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A Promise Confirmed In Blood (1)

Hebrews 9:16-18

When a person dies, their possessions and money should go to whoever is named in the will. That document is a 'covenant' or 'testament' – a promise of what must happen. However, nothing can be transferred until the person dies. But first, there needs to be evidence that the person is dead. This is called in these verses, 'proving the death'; or, in the original 'presenting evidence to demonstrate that a death has taken place', so that the will can be proved to be valid.

A Promise Confirmed In Blood (2)

Hebrews 9:19-22

Most covenants in Bible times had to be sealed with a sacrifice (Hebrews 9:16-18); blood had to be spilled.

Confusing A Copy With The Original

Hebrews 9:23-34

When you don't know what you are looking at, it is easy to be confused. God's people in Old Testament times thought that in the physical tabernacle (and then temple), the sacrifices and priestly intercession, they were looking at God’s permanent arrangement for worship. They could never conceive of approaching God directly or that a mediator could possibly live perpetually in the presence of God's holy majesty. The law taught them that they were sinners and that priests had to offer sacrifices on their behalf.

From Temporary To Permanent Sacrifice

Hebrews 9:25-26

The principle of sacrifice in the Bible starts with Genesis 3:21: where God killed an animal and skins it to provide clothing for the man and his wife, to cover their shame, after their sin in the Garden of Eden. Sacrifice was a feature of worship prior to the law being given to Moses.

Salvation For Those Who Eagerly Await Jesus

Hebrews 9:27-28

This series of five statements encapsulate salvation, the reason Jesus Christ died. The inevitability of death faces us all. It is the result of the curse upon human rebellion in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:17-19).

Shadows Have No Substance

Hebrews 10:1-4

The shape and density of a shadow has no substance. It is produced when light is removed by placing an object between the light source and a reflective surface. The writer describes the old covenant law in this way: as a shadow. Although it had appeared to be the ultimate way to please God, and devout Jews were obsessional in observing all the fine details, it was merely a back-projected image of something which was very real and substantial.

Christ's Body Was The Real Sacrifice

Hebrews 10:5-7

It may seem strange to read this quote from Psalm 40:6-8, in which God said that He did not want sacrifices and offerings. Surely, that was the basis of the law, which God gave through Moses, and commanded them to observe.

God Looked For A Complete Sacrifice

Hebrews 10:8-10

The writer seems to repeat himself from verses

The Priest Who Stands And Jesus Who Sits

Hebrews 10:11-14

The old covenant prescribed a busy routine for the priests. Having slaughtered and sacrificed one animal, the next sinner was waiting in the queue with yet another animal. Those people became regulars: confessing their sins and presenting their sacrifice to the blood-splattered priests. There was no end to the cycle of sin and sacrifice. So the priests could never stop their work, standing before the Lord.

Sins Forgiven And Never Remembered

Hebrews 10:15-18

When we believe the gospel and receive Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, God's gracious plans are at work in us (1 Thessalonians 2:13). Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we enter a new covenant relationship with God.