2017-07-20 / Worship

Old vs. new; imperfection vs. perfection

(Hebrews 9: 1-13)

God’s first covenant with Israel in the Old Testament had certain ordinances to be carried out in a physical sanctuary. God had given Moses directions on how to build this place of worship called a Tabernacle that could be moved with the Israelites as they made their way to God’s promised land. God placed a cloud by day over the Tabernacle that turned to a flame of fire by night.

When God lifted the cloud this was a sign from Him for Moses and Israel to get ready to move forward. This continued with them for forty years; the length of time it took for them to go to God’s promised land of Canaan from Egypt, their place of slavery.

Hebrews 9:1 says “The first covenant had ordinances of divine service and a worldly sanctuary,” meaning that God’s spiritual and physical presence were present with Israel. We must have this kind of relationship with God our creator and Saviour. He is very much interested in our physical life and our spiritual life. God makes it possible for us to have His presence in our everyday lives as we live each day through God’s Holy Spirit who lives in us as believers in Jesus.

Hebrews 9: 2-6 gives to us a physical description of the inner parts of the tabernacle that reminded Israel of God’s interest in their physical lives. This is still true today for us as we live our physical lives. God shows His interest in our everyday lives through His Holy Spirit who lives in our hearts and minds.

There was a second veil within the tabernacle where Aaron, as the High Priest, could communicate with God for the people in a private manner. Jesus is our High Priest in Heaven with God for us.

All that we know and understand about Moses, Aaron, the priests, and the Tabernacle were a foreshowing of Jesus in the New Testament, and mankind’s relationship with God through Jesus and the Church. Hebrews 9:8 says, “The Holy Ghost, this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, which was the Tabernacle, was destroyed around 70 A.D., after Jesus died on the Cross and God sent to mankind His Holy Ghost.

Hebrews 9: 9-10 explains the relationship of man’s physical and spiritual life with Jesus our Saviour, by God’s Holy Ghost. Hebrews 9: 10-13 explains mankind’s physical and spiritual relationship with God through Jesus who has become our High Priest in our New Testament days on earth.

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