Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 22, 2012

Shadows

“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.  These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”  Colossians 2:16-17

“They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: ‘See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.'”  Hebrews 8:5

“The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves.”  Hebrews 10:1

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”  Matthew 5:17

The details of Hebrew Law and history are given to us as a shadow of what’s to come.  When we read about the Jubilee or some other detail, we can expect that there will be a greater fulfillment in Christ.  Hence, there is great profit to be derived from studying the Old Testament.  The future is laid out, but not in a sequential, obvious fashion.  Scripture must be compared with scripture to discern the meaning.


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