“The Shadow of a Promise” – Hebrews 10:1-4

Hebrews 10:1-4

“For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? But in these sacrifices, there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”

“What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” Robert Lowry

Most people learn better if lessons include an example. I know I do! I almost failed a math class because the teacher never gave examples. Either that or I didn’t pay attention when she did. Don’t judge me! I see y’all from the pulpit when I preach!

Hebrews tells us that the law, the sacrifices of bulls and goats, and the offerings were examples or “shadows” of things to come. They did not actually take away the sins of the people. God in His wisdom instituted these as a continual reminder of their need for a savior.

The examples were not alternatives to Jesus. The Laws were given to help the people know how to exercise their faith. The Israelites had to be reminded they were sinners and the only way to be saved was through a substitute. They placed their faith in the shadow and a promise of something better and final to come. Then God translated their faith and obedience into righteousness.

What does that mean for me? Everything God does points to Jesus. The Old Testament points to Jesus. The tabernacle points to Jesus. The law points to Jesus. The Holy Spirit points to Jesus. If you believe God is speaking through a dream, it will point to Jesus.

Use the HEAR method (see below) while meditating on today’s passage.

Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you? 
Explain – what does the passage mean? 
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today? 
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?

Pastor Stephen Williams 
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