Summary: To show that it took GOD His Second and Last Will to deliver us from sins, redeemed us and brought us forgiveness.
Is the first always the best?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that it took GOD His Second and Last Will to deliver us from sins, redeemed us and brought us forgiveness.
Hebrews 9:18 (Amplified Bible)
9:18 So even the [old] first covenant (God’s will) was not inaugurated and ratified and put in force without the shedding of blood.
Thank You very much LORD JESUS because of Your blood we have been redeemed, forgiven according to the riches and generosity of Your Gracious favor.
Even the old covenant was made with blood
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels-J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Even the old covenant was not inaugurated, ratified and put into force
"So even the [old] first covenant (God’s will) was not inaugurated and ratified and put in force"
Hebrews 8:7-9 (Amplified Bible)
8:7 For if that first covenant had been without defect, there would have been no room for another one or an attempt to institute another one.
8:8 However, He finds fault with them [showing its inadequacy] when He says, Behold, the days will come, says the Lord, when I will make and ratify a new covenant or agreement with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
8:9 It will not be like the covenant that I made with their forefathers on the day when I grasped them by the hand to help and relieve them and to lead them out from the land of Egypt, for they did not abide in My agreement with them, and so I withdrew My favor and disregarded them, says the Lord.
Exodus 24:3-8 (Amplified Bible)
24:3 Moses came and told the people all that the Lord had said and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice, All that the Lord has spoken we will do.
24:4 Moses wrote all the words of the Lord. He rose up early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve pillars representing Israel’s twelve tribes.
24:5 And he sent young Israelite men, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the Lord.
24:6 And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he dashed against the altar.
24:7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people; and they said, All that the Lord has said we will do, and we will be obedient.
24:8 And Moses took the [remaining half of the] blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.
Exodus 12:22 (Amplified Bible)
12:22 And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood in the basin, and touch the lintel above the door and the two side posts with the blood; and none of you shall go out of his house until morning.
The word "first" is "protos" in Greek meaning:
1. first in time or place
2. first in rank
3. first, at the first
But it has fault in them because it was not that strong, for only the blood of bulls and goats was made with the first.
Psalms 50:13-14 (Amplified Bible)
50:13 Shall I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?
50:14 Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High,
Hebrews 9:13-14 (Amplified Bible)
9:13 For if [the mere] sprinkling of unholy and defiled persons with blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a burnt heifer is sufficient for the purification of the body,
9:14 How much more surely shall the blood of Christ, Who by virtue of [His] eternal Spirit [His own preexistent divine personality] has offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God, purify our consciences from dead works and lifeless observances to serve the [ever] living God?
It was just a cover up until the real Lamb of GOD should come and wipe away all our sins with His Precious Blood.
John 1:29 (Amplified Bible)
1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming to him and said, Look! There is the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world!