Monday, October 28, 2013

Memorization Monday - Hebrews 10:2

10     For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.

I've included verse 1 from last week as well.  There are a couple of key points here that are very important to understand. The Old Testament Sacrifices could not make the worshippers perfect. Verse 2 tells us what would have happened if they had been successful. First, the sacrifices would have stopped because they would no longer have been needed. Second, the consciousness of sin would be no more. In other words, the cleansing would be so perfect, and sins' removal so complete that the conscience would not be constantly badgering the mind. Verse 3, which is not on our memory list tells us that the sacrificial system had the opposite effect. Rather than putting away sins, people were constantly reminded of their sinfulness because they had to keep bringing in the sacrifices.

Come back here next week to see the conclusion of this line of reasoning from verse 14.

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