- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Hebrew 10
Christ’s sacrifice once-for-all.
Chapter 10 is the conclusion of the first half section of the Hebrews, comparing the sacrifice in Old Testament and Christ’s own sacrifice that made all the requirement of the law complete.
The law of Moses is a shadow of the good things that are coming, and never make perfect. The writer of Hebrews mentioned animal sacrifice in the Old Testament required by the law, and he pointed it toward Christ’s own sacrifice, death. Animal sacrifice didn’t actually take away sin but rather helped Israel picture what was to come with Christ. “There is no forgiveness without blood being shed (9:22). At the same time the write of Hebrews says, “it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins (10:4). Therefore, he sees the end of the need for animal sacrifice in Christ.
“Through the curtain” (10:20) is the image of Christ’s body as the curtain between the two parts of the sanctuary. When Jesus died on the cross, the curtain in the sanctuary divided into, (Matthew 27:51), which indicated that the way to access to God was opened through the faith of Jesus Christ.
“Let us,” (22,23, 24) is the phrases that the writer exalted the readers to stand firm in the faith of Jesus Christ. At the same time, warning for those who abandoned the faith was expressed strongly (26-31).
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.