What is the first which He took away?
"Above when He said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin Thou would not,
neither had pleasure therein; which are offered by the law." Verse 8.
NOTES - "He takes away the first." The connection plainly indicates that what Christ took away
was ceremonialism as expressed in the typical service of sacrifices and offerings, and that what He
established, by giving Himself to do the will of God, was the experience of doing the will of God on the
part of the believer. Thus He made possible the answer to the petition which He taught His disciples, "Thy
will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." Instead of abolishing the moral law, Christ made such provision
that every believer in Him may become a doer of that law.
"The word first here refers to sacrifices and offerings. He takes them away.' that is, He shows that
they are of no value in removing sin. He states their inefficacy, and declares His purpose to abolish them.
'That He may establish the second to wit, the doing of the will of God. . . . If they had been efficacious,
there would have been no need of His coming to make an atonement."--Dr. Albert Barnes, on Heb. 10:9.
To whom are sinners brought by conversion?
What did Jesus present to the people as a basis of confidence in Him?
Against what evil should fathers guard?
How was this little horn to exalt itself against Christ and His mediatorial work?
What besides creation were Israel to remember when they kept the Sabbath?
What means will be employed to compel all to receive this mark?
27. What wonderful promises are made to those who thus minister to the wants and distresses of others?
Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle