My husband and I were walking back to our car after a recent event. We had parked two miles away on a hilltop because of the large number of people in attendance. As we returned to our vehicle we came by a small creek which meandered through the countryside. But because of recent heavy rainfall, the creek was now a fast torrent of high water. Many people were in the same boat as we were, our car was on the other side and it was necessary to cross over.
Some brave souls tried to jump the creek falling short and into the water. Some tried to climb down water carved earth to walk through the water and up the other side. Some refused to attempt anything waiting for someone to pick them up. And some, like us looked for the bridge that was built across the creek to safely get us to the other side.
The book of Hebrews is like this. It is the bridge that believers must understand in order to safely navigate life. This bridge is the connection piece between the Old Testament and the New. These covenants are completely different and yet many Christians try approaching God on the basis of Old Testament Law instead of New Testament faith. Unless you understand the role of Jesus and the better and more perfect covenant He offers, you will be like those people who tried to jump across the creek and wound up wet and frustrated.