ch. 8


v. 1 - "such a High Priest who is set on on

            the right hand of the Majesty in the



v. 2 - "a minister of.....the true tabernacle"


"which the Lord pitched and not man"


vs. 3-5 - Aaron, when he entered the holy of

            holies once a year on the Day of

            Atonement, merely stood for a short

            time but Christ "has sat down" at

            the right hand of the Eternal and

            in an attitude of royal government

            makes intercession for us and awaits

            the Father sending Him to gather us

            to Him!


            "example and shadow of

            heavenly things"


"See, saith He, that thou make all things

according to the pattern shewed thee in

the mount"


Ex. 25:40




v. 6 - Christ as Mediator of "a better ministry..

            ..a better covenant...established on better



v. 7 - the First Covenant was not faultless..


v. 8 - "finding fault" - not the Old Covenant

            itself but the people for non-observance.


It was imperfect as a means of justification

before God once it was broken!


A temporary dispensation, with a purpose

of its own, (a type of spiritual mirror so

that man could see himself and how far

short he came to God) - intervening between

the promise to Abraham and the fulfillment

of that promise in Christ.


The Law was "our tutor to bring us

unto Christ" - Gal. 3:24


vs. 8-12


The chosen people had not continued in God's

covenant and because they had broken it,

He had "regarded them not" - allowing first

Israel and then Judah to be carried into exile.



But in His wonderful mercy, God made a

New Covenant encompassing the chosen people

and all Gentiles who would trust Him.


Jer. 31:31-35


Under the New Covenant God's laws are not

imposed as external codes but put into the mind

and written on the heart!


The first laws were put on tables of stone by

"the finger of God" and now that the Church

has come to manhood, the laws are now

inscribed "in tables that are hearts of flesh"

                              II Cor. 3:3


They will be more clearly perceived and more

widely diffused!


The Holy Spirit teaches "from the least to

the greatest"


"for they all shall know me from the least of

them unto the greatest"


The poorest and simplest believer may have

spiritual perceptions, inward illumination,

personal communion with God and a peculiar

glory from God all their own, surpassing even

that of his appointed guides,  priests or teachers

who may sometimes become unfaithful - thus

giving the enemies of God reason to blaspheme.


Ps. 119:99 - "I have more understanding than

            all my teachers; for thy testimonies are all

            my meditation"


v. 12 - Full forgiveness of sins - sin must be pardoned

            and cleansed away before the Law can be

            written on the heart, or the mind flooded with

            spiritual light.  None of the Levitical sacrifices

            could expiate moral guilt; but on the basis of

            Christ's atonement, God now imparts that

            forgiveness which is the precedent condition

            of moral renewal and a holy life.




God said in the First Covenant "thou shalt not"

but in the ordering of the New Covenant His words are

"I will"


This change of language really points to the effusion

(pouring out freely) and the diffusion (scattering)

of the Holy Spirit.


The Holy Spirit was poured out on the Day of Pentecost,

my commentary says it is the anniversary of the giving

of the Law from Mt. Sinai.


The Holy Spirit is who makes the New Covenant vastly

superior to the Old.


We should ask ourselves  whether our souls

individually are sharing the blessings of the

gospel dispensation! 


The "better promises" also imply on our part

definite duties and great responsibilities!





                                    ch. 9


The Epistle to the Hebrews is the New Testament

Leviticus - Leviticus often is perceived as Jewish

ritual and dry reading.


Looking at a stained glass window from the

outside, seems dull and dingy but when you

enter and gaze at it from within, it is aglow

with beauty and sunlight as a backdrop.



From Hebrews we learn to read Leviticus

with the bright gospel sunlight for a

background and we discover how rich

that ancient Scripture is with instruction

regarding the way of access to God!


In vs. 1-5 - the Hebrew sanctuary in its

innermost symbolism represented the

wondrous scheme of redemption of

God for man!


I do not have the time, nor the ability,

nor you the resolve to listen concerning

these things but God through the Holy

Spirit will reward you with a private

study of these things.


Spin off of I Peter 1:12


The Levitical system delivered to Moses

compared with the work of Jesus Christ,

the Great High Priest of Humanity, the

author of eternal salvation.


What the Great Day of Atonement signified!


It was not the sins done with a high hand

that had to be atoned for on that day, these

were either visited by "cutting off" or

atoned for in ways appointed for the purpose,

it was the less definite and undetected sinfulness,

infecting the whole community, and remaining

after all ceremonial cleansing, so as to debar

them from "coming boldly to the throne of

grace to find help in time of need"


v.7  - today's sins of a high hand - Where is

            God's judgment?  He is "not willing

            that any should perish but all come to



Matt. 24:39 - "And knew not till the flood

            came and took them all away - so shall

            also the coming of the Son of man be"


Gen. 14:12 - "And they took Lot"


The sin was still not taken away, only

"covered" for the time; for the holy of holies

remained closed as before, and the same rites

had to be repeated next year - all that was

expressed was an ever-reoccurring need of

atonement - "the Holy Ghost thus signifying

that the way into the holiest of all was not

yet made manifest"


This debarring intervention meant that

there was no  approach for them as yet

to what the holy of holies symbolized.


To understand this you must be familiar

with all the book of Leviticus - especially ch.



The gifts and sacrifices of the Law availed only

ceremonial purification - they did not reach into

the sphere of man's inner consciousness!


v. 8 "not without blood....for the errors of the people"



They could not bring about that sense of

spiritual accord with God spoken of in Jer. 31.


v. 9 - the rites of Judaism cleansed the body from

            ceremonial defilement, but they could not

            wash the soul from sin - they involved rather

            a continual remembrance of sins rather than

            a putting away of sins for ever.


Yet they were a prophecy of such forgiveness

under the new covenant prophesied by Jer. 31:31-34


vs. 11-12




"but by His own blood He entered in ONCE

into the holy place, having obtained eternal

redemption for us"


v. 14 - Superiority of the new covenant - ch. 8:6


Christ, as man, also was Divine in nature, personally

and literally God - it is His Deity that give His death

marvelous significance - Holy blood, not brute



"the power of an endless life" - ch. 7:16



The blood of Christ cleanses the "conscience" -

here and v. 9


It is the God-provided solvent for the stains of

sin!   (my new jacket Polly got me and the

strawberry stain I got on it Friday night)

Under the New Covenant the conscience is

cleansed so thoroughly that the service of God

becomes a constant joy to the believer's soul!


Christ not only makes us safe but makes us holy!


He delivered us not only from God's wrath

but from our own wickedness!



He redeems both soul and body - the benefits

which accrue from Christ, our High Priest's



v. 15 - "for this cause He is the mediator of

            the new testament" so that "they which

            are called might receive the promise

            of eternal life"!


v. 17 - Such atonement could not be except by

            death - the death of Christ bequeathed

            "eternal salvation" to man!


v. 22 - "without the shedding of blood is no



Lev. 17:11 - according to Gen. 2:17 the idea of

            the life of sinful man is forfeit to Divine

            justice, and so blood, representing life,

            must be offered instead of his life for the



v. 24 - Christ first offered Himself in this

            earthly sphere and then passed into

            the heaven of heavens.


No need of repetition - the redemption is





Justification through atonement and

Sanctification through grace.


We can now, through Him, serve the Living God!


v. 25 - Christ offered Himself, once and for all,

            needing no repetition - ever since sin entered

            man needed atonement, signified but not

            effected by the ancient sacrifices.


Christ's one offering of Himself has supplied

this primeval need, availing not only for the present

and future, but also for all past ages!


v. 27


v. 28 - When Christ was on this earth He was

            as a Prophet - ascended He functions as

            a Priest and when He comes again it will

            be as King!


             the Second Coming - nothing remains for

         Him to do but to return as Judge in glory!


This will not be to all good news - "unto them that

look for Him" - precludes that - there are many

passages in the Bible that express the doom of

those set on His left hand - see especially ch. 10:27