- Hebrews 13:11-15
- Heb 13:11 (KJB)
- For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the
sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
- In verse 9, we read about the subject of meat under the Mosaic law. In
our present verse it is speaking about the Day of Atonement, when the bodies
of the animals were slain, the bodies were take outside the camp and burned
but it is the blood which is brought into the Holy of Holies and sprinkled
on the Mercy Seat on the Ark. This reveals that it is the blood that makes
atonement and not flesh. (Lev 16:27 KJV)
And the bullock for the sin offering, and the goat for the sin
offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place,
shall one carry forth without the camp; and they shall burn in
the fire their skins, and their flesh, and their dung.
- Heb 13:12 (KJB)
- Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his
own blood, suffered without the gate.
- Sanctify - Consecrate, to make holy, or to set apart
- Without - Outside
- (Exo 29:14 KJV) But the flesh of the
bullock, and his skin, and his dung, shalt thou burn with fire without the
camp: it is a sin offering. Just as the
animals were burned outside the camp as part of the sin sacrifice, the Lord
Jesus Christ was also crucified outside the city walls of Jerusalem, setting
up another tremendous parallel. It was also the shedding of the blood of
Jesus which cleansed the believers of their sins.
- Heb 13:13 (KJB)
- Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his
- Bearing - Carrying or bring forward
- Reproach - Disgrace, reviling, or insult
- The principle being taught in this verse to the Hebrew Christians is
that if they go outside the camp, they will be declaring that they are
Christians and with that testimony, will bring reviling or insults from
those who still practice the Mosaic law. What is in view here is that if the
Hebrew Christians spiritually go outside the camp, that is, reject the
Mosaic law, they can no longer worship at the Tabernacle or Temple which was
the center of Jewish worship under the law. It is either you reject Christ
and continue to worship under the Mosaic law or you reject the Mosaic law
and worship Christ under grace. Those who became saved, spiritually left the
camp to bear the cross which Christ gives each Christian.
- Heb 13:14 (KJB)
- For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to
- Continuing - Permanent, lasting, or abiding
- Seek - Wish for, desire, or search for
- Just as the Patriarchs sought a city to come, which is the heavenly
Jerusalem, all the believers live on the promise of the same hope. We too
seek a city to come which will be our eternal home which is of a righteous
nature and will have no sin at all. The believers are willing to bear the
shame of Christ because this is not our permanent home. While we are on
earth, we are just ambassadors of the Kingdom of God.
(2 Cor 5:20 KJV) Now then we are ambassadors
for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you
in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Ambassadors are sent to a foreign country representing their home country.
The believer does the same thing, even though we have never seen our home
country, which is Heaven, we are representing it by bringing the message of
Christ to this present world. When our term of ambassadorship is over, we
will be taken home to glory.
- Heb 13:15 (KJB)
- By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God
continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his
- By - Through, for the sake of, or because of
- Continually - Always (emphasizes a period of time from start to finish)
- Under the old covenant, the Israelites bought animals to the tabernacle
or temple to sacrifice unto the Lord and if you remember, only once a year
was God approached on the Great Day of Atonement. When Christ went to the
cross and died, the veil in the temple was torn in two pieces from top to
bottom. This means that access to God was now allowed at any time. Under the
new Covenant, we no longer bring sacrifices of animals. Since all believers
are priests, we now bring the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving unto God.
(1 Pet 2:5 KJV) Ye also, as lively
stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up
spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Since the sacrifice of Christ was final, no more
sacrifice for sin is necessary or accepted by God. Those who believe that a
future temple will be built in Israel and that animal sacrifices will once
again occur, are really stating that they do not believe the Lord Jesus
Christ has come. It is a shame when prophecy crazed Christians also espouse
this joy of the return of animal sacrifices. As believers we are to
continually praise the Lord and give thanks to Him for what He has done for
us. The fruit of our lips must be praise and not complaints.