“In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.”
The emphasis is not so much on the ‘disappearance’ of the Old Testament but on the importance of renewing our existing covenant with God. This new covenant, radiates a healing peace and a reassurance, that our relationship with God is permanent! (Consequently, our task is keeping it alive through our daily, hourly!, efforts.)
‘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.’ Let us focus on the precious moments of covenant making… Through these daily (hourly) tasks, we are also working on the unity of the church.
Hebrews 8, when carefully contemplated, reveals the importance of reigniting/creating this desire for unity. Sadly, there is little appetite in practice, for healing the wounds of a fragmented Christianity.
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..