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  1. “My blood is drink indeed.” (Hebrews 9)

    April 24, 2013 by Pito

     

        While the Mosaic Covenant was useful, valuable and necessary, it was also temporary. The proper way to understand the”law” is to understand the typological nature of the Mosaic covenant, the Old Covenant.

        The articles in the tabernacle were symbols for this present age. For example, we have the fulfillment of the lampstand in Jesus, who is the Light of the world, and, we are the light of the world. We have the table of showbread in the Lord’s Supper. Jesus is the Bread of Life. The golden censer sees its fulfillment in the prayers of the saints (Rev. 3:12). Jesus is the Ark of the Covenant as He gloriously shines in this dark world. He is God present with His people. Aaron’s rod finds its fulfillment in the appointing of leaders in the Church (Heb. 5:6). Jesus was appointed and so are church leaders. Lastly, the mercy seat is where Jesus covers, protects, redeems and glorifies His people, changing them from glory to glory through His infinite mercy manifested on the cross.

        Our author mentions these elements in order to contrast them with the glory of the New Covenant. The Old Covenant was glorious, but the New Covenant far surpasses it.

       The blood shed in the Old Covenant was not efficacious, but rather typological through animals. The Christian faith is built on human sacrifice. If sin is to be dealt with, blood must flow.

       Moderns hypocritically criticize Christianity for its bloody human sacrifice.    Upon close inspection, everyone believes in human sacrifice. Babies are sacrificed to cover the sins of adulterers and fornicators. Men and women and children are sacrificed by greedy governments to promote their own agendas. Men and women murder each other on a daily basis.  Humans are sacrificed daily, around the world for revenge, out of envy, for filthy lucre, for the heck of it. As the Lord says, “All those that hate me love death.”

       Hebrews teaches us that the heavenly tabernacle needed to be purified and the blood of bulls and goats was not sufficient. They could only purify the earthy tabernacle.

       Jesus died, once for all, to put away sin. Only He could offer the sacrifice that would cleanse the heavenly tabernacle.

       Each man dies in history, then the judgment. After death, each man must appear before God to give account of his life. The question we must ask ourselves regularly is this. Do we have a High Priest who has put away our sins? Do we have a sacrifice in the heavens? Do we have Jesus?

     


  2. Yes and Amen! (Hebrews 8)

    by Pito

     

        In Christ we have a forever priest, with His work completed, SEATED at the right hand of God in the heavens. Our Lord is the ultimate liturgy as He rules and reigns over all the earth from on high. The ministry of constant repetition (Levites) has been replaced by a once-for-all, final sacrifice(Melchizedek).

       The Old Covenant was a copy of the New Covenant, meaning that the New Covenant did not start 2000 years ago, but was operative throughout the Old.

       The New Covenant has better promises which include the internalization of God’s law and the forgiveness of our sins for failing to keep God’s law. The promises in Christ include the power to conquer our sinfulness.

       In the New Covenant, God determines to change us and the world by our speaking words of life to each other and to the lost. By our words we demonstrate the newness of the new while not abandoning the foundations of the old. Every word is, in a sense, creative, as we image our Creator in speaking the truth in power. The grace of God compels us to speak with grace, to communicate to each other by words of love and kindness. Our words must be for the edification of all men.

           On the Communion Table we see God’s “Yes” to all mankind, His Yea and Amen to the feeble notions of men. His “Yes” included us in the grace of redemption, the New Covenant bought for us by our Great High Priest. His “yes’ accomplished the forgiveness of our sins and His “Yes” conforms us to His image in the grace of sanctification. God’s Words to us are sweeter than honey and the honeycomb so that our words to each other and to the world may be a savor of this same sweetness, that in all things He might be glorified, honored and obeyed.

        Our response to God’s mercy through our Great High Priest must be “yes, we will do all that the Lord has commanded.”


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