The Weekend Word
Now the writer moves from the description of the sanctuary to the ritual.
READ v. 6-7
6 These preparations having thus been made, the priests go regularly into the first section, performing their ritual duties,
- The priests are in and out of the front section.
- Taking care of the Lampstand , changing out the bread on the Sabbath – the old bread was to be eaten by them. Burning incense.
7 but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people.
- Whatever work the High Priest did – was terrifying
- On Yom Kippur he had to;
- Make sacrifice
- Bring in the blood
- And go alone into the presence of God.
- Sins of ignorance – it shows that even ignorance has consequences.
READ v. 8-10
8 By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing
- What changed between Jesus’ death and 70AD?
- The veil was torn – open access
- But there was still this separation
- At the time of the tabernacle, the Holy Spirit spoke through Moses
- Today he speak’s through his word
- God’s word is a means of grace to us
- Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
9 (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper,
- Why are symbols so important?
- Look at a snowglobe
- The snake on the pole in the desert. This is Jesus’ snowglobe for the cross.
- Whatever they had to offer was never good enough to clear their conscience.
- Even if I did all that the priest told me to do – I was still the same person and I knew it.
- Because I knew I would have to return next year to do the same. Repentance is all we have to offer.
- Who knows what Luther’s #1 of the 95 theses was???
- “When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said “Repent”, He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”
10 but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation.
- Until the time of reformation – we have to wait for Luther???
- All of this deals with the exterior of man
- Access to God was external – the outer court – the 1st chamber and the Holy Place.
- What does defile a person? – Read Mark 7:14-23
Redemption is through the Blood of Christ
Worship is where the tent is.
Where is worship today?
See John 4 – what was the woman’s view of where people worshipped?
READ v 11-14
11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)
- But when Christ appeared … when?
- A more perfect tent – is heaven a canvass tent? The use of symbolism – metaphorical language to help us understand what we cannot understand.
12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.
- Just how did Jesus enter the Holy Place. Was his spilled blood like his backstage pass? I doubt that he physically brought his blood in to be presented on an altar.
- So many times we just read over passages like this without thinking how the mechanics worked.
- His sacrifice was made on the cross – his blood soaked the ground.
13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh,
14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
- We see here the importance of the incarnation
- Needed the perfect unblemished offering – needed the blood
- The eternal spirit – is this what was meant in Isaiah 42:1? “”Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.