law that God gave is perfect, but the law could not make anyone perfect. That is still why you and I cannot earn our way to heaven. There’s not enough good works that we could do to earn a spot in glory.
However, there is good news. I love this phrase: “ but the bringing in of a better hope did“. You see, Hope was limited when it came to the law, but Hope is not limited when it comes to the Lord. When Jesus came, He became the way “ by the which we draw nigh unto God”. The law could not take us any closer to God, and good works still cannot take us any closer to God. The only hope we have to draw close to our creator is Jesus Christ.
Just a little reminder today that you and I have a better hope. Despite what is going on in your life, we have a hope. This is what the previous chapter said:
* Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
Jesus is our anchor, and He is steadfast and sure. And only through Him can we enter into the presence of Almighty God. I encourage you today, because of that privilege, enter into His presence today.