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Hebrew Review - Finding the Reality Beyond the Shadow

Sun, Aug 29, 2021
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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? - Hebrews 10:1–2 (ESV) How good are you at making shadow puppets? You know that game where you manipulate your hands in front of a flashlight so the shadows resemble people or animals. It’s a fun game to see what you can make. I’m pretty good at a dog and an alien blob from outer space. Some ‘Shadow Artists’ are able to create some pretty amazing and intricate shadows (Incredible Works of Shadow Art), but we would never confuse these pale representations for the real thing. They share an outline but they can’t substitute for reality with its color, detail and texture. This is similar imagery to what the writer of the book of Hebrews uses to help us understand the person and work of Christ. The stories and characters that come before Christ provide an outline of Him. But only when we’re able to look fully into his face do we begin to see His full character. The author of Hebrews appeals to the readers of this book to turn and look at Christ. This week we head back into Hebrews. I want us to stop and take a look around at what we have already seen and heard about Christ. My prayer is that it will help us discern reality from those shadows. Take some time before Sunday to slowly and thoughtfully review the first eight chapters of Hebrews. This will hopefully remind you of a few of the things we have seen so far. And don’t forget to check out the rest of the email for the details of what is happening around Hope. I’m Looking forward to seeing you at 10am in person or online.
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