Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. (Isa 6:8)
The author continues to tear down the Hebrew hope in the Temple laws, showing how useless they are since the all-sufficient sacrifice of Christ.
V. 1, the law, not the whole law, but the Levitical laws of the sacrifices, the atonement and the laws of the priesthood.
How many Christians use the law of v. 1 to say that the whole of the law has been abrogated?
We commonly see signs that say, Buckle up. Its the law, but is that the whole law? Did they mean that you can now riot, murder and steal? Did they say that the speed limit is not part of the law? Tell the judge that you were following the law, because you had your seat belts fastened. You will certainly get to make your donation to the cause. The context clearly tells to which of the many laws is being addressed. The context determines everything. Those who say the law here refers to all the law of Moses are looking for an excuse to be anti-law, Antinomian.
A text without a context is a pretext, and many religious Christian charlatans build a huge following on a pretext.
Though the average Christian may admit that the law here refers to the mediation laws as delivered by Moses, he lives as though the law means the entire law of Moses. He denies the validity of the practical applications of the law; that is, the precepts and judgments as found in Exodus 22:1-23:33, if a man Christian denial that Gods precepts and judgments, or case laws, are for our day has turned Western society over to the enemy. Note that the Muslims insist that their judgments be enforced, and because Christians reject Gods judgments, they are being forced under Sharia law. Our elected leaders are importing an astounding number of Muslims who live and die according to their law-order:
Sharia, Islamic sharia or Islamic law (Arabic: ??????? (IPA: [?a'ri??a]) for law) is the religious legal system governing the members of the Islamic faith. It is derived from the religious precepts of Islam, particularly the Quran and the Hadith. The term sharia comes from the Arabic language term shari?ah, which means a body of moral and religious law derived from religious prophecy, as opposed to human legislation.
The former Christian West is being overrun with Sharia law, its precepts and judgments, because Christians reject Gods law, its precepts and judgments. God will not allow chaos to reign, and if His people reject his law, he will place them under another law which is far more oppressive. The West is asking for Sharia law by rejecting Gods law, under which they prospered greatly in the past.
Those who deny that Gods precepts and judgments should be the foundation of our legal system have turned society over to the enemies of Jesus Christ--Anti-Christ.
To make the law here mean more than the context requires voids the letter to the Hebrews.
For the law, having a shadow. That is, the whole of the Mosaic economy was a shadow; for so the word law is often used. (Barnes)
Shadow Like a very detailed blueprint, or the very image of what must be built. A very minutely detailed blueprint had to be followed exactly, or the finished product would not work. My dad was an excellent mechanic---one who turns detailed blueprints into working reality made out of steel. In the late 30s and early 40s, (during the depression) he worked in the construction of steel mills (which have since been sold as scrap to China), chemical plants and oil refineries. His job consisted of transferring very detailed blueprints into actuality. He and his brothers company worked with very large and heavy steel pipe and control valves, so they had to exactly follow the blueprints in order for the plant to work. Accordingly, the blueprints were simply very detailed shadows of the hard reality of working steel pipes and valves. Once the job was completed, the blueprints were useless, and were discarded (or filed away if needed for future reference of what went where). No matter how detailed the blueprints, those pieces of paper could not accomplish their purpose to make the plant work. They had to be skillfully turned into reality.
The Mosaic economy that was still active in Jerusalem was a very detailed blueprint of the reality of Christ. (Exo 25:40) This letter tells the Hebrews that the reality of the shadow of animal sacrifices for sin was now accomplished, and the shadow is now useless. In order to totally remove its corrupting influence from the New Israel of God, the shadow was finally destroyed by Rome. The Hebrews are told that the reality of the structure has been accomplished through Christ.
year by year continually makes it clear that the reference is not to the law as a whole, and to say otherwise corrupts the text. It tortures the Word of God to say something He does not say. (2 Pet 3:16, wrest to torture, put to the rack.)
V. 2. If the law could have made the worshipper perfectprovided full atonement, then he would have been fully cleansed of his sin. Cleansed of his sin, he would have been provided with a cleaned conscience. Yearly repetition would have been unnecessary.
A shadow of good things to come The laws of the sacrifice and of the priesthood that was still taking place in Jerusalem were only a shadow of what was to come. The reality of that shadow came in the once-for-all atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ for his people.
Those who might try to make the law refer to all of Moses must say that murder, covetousness, sexual crimes of all kinds are a shadow of good things to come.
The author (or authors) of Hebrews was a strict Jew. The statement a shadow therefore drew a very distinct line between Christianity and Judaism, and the Hebrew readers were expected to see that division. Judaism as delivered by Moses was a shadow of what was to come in Christ. What was taking place in the Temple was only a shadow that had been replaced by the reality.
The Hebrews who were still seeking after that Old Covenant shadow were like one going to a new car showroom; then, if given a choice, the individual would choose the shadow of the new car over the reality of that car. We would say, How utterly foolish, but that is what men are inclined to do as they seek after the various rites and rituals that are only a shadow of the reality of Christs atonement.
When men depend on their Christian actions for access to the Father, rather on the reality of Christ for access to the Father, they are saying that the shadow is more important than the atonement. The reality of Christ will lead to the reality of glorifying God in all we do.
An observation: I have been in churches that spent more time on the shadows than on the Word. The rituals of songs, public readings, and even candles, &c., take up over half of the service. Anything that takes the emphasis off of teaching all nations, baptizing them, and teaching them to observe all things, that is, discipling all nations, is no more than useless shadows. No matter how closely a system might shadow Christ, nothing can replace his atonement.
Men prefer shadows of over reality, for shadows do not require repentance, conversion and disciplined submission to the Lord Jesus Christ.
My wife and I attended a meeting where they had the Lords Supper. We personally knew the retired pastor who performed the sacrament, and we knew that at almost every point, he either denied the validly of Scripture or ignored it. He clearly honored the shadow above Christs atonement. We know that had been his attitude probably for as long as he had been an active pastor.
From the earliest time in church history, Rome has exalted the shadows of rituals and sacraments above the reality of Christ. Not only does the exaltation of shadows keep multitudes from redemption in the Lord, they keep the most sincere worshipper in bondage to the church. I personally knew a family that was held in bondage to a Presbyterian church, as the pastor refused to baptize their baby unless they obeyed a specific rule of the church.
V. 3. The author is showing the Hebrews who still desired to worship at Jerusalem that the requirement of the yearly sacrifice continually reminded the people of their sins. The Levitical sacrifices were incomplete, and had neither permanent authority nor power. In fact, since the reality (Christ) had appeared, those sacrifices were an abomination to God.
Vv. 4-7 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 wouldst not, but a body hast thou prepared for me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast had no pleasure.
Lo I come in the volume of the book it is written of me, to do Thy will, O God. (Psalms 40:7, 8)
The contrast here is between the involuntary death of sacrificial animals (they had no choice), and the voluntary self-sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate, truly man and truly God. Though the temple did not offer full atonement, the temporary Levitical sacrificial system was established to reveal the meaning of coming true atonement to mankind. If any man assumed that the temple sacrifice, or shadow, would satisfy God, his offerings were rejected.
We have the same today. How many good, sincere people not only believe, but are also taught by their religious leaders that the rituals, ceremonies and/or sacraments gain meritorious favor with God? However, the God they are seeking to please rejects all of those actions. In fact, they are separated from God, and will be for all eternity, if they add any of those actions to the meritorious work of Christ for their eternal hope.
I well remember an Amway couple in a church. They were there because of all the prospective Amway customers, and they made a good living with Amway. They tithed and were faithful at all the services, but they were there for business reasons as they held many Amway parties for their friends.
Others may be faithful in church for political reasons, and true worship has nothing to do with their faithfulness. We knew several such men of political importance in WV. They were faithful in church, and the pastors were proud they attended their churches. However, in their public office, they had no problem with taking every advantage of their political power at the expense of the taxpayer. It appeared that their faithfulness to the church gives them license to lie, cheat, and steal from the taxpayers.
No matter how faithful they are on the outside, they have denied the reality of the atonement. The prophets and apostles soundly condemn them, for they cling to the shadow of the atonement as they reject the reality which is in Christ. Their end is death.
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. (1 Sa 15:22)
I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs. (Psalms 69:30, 31)
The sinner cannot be reconciled to the Holy Tri-Une God with the blood of bulls and goats. Those sacrifices were given to look forward to the offering He would provide in the proper time:
And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. (Gen 22:8)
In order to fulfill the eternal covenant between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, it was determined that the Son would take on human flesh. (V. 5) God would become man, so he could voluntarily die an atoning death for His people.
Vv. 7, 9. Christ declared from eternity past, Lo I come, in the volume of the book it is written of me, to do Thy will, O God. His self-sacrifice was not only voluntary, but it was foreordained. the book is the Old Testament, which was and is the eternally true Word of God. (See Matt 4:4,7,10)
The Hebrews are told that the Son came to do the will of the Father; that is, to offer the human body that was prepared for him for the specific purpose of providing the final, atoning sacrifice for sin. His sacrifice:
First, brought to an end, or fulfilled the shadow as established in the Levitical sacrificial laws;
Second, provided the only true atonement for sin;
Third, established a new human race, becoming the head of that race;
Fourth, sent the Spirit of God to give a new heart, desire and power (grace) to motivate and enable that new race to say, Here am I; send me to do thy will, O God as revealed in your Word (Isa 6:8 );
Fifth, provided the only view of God the Father (Joh 1:8);
Sixth, provided the only way to freedom from the power and guilt of sin, and the only access to the One God, who is the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the truth, and the only doorway to the Father. (Joh 10, 14:6, 9)
Sixth, provided the only view (revelation) of the One True God. He alone reveals the Father to man in an understandable way. (Joh 14:9)
Today, the ungodly refuse to admit to only one God who must be approached and revealed through the Son: Though man may admit to one God, their god is not the god of Scripture: There are many ways to God, and there are many truths, so take your pick. Do your own thing. It will lead you to the right end.
There is only one truth, so black cannot be white, nor a lie the truth. Yet fallen man, even religious man, desires to blur the line. Reality has been replaced by Politically Correctness even in the church. The reality of Christ and his atonement has been replace by shadows.
(The SBC has lowered the Confederate Flag and replaced it with the Rainbow Flag. <https://dougwils.com/s7-engaging-the-culture/southern-baptist-lava-lamps.html>)
The reality of truth has been radically distorted and blurred.
We see blurring everywhere:
Modern art denies true form:
Modern science denies truth: Big Pharmas medical research papers are total bunk... hundreds were fraudulently ghostwritten by a P.R. firm called DesignWrite (Intentionally causing cancer for the benefit of big pharma.) <http://www.naturalnews.com/054141_Big_Pharma_research_fraud_ghost_writing_science_papers.html>
Modern Christian music centers around or glorifies man, whereas past Christian music centered around and glorified God. (7-11 songs-7 words sung 11 times). The worlds music is off the chart in distortion. (I like western swing which almost requires dancing. The music of Christian worship teams almost require dancing, and I see not only the worship teams dancing, but also the children.)
In the last Examiner we reproduced A Strong Delusion, 12 Signs That A Cloud Of Insanity Has Descended On The Land. It seems as though everyone has developed insanity, and cannot understand the truth nor the consequences of their foolish actions.
The reality of true history is being not only blurred, but radically changed for evil goals. There is no idea of truth, no idea of right and wrong. So when one exposes the scholarly frauds, the honest person is attacked. Shadowy imaginations have replaced reality.
Hebrews clearly spells out the purpose of the atonement---it makes us a new creation to serve the Triune God with all our heart, mind and being. Our call and purpose in regeneration is to forsake the shadows, follow the reality of the atonement, and do all things to the glory of God, doing the will of God with a true heart.