As we saw in Leviticus, the shadows of the Old Testament pointed God’s people to its final fulfilment in the Lord Jesus Christ. God had given His Word that Messiah would come and eventually that Final Word arrived. Therefore we live in a better era with a better sacrifice, with a better hope, with better promises because we live under a better covenant. And all of this is because we have a better Moses; we have the Preeminent Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
But sadly there were those in the first century who did not realise this, or perhaps they forgot. In the midst of growing persecution many in the church (particularly Jewish Christians) experienced confusion, a temptation to compromise and a growing cynicism. Enter the Epistle to the Hebrews.
The message of Hebrews is that the believer can and must “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (10:23). What God promised under the old covenant has come to pass under the new covenant. We have His final word on it.
God has spoken to us. That is the foundation of our hope. But when and how and what has He spoken? Let’s turn our attention to that now.