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Hi Everyone! I had a moment today that led me to Hebrews. You may have already read this before too, but I really want to encourage everyone on the Chronological plan to stop what you are doing and read:
Hebrews, Chapters 8, 9, and 10
While the OT Tabernacle and sacrifice requirements are fresh on our mind, I think it’s relative to read of it in the NT and the explanations of it all as Jesus came to earth, died and rose again.
Why did the first covenant require so much detail in sacrifices? Why have a convenant that seemed virtually impossible to keep?
“For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.”Hebrews 8:7
Very interesting! “…THEN NO PLACE WOULD HAVE BEEN SOUGHT FOR A SECOND” Exactly! In the first covenant, there was so much for people to do in order to be sanctified. Every unholy action, every unholy thought required sacrifice, specifically carried out to such great detail. There was so much to do, it just was humanly impossible to meet the requirements. Even when the most humble, God-fearing OT Israelite attempted to follow the law, the bible reveals unintentional sin that the priests were required to make sacrifices for.
But this is the problem….we see the first covenant requirements through human eyes. We question the craziness of killing animals, and spreading blood in a certain manner. We can’t begin to understand why it was necessary to work through the holy “checklist” of preparations and actions they were instructed to take before coming before the Lord. We see the world through human eyes. We are human. God is not.
God established the first law not to set us up for failure, but rather instead to help us see our depravity. If we had not seen with our own human eyes how hard it was to make ourselves holy and sanctified, then we could not have begun to understand the need for a Savior.
The first covenant was established to help us see the need for a second one:
“For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.” Hebrews 10:1
“But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.” Hebrews 10:3
Jesus was in the OT law — the fulfillment of it like no other could do. The Israelites just didn’t know it then. They were too busy trying to please themselves and grumbling about manna!
As you may already know, the bible’s central theme is “Jesus”.
“He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:9b-10
“And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”Hebrews 10:11-14
There is more that will excite you as you read through chapters 8, 9, and 10 in Hebrews, but these verses really stuck out to me. Jesus does not just enter our reading in Matthew, He was present in creation, and all through the Old Testament.