August 21, 2011

Complete in Him: Hebrews 7

Everything that the tabernacle represented, Jesus fulfilled it. From the one and only entrance, to the covering, allowing us access  to the throne of Jehovah.

Hebrews 7:12 tells that when the priesthood is changed, so the law is changed also.  The tabernacle priesthood was established from the line of Levi, the order of Aaron. In the case of Jesus, however his priesthood came from the line of Judah, after the order of Melchizedek.

Matthew 5:17-18
17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

With the new order came a new law- the law of grace through faith.

John 1:17
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Jesus came to fulfill the law. He brought it to completion, allowing a new law, one that completely saves. No longer would  there have to be a continual slaying of lambs of goats, that one may or may not have. The perfect sacrifice of the lamb of God, Christ Jesus, was enough to cover every past, present, and future sins of all humanity.


Just think, in the old testament ,atonement was available to all of Israel. There was one condition, you had to follow the atonement plan. for this reason, in the old testament, there may have been some who were not able to pay the price.

Imagine that approaching the Tabernacle court one would encounter a linen fence. There was on entrance- a narrow gate.
Today Jesus is this gate that we must enter.
Once through, you were met by the brazen altar, where, after you laid your hand on the head of the animal, blood was spilled. "Upon entering the gate, he encountered the brazen altar, where he was to present his animal offering, and then hand the reigns over to the priests, who make atonement and intercession for him in the tent."
Now,our bodies are the sacrifice we must present before the Lord. Repentance is laying down our old life.
Past the Brazen altar was the Brazen laver, where the priests had to cleanse themselves with water to even approach the Holy place.
Today, baptism, now saves us, because it gives us - the unclean man- access to a Holy God .
In the Holy place was the golden lamp-stand to the left. "The lampstand was the only source of light in the Holy Place, so without it, the priests would have been moping around in the dark. The light shone upon the table of shewbread to the right, and the altar of incense, enabling the priests to fellowship with God and intercede on behalf of God’s people."
For believers today, the Holy Spirit is the oil burning lamp that illuminates the Word and emboldens the prayers we lift to our Father.

Just ahead was the altar of incense,which shrouded the entrance of the Holy of Holies with smoke."God commanded the priests to burn incense on the golden altar every morning and evening, the same time that the daily burnt offerings were made. The incense was a symbol of the prayers and intercession of the people going up to God as a sweet fragrance. God wanted His dwelling to be a place where people could approach Him and pray to Him."
At Christ's death, burial and resurrection, he interceded for us. "Since we have been forgiven of our sins through the blood of Christ, we also come boldly in prayer in Jesus’ name. When we pray in Jesus’ name, we are praying based on the work He has done and not on our own merit. It is in His powerful name that we are saved and baptized, and in His name we live, speak and act."
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)

Today redemption is available to all, for Jesus paid the price already. All we have to do go through Jesus, from faith, to faith,to faith.

All quotes  ( in blue) from today's passage taken from www.the-tabernacle-place.com

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