Today's Daily Devotional come directly from thirty plus years of Dr. David Jones' personal study notes.
The first covenant required earthly service as a means of maintaining a godly conscience. The New Covenant creates a godly conscience which empowers the believer to enter into godly service while here on earth.
Hebrews 9:1-7, 1 Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. 2 For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary; 3 and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, 4 which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; 5 and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. 6 Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. 7 But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance;
The first seven verses are actually a sharp contrasts between the Old and New Covenants that is often overlooked. They had ordinances which are simply laws, rules, and commands on how to serve in the temple which was confined to earthly things. We have an open door of freedom to enter into the throne of grace in heaven where we are empowered from on High to live in His kingdom while here on earth. Their tabernacle was prepared by man’s hands with material things which were separated by a veil from the rest of the population where only the priests could enter. Psalms 23:5-6 tells us that God prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies; He anoints our head with oil; and our cup runs over with goodness and mercy following us all the days of our life. They had a second veil to the Holy of Holies keeping even the priests out except the chosen High Priest, and he could only enter once a year. Jesus tore the veil into so we could have instant access to God simply through our faith in His perfect work on the cross. They had a gold covered box called the Ark of the Covenant with items of importance, kept inside the box out of sight, as a reminder of the great things God had done for them. We have a personal covenant in our heart, and we are God’s treasure placed in full sight of all man proclaiming His great love for us. They had two fixed statues of Cherubim overlooking the Ark where a man would sprinkle the blood of bulls and goats on it once a year for atonement of sins till the next year. We have an alter in heaven where Jesus sprinkled His blood for all of our sins for now and forever more. No one can discuss in detail what any of these items listed in verse 1-5 truly looked like because God has hidden them from man that we would not hold them in higher significance than Jesus. We can discuss in detail who Jesus is because He lives forever in us proclaiming His victory for our lives.
Question; which covenant do you want to be under? At first this seems to be an easy answer, however Hebrews was written to Jewish converts to help guide them back into a walk of faith instead of their original walk of works. God added Hebrews to the bible to help us from drifting into a fruitless walk of works instead of maintaining our walk of faith.
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