Because God has always made promises, His people have always had “hope.” Adam was promised life in the garden if he avoided eating from “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:17). Noah was promised survival from the flood and a covenant with God if he would build and enter the ark (Genesis 6:17). Abraham was promised God’s protection along with a nation of descendants and Moses was promised a land “flowing with milk and honey” (Genesis 12:3, Exodus 3:8). But while hope has always been, the book of Hebrews tells us that Christians today have a “better hope” (Hebrews 7:19).
Our hope is better than anything Adam, Noah, Abraham, or Moses could have imagined because it is based on even “better promises” (Hebrews 8:6). God has promised us something better than life in the garden of Eden, survival through the global flood, physical protection from enemies, innumerable descendants, or even a land of abundance filled with blessings. Instead, God has promised us that the blood of Jesus cleanses our sins and assures us of our eternal home in heaven with Him. As a result, today, we have a far better hope.