by Fred Lowery

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Draw Near (4 of 7)
Series: Renew
Dr. Fred Lowery
Hebrews 10:19-22; Hebrews 10:1; Hebrews 10:3-4; Hebrews 10:16-18; Matt 27:51; Hebrews 4:16
February 5, 2012

Our series is RENEW and we are hitting the highlights in the book of Hebrews and today it's about DRAWING NEAR to the Lord and the great passage from Hebrews chapter 10 so - it's over toward the back of your Bible if you would look at that chapter cause I'll mention several verses in that chapter but we'll focus in on verses 19-22. And the verse begins - Therefore, brothers, since -
When you see a "therefore" in Scripture remember you ask what is it there for. And it points back to the argument up to this point and the argument being made is that the old way - the sacrificial way - the whole sacrificial system didn't work. It couldn't work. The old way says the Bible was a shadow pointing to a new way that does work. So, if we go back to verse 1 of chapter 10 -
Heb 10:1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming-not the realities themselves. For this reason
(the old system, the law, the sacrificial system)
it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. [NIV]
So what we want to do is draw near to God. They couldn't draw near to God and live in His presence under the old system of animal sacrifices - couldn't happen.
Verse 3 -
Heb 10:3-4 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. [NIV]
The old system - the sacrificial system - using the blood of bulls and goats could not take away sins. So, what it's saying is that the old system, not only doesn't work, it gives us a reminder of our sins and failures. It not only can't remove sin but it constantly reminds us that we are sinners and we can't do anything about it. We're helpless and hopeless under the old system.
Now, move to verse 16-
We have the new way. We have a new ...

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