Hebrews 10: 1 – 18
The writer of this great book is winding down on his presentation especially to the Jewish community on the subject of accepting the complete work of Salvation. He remained focused as he made presentations on why they should move from the Old to the New. He continually made presentations of what happened in the Old Testament, comparing the rituals, ceremonies and sacrifices to what Jesus did and concluded that the Old Testament could not grant the people access to God as they desired; it couldn’t remove Sin and more importantly they were only external.
Over and over again, the writer in convincing his audience quoted from the prophets of Old; he quoted from Jeremiah, Amos, and Isaiah and also from the Psalms. All of his quotations pointed to the fact that there was something NEW coming to them in the grand plan of the Almighty. One of his quotations was from Jeremiah when he said, “The day is coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife, says the Lord. But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, you should know the Lord. For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the Lord. And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”
The Old Testament was a shadow or a hint of the good things coming in the New Testament. The good things are the escrow benefits that come with the finished work at Calvary. The blood of animals could not remove Sin but only covered it as the people were reminded year after year of their Sins. Their consciences condemned all of them every time and every year as they came before the Tabernacle to offer their sacrifices. In other words, the Old Testament brought back the consciousness of Sin as the awareness became heightened.
The sacrifices, rituals and ceremonies only reminded the people of their sins year after year.
Apostle Paul rightly articulated it when he said, “the Law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent His own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body, God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.”
The CONSCIOUSNESS was translated to as the CONSCIENCE, and moral consciousness. It is man’s innate awareness of wrong in his/her life and the sense of guilt because of the wrong. The CONSCIENCE is built into man’s makeup. It acts on our minds and hearts much as pain acts on our bodies.
I have mentioned the above about CONSCIENCE because for anyone to be saved and have access to the presence of God, their consciences had to be purged from dead works, which was produced by the Law. The blood of bulls and of goats could not sufficiently purge the conscience and therefore, something more was required if we were to be saved and be a part of the good things that was stored in the New Testament. This is the reason why the people presented themselves at the Tabernacle every year because their consciences kept convicting them of their Sins; they became Sin conscious, they needed help.
The writer reminded his audience as he quoted from the Book of Psalms and the Book of Amos (which were popular books known to the Jews), “You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings.”
The Law and the Old Testament was a shadow, a copy and a pattern of the New Testament. The idea was that there was no relationship between the blood of an animal and the sin of a human being. It was symbolic of what would happen (the real figure) in the future through Jesus and how He was going to be the ransom for the sins of the people.
Piling up shadows upon shadows would not create the true figure.
The death of Jesus on the Cross – symbolized by the blood was the payment required because we found out that the wages of Sin is death. He had to shed His blood that will once and for all, purge the conscience of those that believe in dead works. Through this, we are able to have the much desired access to the presence of God. God’s focus was so much on the New Covenant knowing it was the superior and the perfect one. The fact that there is a New Testament meant that the Old Testament had to be set aside.
Jesus paid the slave master the ransom through His blood and once sins are taken care of for good, there’s no longer any need to offer sacrifices for them.
The Jews knew what the writer was talking about; they knew the writer put them in a catch-22 because, if they truly believed in their past prophets, they should believe in what they prophesied about, particularly when they prophesied about the coming of the Son of God. Would they choose Jesus and lay aside that which has been abolished?
Apostle Paul, the greatest of the apostles said, “Now, dear brothers and sisters — you who are familiar with the law—don’t you know that the law applies only while a person is living? For example, when a woman marries, the law binds her to her husband as long as he is alive. But if he dies, the laws of marriage no longer apply to her. So while her husband is alive, she would be committing adultery if she married another man. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law and does not commit adultery when she remarries.”
Keep it right here and be refreshed.