THE BOOK OF HEBREWS SHOWS US MANY SHADOWS OF THE O.T.
The Book of Hebrews is a great book to show that the Lord Jesus is 'better' than the pictures that foretold of Him. That does not make the pictures bad, for they were good. In fact, the world would have been far more ignorant of the glory of God's plan, had the pictures not been given. We can marvel in the pictures, but we find that the reality of what was pictured is 'BETTER'.
The word "better" is used 13 times in the book of Hebrews. It is translated from the Greek word "kreisson" which means "stronger, mightier, greater, superior, and more excellent."
Christ is presented "better" than:
the prophets (1:1-3)
the angels (1:4-2:18)
High Priest (4:14-6:12)
Aaron and other priests (7:11-8:6)
the old covenant's sacrifices (8:7-10:39)
the old covenant's faith heroes (11:1-12:2)
parents and others (12:3-13:25).
Are any of those things 'bad'? No, of course not. Jesus is 'BETTER' but those things and people that He is 'better than' does not make them bad. They were 'good', are still 'good' and not evil, and Jesus is better than all of them though.
Jesus Christ is also shown to be a "better' hope than we have had before His coming. Then Christ is shown to be the Mediator of a "better" covenant.
The book of Hebrews evaluates the old covenant, and then shows how Jesus has fulfilled such types and has given us things much better.
The word "perfect" is found 14 times in the book.
Perfection is shown to be lacking in the Levitical priesthood, in the law, in the animal sacrifices, and in the old covenant.
Jesus gave Himself and thereby "perfected forever them that are sanctified..." (Hebrews 10:14)
We have all desired the "perfect" way, and strive to find how to have such...
Jesus is presented as that Perfection, and His way is the perfect way.
When we find such perfection, we naturally fear the loss of such. We want to be assured that we will not lose such perfection.
The word "eternal" is found often in Hebrews.
Christ is shown to be the Author of the "eternal salvation" (Heb. 5:9).
Christ Jesus also "obtained eternal redemption" for us (Heb. 9:12).
Christ shares the "promise of eternal inheritance..." (Heb. 9:15).
The throne of the Lord is "forever (Heb.1:8).
Jesus is a "priest forever..." (Heb. 5:6).
And finally, the Lord is presented as "the same yesterday, today, and forever..." (Heb. 13:8).
When we look at the book as a whole, we see that Jesus Christ is presented as BETTER because His blessings and His covenant are ETERNAL and PERFECT.
The pictures of the types and shadows of the Old Testament are now fulfilled. That does not make the admiring of the types and shadows to be bad, but it means we glory in the Lord Jesus as the ONE that all of those pre-figured.
The feasts are 'shadows', skia, of Jesus, and of His ministry done for us. We glory in those shadows, and know that the 'better than' is now come.
"And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words."
An exhortation is a encouragement, a comfort, and a consolation. This book was not written to scare us, but to encourage us. We are to "encourage one another daily" (Heb. 3:13). We are reminded that we have a "strong encouragement" in Jesus (Heb. 6:18).
WE NEED TO LOOK TO SUCH A FUTURE,
AND IT SHOULD BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT
AS WE SO GAZE TOWARD THE FUTURE!
The focus of the book of Hebrews is on the future. It speaks of:
"the world to come" (2:5).
Jesus, the "heir of all things..." (1:2).
the "promise of eternal inheritance" (9:15).
the "city Whose Builder and Maker is God..." (11:13).
our being only "pilgrims and strangers on this earth..." (11:13).
The future is of vital importance to every saint. Too many are too earthly minded, too present and past oriented, and too prophetically ignorant to be of any heavenly use.
If Abraham allowed Lot to take the best lands, because He was so anxious to find the heavenly Jerusalem... (11:10),
if Moses could forsake the treasures of Egypt because he had "respect unto the recompense of reward..." (11:26)...
if Jesus could endure the cross "for the joy set before Him..." (12:2),
THEN we must learn to get our eyes upon the future! The Old Testament feasts were pictures of what Jesus came to do, and He is not done fulfilling those types. They were wonderful pictures of what He has now done, and what He will still do. Some of those pictures are fulfilled, but not fully. we still look at the feasts to learn more of His unfolding plan.
Jesus is 'better' than those pictures, but we still rejoice in watching their fulfillment unfold.
THIS BOOK OF HEBREWS EXHORTS US TO EXPECT A FUTURE COMING,
A FUTURE HOME IN HEAVEN, AND A FUTURE VICTORIOUS KINGDOM.
This book of Hebrews is not for spiritual babes who need to be spoon-fed. It is not meant to coddle pew-sitting, apathetic, lethargic, and luke-warm members of our congregations. Its meaning is far beyond the understanding of the judgmental, the carnal, the babes... it is for those who have their eyes on Jesus... who understand the Biblical types and shadows... and are anxious to see them unfold into more and more fulfillment.
Hebrews is for some who have the spiritual molars to do some real chewing on strong meat... It was written long ago, about how to prepare for a time soon to come! The book speaks of the good types and shadows, and reminds us to watch as they continue to be fulfilled by Jesus.