Saturday, June 14, 2014

Marsha's Musings: Bearing His Reproach (Hebrews 13:10-13 NKJV)

We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. (Hebrews 13:10-13 NKJV)

I wasn't sure what all this meant so here is what the Geneva Study Bible says:

Verse 10
7 We have an f altar, whereof they have no right to eat which g serve the tabernacle.

(7) He refutes their error by an apt and fit comparison. They who in times past served the Tabernacle, did not eat of the sacrifices whose blood was brought for sin into the holy place by the high priest. Moreover these sacrifices represented Christ our offering. Therefore they cannot be partakers of him if they serve the tabernacle, that is, stand in the service of the law: but let us not be ashamed to follow him out of Jerusalem, from which he was cast out and suffered for in this also Christ, who is the truth, answers that type in that he suffered outside the gate.

(f) By the altar, he means the offerings.

(g) Of which they cannot be partakers, who stubbornly retain the rites of the law.

Verse 13
8 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

(8) He goes on further in this comparison, and shows that this also signified to us, that the godly followers of Christ must go out of the world bearing his cross.

As I think about those who are being persecuted for their faith abroad, and those who are being given a hard time here in our own nation for standing up for Biblical truth, I wonder if this is what it means to bear His reproach.

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