Under His shadow

Hi again and greetings from Belfast

Hebrews 10 v 1 says “The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.”

The Bible clearly teaches that the Old Covenant ceremonies are symbolic of the essential, New Covenant, spiritual truths. This verse also says they are “a shadow of good things to come.” The language of this verse means that the Old Covenant ordinances of sacrifice and service and the sanctuary are still valid and effective teaching for today ( stick with it as my thought for today is coming….).

Where there is a shadow, there must also be something solid that causes the shadow. In this instance, the reality is the life of Christ—the reality we are to strive to become with his help, “as dear children,” as Paul puts it, to be “a sweet-smelling aroma” to God.

In Luke 24:27, Jesus uses this concept while instructing the two men on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection: “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” Jesus uses teaching from the books of Moses to show parallels with His own life.

So my thought today is this…. Using the shadow teaching in Hebrews 10 v 1, is not being living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, and not being conformed to this world but being transformed by the renewing of our minds into the image of Christ our Redeemer, to be at the center of our lives once we are born again living with the relationship with Jesus Christ (Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 4:13)?

If so then lets remember that at work, although we should of course be good employees, there is the overriding requirement to be living sacrifices to God -every day

Have a good week

 

Mark

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