During a recent study of Hebrews through Bible Study Fellowship, many things jumped out at me in new, impactful ways. Specifically, three concepts stood out to me: comparing the old and new covenants, the purpose of shedding of blood, and Jesus as our perfect High Priest compared to earthly high priests.
Instead of rightly being humble and thankful for undeserved generosity, imagine the ungratefulness one must possess to have such expectations upon others.
The question of what God’s Law is and its relationship to the Believer has been a topic of confusion in the Church from the beginning – think no further than the Corinthians who lived as if it was dead or, in contrast, the Galatians who tried to satisfy its requirements for salvation.
Jesus Christ giving of His life for those who believe on Him was foreshadowed in Exodus by bread from heaven and water from the rock. He is our true bread, living water, and true Exodus to the heavenly Promised Land.
God had intended His people Israel to be a light unto the world as well. Yet, in this too they largely failed. Most of the world continued to sit in darkness. Yet, the rebellion of man was not about to thwart God’s plan of salvation nor His desire to preserve a remnant of faithful elect within Israel.
The salvation of God’s people from Egypt pictured God’s great rescue mission in the Old Testament. The cross of Christ pictures an even greater rescue mission, one that dealt with a far worse slavery than the slavery of Egypt.
The enemy has always had his servants that he raises up to oppress God’s children. Today we see much oppression against both Israel and the Church. Satan seeks to steal, kill, and destroy wherever he gets a foothold and is able to do so. Yet God has His promises for both Israel and His Church.
Many people prefer the slavery of sin to the voluntary labor of liberty, even though that slavery leads to their death—the death of their name eternally. It is fascinating that the Founders of the United States understood this. And this is the practical value of Christianity – namely, that the western world’s tradition of liberty and personal responsibility owes its existence to the legacy of Christianity.