Hebrews 7:18-19 – The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
What is the former regulation that is talked about in this passage? The former regulation is the law. When the law was set up it was set as a means to make men perfect. It pointed out sin and told the people what they could and could not do. If you obeyed the law you would be perfect; if you did not obey you would receive the consequences, or would have to sacrifice an animal to receive a temporary covering for the offense.
There was a problem with the law, however. It did a great job of pointing out sin, but there was no one who could follow it. There was no one who could be obedient, so as a result everyone deserved death.
This was not God’s plan. He did not want His people to die. His Love created another way. God couldn't allow us all to die, but He is also a Just God, so sin had to be punished. So a better plan came into play. This plan would get rid of sin once for all and would allow us, His children, to walk with Him again.
This new plan is Jesus. Jesus is the “better hope” that is talked about in this passage. He is the one by which we are able to draw near to God. Through Him all sin (past, present and future) is taken care of. He paid the price so we don’t have too.
Jesus did what the law could never do; He made us perfect before God. Now we are able to stand before God blameless and set free from sin.