For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities.
God’s law has two major parts—the commandments and the sacrificial system. Through His law, He teaches us what’s right and wrong, commanding us how we should live. Since He’s our Creator and we’re His creatures, He has the full rights over our lives.
Since we’ve fallen into sin with Adam, He also instituted the sacrificial system, teaching us substitutionary atonement. An animal had to be killed and its blood had to be shed for one’s forgiveness and acceptance. These sacrifices demonstrated the seriousness of sin and what was needed to be reconciled with our Creator.
The author of Hebrews wrote that it was “impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins” (v. 4). Why, then, did God institute the sacrificial system? Through it, He proclaimed His Son as “a shadow of the good things to come.”
All the sacrifices were a shadow of Jesus and His sacrifice. They provided a daily reminder of sin and salvation. They weren’t an end in themselves; they were meant to anticipate Jesus’ promised coming. He’s “the true form of these realities,” the very substance of them.
When we see a shadow around the corner, we know that someone is right there. The same was true with God’s sacrificial system. While “the fullness of time” (Gal. 4:4) hadn’t come yet, the Father revealed His promised Son through these shadows. The prophesied of Him (see Matt. 11:13).
One more thing…
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