Shadow of Things to Come – Pt. 4

This is our fourth week studying the Old Testament feasts and how they pointed to Christ.

We are studying the Feast of Trumpets and Day of Atonement this week. According to Leviticus 23:24 on the 1st day of the 7th month the Israelites were commanded to “have a rest, a reminder by blowing trumpets, a holy convocation.” This abrupt sounding of brass throughout the land served to signal the new season in the Israelites calendar, and a call to rest, certainly to reflect on the coming Day of Atonement.

The Day of Atonement was fixed on the Jewish calendar on the 10th day of the month, the 7th month, the same month of the Feast of Trumpets. Those qualified for this worship were required to humble themselves and cease from work (Lev. 23:28-31). On this 10th day, Aaron, the high priest, sacrificed a bull for his own sins, and a goat for the sins of the people; then he sent a second goat away into the wilderness after transferring the sins of the people onto it by laying of hands, symbolizing sin leaving Israel.

This was the old covenant, but God instituted a new way. Consider what Scripture says in Hebrews 10:1-10:

For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.

For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
   but a body have you prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings
   you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,
   as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’”

When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Bulls and goats cannot completely atone for sins, but Christ makes us perfect. That’s why I love to sing the hymn:

Man of Sorrows! What a name for the Son of God, who came ruined sinners to reclaim. Hallelujah! What a Savior! Bearing shame and scoffing rude, in my place condemned He stood: sealed my pardon with His blood. Hallelujah! What a Savior! Guilty, vile, and helpless we; Spotless Lamb of God was He; “Full Atonement!” can it be? Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Here are the songs will sing this Sunday!