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    Contrast the following verses:

    Leviticus 21:10

    And he that is the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anounting oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes.

    Matthew 26:65a

    Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hat spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses?

    When declaring Jesus guilty, how does the tearing of the High Priest's garments picture the fulfillment and abolishment of the Old Testament priesthood?

      Read Matthew 27:50-51a:

      Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

      And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.

    How does the tearing of the veil from the top to the bottom picture the fulfillment and abolishment of the Old Testament temple worship?

While Christ's fulfillment of Old Testament types has abolished the actual performance of the ceremonial law in the New Testament church, yet ceremonial law has an abiding purpose. It is to be studied as a rich picture of the teachings of Christ and God's plan of salvation; the substance of the truth it portrayed remains. The following illustration provides an example of the ceremonial law's rich, abiding teaching.

Read the following verses:

For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

Hebrews 10:1

Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Colossians 2:17

How was the ceremonial law a shadow?

The veil with its pictured cherubims being tom opened the way for approaching God in His Holy of Holies. What gospel truth does this picture? Why are the cherubims significant?


Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith He, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.

- Hebrews 8:5

It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.

- Hebrews 9:23-24


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