While reading through Hebrews I came upon the following Scripture:
For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. (Heb 10:4 ESV)
However, in my recent studies, I came across the following,
Thus shall he do with the bull. As he did with the bull of the sin offering, so shall he do with this. And the priest shall make atonement for them, and they shall be forgiven . (Lev 4:20 ESV)
Taken out of context or being unaware of the existence Lev 4:20, it would seem that we as Christians have a better forgiveness than the Jewish OT believer.
“Well, their sins were just covered over but ours are completely removed” I have heard it said more times than I can remember.
But this is quite simply not true as it is abundantly clear that the Jew under the old system of Law and animal sacrifice WAS FORGIVEN according to Lev 4:20. As a matter of fact there are quite a number of Scriptures in Leviticus that use the words “and they shall be forgiven” in relation to sin and animal or other sacrifice and offering.
I am well aware of the difference between atonement and propitiation so that is not the issue here. Taken in context I’m sure that this must refer to conscience, so my question is this, in which way does the blood of bulls and goats NOT take away sin from the conscience ?