Hebrews 8:4-5 ESV
4 Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law. 5 They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, 'See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.' [My emphasis]
Gifts are mentioned with sacrifices in Hebrews e.g.
- 5:1 "gifts and sacrifices for sins".
- 8:3 "gifts and sacrifices".
- 9:9 "gifts and sacrifices".
But in Hebrews 8:4 "gifts" are mentioned by themselves i.e. not with "sacrifices". Why might that change take place?
If "gifts" are a part of "a copy and shadow of the heavenly things", what are the heavenly things that they represent here on earth?