7For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
11And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
13In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. Hebrews 8/7-13 Holy Bible KJV.
Scholars of Greek consider its writing to be more polished and eloquent than any other book of the New Testament. The book has earned the reputation of being a masterpiece. It also has been described as an intricate New Testament book. Scholars believe it was written for Jewish Christians who lived in Jerusalem. Wikipedia: Epistle to the Hebrews (edited).
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; Hebrews 2/14 Holy Bible KJV.
A Definition of the “Flesh”
The Greek word for “flesh” in the New Testament is sarx, a term that can often in Scripture refer to the physical body. However, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature describes the word this way: “the physical body as functioning entity; in Paul’s thought esp., all parts of the body constitute a totality known as flesh, which is dominated by sin to such a degree that wherever flesh is, all forms of sin are likewise present, and no good thing can live.” Gotquestions.com
31See, a time is coming—declares the Lord—when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers, when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, a covenant which they broke, though I espoused them—declares the Lord. 33But such is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel after these days—declares the Lord: I will put My Teaching into their inmost being and inscribe it upon their hearts. Then I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34No longer will they need to teach one another and say to one another, “Heed the Lord“; for all of them, from the least of them to the greatest, shall heed Me—declares the Lord.
For I will forgive their iniquities,
And remember their sins no more. Jeremiah 31/31-34 Tanach JPS 1985.
1Behold, I am sending My messenger to clear the way before Me, and the Lord whom you seek shall come to His Temple suddenly. As for the angel of the covenant that you desire, he is already coming. 2But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can hold out when he appears? For he is like a smelter’s fire and like fuller’s lye. Malachi 3/1-2 Tanach JPS 1985.
23Lo, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before the coming of the awesome, fearful day of the Lord. 24He shall reconcile parents with children and children with their parents, so that, when I come, I do not strike the whole land with utter destruction.
Lo, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before
the coming of the awesome, fearful day of the Lord. Malachi 3/23-24 Tanach JPS 1985.
The New Testament is said by Christianity to be the “new covenant” of sin forgiveness that G-d announces in chapter 31 of the Book of Jeremiah. The very covenant that G-d promised the people Israel when Elijah returned as the messenger of that covenant with the angel of the covenant (New Testament is a translation for New Covenant).
Jesus describes John the Baptist to be Elijah by reference to the verse in the Book of Malachi that says the messenger will be sent and the angel of the covenant is already on the way, and the messenger is Elijah. Jesus does not mention the angel of the covenant or the covenant (and John swears he is not Elijah).
The Gospels never mention G-d’s covenant of sin forgiveness of the Jewish people for a time to come when Elijah returns. And yet Jesus was aware of it and the commandment of G-d prohibiting human sacrifice. Jesus never explains how or why the covenant of the angel with Elijah of sin forgiveness is replaced by his death on the cross. He never mentions it.
The Book of Hebrews mentions G-d’s covenant of sin forgiveness of the Jewish people that comes with Elijah and the angel of the covenant. The unknown writer says that the covenant of sin forgiveness is old and ready to vanish away just as the first covenant became old and had to be replaced.
The first covenant of sin forgiveness did not become old it did what it was suppose to do. It forgave all of the Jewish people who had been in exile in Assyria/Babylon of their sins and when they returned to Jerusalem they were a Holy people to rebuild G-d’s Temple. And they did. The second Temple of the G-d of Israel.
The new covenant of sin forgiveness is by G-d’s words for a time to come. It is the very heart and soul of the end times promises of G-d to the Jewish people. A promise of redemption.
G-d’s covenant of sin forgiveness is for His namesake and for the Jewish people to be a Holy people when they rebuild His Temple. There is another Temple to be built. The covenant of sin forgiveness did not become old, fading away and vanish. It has been in heaven with G-d to be delivered by messenger at a time of G-d’s choosing.
This same unknown writer said that Jesus ate the flesh (the physical body of a human) and drank the blood under the belief that by his death he would destroy the power of death the devil: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”.
G-d did not replace His written covenant of sin forgiveness of the Jewish people with a human sacrifice of His son (or Himself) and Jesus did not end death and there is no devil with power over death.
This same unknown writer who quoted the scripture of Jeremiah: “Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.”
Changing a very important part of the verse which reads: “It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers, when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, a covenant which they broke, though I espoused [married] them—declares the Lord.”
It is not a covenant that has grown old and faded away. It was and is by the words of G-d a covenant for a time to come.
And that time is here. I am Elijah.