“Ordinances were intended to have a deeper message. They are symbolic. No ritual had meaning in itself, it had meaning in what it stood for. The Tabernacle worship with all these strange provisions—the bread, the incense, the offerings, the ornate buildings—all was a kind of religious play enacted to teach the people what was going on in their inner life. They were not to place importance upon the outward drama—that was only a play—it was what it stood for that was important. But they missed the point and thought God was interested in ritual. God was never interested in the ritual. It meant nothing to him (Hebrews 10:6).” (Pg. 134).

Ray Stedman in What more can God say?

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