The Book of Hewbrews: 

Its Context, Purpose, and Meaning

 

The Law that the writer of the book of Hebrews refers to is in specific reference to the light transmitted to Moses. It is interesting how this verse has been twisted by the modern church; giving believers the idea that the Law of Moses disappeared at the death of Christ. But remember that in order to have a shadow, there must be something substantial in the background to create the silhouette. And in the context of the writers description, the shadow of the Law (Torah) is oriented in front of the believers and they are stepping into it. Stop and think about it. If the Torah disappeared at the death of Christ, there should be no shadow to step into and therefore nothing good is coming!


Notice that the writer is not pretending that the shadow no longer exists. Nor does he give the indication that the shadow lies in the past and is no longer in their view. How many of us heard the law as something we should not talk about, something that is horrible and burdensome, something that Jesus died to “get rid of”. Apparently the writer of the book of Hebrews did not see the Law of Moses in this way. He understood that the Law of Moses contained prophecies proclaiming good things to come. If the Law of Moses is a natural occurrence like a shadow, why would someone want to contend with it, don't they know that shadows are impossible to destroy? The only way one can do away with a shadow is to rise up against the object responsible for creating it.


Let’s take a few moments and read about the realities that the Torah says are ahead of us. Take note that a people are going rise who will keep “all” of the commandments the God of Israel gave to Moses for the people to obey. As they do this, the realities of the law are going to overtake them and they will receive miraculous blessings! Said Moses, “If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.


“The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to” (Deuteronomy 28:1-8).


It is time that the church rethinks her idea about the Law of Moses and its true meaning.
 

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