Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.
Paul said in his own defense, "I have committed no offense against the Jewish Law or the Temple or the emperor."
And Jesus left the Temple and was going away, when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to the Temple buildings.
"We ourselves have heard him say, 'I will tear down this sanctuary built by men's hands, and in three days I will build another, made without hands.' "
O Jerusalem! Jerusalem! murdering the prophets, and stoning those who are sent to her, how often I have longed to gather your children around me, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you refused!
"As for all this that you are looking at, the time is coming when not one stone will be left here upon another that will not be torn down!"
Jesus said to her, "Believe me, the time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor at Jerusalem.
Then what about the Law? It was a later addition, designed to produce transgressions, until the descendant to which the promise was made should come, and it was enacted by means of angels, through an intermediary;
So when we were minors, we were slaves to material ways of looking at things,
Now if anything final had been really accomplished through the Levitical priesthood, for even the giving of the Law was based upon it, what further need would there have been of appointing a different priest of the priesthood of Melchizedek, instead of choosing one of the priesthood of Aaron?
But, as it is, the priestly service to which Christ has been appointed is as much better than the old as the agreement established by him and the promises on which it is based are superior to the former ones.
And all this looked toward the present time and was symbolic of the fact that the mere offering of material gifts and sacrifices cannot inwardly qualify the worshiper to approach God,
For while the Law foreshadowed the blessings that were to come, it did not fully express them, and so the priests by offering the same sacrifices endlessly year after year cannot wholly free those who come to worship from their sins.
Then his voice shook the earth, but now his promise is, "But once more I will make not only the earth but the very heaven to tremble!"
Now I leave you to yourselves.