12 comments on “Tabernacle Worship

  1. 2 Cor 5:17 comes to mind: “… the old has gone, the new has come!”
    Yet, so many want to “put new wine in old wineskins.” (Mt 9:17, Mk 2:22, Lk 5:37) Jesus even points out that some won’t even give the new any consideration, saying “the old is better.” (Lk 5:39)

  2. I’ve been thinking for a while that the temple services illustrate what Jesus say about the narrow way. Atonement came only through the Levitical priesthood, only by the sacrifices appointed by God’s word, any variation from that was to bring disaster upon oneself. In this way, the temple points to Jesus as the only way, the narrow way. No one comes to the father except by Him.

  3. “Now that Jesus has finished His work, the Old Covenant is no longer in effect, and never will be again….”

    So glad you brought this out. I don’t think that those who believe in a rebuilt temple have really thought this through. It wouldn’t make any sense for God to bring the shadow of things back when we have the real thing! It would nullify what Christ did. I think it comes from the “everlasting” wording of the Old Covenant practices in the OT and the unfulfilled prophecies, but there’s better explanations for that than saying we’re going back to the old.

    Another point you’ve brought out before on this that’s important here is that the Jesus’ “new” isn’t even of the same order as the old! It’s not based on the animal-sacrificing Levitical system at all. It’s according to Melchizedek (bread and wine, not bulls and goats). So, not only is the covenant that Jesus brought better, with better promises, it’s of a different order, based on faith and trust (Abraham), not on sacrificial ritual.

    Hebrews is an important book because it the only place in Scripture where we find these deep mysteries disclosed. Thanks for sharing these things. Blessings.

    • Thank you Mel, I couldn’t agree more. Yes sir, Hebrews is the book that ties everything together, old and new, so that we can see what God is doing, in a way that enables us to make sense of the very deep things… No wonder few today teach it!

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