Acts + Letters Lesson 15 Day 5

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Hebrews 10

Questions for Acts and Letters of the Apostles Lesson 15

Jesus’ superior covenant fulfills God’s Will.

12. Sacrifice—Old versus New Covenant

Priests’ sacrifices (plural) under the old system

  • The same sacrifices repeated year after year, offered over and over again. (v. 1, 11)
    “There were two daily sacrifices as well as sacrifices every time a person sinned. Then there was the Day of Atonement when a sacrifice was offered for all the sins of the nation (Hebrews 9:7 and Leviticus 16:29-34). This was repeated every year, showing that those sacrifices didn’t really work, or they wouldn’t have had to keep offering them. Therefore, the worshipers lived in a continual state of sin-consciousness. Under the N.T. with the perfect sacrifice of Jesus, we should not have sin-consciousness. Thank You, Jesus! (AWLC)

    Reportedly, the current Jewish leaders are looking for a red heifer to breed so that when they rebuild the temple, the sacrifices can resume.
  • A faint shadow or “dim preview of the good things to come (v. 2 MSG)”
  • It’s impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. (v. 4)
  • The yearly sacrifices reminded everyone of their sin and did not remove feelings of guilt. (v. 3)
  • God didn’t desire those sacrifices and took no pleasure in them. (v. 5, 6, 8)

Jesus’ sacrifice (singular) started the new system.

  • Jesus came to do God’s will.
  • He took away the first covenant so that he could establish the second. (v. 9)
  • He died once for all.
  • When he offered one sacrifice for sins forever, then he sat down at the right hand of God.
  • This sacrifice was a real ransom payment for past, present, and future sins.
  • It provides perfect purification and cleanses believers from feelings of guilt.
  • “This is the new covenant . . . says Yahweh; I will put my law in their inward parts, and I will write it in their heart” as prophesied by Jeremiah.

13. As the hymn says, “Jesus paid it all.”

The O.T. sacrifices of animals were only pictures of the true sacrifice of Jesus that was yet to come (Hebrews 10:1). Therefore, the picture was presented continually to keep the worshipers looking toward the reality yet to come. But now that Jesus has offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice, we don’t need to keep offering His sacrifice over and over. He did it once for all (Hebrews 10:10).

Those who would offer an animal sacrifice for their sins today would be insulting Jesus and not placing the proper value on His sacrifice. Likewise, those who think Christ has to reapply His blood every time they sin have not properly discerned how completely Jesus dealt with their sins. (AWLC)

Therefore, because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we can boldly enter the Holy of Holies where Father and Son are seated in the Heavenly Realm. We enter based on Jesus’ sacrifice and not based on our own good works.

The Greek word translated “boldness” in this verse is parrhesia, and it means “all out-spokenness, i.e. frankness, bluntness, publicity; by implication, assurance” (Strong’s Concordance). Sometimes the same word is translated “confidence.”

14. The just live by faith.

This has been the topic of Hebrews 10. Those who live by faith in a Savior are saved from all their sins, once for all (Hebrews 10:10 and 14). Those who reject their Savior are damned. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him.” Therefore, this drawing back would refer to those who reject their faith in Jesus as their Savior (Hebrews 10:26-29). (AWLC)

When we as followers of Jesus face persecution, however subtle, we must faithfully persevere. Those who cave in under pressure, rejecting their faith in Christ, become apostates. 

Apostasy in Christianity is the rejection of Christianity by someone who formerly was a Christian. The term apostasy comes from the Greek word apostasia (“ἀποστασία”) meaning defection, departure, revolt or rebellion. It has been described as “a willful falling away from, or rebellion against, Christianity. (Wikipedia)

The writer of Hebrews is confident the readers aren’t in that category. 

15. Personal application — persevere

I believe we don’t remain in one place. We either grow and progress or lose ground. 

  • Pursue spiritual growth in my relationship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • Seek first the kingdom of God.
  • Maintain close relationships with like-minded believers so we can encourage each other and grow together. 
  • Renew my mind so that my soul longs for ever-increasing union with God.
  • Ears to hear and eyes to see what is on God’s heart and mind.
  • Increase in immediate obedience and immediate repentance when convicted. 

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. Philippians 3:12-14 MSG


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