What would likely happen if you tried baking a three-tiered wedding cake with the bottom layer made out of pudding? Do you think the result would be much different for a prize-fighter who enters the ring with both feet in clay? What are the chances that you will pass a writing assignment without knowing the teacher’s instructions?
When the foundation is shaky, the integrity of the superstructure is compromised. Bad base bricks bungle buildings bigtime.
It is a painful lesson taught by gravity. The point was emphasized by Jesus regarding the difference between a house built upon a rock rather than upon sand. It was a dramatic proof of concept demonstrated by Sampson in ancient Israel who pushed over the foundational pillars of a great building.
The same problem now exists for the 10 Commandments. Its foundation has been compromised. Our family study time through the book Wineskins has now opened the pages of the biblical book of Hebrews. And there we are told that the basis of the Law given on Mt. Sinai was the Levitical Priesthood (Heb 7:11).
Jesus, however, does not come from the Levitical line. The priesthood foundation has shifted and that means the Old Covenant superstructure no longer has a viable basis.
The former Law is not the basis of Jesus’ ministry. In contrast, we read that Jesus not only mediates a “superior” New Covenant, but that he also is no longer considered part of the Old. That past system is dismissed as “their” covenant (8:6). This prophesied separation by Jeremiah is quoted in Hebrews beginning two verses later by stating that God “turned away from them”.
Rather than some make-over covenant or some rebuilt structure upon the old reliability of the Law, the New Covenant “will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers”. It will be new, based upon a new foundation, with new and better promises.
Those who persist in mixing old with new violate the integrity of the foundation. New wine does not belong in old wineskins. Feet of clay will cause the colossal to collapse.
“Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess” (3:1).
In what way do you demonstrate greater attention to the integrity of your foundation in Christ?