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    March 4, 1890

    “LESSON 24.—Hebrews 10:1-9” The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald 67, 9.


    E. J. Waggoner

    (Sabbath, March 15.)

    1. What was the nature of the law of sacrifices? Hebrews 10:1.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 141.2

    2. Was it exactly like the things of which it was the shadow?-Ib.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 141.3

    3. What differences were there between the priesthood of Aaron and that of Christ?ARSH March 4, 1890, page 141.4

    4. Could the sacrifices of that law make anyone perfect?-Ib.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 141.5

    5. If they could, what would have been the result? Verse 2.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 141.6

    6. Why would they have ceased to be offered? Ans.-They would have had the same power as the offering of Christ, and would not have needed to be repeated.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 141.7

    7. What is meant by their being remembrances of sin? Ans.-Their continued sacrifices were continual acknowledgments of sin. Verse 3.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 141.8

    8. Why were their sins kept in continual remembrance? Verse 4.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 141.9

    9. What is Christ represented as saying when he came into the world? Verse 5.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 141.10

    10. Did this mean that the Lord would not have any sacrifice?ARSH March 4, 1890, page 141.11

    11. From what scripture is this quoted? Psalm 40:6-8.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 141.12

    12. For what can we say a body was prepared him? Ans.-For a sacrifice in contrast with those undesirable ones that could not take away sin.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 141.13

    13. Where was it written that he should thus come? Hebrews 10:7. The volume of the book doubtless refers to the Pentateuch; for the Saviour said that Moses wrote of him, and that all things written in the law of Moses concerning him must be fulfilled. John 5:46; Luke 24:44.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 141.14

    14. For what did he say he came? Hebrews 10:7.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 141.15

    15. What two things are spoken of in verses 6 and 7? Ans.-Burnt-offerings and the will of God?ARSH March 4, 1890, page 142.1

    16. What do we learn concerning the will of God in the verse from which this is quoted? Psalm 40:8.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 142.2

    17. Is the law the will of God? Ans.-There is no difference between the will of God and the law of God. The law of any ruler is his will. See Romans 2:17, 18, etc.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 142.3

    18. Where did Christ say the law was? Psalm 40:8.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 142.4

    19. Where did God promise to put his law, in the new covenant? Hebrews 8:10.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 142.5

    20. Who is the mediator for the fulfillment of this promise?ARSH March 4, 1890, page 142.6

    21. Would he make the sacrifice that he did, to accomplish this, if the law were not in his own heart?ARSH March 4, 1890, page 142.7

    22. What is meant by his taking away the first? Hebrews 10:9.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 142.8

    23. What is the second, that he came to establish? See note.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 142.9


    Verse 9 has also been obscured by the unwarranted additions of theologians, who have put their theories into their translations. In a certain translation of the New Testament, of high pretentions, it is made to read, “He taketh away the first will that he may establish the second.” But there are no two wills spoken of in the text. The rendering is intended to be equivalent to this: He taketh away the first covenant, that he may establish the second. No one is warranted in putting an idea into a text which is not written in the text, merely because the idea may be true. That construction is altogether foreign to the apostle’s train of reasoning. There is a contrast presented throughout in verses 5-9, as follows:—ARSH March 4, 1890, page 142.10

    1. “Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire.” “I come to do thy will.”ARSH March 4, 1890, page 142.11

    He takes away the first, that he may establish the second. In this is found the only contrast in the argument, and it is made very prominent. The sacrifices and offerings of the Mosaic law could not perfect the conscience, could not reform the life, could not write the law of God in the heart. These are taken away, that he may come in whose heart is the law, and who alone can fulfill the promise of the new covenant.ARSH March 4, 1890, page 142.12

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