- The author of Hebrews explains that the first covenant had specific regulations for worship and for the earthly sanctuary, and proceeds to describe what was in the tabernacle.
- However, the author does not want to dive to deep into these things, and only lists some of the items.
- After everything was set up according to the regulations, priests would regularly enter the outer room.
- The inner room, however, was only entered once a year, by the high priest. He could only entered if he had blood, which would be offered for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance.
- The Holy Spirit used these regulations to show that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed.
- The sacrifices given were not able to clear the conscience of the worshipper, for food, drink, and ceremonial washings were only external regulations meant to last until a new, better order came.
- When Jesus came, He did not go through the earthly, man-made tabernacle, but went through the one that is not part of this creation.
- He did not enter by means of blood of sacrificed animals, but by his own blood that brings redemption.
- If the blood of bulls and goats was enough to make people outwardly clean, how much moreso will the blood of Christ cleanse our consciences of our sin and allow us to serve the living God?
- Because of His sacrifice and power to cleanse us, Christ is the mediator of this new covenant. Those who are called are set free from the sins committed under the old covenant and are free to inherit the promised eternal inheritance.
- In the case of a will, the death of the one who wrote it must be proved in order for it to be put into effect. In the same way, blood must be shed in order for the covenant to be put into effect.
- Moses sprinkled blood on the people, the writing of the covenant, and everything within the tabernacle.
- If the blood was not shed, the covenant could not be in effect. Therefore, without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
- If the man-made copies of the heavenly tabernacle had to be cleansed by the blood of earthly sacrifices, it was to show that the heavenly tabernacle had to have a sacrifice better than these.
- For Jesus Christ did not enter a man-made tabernacle, but entered heaven itself to appear before God’s presence on our behalf.
- Christ does not continually offer Himself, year after year, as the earthly high priest did, but by sacrificing Himself, He provided redemption one time for all people.
- Man is destined to die once and then face judgment, but Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people.
- Not only that, but Jesus will return a second time, not to bear the sin, but to bring salvation to those who are awaiting His return.
I don’t know about everyone else, but to me Hebrews is like the rallying speech before the battle. It just points out that Jesus is the best, the perfect One that we needed to save us. Because of what He did, we need to do something! It gives the security that we’re good, Jesus has taken care of it all. In turn, we have been freed to live for Him.
Jesus came to rescue us from judgment, to do the work for us that we could not do ourselves. In this world, so many people are beaten down by the judgment around them. I need to be a voice that cuts through the judgment and brings life. I cannot add to the cacophony of voices beating people down, I have been called to speak the truth in love, and that requires daily intention.
Jesus, help me to speak like you spoke. You looked at someone and you knew exactly what they needed to hear that day. Would your Spirit inside me speak to me as I encounter people today. I pray I have the heart to reach out to them and say what they need to hear to lift them back up, that I ultimately might point them to you.
Posted on Thu, October 8, 2015
by Brian Landers