Comment: Char, I agree.... Jesus died once 'for all'... but, tell me, have you ever thought about it this way?? That those who accept that sacrifice, are covered by that sacrifice, and for them... that law is no longer an issue... But, for those who have not, and do not accept that sacrifice, then, for them... that law remains in effect! Yes, I agree... Jesus IS the Saviour and yes, Jesus IS the 'once, for all' sacrifice... but, in order to be covered by that precious blood, one must ACCEPT that sacrifice and REPENT of one's PAST sins... those who do not, and have not... are STILL under obligation to DO those animal sacrifices! IF not, then are we to think that Christ's sacrifice will cover the sinner who will not repent? All the liars, the murderers, the blasphemers? Everyone? What is your view on this? You may not have considered this in quite this way, but I hope you will ponder it and get back to me...
I totally agree with you Phil, the only problem is that God will NOT accept those animal sacrifices any longer, the ONLY sacrifice He will accept today is the Blood of Jesus. There are no "priests" or "high priests" in the land that can take the blood of Goats or Rams into the Holy of Holies for it does not exists today. The curtain is gone, the temple is gone, all these things were a shadow of the heavens and what was truly required to cleanse the heavens and purge out the leaven (sin) in mankind in the earth.
And those who think they CAN keep the Law, as soon as they break one point of it, they are guilty of breaking ALL the laws. And there is NOTHING they personally, on their own, in their own strength can do to "fix" it or make it right with God. ONLY coming into covenant with God through Jesus Christ can they THEN have the one true attonment for their sins. I believe they feel the guilt and the same and I also believe that Satan has many deceived that they CAN try to keep the Law in their own way... but, the word says there is only one way. The law today exists to bring about the condemnation of sin.... just as a person who breaks the laws in the lands, they know when they have done this, they know that feeling of "wrong" that comes over them and they either run or try to make it right..... sometimes that takes a jail sentence to turn their life around.
Hebrews 9:1 Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. 2-5 For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary; and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. 6 Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. 7-8 But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.
9-10 It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience--concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation
. 11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13-14 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
I believe we agree on much Phil