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  • So Paul agreed to their request, and the next day he went through the purification ritual with the men and went to the Temple. Then he publicly announced the date when their vows would end and sacrifices would be offered for each of them. - Acts 21:26

  • And think about the nation of Israel; all who eat the sacrifices are united by that act. - 1 Corinthians 10:18

  • What am I trying to say? Am I saying that the idols to whom the pagans bring sacrifices are real gods and that these sacrifices are of some value? - 1 Corinthians 10:19

  • No, not at all. What I am saying is that these sacrifices are offered to demons, not to God. And I don't want any of you to be partners with demons. - 1 Corinthians 10:20

  • Now a high priest is a man chosen to represent other human beings in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers their sacrifices for sins. - Hebrews 5:1

  • That is why he has to offer sacrifices, both for their sins and for his own sins. - Hebrews 5:3

  • He does not need to offer sacrifices every day like the other high priests. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he sacrificed himself on the cross. - Hebrews 7:27

  • And since every high priest is required to offer gifts and sacrifices, our High Priest must make an offering, too. - Hebrews 8:3

  • This is an illustration pointing to the present time. For the gifts and sacrifices that the priests offer are not able to cleanse the consciences of the people who bring them. - Hebrews 9:9

  • That is why the earthly tent and everything in it--which were copies of things in heaven--had to be purified by the blood of animals. But the real things in heaven had to be purified with far better sacrifices than the blood of animals. - Hebrews 9:23

  • The old system in the law of Moses was only a shadow of the things to come, not the reality of the good things Christ has done for us. The sacrifices under the old system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. - Hebrews 10:1

  • If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared. - Hebrews 10:2

  • But just the opposite happened. Those yearly sacrifices reminded them of their sins year after year. - Hebrews 10:3

  • That is why Christ, when he came into the world, said, "You did not want animal sacrifices and grain offerings. But you have given me a body so that I may obey you.1 - Hebrews 10:5

  • Christ said, "You did not want animal sacrifices or grain offerings or animals burned on the altar or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them" (though they are required by the law of Moses). - Hebrews 10:8

  • Under the old covenant, the priest stands before the altar day after day, offering sacrifices that can never take away sins. - Hebrews 10:11

  • Now when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices. - Hebrews 10:18
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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