Out from a Second

In chapters eight through 10, the writer of Hebrews continues contrasting the old and new covenants, also discussing them as the first and second covenants. The first covenant had continual sacrifice.  Not only did the repeated sacrifices fail to remove sin, they actually reminded people of their sinfulness and kept their consciences from being clean….

Good Grip

Hebrews 5 continues talking about Jesus, our high priest, who sympathizes with our weaknesses.  Other high priests could be compassionate since they were weak like those they ministered to; they also needed sacrifice to repair their relationship with God. Jesus was not fallen; He wasn’t subject to a nature that is prone to sin.  He…

The Most High Priest

Moses said to Aaron, “Sacrifice the offering that is for the people and make atonement for them, as the LORD has commanded.” Aaron then brought the offering that was for the people. As they led him away, a large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. Then he lifted…

Naked and Exposed

“No creature is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account” (Heb. 4:13). Verses like this have a way of striking fear into our hearts.  We feel strapped to the interrogation chair, the light of truth shining in our faces.  There…

Facing Incompleteness

The old covenant high priest in his ministerial garments “Be alert and strengthen what remains, which is about to die, for I have not found your works complete before My God” (Rev.3:2). Jesus said this to the church at Sardis.  A more literal (but akward) translation would read, “I have not found your works made…

The Day of Atonement (part 1)

The Day of Atonement occurred on the tenth day of the seventh month.  On this day, the Israelites were to practice “self-denial” (usually understood to mean fasting) while various sacrifices were made (Lev. 23:27).  Through these offerings, the Lord promised, “Atonement will be made for you on this day to cleanse you, and you will…