Today’s passage is a difficult passage to relate to our lives today. The idea of Priests, offerings of grain, wine, bulls and lambs isn’t something that we see in our current church culture. If any religion wanted to practice animal offerings in America, they would get hunted down by PETA. Although it may seem difficult this passage is very rich with truths that apply to us. The big idea that I want you to get today from our passage is this:
God desires to dwell among His people and be near to them!
All the sacrifices and rituals that we see in the Old Testament were designed to cleanse the people and make the tent of meeting Holy. That way God was able to come near to them and speak to them through the priests. However, the reason why we call it the Old Testament is because because it is the Old way of doing things. Our passage today points us to the New covenant through the gospel in the New Testament that has permanently allowed God to dwell among those who believe in Him.
But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. (Hebrews 9:11-14)
If you have a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ then you are cleansed and purified by Jesus’ blood. So this means that you are Holy and set apart, not because you are sinless but because Jesus blood has paid for that sin. So, God not only welcomes you in to his family He draws near to you in the most intimate way. He literally dwells in your heart (The Holy Spirit) and you become the temple of the living God. He is with you everyday for the rest of your life to guide you, convict you and change you into the image of Jesus.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
What kind of temple are you? Do you reflect the glory of God by your words and actions?
By: Chad Wiles