2017-08-10 / Worship

The futility of man-made sacrifices

By REV. FICKLEN GUIN
(Hebrews 10: 1-14)

When God gave the law to Moses on Mt. Sinai it was given to Moses to show the people of Israel what their sins encompassed. The Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses names every known sin that man had committed.

God knew mankind could not keep the commandments, but he had to show mankind what he had become by living his life on earth. God, also, wanted mankind to know that he was dependent on God who created him.

Also, the law, the Ten Commandments, were a shadow of Jesus, God’s Son, who would eventually come to earth to save mankind from his evil ways.

This was when God initiated the lamb sacrifices to be given by the people to Moses and Aaron, the high priest, as offerings for their sins.

They did not know at the time, but their sacrifices of lambs for their sins were symbols of Jesus, God’s Lamb Sacrifice, who would come in the New Testament days. Eventually this would take place. “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” (verse 4)

“Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, sacrifices and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.” (verse 5) “In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. So I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me) meaning from Genesis to Revelations (the Old Testament and the New Testament) to do thy will O God.” (verses 6 & 7)

Then God reveals His whole plan of salvation for our souls. “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (verses 9 & 10) “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God.” (verse 12)

Then God sums it all up for us when he said, “From hence forth expecting till his enemies he made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” (verses 13 & 14)

In these verses we are given God’s complete plan of salvation for our souls from our sins, committed during our physical life on this earth. God has not left anything undone. If we will admit to our sins, repent, and make it known by an open statement in God’s Church of our faith, Jesus Christ as our Saviour will save us.

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