Hebrews 9 continued by Pastor Don
We turned our Bibles to Hebrews 10 – thinking Yes!!!! We are going on to a new chapter, but Pastor Don had just a FEW things to still cover in Hebrews 9. We never made it to Chapter 10 – but you know what, it was worth hanging around in 9 for a while.
Hebrews 9:23-24 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;
Everything God described on earth to Moses regarding the Temple and Temple worship is a copy of what exists in Heaven. Sometimes we can be so spiritually minded about Heaven, but we have a description of it. Revelation shows us the Temple.
Christ never entered the Holy Place made with hands. He was not of the tribe of Levi, so He never entered the Holy of Holies on earth. But when He rose from the dead and presented Himself in Heaven as the sacrificial lamb, He presented himself in the Presence of God for us, and placed His blood in the Holy of Holies.
Hebrews 9:25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another—
He did not have to go down to the Tabernacle on earth to present His blood as the Levitical priests had to do over and over. Jesus presented His blood once, on the original Mercy Seat.
When Jesus was met after he rose from the tomb, he spoke with Mary Magdalene and told her:
John 20:17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”
Christ brought His blood to the Holy place not made with hands – but the Heavenly Holy of Holies. Unlike the priests on earth who had to sacrifice a lamb year after year, Jesus died once for our sins. One year, one place, one offering.
Now the yearly sacrifices are no longer held on earth because there is no Temple. There is no way for the Jewish people to sacrifice for their sins – it is no longer necessary because of Jesus’ perfect sacrifice – we, Jews and Gentiles, have a choice to accept Him as our Savior and the perfect sacrifice for our sins.
Today there are substitute activities for sacrifice, such as swinging chickens (unscriptural), bringing wheat, oats, barley as a wave offering. But there is no place to bring the sacrificial lamb because the Temple is destroyed. So there is no way to gain the acceptable covering for sin for the Jews.
The priests in Jesus’ day knew the heart of God and prophesied. John 11:49-52 And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.” Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad.
A Man (Jesus) would die for the sins of the nation. After Christ rose from the dead, the Shekinah glory was gone from the temple. The priests tore their garments. Oops, Jesus was the Messiah. All Temples made it illegal to pledge loyalty to the Nazarene. And one of the readings in the yearly rotation of reading, Isaiah 53 was no longer read in the temple or synagogues. And the rabbis, to cover for their mistake, say Jacob is Israel, the nation of Israel. They explain other passages that teach on the Messiah in a different way. The Jews who accept Messiah are thrown out of the Temple.
In an aside, Pastor Don shared with us that Columbus was a Messianic Jew. And there are passages in Columbus’ journals that show that.
Now during Passover people eat chicken, not lamb. The Samarians are the only ones who still eat lamb on Passover, and sacrifice a lamb in Jerusalem. Other Jewish groups in Iraq, Iran and China still eat lamb.
Jesus is the Sacrificial Lamb who died for our sins. When we Christians keep Passover, it is as a symbol honoring Jesus, One Christ, One Messiah, One Yeshua, and He was the Sacrificial Lamb.
Another proof verse:
John 18:14 Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
Many people cast Caiaphas as an evil person, but given as much light from God as he had, he did get a Word from God regarding Jesus. But where Caiaphas sinned was he got the Word from the Lord concerning Jesus, but ran beyond it, by condemning Jesus to death.
In the Holy of Holies, at Yom Kippur, they sacrificed under the unction of the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the one to be sacrificed for the nation and for the other scattered Children of God.
Even evil or misguided people can come in the presence of God and receive a true word of God, if God chooses to reveal it. Caiaphas had enough Scripture to suggest that the Nazarene was supposed to be sacrificed and die.
Like Saul (who later became Paul), who thought he was doing good killing Christians, Caiaphas thought and began a manipulation to achieve this goal, but in a manner that was illegal, immoral, and unjust.
We may have a Word from the Lord that is correct and from the Will of God, but it is wrong to go beyond what is revealed.
If Caiaphas was not the one to bring Jesus to the Cross, someone else would have. God would have seen through time and changed the plan. God bases His plans on knowing what will happen. He knows the minds and hearts of man. Judas made a free choice to betray Jesus, but God knew Judas’ heart before time was even in existence.
It was the Will of God that Jesus would be the suffering servant, but the one to bring this down did not have to be Judas, Judas made that choice.
Your secret unforgiveness, bitterness, and resentments can destroy the work of God in your life. These block your blessings. Jesus told his disciples, Mark 11:25-26 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
We must forgive. We cannot say that there are exceptions to this, those who have been raped, fired, hurt, disappointed are not exceptions. We have all been let down by somebody, sometime. It is not right to hold unforgiveness. The best way to get payback is to give the situation over to your big brother, Jesus. If we let go, then Jesus will deal with them and be very quick about it. Praise God and leave the situation alone. God will not over punish a person, if we are doing things to hurt a person on earth, God will not deal with that person until we remove our hand from them.
Caiaphas’s tomb has been found. His historical record confirms the Bible.
Zechariah 11:12-13 Then I said to them, “If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain.” So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD for the potter.
This was prophesied 600 years before Christ. Judas threw the pieces of silver into God’s House, but those wages of death could not be used for the Temple, so they bought a potter’s field.
Caiaphas had Biblical truth in his prophesy, but political motives caused him to do evil and wrong.
Zechariah 12:10-14 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; he family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves; all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves.”
This is a prophecy of Jesus in the Last Days, when the heads of the nations will see that Jesus shed His blood for us and our children. That those who persecuted Christians for 2000 years after Christ’s death and resurrection were in error.
Hebrews 9:26-28 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
These three verses have been misquoted and misunderstood.
Pastor Don told us to circle ONCE in verse 26. The word, “ages” in verse 26 is aion – which means ages of ages. One time during those ages Christ died. This is a prophetic period of time based on events set by God. We don’t know how long that period is, for it is determined by God based on events. Christ will come at the End of the age. In the 6000 years, we are in the last third of those 6000 years, or the age of man for about 2000 years.
We will ultimately live with God in eternity and there will be ages of ages, and we will go into an age that is the next age of the ages of ages. We will be with God. It will not be boring.
Jesus took away sin by His sacrifice, for everyone WHO BELIEVES. Not for sinners who are unrepentant, or for those who choose to reject Him.
As it says in verse 27, there will be physical death, then judgment. Verse 28, once for the sins of many. To those who EAGERLY WAIT FOR HIM TO APPEAR. We will see Him appear a second time for salvation.
We spiritually have salvation, but that salvation is not on the physical yet, for we live in a sinful world and in a state of sin. Yet verse 28 tells us Christ died to lift us up and out of our sins. Verse 26, Jesus’s sacrifice cancels out our sins.
If the positive is true for this verse, the negative is true also. People who reject the offer are still in sin, those who accept Christ have their sins lifted away. The only people going to hell are those who want to, who don’t want to be with God. Rejection of God is the sin that determines where we spend eternity. If you love God and want Him in your life, He is there for you. Salvation is not out of our head and intellect, but it is in our hearts. We can have faith in our hearts, even when doubt pops in our head. If we are faithful and read the Word, then the Word will help us to realize that: I belong here, that my heart knows this, even if my head is speaking doubt and unbelief.
We are told to fight the good fight of faith. If faith were so easy, it wouldn’t be a fight. The good fight is a Biblical fight.
Praying your day is blessed!
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