God does not want animal sacrifices

Heb. 10:1-18   The author recalls the psalmist’s words that God is not pleased by animal sacrifices (see Psalm 40:6). He says that Christ fulfilled the words of the psalmist when he said, “My God, I want to do what you want” (Hebrews 10:7) (see Psalm 40:7). “God ends the first system of sacrifices so he can set up the new system” (Hebrews 10:9).

Heb. 10:19-21 In contrast to those under the old covenant agreement, believers in Christ are free to enter the Most Holy Place and come into God’s presence. They can enter God’s presence through their faith in Jesus, because Christ’s living body has replaced the curtain that barred entry to the most sacred part of the Temple (see Exodus 26:31-33).

Heb. 10:23-25 The author encourages the Jewish believers to hold fast to God’s promises and not to stop meeting together as the ‘Day of the Lord’ approaches.

 

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Christians can enter God’s presence at any time because of their faith in Jesus

 

A few reminders

Heb. 10:26-31 The author reminds the believers that anyone who disobeys the law of Moses is put to death when found guilty. What then, he asks, will happen on the ‘Day of Judgement’ to anyone who despises the Son of God?

Heb. 10:32-39 He reminds them that, when they first believed the Good News, they suffered insults and were badly treated, but were never defeated. When their belongings were seized, they endured their loss gladly. So he urges them not to lose courage and to look forward to a great reward.

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