Daily Archives: February 23, 2018

Leviticus 21-23; Hebrews 8

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying “Speak to the people of Israel, saying ‘On the Fifteenth day of this seventh month and for seven days is the Feast of Booths to the LORD… These are the appointed feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim as times of holy convocation, for presenting to the LORD food offerings, burnt offerings, and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings, each on its proper day… You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All native Israelites shall dwell in booths.” Leviticus 23: 34, 37, and 42 ESV

In Leviticus 23, the LORD tells Moses of the feasts Israelites are to celebrate, like the Day of Atonement and The Passover. One of those feasts is The Feast of Booths, a feast when the Israelites live in tents to remember when the LORD led them out of the land of Egypt. When the Israelites where sojourning outside of Egypt, the Tabernacle was to tent where the people worshiped the LORD.

…we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man. Hebrews 8:1-2 ESV

The author of Hebrews tells of our high priest, Jesus, who ministers in heaven, the true Tabernacle. Just as the priests interceded and made sacrifices for the sins of the Israelites, Jesus intercedes and made the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. The offerings the Israelites offered up were a foreshadowing of the ultimate offering, Jesus’ death on the cross for the sins of the world.

They served a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.” But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second. Hebrews 8: 5-7 ESV

Christ came because it was impossible for me to fulfill the old covenant perfectly. However, through Christ and the new covenant, I am blameless before God.

In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. Hebrews 8: 13 ESV

Dear God, thank You for sending Your Son and for the new covenant. You know no one could be blameless under the old covenant except Jesus, who led a sinless life and then sacrificed Himself for our sins. Please help me seek You more and help me draw closer to You. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

Nathanael (nborger2017)

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