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Old vs. New

I’m so grateful for our time together, Father. The consistency of it alone has impacted me in a multitude of ways. Bless me this day. May I be attentive to what You have to say to me. May I be diligent in carrying out what you call me to do.

Hebrews 10:1-18 (<<click here)

Old covenant – repeated sacrifices / “can never take away sins” = imperfection

New covenant – one single sacrifice / takes away sin = “made perfect those who are being made holy”

Lord, I had to write it out to better understand what’s what. I understand all the separate parts but it’s important to see and understand them all together, as well.

One thing that I’ve wrestled with in reading through Hebrews is that it seemed to be saying that the old covenant wasn’t cutting it so the new covenant was put into place that would. Reading the study notes in my Bible* helped me understand it more clearly. When it says in v.9 that You “cancel the first covenant in order to put the second into effect” it is the ceremonial law and its system of sacrifices that is eliminated. Jesus Your single, once-and-for-all sacrifice took care of everything. The moral law (the Ten Commandments) still stands.

The notes on vs.11 and 12 are also very good.

“Christ’s work is contrasted with the work of the Jewish priests. The priests work was never finished, so they had to stand day after day and offer sacrifices; Christ’s sacrifice (dying in our place) is finished, so he is seated. The priests repeated the sacrifices often; Christ sacrificed once for all. The sacrifice system couldn’t completely remove sin; Christ’s sacrifice effectively cleanses us.”

Lord, Jesus, thank You for all you have done and continue to do for me. Because of You, I live. May I become more like You every day.

Apr 9th, Sat, 7:26am

*New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible