I’m sharing a teaching for First 5 today from Hebrews 9 as we continue our study of this challenging and encouraging book! Here’s a preview . . .
Today’s Reading: Hebrews 9:11-22
Hebrews 9:13-14 (ESV) “For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”
When my daughter was a toddler, she hated getting her hands dirty. She didn’t even like to eat chocolate-glazed donuts because she might get chocolate on her fingers.
In the book of Leviticus, God gave the Israelites instructions regarding foods, animals, health conditions and sinful behavior that made them unclean. (Leviticus 11-15; 18) He called them to be a holy nation, set apart from the nations around them, which meant their uncleanness must be addressed. When they were unclean, they must be made clean.
When the author of Hebrews mentioned “the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer” (Hebrews 9:13), he referred to those rituals described in Leviticus 16; Numbers 19 that dealt with uncleanness. Those who were unclean were commanded to cleanse themselves, or else they would defile the Lord’s sanctuary. (Numbers 19:20) The priests shed the blood of animals to remove the guilty stain of sin and make the people clean again. (Leviticus 16:16)
Just like the Israelites’, our sin makes us unclean. The old covenant included the gracious provision of animal sacrifices to atone for sin, but that cleansing was external and temporary. (Hebrews 9:9-10) Under the new covenant, Christ’s blood makes us permanently clean from the inside out. (Hebrews 9:14) This is why the author of Hebrews emphasized the superiority of Christ’s blood and His work as our Great High Priest. (Hebrews 9:11-15)
You can read the entire teaching here on the First 5 website. I hope you’ll join us in the First 5 app as we make our way through Hebrews together!Share
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