Summary: The book of Hebrews is all about Jesus!
Jesus Our Sacrifice
-When we look up into the evening sky we see…well, usually we see rain…but for the sake of the illustration we see all these little stars twinkling above us.
-And though we see them we know that there is much more out there than just what our eyes can take in.
-We know that for every star we can see with our naked eye, there are thousands more beyond them.
-There are an estimated 70 sextillion stars. 7 & 22 zeroes!
-There are an estimated hundred billion galaxies in the universe.
-Modern people have had the advantage of huge telescopes, planetariums, and even space exploration crafts which have allowed us to know more…
-But for all we have discovered there is still even more.
-We don’t have a telescope that can see, we don’t have a ship that can take us, & we don’t have the minds to comprehend
-How vast, and beautiful, and complex space really is.
-What we see is only the tip of the iceberg.
-And that’s how the Tabernacle in ancient Israel was.
-It was beautiful, it was ornate, it was elaborate and awe-inspiring for those ancient people to see.
-But when they entered that Tabernacle they had the sense that there was more…that something bigger than what they saw.
-The rich symbolism of the Tabernacle was designed to give people the hint of something even better.
-The shocking truth is that the OT tabernacle is this; it was patterned after the very throne room of God.
-The place where people worshipped God on earth, was a miniature replica of the place where God is worshipped in heaven.
-THE OLD COVENANT WAS JUST A SHADOW OF THE NEW COVENANT.
OLD TESTAMENT WORSHIP
-When you take all that we have learned so far in Hebrews…and you put it together it paints a real picture for us.
-Let me summarize the beginning of chapter 9 for the sake of time
-EARTHLY TABERNACLE (VS 1) A tent. It was a kind of a portable temple that the Israelites took with them through all their desert wanderings and even into the Promised Land.
-Everything in the tabernacle had symbolic meaning.
-LAMPSTAND, TABLE, SACRED BREAD. (VS 2) Inside there was
-MOST HOLY PLACE WITH A CURTAIN (VS 3) There was only one person who could go into that most holy place…the High Priest of Israel.
-When he entered he’d come face to face with the golden incense altar and the ARK OF THE COVENANT (VS 4)
-If you don’t know what the ark is, just watch Indiana Jones; Raiders of the Lost Ark…it will all become clear.
-On top of that ark were two carved CHERUBIM (VS 5) angels.
-All of these things are shadows of the real things in heaven.
-The Holy Place pictured God’s throne room in heaven.
-Incense represents prayers being sent right to God.
-The bread and table are like a meal; symbolizing the fellowship with have with God.
-The lid on the Ark of the Covenant was called the Mercy seat, and it symbolized God’s throne…where he sits in power!
-If you read Ezek & Rev you find that there are Cherubim angels who surround God’s throne.