Readings for the Tuesday after Easter, part 2

“For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”  Hebrews 10:4

I have always had a little trouble with this verse at face value.  Hebrews 10 is making the case that offerings of bulls and goats are no longer required because the ultimate, once and for all, sacrifice had been made by Jesus Christ on the cross.  But what makes me uncomfortable about this verse (and a hymn based on it “Not All the Blood of Beasts“) is that they can give the impression that there was no forgiveness offered in the Old Testament.  “The priest shall make atonement for him [the sinner] with the ram of the guilt offering, and he shall be forgiven.”  Leviticus 5:16   Sacrifices in the Old Testament were powerful because of the Word and promise of God/Yahweh.  They always pointed towards the final sacrifice in Jesus Christ and when Jesus’ work was completed, temple sacrifice became worthless.

Published in: on April 6, 2010 at 11:37 am  Leave a Comment  

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