Monday, January 29, 2018

2018.01.29 Hopewell @Home ▫ Hebrews 8:1-6

Questions for Littles: Who has the kind of High Priest that v1 describes? Where is He seated? In what sanctuary (holy place) and tabernacle does He serve (v2)? Who erected it? What is every high priest appointed to offer (v3a)? Therefore, which High Priest had to offer something (v3b)? Where do priests offer their gifts according to the [Levitical] law (v4)? Of what were those earthly things a copy and shadow (v5a)? Whom had God shown this pattern on a mountain (v5b)? What kind of ministry has Jesus obtained (v6a)? Of what is He the Mediator (v6b)? Upon what was that covenant established (v6c)?
The Scripture for the sermon this week, we continued to learn about how Jesus ministry in Heaven connects to His church on earth. His once-for-all sacrifice was just part of this amazing ministry.

The Lord Jesus, even seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, continues to offer gifts! We’ve already learned about some of these worship offerings: declaring God’s name to us (2:12a), singing God’s praise in the midst of us (2:12b), offering to God His faith and faithfulness as ours (2:13a), presenting those whom He has redeemed in glory (2:13b), receiving tithes (7:4-10), and offering prayers for us (7:25, cf. 5:7).

Preaching, singing, confessing the faith, tithing, and praying… what does that sound like? Well… it doesn’t sound like animal offerings, grain offerings, drink offerings, oil candles, burning incense, annual festivals, etc. Those things belonged to shadows that were done in a copy.

Now, a shadow and a copy cannot exist without the real thing. And they give a shape, a picture, so that someone who looks at them can have some appreciation for the real thing.

It was always Christ that a true Jewish believer was trusting in—not the copies or shadows themselves. Now that He has come and is making the real offerings in glory, there is no need for the shadows or copies any more.

As we trust in Jesus, and especially every week, as we worship Him and worship through Him, we are celebrating our perfect Mediator!
Instead of celebrating the shadows, what (Whom!) should we celebrate?
Suggested Songs: ARP98 “O Sing a New Song to the Lord” or HB368 “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”

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