Hebrews 10:26-39 and some Jewish Feast and end times questions answered by Pastor Don Moore

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hebrews 10:26-39 by Pastor Don

Hebrews 10:26  For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

This is a foundational passage of Scripture with powerful implications.

Today there is no Temple, and no way to sacrifice for our sins.  Jesus did that 2000 years ago and the veil split.  Today, at Yom Kippur, there is no way for the Jewish people to atone for their sins.  They were to do that at the House of God, on Mt. Zion, but that Temple does not exist right now.  With no Temple, and no High Priest, they cannot make that sacrifice.  In fact the last priest who could link his lineage to Aaron died, and after he died he was not resurrected, and he left no heir.  Therefore the hierarchy of that line of priests is now secretly beginning to think that Yeshua is the Messiah.

Since the Temple was destroyed in AD 70, they cannot carry out the Levitical sacrifice. They have created substitute activities such as swinging chickens, and specific prayers to pray, but that is not the sacrifice that God required for the covering of sins.  There needed to be the sacrifice, in the Temple, of the Lamb – just like Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the people.  Now, all they can do is look over their sins, and say that they won’t continue to do those sins, a promise that cannot be kept. They also go to those whom they have hurt and ask for forgiveness, making reparations when possible. They fast.  But these acts do not atone for the sins.

The next Holy Day after the Day of Atonement is the Feast of Tabernacles.  For Christians, we celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice for us, and we have the same Messiah as the Jews, but we know who has paid for our sins.  We do repent our sins, our nation’s sins, and the church’s sins, and we thank God for His magnificence and kindness.  We look for the Resurrection of the flesh and the Rapture, and know that Christ is coming back at the Feast of Tabernacles and He will Tabernacle with us.

There are to be three appearances of the Lord. 1. Jesus of Nazareth (2000 years ago), 2. Jesus coming in the clouds at the Rapture, 3. Return to earth at the Feast of Tabernacles to rule and reign 1000 years.  At the end of the Tribulation He comes to earth, Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

God cannot judge us and our time on earth unless he can show He would be able to rule and reign perfectly.  That is what this 1000 year millennial reign will accomplish.  If we would have stayed with God’s program, things would have been different.

Someone asked the question about why do we, as Christians celebrate the Jewish holidays.

Pastor Don mentioned how we celebrate birthdays, remembering the day of our birth and the years intervening.  With the Jewish holidays we are bringing the old into remembrance so we can remind ourselves of what we are celebrating with the sacrifice of Jesus.  Before Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross Yom Kippur was kept.  This reminds us of how, even before Jesus, God was merciful and provided a way for the people to atone for their sins for the past year.  When Jesus came, He made a complete atonement.  Before Jesus, the atonement was partial, only for the particular year- the High Priest atoned for the sins of the people by a yearly sacrifice.

When we, as Christians, celebrate the Passover, not only do we celebrate the deliverance of the Jews from Egypt physically, but we realize that Jesus provided a way for us to be delivered from Egypt (spiritual sin).  When we break the bread (matzo) we remember Jesus and the breaking of the bread of communion.  We know that when there are three matzo’s and one is broken and hidden – that is a symbol of what Jesus did for us.  (a symbol of hidden in the tomb for three days, and also a symbol of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  It is not surprising that the middle matzo is the one broken and hid during the Passover, for that is the one that represents Jesus.)

God gave the Israelites seven holidays, and every one of them points to Christ.  We know the mystery, but each of the holidays say something about Jesus.

Moses gave the people the Law, but Paul tells us that the Old Testament is a tutor to teach us and bring us understanding.  The sacrifice the Jews made atoned for their sins for one year, but Jesus atoned for our sins for a lifetime, for eternity. We will be celebrating the feasts for eternity.

Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

This is talking about sins that put us in the path of judgment.

Hebrews 10:27  but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.

Our adversary is satan and his minions and those that willfully commit sins. Often we commit sin on the spur of the moment, and then we catch ourselves at the sins.  We are not setting out to plan and plot out our sin. And we repent.  The willful sins are without remorse, repentance, or a desire to stop sinning. This passage is talking about blaspheme of the Holy Spirit sins and according to Hebrews 6:4-6 we do not qualify.

Hebrews 6:4-6  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

We are not plotting and planning our sins with no intention of repenting.  We would have to walk fully in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and have advanced well in our faith – this passage does not apply to a new believer or a back-slidden believer, but one who knows Christ and DELIBERATELY turns their back on Him with full knowledge of what they are doing. The Elders of Israel at Jesus’ time would qualify, and Judas qualified.  They rejected Jesus as LORD, even though they knew that He was the Messiah.

1 John 5:16-18 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death. We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.

There are different sins and one can lead to death, the other does not.  Yet, if we are violating what is God’s best for us, that can lead to our early death – for example if we totally ignore the laws of good health and our health begins to fail it is due to our not doing God’s best for us.  God could then ask us, “Why didn’t you trust Me for that?”

There are areas of life that we need to deal with in our walk with the Lord.

1. No other gods before God – if disobeyed can lead to blaspheme.
2. Love your neighbor as yourself – fulfills our need to learn to deal with others.

Then there is another important area.

Mark 11:25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses”

Unforgiveness – we need to forgive.

When we commit a sin to another or against ourselves, we sin with the Body.  Our Body is the Temple of God.

There is also sexual sin.  Remember, whenever you have relations with another person, Jesus is in the mix.  Where I take my body, God goes.  We were bought at a price, a valuable price, and we don’t want to become slaves of men, we are slaves of Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:12-20 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

When we sin, we sin against God.  King David’s sexual sin resulted in dividing the Kingdom, and that persisted from that point on.  David acted as if the sexual sin was minor, but God does not look at it that way. The only relief David found was going to God, and our only relief is through the blood of Jesus.  But, as a result of King David’s sexual sin, his kingdom was at war for the rest of his life. But while our sins can be forgiven, sexual sin follows us, and can only be erased by the Blood of the Lamb.  We can be forgiven, but sometimes the fruit of our indiscretion follows us much longer.

To control people for life, satan knows the best way to achieve that is through unforgiveness and sexual sin.  America is the leading purveyor of porn world-wide.

Immorality was going to defile the Church of Corinth in Paul’s time.  A man was sleeping with his father’s wife and no one in the church was telling him to stop.  When a person lives in blatant sin and refuses to stop doing such sins, then Paul suggested that this church:

1 Corinthians 5:5 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

God will take his hand of protection off the person and satan will have access to him.  The flesh may be destroyed by the sexual sin, but his spirit will still be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.  Our sexual sins have repercussions that can hurt us. (Heather’s comment, think of AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases for example.)

Hebrews 10:28-29  Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

The Church has made a mistake of reducing Communion to just the forgiveness of sins, and ignoring that it also pertains to the healing of the Body.  The Body of Christ is forgetting the full import of Communion.

1 Corinthians 11:27  Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

When we are saved, the sins of our flesh will not cause us to go to hell, but the sin of the Spirit of totally rejecting God can lead us to hell.

We receive grace, which implies gifts.  Strong’s Concordance describes Grace as, “the divine influence upon the heart made manifest in life.” Charis -charismatic gifts of God made manifest in people.  God empowers us, divine influence is the power of God influencing the spirit of man, made manifest through demonstrated signs and wonders, in life on the earth.  We are given the authority and ability to do something on our planet.

We have the Spirit of Grace.  Every time a believer says, “I can’t” they are insulting the Spirit of Grace.  WE CAN’T, but GOD CAN.  Daddy can.  Daddy will help. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Hebrews 10:30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.”

God judges us by seeing if we are covered with the blood of Jesus, which is how we are sanctified.  So often we want to judge others and get fixated on their getting their “just” rewards.  The problem is that when we do that, God cannot judge for He will not put an undue burden on a person.  We need to let God be the One to judge, for only He can judge with true judgment.  Only He knows things we don’t know.

Hebrews 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

The Church has portrayed God as a marshmallow God.  Focusing solely on God’s love, but forgetting that part of Gods love is judgment.  God is a God of judgment.  He will judge, spank us with love, and that chastisement will hurt.  But remember, God only chastises us because He loves us.

Hebrews 10:32 But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings:

In the end times, when God pours out His wrath that is not meant for us.  But there is nothing in our salvation that tells us that we will not have suffering.

Hebrews 10:33 partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated;

Pastor Don told us that if someone is not angry at us for sharing about Jesus, we are not sharing God’s Word enough.  For there should be some people in our lives who groan when that “Jesus lover” comes around, for they know that somehow their sins are convicted by how you act.

Hebrews 10:34 for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.

This was when Paul was in jail.  This is a tough one for us to consider right now, in today’s world.  Do we know that we have a better possession in Him (Jesus) than in the Stock Market?

Hebrews 10:35-36 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

We need endurance.  Pastor Don told us that we need to make sure our physical body is getting enough sleep and to not stress.  People are trusting in possessions, but they are not reliable in this day and age.  There is unexpected evil, stealing, shooting, etc.  In the Stock Market today which is falling (Heather’s comment, even more now than when this Bible study happened), people are seeing their finances tumble.  We put our confidence in the Lord.  There is no reason to be shaken.  Pray for what we need.  The spirit endures.

WILL OF GOD, there is a reciprocal action necessary – compliance with the will of God. We need to do the will of God, then we have the promise of God. God does not have to bless disobedience.

We finished the Bible study by reading together the last few verses of Chapter 10.

Hebrews 10:37-39 “For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

Praying that this study blesses you.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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