Published on
October 30, 2023

Hebrews 8

“For if that first covenant had been faultless, no opportunity would have been sought for a second one. But finding fault with His people...”

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Steve Wiggins
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Steve Wiggins
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4 minutes
Hebrews 8
“For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion for a second one.  But finding fault with His people, He says: Look, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah – not like the covenant that I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by their hands to lead them out of the land of Egypt.’”  Hebrews 8:7-9a (HCSB)

I have been in the record business my entire adult life.  A few years ago, I began making arrangements for my 16th commercially released music project.  The terms of my first recording agreement outlined that (if the company wished) I was obligated to record six albums.  Well, they DID wish, and I ended up recording eight projects for them.  I was blessed.

Most artists record one or two successful projects, but typically, their music sours in the marketplace by album #3.  Every artist dreads that phone call from the record executive when they are politely “dropped” from the label.

It has been said that a record deal is like borrowing money from your grandmother.  If your record is a flop, “granny” won’t make you pay her back.  But she’ll also probably never loan you money again!  Very few record companies would endure long-term market failure just because they loved the artist and wanted them to grow and succeed on a personal level.  After all, it’s not “show friends;” it’s “show BUSINESS.”

In music industry terms, God is the world’s most benevolent A&R guy!  (Artist & Repertoire)      

A covenant is a contract, and there are MANY covenants in the Bible.  Here’s a short list:  Edenic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Covenant with Lot, Caananic, Davidic, National, Personal, and, of course, the NEW Covenant.

If God were a record company, and mankind’s existence was based on market performance, we’d have all been dropped from the label long ago!!  But all those covenants, taken as a whole, paint a compelling picture of a Holy God’s desire to have a personal relationship with His human creation.  

Let’s praise the Lord that our redemption through His “New Covenant” is not based on our performance/faultlessness but on Jesus.  There is indemnity/security in our salvation because Jesus Himself is the guarantor.

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