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.

When proclaiming His name to Moses, how did the Lord define His character?
What will be the fate of the one who curseth his father or his mother?
25. When Christ has finished His priestly mediatorial work in the heavenly sanctuary, what decree will go forth?
To whom was this covenant-promise later renewed?
How many will see Him when He comes?
Upon what one fact does Paul base the Christian hope?
What must take place before the dead can praise God?

Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle