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29) Hebrews - Chapter 10:1 and following
For the law having a shadow of the good things to come - Law shadowed the gospel, Aaron shadowed the Christ;
Levitical sacrifices shadowed the Lamb of God.
Purification in the Old Testament pictured complete redemption in Christ. The earthly Canaan pictured the
heavenly rest. The tabernacle pictured the church.
Not the very image of the things - It was a simple representation. The gospel is the image or thing itself. An artist
first draws a shadowy picture, and then fills in with color. So, the law is a foreshadow of the gospel age. There were
yearly sacrifices (Leviticus 23) and these were performed in the same manner by priests who were subject to death
and had to be succeeded.
No perfection existed in the old, yet the Jews accept these sacrifices in place of the perfect sacrifice. The Jews must
quit drawing night unto the old, and must approach the new.
A) Hebrews 10:22 tells us how to draw nigh
B) James 4:8 holds a promise to those who draw nigh
C) Hebrews 10:38-39 shows danger in not drawing nigh
Repetition would not have been necessary if results were obtained. A debt cancelled does not need a repeated
payment. Sacrifices made them conscious of sin, not free from it. A person needs cleansing in order to escape a
consciousness of sin (Acts 22:16). Romans 6:1-6 pictures death to old sins and the sinner.
But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance made of sins year by year - note the word is "remembrance" - not
a) There were special offerings (Numbers 15:27-28, Leviticus 4:3, 14, 23 and 28)
b) There were daily ones (Exodus 29:38-46)
c) Weekly ones (Numbers 28:9-10)
d) Monthly (Numbers 28:11-15)
e) Yearly at three great festivals
With the Christian there is forgiveness immediately upon repentance because of the one great sacrifice.
For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins - Let this verse answer the question,
"Were the sacrifices able to cleanse from sin?"
a) They were to make atonement, yes, but only as performed by faith, at last to be made final in the blood
offering of Jesus.
b) See Romans 4:25 - delivered up for our trespasses - This shows that Christ's sacrifice is the one great
sacrifice. Let the Jew turn from the impossible sacrifices to the possible sacrifice.