They were added unto the promise because of transgressions. Hebrews 10:4. 1. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? 1874-1909. This the apostle states as a truth which must be admitted at once as indisputable, and yet it is probable that many of the Jews had imbibed the opinion that there was such efficacy in blood shed according to the divine direction, as to remove all stains of guilt from the soul; see the notes, Hebrews 9:9-10. 4. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, for it is impossible, that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sin, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. Learn hence, That it was utterly impossible that sin should be taken away before God, and from the conscience of a sinner by any other blood than the blood of Christ: It is this alone that cleanseth us from all sin, for he alone was the propitiation for them. 1. (John Owen, D. D.). Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:4". They were not of sufficient value to make satisfaction for the affronts done to the justice and government of God. 1870. 4.] Moses wrote of the same exalted personage; and there was always a remnant in Israel whose heart God had touched, who looked for the coming of the Savior. The annual sacrifice was only a shadow and prophecy of another sacrifice, in which the Divine will was to be perfectly accomplished. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. https: [2.] 1999. But God is perfect in Wisdom of Solomon , and therefore the means He employs always exactly correspond with the end He has in view. the reply Isaiah , By no means. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THINGS MAY USEFULLY REPRESENT WHAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE THAT IN AND BY THEMSELVES THEY SHOULD EFFECT. 1879-90. There is also to be understood a contrast which is not expressed, as though he had said, “It is no wonder that the ancient sacrifices were insufficient, so that they were to be offered continually, for they had nothing in them but the blood of beasts, which could not reach the conscience; but far otherwise is the power of Christ’s blood: It is not then right to measure the offering which he has made by the former sacrifices.”. "In those days, and in that time, saith Jehovah, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I leave as a remnant" (Jer. 5. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:4". All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. https: For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats. The manner of the negation; It was impossible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 1952. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:4". Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. For gives a reason of the precedent proof, that the legal sacrifices did keep sins in remembrance; for they were of such matter as could not have any causal power to take them away. For it is not possible, &c.— "And indeed the reason of this is plain: for it is in the nature of things impossible, that the blood of bulls and of goats should on the whole take away sins, or make a real atonement to God as the great Governor of the world, for the moral guilt of any transgression; though it may by divine appointment purifyfrom legal defilements, and put a stop to any further prosecution which might proceed in Jewish courts, or any such extraordinary judgment as the peculiar state of things among that people would otherwise require.". https: 3. It could only sanctify to the purifying of the flesh (Hebrews 9:13), restoring the sinner to living membership with the literal Israel. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. The Judaizers were insisting on the permanence of the old law and its ordinances of religious service. https: Can never take sins away. Proof that it cannot be otherwise, drawn from the matter itself which is under consideration. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. To “take away sin,” is to make atonement for it, to expiate it before God by a satisfaction given, or price paid, with the procurement of the pardon of it, according unto the terms of the new covenant. https: "And why dost Thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity?" That the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins; For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. A MAN must do that (see on [2574]Heb 9:12-14). Read most carefully Leviticus 4:1-12--better still, Chapters 4 to 6. By a rudely sensuous means we cannot attain to a high spiritual good. "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". Hence shedding of blood has been the appointed means of obtaining it in all ages; and the psalmist, Psalms 50:5, represents all God’s true people as making a covenant with him by sacrifice. Should take away sins] And so pacify conscience; for sin is to the conscience as a mote to the eye, as a dagger to the heart, 2 Samuel 24:10, as an adder’s sting to the flesh, Proverbs 23:32. "I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake: and I will not remember thy sins" (Isa. https: For if in the nature of the thing itself it was impossible that the sacrifices consisting of the blood of bulls and goats should take away sin, then however, whensoever, and by whomsoever they were offered, this effect could not be produced by them. Hebrews 10:4. The fact is, that the blood of the bullock or of the goat (the sin offering on the Day of Atonement) could not weigh against the guilt of a nation, or even of a single worshipper. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. And it was so, —. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins - The reference here is to the sacrifices which were made on the great day of the atonement, for on that day the blood of bulls and of goats alone was offered; see the notes on Hebrews 9:7. "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". That the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins; the blood of these were only carried into the holy of holiest on the atonement day, yearly, Leviticus 16:1-34, to which this is chiefly applied; nor could the blood of all the other sacrifices by expiation pardon their offerers, nor by sanctification cleanse them, nor by removing the sense of them comfort the soul; they could neither pacify God, nor the sinner’s conscience, having no virtue or power to satisfy God’s justice, or merit his grace, only it had by his constitution a power to typify that blood which could do both. Hebrews 10:4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Hebrews 10:4. The Vulgar renders ἀφαιρεῖν by the passive: “Impossibile est enim sanguine taurorum et hircorum auferri peccata,” — “It is impossible that sins should be taken away by the blood of bulls and goats.” The Syriac renders ἀφαιρεῖν by מַדֵךְ, which is to “purge” or “cleanse,” unto the same purpose. (Matthew Henry.). They had before them an account of Abraham's justification through faith in Him whose day he saw afar off, and was glad. https: And it was also impossible from the nature of the thing; for how could the blood of a beast expiate the sin of a man? 3. especially considering that, in the institution of them, God told the church that he had given the blood to make atonement on the altar, Leviticus 17:11. The blood of brutes could not take away the sin of man. 4. He is trying to persuade them to remain faithful to Jesus, the perfect sacrifice and true high priest. Bibliography"Commentary on Hebrews 10:4". https: It is therefore our justification, and not our sanctification, that the apostle discourseth of. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. BibliographyBenson, Joseph. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:4". The blood of beasts could not take away the sin of man. (2.) For all these expressions respect the guilt of sin, and its removal, or the pardon of it, with righteousness before God, acceptance and peace with him. And Grotius after him speaks to the same purpose: “ ἀφαιρεῖν ἁμαρτίας, quod supra ἀθετεῖν et ἀναφέρειν, est extinguere peccata, sive facere ne ultra peccetur. "what, has the beloved committed abomination in my house? https: 1685. 9:2). The apprehension of it (namely, a suitableness unto divine justice in the expiation of sins by the blood of bulls and goats) must needs be a great incentive unto profane persons unto the commission of sin.