10 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
I am just about done with testing to renew my insurance license. I have been selling various kinds of insurance for almost 9 years, and every three years I have to go through a mountain of material and take tests to get this renewal completed. The law used to say that 18 hours of this had to be classroom time, but that was changed last year and I can take the courses all online without a proctor for the exam, and without sitting through classes. I am glad for that change, because my memory is not as good as it used to be, and there is a lot of material to go through. Once it I complete, the transcript will be sent to the state insurance office and I can pay to have my license renewed. Then I have to send the information to the various companies I represent. I have to do this every three years! There is no such thing as a permanent license that does not expire.
My drivers’ license is a different story. I renewed it in 2019 and will not have to renew again until 2027. Because I am over 70, I will have to go in and have my eyesight tested, but should have no problem getting that renewal done. If I was a fisherman, I would be eligible for a lifetime fishing license in the State of Iowa. When you turn 65, you can purchase this for $65 and it is good for 100 years. But there I an expiration date, although I doubt anyone will reach that date.
Everything on this earth will eventually expire or decay. Food has dates that it should not be sold after, or used after. Metal can rust, wood can mold, rubber and plastic can wear out. There is nothing that is permanent and will not deteriorate with time. Even the trees eventually fall, the mountains quake and tremble and the oceans and seas evaporate one day with fervent heat. All of it is temporary.
In the Old Testament, God sent His Word to establish a pattern for all of us through the nation of Israel. The journeys of this nation, and its’ history, are a picture of how our lives can be up and down, but God is always there to pull us through the hard times. The system of sacrifices, the feasts, the priesthood and the day of atonement also show a pattern that must be followed in order for us to have peace with God. This peace, the same peace on earth the angels spoke of to the shepherds that night, can only come into our lives when our sin has been forgiven. God has not changed the requirement that blood must be spilled for the remission of our sin.
But the pattern of the Old Testament was only a pattern for that time. Jesus Christ came, from the line of David, a priest in the line of Melchizedek, to be the blood offering for all sin, for all time. He was sinless lamb, having been conceived by the Holy Ghost and not through the fallen seed of Adam. The pattern of the Passover was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The sacrificial law was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The day of atonement was carried out for all time when He shed His blood on that cross. The vail of the temple was rent fro top to bottom and the Holy Ghost was made available for all of us as a comforter and guide. Never again will Christ have to offer His life. It was a once in forever thing. Sanctified means set apart. Through the sacrifice of Jesus, we have ben set apart for God for all time. What a glorious thing it is to be able to call on Him for help at any time! What a wonderful thing to know He has a plan for us, and will speak to us and show us His plan. What a freedom we gain when we put our trust in Him! We are forever set apart for God! Hallelujah!