“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.” (Hebrews 10:1–18, KJV)
Okay, let’s dwell on that first verse. For the law, having a shadow of good things to come…
and not the very image of the things…
Point for Hebrew Roots/One Law/Torah Observant Messianics – the Law is the shadow of the good things, not the good things. Hebrews 10:1.
Can never (with all those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually) make the comers perfect.
For then, would they not have been ceased to be offered?
In other words, we offer the sacrifices for sin. Daily. You come every year for Yom Kippur, the offerings are offered, your sins are covered. You go back next year, and what do you do?
So, the offerings are not designed to remove and atone for all sins forever, but only cover the past ones.
THe first is taken away, that he may establish the second.
the Law is done.
Okay, here’s where Hebrews intersects with Galatians. At this point, if this were a sermon series, we’d have to detour into Galatians 1.
Human books just don’t do this, where what is written in one book intersects with and reinforces what is written in two other books. This is the very fingerprint of God you’re looking at in that verse.
It’s as if the Lord is speaking, and saying, “I take away the first, which was the shadow of good things to come, and I establish the second, which is the very good things themselves.”
“Love one another.”
And ths is where 1 John intersects with Hebrews as well. Romans, Galatians, Colossians, 1 John, and the Gospels all intersect with Hebrews, with themes and patterns that repeat in all of them. Considering that’s several different writers… you’re seeing proof of God. Proof that the Bible is the very words of God. Not contains the very words of God, but is the very words of God.
“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” (Colossians 2:16–17, KJV)
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” (Galatians 2:16, KJV)
“As far as the east is from the west, So far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12, KJV)
“I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, And will not remember thy sins.” (Isaiah 43:25, KJV)
“I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, And, as a cloud, thy sins: Return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.” (Isaiah 44:22, KJV)
“For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6, KJV)
“Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, And bow myself before the high God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, With calves of a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, Or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; And what doth the LORD require of thee, But to do justly, and to love mercy, And to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:6–8, KJV)
Blessed be the Lord.
“Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; Mine ears hast thou opened: Burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: In the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: Yea, thy law is within my heart. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: Lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.” (Psalm 40:6–9, KJV)
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Romans 8:2–6, KJV)
PLEASE make sure you read, and do not skip over, the Bible verses! These verses establish that which God is saying in Hebrews, that which Paul is writing down.
“For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” (Hebrews 10:4, KJV)
That’s a bottom line. So then, what were the sacrifices? Shadows, types.
Yes. They showed Jesus Christ to the people of Israel. And as Israel was chosen as a witness unto the Gentiles, everyone was shown it. Every time a bull was offered, a lamb, a ram, agoat, a turtledove… the death it represented was that of Jesus Christ.
Types have an ati-type. THe type is a picture or figure, and that’s what Hebrews says about the sacrifices in the last three chapters. So the anti-type, the actual reality the figure or type is projecting, IS Christ.
I’m not preaching unconscious salvation. THe Jews have been praying to Jesus Christ by name for thousands of years, without realizing it. The offerings practiced for thousands of years portray Jesus Christ.
But everyone on the face of the earth must recognize that Jesus Christ is God, repent, believe, and follow.
You may have the type and the shadow, but if you do not recognize the anti-type, it’s useless. You may pray over and over again in your pocket siddur and say the name of Jesus in Hebrew, but it saves you about as much as singing hymns without being born again.
What Hebrews is saying is to the saved, not the lost.
“Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.” (Hebrews 10:9, KJV)
“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.” (Hebrews 10:10–13, KJV)
The High Priest stands. His work is not done. Jesus Christ sits. His work is done.
“For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.” (Hebrews 10:14–18, KJV)
Hebrews 10:18 is a frightening verse, but we’ve already dealt with that subject. What it’s really saying is, “If you’ve been forgiven, you don’t need to offer sacrifices any more.”
That’s why we read in context. Jesus perfected the offerings for ever for those who are santified. Now where remission is, there is no more offering for sin… because by one offering, Jesus perfected the offerings for ever for those who are sanctified.
If you make a verse 17-18-17 sandwich, it makes perfect sense. Be careful with this technique! Verse sandwiches can be used to combine two separate thoughts. You have to carefully read, and see if the true sense of the verse is brought out by this method or not!
Will we finish Hebrews by the End of the Year? It’s looking that way!