How I have enjoyed reading your comments. We are in overwhelming agreement that Chapter 8 was a very powerful lesson. God’s Hebrews 4:12 living and active Word is truly coming alive for us! This week will be no different. In Chapter Nine, we will compare and contrast the Old Covenant Sanctuary and the New Covenant Sanctuary. Again taking us deep into Old Testament history.
Throughout these many chapters, the author of Hebrews has given us glimpses of the sanctuaries, but this week his letter culminates in a most beautiful lesson of the value of these two holy places and how they relate to our faith.
And let us not forget that the author of Hebrews never condemns the Old Covenant system. He exalts it, recognizing that its people, rituals, and ceremonies have great value because God instituted them. However, he is adamant that his audience, and we, understand God created them solely for the purpose of foreshadowing what was to come. They all pointed to the coming of Christ.
I love what John MacArthur says of the Tabernacle, “The Tabernacle is important and demands attention to our study, because it is a giant portrait of Jesus Christ. Everywhere you can see Him.”
Don’t you love that?! As we open the pages of Chapter Nine, let us ask the Lord for an extra measure of His Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation to enable us to see Christ in each and every detail of that giant portrait!
Let’s dig in…..
This Week’s Memory Verse: …For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22b
This Week’s Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank You that You redeemed me from the curse of sin and death. Thank You that by the shedding of Your blood, You forgave all my sin….past, present, and future. Father, I claim Your promise that by Your stripes, I am healed. Thank You that I have the mind of Christ and hold the thoughts, feelings and purposes of His heart. Thank You that Your love abides in me richly and flows through every part of my body. Help me to live every day in the presence and fullness of that abiding love… loving others…forgiving others…just as You have done and will continue to do for me. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Assignment: Read Hebrews Chapter Nine
1. Read Hebrews 9:2-5. If you are interested in a more detailed description and the instructions as to how it was made, read Exodus Chapters 25 and 26 and/or Exodus 36:8-38. Draw or describe what you would see if you walked into the Tabernacle.
2. According to Hebrews 9:2, what do you find in the first room? What was this room called?
- Read Exodus 25:31-40 and draw or describe the lampstand.
- Read Exodus 25:23-30 and draw or describe the table and what was on the table.
- Read John 6:32-33 and share how it relates to the bread on the table.
*Clarification. The author of Hebrews lists the Incense Altar as being in the Holy of Holies (Most Holy Place), but it was not. It was part of the ministry of the Holy of Holies, but it rested just on the other side of the curtain in The Holy Place. To learn more about this altar, read Exodus 30:1-10.*
3. What was between the first room and the second room?
4. According to Hebrews 9:3-4, what was the next room called and what was in it?
- Read Hebrews 9:4-5. What was in and around the Ark? To learn more about the Ark, read Exodus 25:10-22.
- What do Psalm 80:1, Psalm 99:1, and Isaiah 6:1-4 add to our discussion?
5. For a deeper understanding of the Old Covenant system of sacrifices as it relates to the role of the High Priest, read Leviticus 16:1-34.
- What do these verses speak to you?
- How would you feel if we still lived by this law today? Would your faith be different? If so, how?
- According to Hebrews 9:7 (and the Leviticus reading), what was the High Priest required to offer in the Holy of Holies?
6. Read Hebrews 9:11-14.
- List as many differences as you can find in verse 11 and 12 between the old order and the new order.
7. Read Hebrews 9:13-14.
- What was the purpose under the old system of blood sacrifices?
- Read Genesis 3:6-15, 21 and Exodus 12:3-13. Explain how blood played a part in God’s saving grace even before the Tabernacle and before Jesus.
- What price did God ultimately pay for saving grace?
8. According to Hebrews 9:11-15, what things were accomplished by the blood of Jesus and how was His sacrifice different from all prior sacrifices?
*If you want to go deeper, read the following verses and share how they speak to this question: John 10:17-18, Romans 3:23-26, 5:8-9, Colossians 1:13-14, 19-20, and 1 Peter 1:18-21. *
9. Read Hebrews 9:18-20 and Exodus 24:6-8. Explain how Moses used blood in relation to the Old Covenant and write the words he spoke.
10. If today we live under the New Covenant, under Jesus’ shed blood, which changes us from the inside out, why do you think so many of us continue to live with guilt and shame? Do you personally struggle with these emotions? Why?
11. Read Romans 8:1-4, 32-35. How do these passages speak to what we have learned in this chapter? To your personal life?
12. Read Hebrews 9:24-28.
- Where does verse 24 tell us Jesus entered? Why does this verse tell us Jesus went there?
- Contrast the two sanctuaries.
- How many times does the author use the word “appear.” Share what each tense used means for us as children of God.
- Read John 14:1-3, 1 Corinthians 15:21-55, and 1 John 3:2 and share what they teach about Jesus’ return.
I ended my video message with the story of Barabbas. Barabbas went free not because he deserved it but because Jesus took his place. Will you take some time to thank Jesus today? Find a precious, personal way to thank Jesus for the sacrifice He made just for you on Calvary.
Sweet Blessings to you,