Summary: Showing the importance of assembling together and how to act
Title: Considering One Another
Text: Hebrews 10:19-25
“ Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”(Heb 10:19-25)
Throughout the book of Hebrews Paul is making the argument about how much better Christ is than the religion of the past. His desire is to explain to the Jewish Christians what the sacrifice of Christ meant.
Here and in chapter 9 he has been dealing with the tabernacle and the sacrifices that were constantly offered up to the Lord.
The tabernacle was the sacred place of Jewish worship. It was were the cleansing of sin happened.
3 Sanctuaries-sacred places
a) the Outer Court (contained the Bronze Altar & the Brazen Laver)
b) the Holy Place (contained the table of show bread – the word of God on the left, the lamp stand – the Holy Spirit on the
right, and the altar of incense at the veil)
c) the Most Holy Place (separated by a thick veil, contained the Ark of the Covenant – representing the presence of God
(Shekinah glory of the Lord)) priest would go into the Most Holy Place once a year to offer up a sacrifice representing
the People. Yet there would also be constant sacrifices for the sins of the people.
Back to Hebrews 10
So when a Jewish reader would read this passage it opens up a new light. Because of the blood of Jesus Christ we can now go in to this Most Holy Place. Not just go in but we can go in boldly. This world boldly is not as much prideful as it is with assurance. No fear of judgment, no fear of death. You wouldn’t do that before because you would die.
This all happened totally different than before. You see we couldn’t have this assurance upon the death of bulls and goats, sheep and doves. They would not suffice. We would dare not draw near to God or to His Most Holy Place. But on the death of Christ we can now go boldly in. The veil was rent. Through the death of Christ. The body that was broken. We just spent four weeks talking about this great event.
He has now become our high priest.
“ Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of” (Heb 10:19-25)
So here is our commands
I. Let us draw near
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.