Read Hebrews 8
Focus on verse 10
A New Deal…
Back in the 1930’s President Franklin Roosevelt promoted and pushed through congress what became known as “The New Deal”; a series of federal social programs including, most notably a program called social security. As it is with all government programs it was a good deal for some and a not so good deal for others, because whenever the government gives something to a group of people, they first have to take it from another group. Mandatory wealth redistribution programs are what results when the government pretends to be Robin Hood by taking money from those who earn it, in order to give it to those who are either unable or unwilling to earn it – after skimming off a generous amount in administrative costs for the bureaucrats who run the program of course. Don’t misunderstand I am highly in favor of being generous to the poor and taking care of those who are unable to care for themselves…I just happen to believe it is more effective when the wealth distribution is voluntary.
In today’s reading the writer of Hebrews describes the new deal that God makes with His people in what the Bible calls the “New Covenant”.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws into their minds,
and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people. (v. 10)
In the Old Testament God gave the law to Moses written on tablets of stone. The law was to be enforced upon the people by the priests who stood before God in the tabernacle and later in the Temple to offer sacrifices on behalf of the people to atone for their sins so that God would not destroy them.
In the New Testament God fulfills the promised New Covenant in the person of Jesus Christ, who by His voluntary sacrifice of Himself on the cross, and by His resurrection from the grave, fulfilled the law once for all. This new covenant would be written in the hearts and minds of people instead of on stone tablets. The Holy Spirit would be the seal that would guarantee the covenant for us. The beauty of this new covenant for us is that all the heavy lifting is done by God. All we have to do is respond to His invitation to allow Him to empower us to agree.
There are even provisions written into this covenant that provide forgiveness for us in the inevitable event that we break our end of the deal.
With all due respect to President Roosevelt, the new deal God offers us is a way better deal. Where Roosevelt offered people temporary social security, God offers us eternal security. I challenge anyone to find a better deal than that!