Summary: To show that we belong to the second covenant and we belong to GOD, not to this world.
Do we belong to this world?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we belong to the second covenant and we belong to GOD, not to this world.
Hebrews 9:1 (Amplified Bible)
9:1 NOW EVEN the first covenant had its own rules and regulations for divine worship, and it had a sanctuary [but one] of this world.
Thank You very much LORD JESUS, for You have prayed for us, we are not of this world and we belong to You.
The First Covenant
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Rules and regulations for divine worship of the First Covenant
"NOW EVEN the first covenant had its own rules and regulations for divine worship,"
Hebrews 8:7 (Amplified Bible)
8:7 For if that first covenant had been without defect, there would have been no room for another one or an attempt to institute another one.
Hebrews 8:13 (Amplified Bible)
8:13 When God speaks of a new [covenant or agreement], He makes the first one obsolete (out of use). And what is obsolete (out of use and annulled because of age) is ripe for disappearance and to be dispensed with altogether.
Here are the rules and regulations for the divine worship in the First Covenant as highlighted from:
Exodus 25:10-40 (Amplified Bible)
25:10 They shall make an ark of acacia wood: two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.
25:11 You shall overlay the ark with pure gold, inside and out, and make a gold crown, a rim or border, around its top.
25:12 You shall cast four gold rings and attach them to the four lower corners of it, two rings on either side.
25:13 You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold,
25:14 And put the poles through the rings on the ark’s sides, by which to carry it.
25:15 The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be removed from it [that the ark be not touched].
25:16 And you shall put inside the ark the Testimony [the Ten Commandments] which I will give you.
25:17 And you shall make a mercy seat (a covering) of pure gold, two cubits and a half long and a cubit and a half wide.
25:18 And you shall make two cherubim (winged angelic figures) of [solid] hammered gold on the two ends of the mercy seat.
25:19 Make one cherub on each end, making the cherubim of one piece with the mercy seat, on the two ends of it.
25:20 And the cherubim shall spread out their wings above, covering the mercy seat with their wings, facing each other and looking down toward the mercy seat.