The Bible says that the law was a shadow (Hebrews 10:1), it’s an outline, an illustration describing the real thing.
“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.”
If I handed you the keys to a Rolls Royce, would you go and admire its wonderful shadow cast by the sunlight? No, of course you wouldn’t! Surely though, that’s what some believers are doing when they say that we should still keep certain parts of the Torah.
For example, Hebrews 9:24 tells us that the tabernacle system Moses set up was a copy of the tabernacle in heaven.
“For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:”
Likewise, all the offerings in Leviticus illustrate in amazing way aspects of the perfect sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
Again, circumcision is now circumcision of the heart (Colossians 2:11).
“In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:”
Later on in this chapter, Paul says that all the feasts, new moons and sabbaths of the law are shadows of what is to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.
Therefore, yes the old covenant law was glorious but wait – the read deal has come through Jesus at the cross and the New Covenant is far more glorious!
2 Cor 3:9 “For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.”
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