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Sanctuary and Sanctification: God's Solution to Sin- Part 1

Sebastien Braxton


Sebastien Braxton is the CEO for The New Life corporation.  He is also a member of the InVerse team, a young adult bible study program on Hope Channel.  He resides in North Carolina w/ his wife Candis and their four children.   His latest project is an online course on how to study and preach the Bible.




  • May 27, 2016
    9:30 AM
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Father in heaven. You are God. You are the one that inspired. The construction of this building. You gave Moses specifications you gave men talent and gift and wisdom to build it into designing something that was otherworldly. And soloed we pray that as we reflect upon these things thousands of years removed we ask that our minds may be sensitive to the moving of the Holy Spirit. We pray that our ideas may come through the path of simplicity. And that we may arrive not just at understanding but at wisdom and in a new way of living is our prayer in Jesus name Amen. Now. We've been titled this light in the shadows light in the shadows I chose this title to pay respects to a theologian that is so. Significantly impacted my own spiritual walk in my own theological study in pursuit of a deeper understanding of the Bible and of God. He is last name was hostile. And he wrote an article years ago years and years ago before I was even Adventists on called light in the shadows and he was discussing saying the sanctuary and the doctrine of salvation in relating the two together and so since I was doing the seminar that I felt was really drawing upon some of the concepts he was introducing that I felt like it was only proper for me to pay tribute to him and his contribution to our church in our better understanding of our admin a side Dennehy as understood through the sanctuary and that approach that it gives us on salvation now. In Genesis Chapter eleven in verse fourteen we are. Dues to the beginning of a human obsession. Human beings from the very beginning of time have been obsessed with building things. We love to build and specifically this obsession with building things is attached to the concepts of a nation the first nation a global society that was networked under a idea of rebelling against God Now their idea was not to rebel against God Their idea was not to trust God but to trust themselves you know one of my favorite basketball teams there are one of their slogans is strength in numbers but unfortunately that doesn't really apply when it comes to spiritual things there may be a certain amount of strength in numbers and mind you when you go to Genesis Chapter eleven the Bible says that here these men said Come let us build they introduce and create this concept of brick and mortar and then the Bible says that God comes down to investigate the building that these men are building. Now it's interesting that God doesn't send someone to investigate but got feels like this thing is so enormous This is so concerning this is such a universal issue that God has to come down and see it for himself. And the and God says. That look at this thing that these men begin to do. He says behold they are one. And he says there is nothing that they imagine to do that will be withheld from them. The power of unity God said is so powerful that even if we were united against his will he says there is nothing that you would imagine to do that you could not do the only thing that could stop them from achieving their aim of building a tower all the way up to heaven was God to come down and confuse their language all the world. It was in one place on one level and this passion for building things never left us we might have spoken different languages but it was still present. You find that these are actually some of the tallest buildings in the world. And obviously you notice the tallest one there on the far left I grew up in Chicago and there was a time where the Sears Tower was the tallest building in the world that time is long gone. I had a come back and someone corrected me and I was like Yeah the tallest buildings in Chicago you know I'm from Chicago and they're like actually it's not in Chicago so if you look up here you'll notice you know all these buildings but the one on the far left that one seems to can surpass every one is an accurate it's kind of way above I know it looks like it's a slight amount but if you understand what we're talking about meters and meet hundreds of meters taller than these other buildings it's called the Burj Khalifa. Now the Burj Khalifa is in the city of Dubai which is in the Emirate of Dubai the shape of that Emirate His name is Shaikh Mohammed now Shaikh Mohammed. Is the one that built the tower but the name Khalifa comes from shake a leaf who runs Abu Dhabi. So how is it possible that he built a building in his own Emirates because the word emir means Prince so Emirates is basically the rulership of this prince and so United Arab Emirates is like the United States of America since all the princes came together and in a elect a prime minister who happens to be Khalifa at this time so what happened was Shaikh Mohammad was building the Burj Khalifa and about eighty percent through it he ran out of money. So he went to Khalifa his sistering Emirate who was also the president of. Not the president of the prime minister of Dubai. United Arab Emirates and he said Yeah I'll give you the money. Only thing is you need to name the building after me. You see that the desire. To make a name for yourself. Continues. With buildings you think about even Donald Trump Trump Towers right I mean don't worry I have no. Let me not lose my sing cation feel. To pray for the many things but you realize that names. Being in this is associated with humanity's obsession for building now what do you think is the primary purpose of many of these buildings. Many of these towers they're not built to any specific higher meaning or purpose when you think about these buildings many of these buildings are built simply for the name of commerce or business they are simply office space for people to say amen to rent this whole floor and charge these ridiculous prices and if you go to the all the way to the top of the Burj Khalifa literally if the sun was setting if you go to the top the sun will be up that's how high it is it's almost it's on I think it's a little more than a kilometer high. Right this is about point six of a mile it's almost half a mile high is the building. So you could be at sunset go to the top of the building in the sun will be above the horizon. Now they pride themselves on this thing. When you think about the fact that in these buildings that are made for commerce. That are made for business. You recognize that also we have a similar concern when it comes to spiritual things humanity has also been building from even ancient times if you look at the fact that you have some of these ruins there when I was in Cambodia and you want and you have this thing that is still standing and this was built by human. Beings hundreds hundreds hundreds thousands of years ago you look at the Taj Mahal all you know the Taj Mahal is right it's just a Muslim it's a place for somewhere someone is buried Can you imagine that a men built his yes. So I built this tomb simply for a woman who is there. So what you what you also realize is even beyond purposes of commerce right just to pay homage to a dead woman that he loved he built the Taj Mahal now we can go even further and you look at this grand mosque in B. If you go there and you're recognizing the building literally has carved gold literal gold in the building this is a mosque a place of worship all of these are actually places of worship that you see on the screen so you look at this building here on the bottom right these individuals are trying to maximize the fact that architecture was also attached to belief and a relationship with God So this is why many times you notice churches are built a certain direction facing a certain part of the cardinal direction to allow natural like to come in because the light was considered to be a symbol of the presence of God it was considered to be a symbol of the favor of God So you have places coming up with creative ways to explore how the architecture can maximize light naturally coming in this one on the left you won't even know that that was a church or worship place they decided to make it so minimalistic you just come in you sit on the floor you worship because the whole focus is upon the spiritual it's not upon the physical. And this is how we continue to build out of this is some more churches really famous churches around the world this building here on the top right I know it's hard to see with the light. It actually is formed like a cross when it opens up. So it starts out like a. Straight long building and when you open up to welcome the members the doors open into making a cross when you look at this and then of course it closes back when the members leave so the whole idea in a worship with those doors open like that to basically talk about the architecture is expressing a certain theological point about God himself you look at this one on the left same thing everything's building up towards the center which is leading towards a vertical looking so the worship experience happens beneath the dome of heaven and we're able to look into this natural light and receive the light of God's presence and his favorite now. God when he decided to make his house go to Isaiah Chapter fifty six in verse seven God decided that his house was going to be for a very specific purpose. Isaiah. In the fifty six chapter. The Bible says even them I will bring to my holy mountain and I will make them joyful in my house Of what. My house of what of prayer so God looks at the God looks at his sanctuary that he told them let them make me a sanctuary that what I may dwell among them Exodus twenty five Verse eight but even though God says this is the purpose of the sanctuary so I can draw among you he says I want my century my temple my house to be a house of prayer for all nations. God expected to welcome people into his house. He says I want to dwell among you so that you can invite other people so imagine the privilege that the Israelites had to be the ones to create Gods house on Earth and as they built a house for their king they could invite all their friends to come fellowship and to join them in prayer. But clearly the architecture sometimes misled them and they got caught up in the details missing the bigger picture and I believe the same thing happens to us let's look at Isaiah chapter two in verse three. We look at another approach that God brings to the sanctuary that one his house is a house of prayer but in Isaiah Chapter two. In verse three. The Bible says many people shall come in say Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord to the house of the God of Jacob he will teach us his ways and we shall walk in his pads for out of Zion shall go forth the law in the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem now we're talking about people who are beyond the Israelites who are saying Come let us go to the house of the God of Jacob. We're going up to their God Why so he can teach us his ways so the understanding of the century is that here it is this house of prayer that is for all nations but yet at the same time he says that people are and to supporting unbelievers that they're going to go to that house and they're going to learn of God's ways this was the intention. Now Hebrews Chapter nine begins to bring something to us about the century in the Old Testament that we learned from the New Testament. Hebrews Chapter nine. Introduces the concept that the sanctuary beginning in verse nine we have a King James version it will say the century was a figure. But if you have a new king james it says it was symbolic for the present time in which both gives and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience concerned only would foods and drinks. Various washings and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation so the Bible says that God So here is the writer of Hebrews which we believe to be the Apostle Paul he says the sanctuary then was symbolic the word there is the Greek word parable late it is where we get the English word parable so he says the same show every is something that is a parable in the word parable which we're going to explore in a little bit simply means to play something beside now what would the same surely be a parable of is the question. So let's look in chapter four of Hebrews beginning in verse one. Chapter four of Hebrews beginning in verse one. The Bible says Therefore since a promise remains of entering his wrist. Let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it for indeed the Gospel was preached to us as well as to who. What is your Bible. Who is them let's go back to chapter three so when we go back to chapter three verse sixteen it says for who having heard rebelled indeed was it not all who came out of where Egypt led by Moses Now with whom was he angry forty years was it not with those who sinned whose corpses fell in the wilderness and to whom did he swear that they would not do what. Enter his rest. Now he just said there remains a rest for some of us to enter in chapter four so here we're talking about people who were led out of Egypt who were delivered from the slavery affair. Oh he says these individuals they could not enter his rest and Paul says the Gospel was preached to them as well as to us the question is how was the gospel preached to them. How could they have known about the gospel as we understand the Gospel that there would be shedding of blood that someone would lay down their life on behalf of their sins and would rise up the third day and would go on to be their priest to mediate between them and God Those are all New Testament concepts. So if that's our understanding of the Gospel and that we can get forgiveness of our sins through the blood of Christ because he has died that's the Gospel can you say amen. If that is the gospel the Bible says that was preached to them in the Old Testament the ones who came out of Egypt the Gospel was preached to them how would they have ever conceived of something dying for them and shedding blood. It would be one. How would they have seen it. Through the sacrifices and in the sanctuary exactly the point through the sanctuary of the Old Testament God was preaching the gospel to them. Now what that does for us is it raises the question. Could the sanctuary then be if Paul says it is a parable. It is set beside something it is a parable of salvation. Now let's continue to explore this concept. There are a lot of famous parables obviously when you think of a parable there's almost a classic parable of the prodigal son and my right everyone knows the parable of the prodigal son that's not even the whole parable it's actually three parables in one parable but we really focus in on that prodigal son wasting is inheritance rights is livings in profit prostitutes and he comes back in the Father me to my. Great way off and we look at that parable. As it's being set beside a particular truth the parable is not about how a father should treat his son are you with me that's not what the purpose of the parable is but these famous parables have allowed us to understand deep truths Now let's look at some other parables. There is a parable called ah Foshan is GOAT this is a Persian parable is anybody heard of this parable before. What's a very funny parable It's about a philosopher who teaches his goat to nod and say yes whenever someone shows him a book and ask him does he understand and they go just nods anyway. So no matter what you say oh do you understand this book to go just nonce and it's a parable about how people will nod as if they understand when they really don't understand it's like when I go to certain countries and I tell them all and I speak French then they start talking and I'm looking at them and I'm just not. But I don't really understand. We call this our crushes goat that's what you're doing you don't understand what you're pretending like you understand it's a very famous popular Persian parable Another one is called the rooster Prince has anybody heard of this one. Some people call it the turkey Prince this was started by Rabbi Naaman of breast Breslow I think is where he's from and he's the founder of the his sitting Jews. Now he tells a story about how a king in a queen they had a son and when their prince grew up one day he just came to the table they were eating dinner and of course you know when the king and queen in the royal family is eating it is through the crumbs on the floor that's for the peasants in the poor people to eat. So as you're throwing your stuff on the floor all the sudden one day their royal. Son decides to get down on the ground under the table takes off all his clothes and start clucking him plucking like he is a rooster eating the chicken bones and all the stuff on the floor so the family calls all these different physicians or Wiseman or sages to try to help them look you're not a turkey you're not a chicken you need to come out of this but nothing can convince them and finally one sage says I know how to cure your son. They said please tell us he says I'll show you. Takes off all his clothes gets down under the table starts clucking like a rooster. As he starts clucking like a rooster and eating he starts be friending the prince and the princess to him Hey what are you doing here. And he says well I'm a turkey I'm just down here eating just like you what are you doing here he says well I'm a turkey understeer eating he says well hey and he tells the Queen he says can you throw me a shirt and he builds a relationship with the sprints and he says you know turkeys can wear shirts too so he puts on a shirt and then the sun puts on the shirt then he says hey throw me those pants and a couple days later he comes to the sun and he says hey your majesty you know turkeys can also wear pants to. Then before you know it he says hey you know turkeys can also sit in eat at the table as well. You see what he's doing and the whole purpose of this parable was to say when you find that the whole idea was that the Jew The prince that was under the table was representative of the Jew who had lost his true self. He had forgotten who he was he had lost his way from God and that this wise sage was representative of the rabbi the Hasidic rabbi who was going to help him find his way back to God but by doing that he had to come meet him on his. Level. And he had to introduce it in a way that he could understand and that he could accept step by step back to God to show the rabbi his responsibility and to show the foolishness of a Jew who doesn't understand that he is royal and that he is a prince. A common parable shared in the Hasidic tradition. And you realize that parables make certain things very easy to understand that are typically very complex this look at one more there's a guy by the name of nasi Kosinski because. I want to make sure I don't mess with his name I know that some Polish people in here. Now he has a parable called a boozy entire Now this is actually a rhyme so it actually runs and what he does is he tells a parable bought a man who comes to his father and he says hey I befriended the Sultan and I'm going to become the son in law to the Sultan the white the husband to his daughter and I become wealthy and have all these different things tomorrow the dad responds and says well you know the favor of your Highness and also the attention infections of women and the wind the weather in autumn they all change very quickly. And just before you know it he went back to the palace and the Sultan had changed his mind and it just started to rain that afternoon. Even though it was sunny in the morning and so the whole fact was about be careful when you start bragging to people. Because people's favor can change very quickly. Now you look at all these parables and you're like wow that's interesting and that's a nice and everything in these teach nice little lessons right they could be fables they could be allegories but for us what is a parable. Exactly what is it that makes all four of these things parables that we've just discussed. I want to use the pomelo principle does anybody know what. Some people know most people do not now. The Penelope principle is this how many of you do not have any idea what a poem a low is razor and. OK now I'm going to teach you what a poem Mello is. By teaching by talking to you about something you already know. Are you ready OK you're going to know what tomorrow is I have a picture coming up on the screen so upon mellow. Is a citrus fruit. Similar to a great fruit. Slightly sweeter. And the skin is green. So can you picture a green grapefruit pink inside that's a little sweeter. Slightly bigger as well but they grow different sizes. Now can you picture what I'm saying. Now let me show you what it is that's a poem L.-O.. That's what it looks like there's a look like a grapefruit is it close to what you were picturing in your mind. When you see a cut open right it's like you peeled if you cut a grapefruit in half would pretty much look almost similar Now the promotional principle is this. I'm using something that you understand and that you know to teach you something you do not know and you do not understand are you following that this is a principle of communication this is this is a device that teachers use that communicator speakers people uses all you actually use it in your everyday life all the time if you came to me you said Sebastian remember that big unless wrong went to him like yeah remember that being a restaurant you say man you've got to go to this other restaurant and I'm like look man there's nothing that could be better than our first big. In restaurants you would look at me and you would say listen man I'm telling you it's so much better but I've never been to the restaurant. So how could you help me to understand what it is in order for me to go you would say OK so you remember how the first place right they had those veggie burgers like these burgers are way better like they have more flavor remember we don't like the French fries these fries are like actual potatoes. Now what happens is you're using something that I understand to teach me what I do not understand and this is the practical use of a parable. I'm going to use something that you know that you're familiar with that you had an experience with to teach you something that you have not now almost done so the question is what is placed beside something so if a parable is placed beside something that's literally what the Greek word means to place beside something what is it that we're placing in placing beside we're taking something that's abstract Can you tell what that is. What is it. What does it look like. They look like lights right but you see this is an abstract version of them but there's a nothing remaining that you can still tell that that's what it is are you following now you can argue that it could be something else right could be headlights could be the lights of a building could be traffic. Could be maybe an airplane taking off. You have no idea but you know that what's involved lights are involved. So in a parables goal is to take that abstract thing and bring it into focus so that you can understand it so that you can see it is designed so that you can take an abstract idea and be able to wrap your mind around it and analyze it and find. Clarity in that particular idea it's also there to bring things to be stuck in your mind so it's easier for you to remember listen it's hard to sit down and talk about theological terms about sanctification. But to the parable of. The sanctuary you can easily remember when someone says oh this is happen you say no I remembered the parable that's not true. That doesn't line up with the teaching just like the prodigal son if I told you if you come back to God God will not accept you. Based on the prodigal son parable is that true. But you already know that without going to any other Bible text simply because you know the parable. But you also know the truth that is trying to communicate. This is a little cartoon that I put out there this is as this shows the key of good business strategy is simplicity. So he has this complex equation just so you know this is exactly how to do it it's just that simple this is really what happens when we talk about the sanctuary I can almost guarantee you that most of you feel like you don't know a lot about the sanctuary or you feel like it's going to take you forever to learn a lot about the same sure you're like well I get the general idea the three apartments you know I get the idea of some of the sacrifices but when we start getting into the food offering in the meat offering and what's the difference between a sin offering and a trespass offering and then we start getting into well this priest gets anointed Why is airing it annoying to on his ear on his thumb and on his toe you follow what I'm saying. And we're trying to figure out what does this all mean. And we're trying to get into the nitty gritty details so we have to be clear on what are the characteristics of a parable the first thing is to keep this in mind it has one fundamental point the prodigal son only teaches one messes. You know some people try to use the prodigal son and say look when he comes home his father puts a ring on his finger is a prodigal son parable about jewelry. Yes or No no. But people try to use the parable in the details why does he use the ring the ring is trying to round out the story right the ring is not significant to the story except as it helps accomplish the fundamental point of what he is so excepted that he gets the family ring he has authority to do things on behalf of the family that's the only reason why significant has nothing to do with our doctor or doctors on jewelry that tells us Number two details are insignificant you know sometimes I hear people talk about the sanctuary beginning to the hooks and the holes in the forks and utensils. I don't think God's trying to teach us about force and what does that how does that point me to a crisis what it's made of silver and silver was this and then we start going into silver in the Bible and now we're trying to break down a fork. But we're missing the parable side going again to the ring or let's use another one that people like to use the rich man and Lazarus. Is that parable about what happens when you die. No it is not it was a common Jewish story. That was told. Jesus wasn't saying Oh I believe that when you died the dead people in Hell can communicate with people in heaven and that there is life after death even in hell that's not what he's saying. He's saying the time for your eternal destiny to be decided is now. There's no second chance is the point of the parable. And how you treat your neighbor who is laid out your gates with his needs or her needs will determine your destiny. See in life you had your good things and you neglected Lazarus so now it's reversed. That is the point of the parable but if you get into the fact. There's a great gulf and people in heaven communicating with people in Hell and what does it mean to be in the bosom of Abraham. I'm a very body goes to heaven isn't a bosom of Abraham can't think a body can one hundred forty four thousand people fit in the bosom of Abraham. The answer is no. But this is what happens we get caught up in the details not recognizing that it serves a fundamental point one lasting understood the parable is always understood in terms of the truth that it is designed to portray In other words because we know that the parable of the prodigal son is talking to the Farriss who are upset that Jesus is receiving sinners we understand how to interpret the parable did you know that the parable is not about the son who went out. The parable is about the son who stayed home. And the fact that he was upset that his father was accepting his brother. Who was lost and is now found. He was talking to the fairy sees because they said this man receives sinners. And all the sinners and publicans were drawing nearer to Jesus and they were upset. Can you imagine somebody is upset that Jesus is accepting someone. That Jesus is blessing them you ever found yourself upset that God was blessings on. My When Think about it. That brother was lost in the house. So that's why the first to give the illustration of the last parable. There was a son who was lost outside the house there was a son who was lost inside the house. And they switch places one came back into the house the other one stayed out and refused to go and. Why because his brother was in there. You know some people are going to miss. I DON'T have been because of who's going to be there. Like if God can save this guy no way I'm going to heaven. Literally some people feel that way. Now there's four goals of the plan of salvation now I want to pause here. Because I want to break out into some discussion groups and I want you to start thinking about two basic questions are you ready. Yes or no this is designed to be interactive so. I told you not to do that on screen. But. The first question is. If the sanctuary is designed to be a parable. What does it teach us first of all about salvation that's the first question I want you to discuss I'm going to break you up into groups in a minute the second question I want you to discuss in your group after you say well what does this teach me about salvation the second thing is I want you to ask yourself what does it teach you about the sinner. The person who is saved. Based on what you know about the sanctuary so I'm not going to go any further for now I'm going to come back again and present the next portion. Yes So question one is what does the century teach you he said were. On I don't have them of their yes I'm just giving them no problem so what does essential Larry teach you about salvation the second question is if the centuries of parable What does it teach you about the sinner based on what you know about the things you're not telling you it's a parable just like the prodigal son. Just like fosters go just like the rooster Prince. There is some representation happening there's a hidden meaning it's placed beside some other concept to try to. Now the fact that the prince was under the table is not significant outside of the fact that it conveys something that he's behaving in a way that is not fitting for a royal prince. It could be under a mountain it could be outside it could be in a river it would make any difference. It's an insignificant detail outside of its ability to contribute to that truth that the man has forgotten who he was he's not a turkey he's a prince. Are you following. All right. So as we as we come back together. How was your how was your discussion fruitful non fruitful. Difficult. Yes. It was. But the minute he was too much like you in this. Dimension. It's just it's one of the. Elements OK what elements the well. That. This. Is a missile. I mean elements so that this drone. That they see. This. Like but you've got to zoom out you've got to zoom out right the access with. The right help find a way to close this to you and to make me come residents OK all. Right. Tell us how to do so you're saying for who to come into his presence because in the century only priests the high priests yet. They aren't the priest in full. Aren't the priests and Foreman yet they have to go through the same order to go. Which process. Which process that they have to go through yet fights like this right but so how come another Israelite going to a sacrifice couldn't just go in there. Because so because God chose the Levites. OK yes. That was because the representatives of Christ OK. So then there was a difference between them and the rest of the congregation is that idea. Hello. OK true. Any other feedback on your discussion. Yes. Yes. OK. OK Yes That's good yes. But. This isn't the end so you see you know. OK you don't make a thing about it I would rather you know let me know yes slicing slicing the throat. You don't want to get used to it that's scary but. So someone else feedback on your discussion. I know some people are not going to talk because this is a big group. So whoever has courage yes. So it teaches you that the sinner needs to be separated from sin OK and I. It's a process OK. All right someone else. Getting it. And it's no good. Yes The first thing you learn is the substitute That's right she said when you walk in the sanctuary the first thing you learn is the substitute right there is the altar of burnt offering So that's the first thing you you learn about when you go into the parable Yes. Yes OK nice I like the cooperation that's interesting because the cooperation right with the LEM the question then becomes does the sinner have any work that they do to save themselves. While. They're the ones bringing the offering they don't want killing the lamb so does that make the lamb worthy because they killed it. Is the sacrifice accepted because they killed. So then their word means nothing. So so here's the question is that just a detail. Just to round out the story. Because if the work the sinners work doesn't merit anything what does the person bringing the lamb have to do with salvation. One. Yes. There were. So then what do you do with the fact that the Bible calls us priests we are a royal priesthood. So does that not apply for us or. So. This is. OK I want you to hold your hand because I got some new hands going. With. That. OK. Yes So why are. You. Here with. OK. You know. OK anyone else who hasn't spoken I want to give everybody a chance will have more discussion don't worry yes. With. Yes. The big picture that's right yes right you're hitting anyone else. All right I'm going to come back to you I've got to move on so just hold it I know I know you have a lot to share. So but I want to make sure we take a break soon and I got to get through this but we'll have more discussion so just write it down all right so. When we take a break in about ten minutes but I want to first talk about if. The sanctuary is a parable of. The plan of salvation it's a plan that teachers what is salvation about the question then becomes what are the goals of salvation. So we don't understand what salvation is about then we obviously will miss the parable as well now this is what I mean by this if you're not aware that the Prodigal Son was told to Fairy sees you will interpret the prodigal son parable differently are you with me if you're not think you're just thinking here's a story man had two sons one left you think it's about the son who left but that's not what the parable is about. The only reason why the son who left is significant is to show how bad he was and how willing to father was to accept him when he went to meet him but that was only significant to the fact that it showed how ungrateful and how careless The other brother was of his brother. Which was the building up to that one central point you as a fairy see you should be rejoicing that the sinners and publicans are coming to Christ. And what do you expect you're angry that I'm receiving them that would be like a father rejecting his own son. And you would be upset that a father would not accept would accept his own son. I want you to meditate on that for a second. The value of one but not just one one son. Listen we live in a time of absentee father is. Fathers do not take our responsibilities as fathers all over the world. And we talk about how negative and how much of an impact it is on the home that fathers do not become fathers and are not real fathers. Any fool can have a baby. But it takes a man to be a father. So now in this mindset can you imagine a crisis saying if you are behaving like a. The Fairy sees this man receives sinners and they're upset he says this would be like affirming absentee father isn't. Listen just because your son committed all these mistakes you have every right to abandon your son. And he says look you may do that but that's not what God is like. Only to show the sinfulness in ugliness of their own heart so it's very important that we understand the goals the first goal of the plan of salvation is to vindicate the character of God. That is the first goal the plan of salvation didn't just come out of nowhere. God didn't just say let them make me a sanctuary just because you know how did they get into a sinful situation in the first place. We got there how because there was a serpent in Eden Yes. And that serpent that was there in Eden was the same serpent that was where. In heaven so this controversy that started in heaven spilled down in the charges was that listen we shouldn't have to keep the Law God is not just. This is his character he exults Christ above Lucifer unjustly. Not because Jesus is actually divine in his nature but because the father is arbitrary he just randomly choose all men exult you above everybody else make other people jealous and kick you out because you're jealous. Number two. The second purpose of the plan of salvation is to secure. The loyalty of the unfallen worlds. We must remember that just because other worlds are not fallen in just because two thirds of the angels are still and have been doesn't mean that everything is going just fine. There are still questions in their minds because guess what he did kick out Lucifer and a third of the angels when they challenge him. So the perception can be and this is what I always have to remind people especially my atheist friends they say yeah but if God knew this and God knew that and God knew this I said let me ask you a question. If you knew. If you knew that President Obama. Was going to ignite a bomb. That was going to blow up the whole world right this is going to end the world you knew that he had a bomb. You're the only one that knows this. And you decide in front of the entire nation in front of C.N.N. news right you're going to go to the White House in America and you're going to assassinate President Obama. Now if you survive to make it to kill him. But let's just say you lived to kill him and now you're sitting in prison and you're waiting execution and everyone says Hey listen man. You're going to die you're a me we're going to kill you you're going to be executed for this this is a terrible crime and your excuses but he was going to destroy the world please give us evidence that he was going to destroy the world. Where can you point us to. I said What would you say what was that what can the man say. He's the only one that knew. I said now you're feeling the quandary of God. God knows the future God knows everything but if he destroys Lucifer everyone else doesn't know what God knows everyone else in the universe can't see what God sees. So therefore God has to let certain things play out to a degree so he can prove and say Let me show you what Lucifer is trying to do let me show you where it's going so at the end of it all you will agree with me the right thing to do was to do it. Destroy him. So in other words you have to wait for prayer. Obama to get his finger on the bomb to have the bomb set up because you know where he's going to set off the bomb and you have to wait until it's there catch him on camera show everybody else that he was going to blow up the world and then assassinate him. And at that point in time is anybody going to be upset there are going to be like thank you for saving us. I follow what I'm saying. I have this conversation with my atheist friends all the time securing the loyalty of the UN for the world that means Jesus didn't just die for sinners he died for all the universe. You have to recognize that his death didn't just impact us we are so time so egocentric as human beings always because God loved me God loved us that's true but that is narrow minded You're missing the parable. Because you want to focus on one aspect of some emotional piece of the story but that's not the total story number three. To accomplish the salvation of Simm sinful humanity who are responding to the offer of salvation that is the third purpose of the plan of salvation. So purpose number one. Does anybody remember what the first purpose was without looking at their nose. To what. To vindicate the character of God What was purpose number two. To secure the loyalty of the unfallen universe and purpose number three. To accomplish the salvation of sinful humanity who respond to the offer of salvation. Now purpose number four is to destroy Satan. Those are the four goals of the plan of salvation as illustrated by the sanctuary. Now in. These sessions we're going to go through this and explain piece by piece and say look OK how do these things correspond. How do these things correspond so let me talk about the three main aspects of the parable of the sanctuary how many three OK you're taking notes you should be writing these down. Number one. The substitutionary sacrifice. The first thing you learn from the parable of the sanctuary and every single offering. That is involved he says Listen there is the shedding of blood Leviticus Chapter seventeen verses eleven in fourteen you can put that in your notes it reminds us that in the blood is the what is the life. So why is the blood shed if the blood is a symbol of life in every offering you see let me give you an example of why and how we get caught up in the details and we miss the bigger picture people will say What do you know why it was a sheep because their wool is white and white is a symbol of righteousness and purity I said that's interesting because you can also offer an ox an ox are not white. And goats are not white. So if that's true then you're saying that only applies to this offering but the ox means something come it's because you're getting into the details you're missing the bigger picture the point was if you committed a sin you could offer an ox you could offer a go you could offer a lamb and you could even offer a duff. If you were poor and you couldn't afford sheep he said well I'll take a little turtle dove and offer that on my behalf the point was something was going to shed blood. So the whole idea of shedding blood was something was going to lay down its life for my sins. This is from first selected messages page one hundred seven. Says these words every dying victim was a type of Christ which in lesson was impressed upon the mind and heart in the most solemn sacred ceremony and explained definitely by the priests sacrifices were explicitly planned by whom. By God Himself God is the one who planned the sacrifices to teach this great and momentous truth that through the blood of Christ was that next word. Alone. That through the blood of Christ alone there is what forgiveness of sin so the first aspect of the parable is the substitutionary sacrifice Fishel shedding of blood. Something's going to lay down its life so what is this parable trying to teach me. It's trying to teach me that something has to lay down its life it's only through the shedding of blood that I can be forgiven. Period. It also is a reminder to the substitution aspect that what the animal goes through is what I deserve. And what I go through is what the animal deserves. The animal deserves to walk free. I deserve to be killed. But the animal is killed and I go home free why am I free. Because the animal one. Died it took my place that's the symbol of laying your hands on the head of the animal and confessing your sin you are transferring guilt to the animal. So we can get into the details after we understand the bigger picture. Whatever you put on the altar is your substitute. Are you following this. Whatever we put on the altar is our subs to whether it's a thing. Offering whether it's a peace offering people say well the peace offering I say well the Bible says and Romans five that we have peace with who. With God through who to Christ Jesus. Being justified by faith we have peace with God through Christ. So the peace offering that was OK yes there was tension between us because the whole point of this thing is one to accomplish the salvation of sinful men that's one of the goals but it is also to vindicate the character of God. So that means God is willing to take your place does that really add up to Lucifer's accusations against God. You say well let me get this straight God is selfish God just wants worship for his own glory God doesn't love you you only use you to for his own purposes and then do this that doesn't really line up with the fact that he would come down and die. For someone who wronged him. If God was as you said he would have destroyed us. But the substitutionary sacrifice hold on I'm going to get to questions and. The substitutionary sacrifice reminds us that God took our place he provided a way for us. When we our selves got ourselves into the mess. Now the second aspect of the parable is the priestly ministry. The priestly ministry let me go a little bit further with what I mean take your Bibles go to Leviticus Chapter four. Leviticus Chapter four verses thirty four and thirty five. I just want to I want to have you read this because sometimes we missed this point with all the the laws in the very case and the actions that are expected of the priests. Leviticus Chapter four verses thirty four and thirty five the Bible says the priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and poor all the remaining blood at the base of the altar he shall remove all its fat as the fat of the Lamb is removed from the sacrifice of the peace offering then the priest shall burn it on the altar according to the offerings made by fire to the Lord so the priest shall make what. Are you guys out there. So the priest shall make what atonement for his sin that he has committed any shall be what forgiven him. So now the lamb makes Atonement but now the Bible is saying in the Vatican seventy four the priest also makes atonement for the person by taking his fingers dipping it in the blood and the Bible says that he puts it on the horns of the altar he removes the fat and in he burns this thing and he says this is going to make atonement for the men. So now we have the second aspect of the parable is recognizing this essential point that the Ministry of the priesthood stresses the seriousness of sin the sharp cleavage it has made between heaven and humanity and the ugliness of the estrangement between Holy Creator and sinful creatures. We can't even approach God. The message of the priesthood is that listen. Because of sin you can't even come to got someone has to mediate between you and that is the priest and First Timothy Chapter two verse five says there is one Mediator between God in men and that is the man Christ Jesus Amen. He's the only one. But the priest again it was a parable. To teach us about this fact now there's obviously so many other dimensions we can go to now the priesthood had two aspects and then we need to take a break. First one is the holy place or the first apartment of the sanctuary in the priesthood. It was a continuous ministry in the Holy Place access to God was always available through the priest now you know why he set up the tithing system. If the priest was supposed to be mediating for you and he was out there trying to replace fields so he could eat what do you think would happen. You got no one in a sanctuary for you Are you following that So in the parable what we recognizes is he says because the people are bringing the ties right in the ties the priest all he has to focus on is doing what. Interceding on behalf of the. The people that's right. And not only that he keeps the lamps always burning he make sure the altar of burnt offering always has a sacrifice burning he make sure that there's always fresh bread on the table to show bread he make sure that the altar of incense is always lifting incense. It's constant continuous This is the Daniel eight that we understand we call the daily that is taken away. So when he talks about trampling down the sanctuary he is trampling down the plan of salvation. Are you following. It's not just about oh yeah you know twenty two hundred days no eight hundred forty four all that kind of stuff is letting us know that this particular system in place is attacking at the very heart of the plan of salvation it's distorting people's concept of how the. They are to be saved. And if you destroy the plan of salvation how can you vindicate the character of God because that was one of the goals how can you destroy Satan if that was one of the goals. How can you secure the loyalty of unfallen beings. Now you recognise why this Catholic system of belief is viewed the way it is by the Bible. To distort the plan of salvation is to undermine the plan to vindicate the character of God. It is to let Satan remain a life this is why she writes confessing to a priest is just how the devil would have it to be. But you know we sometimes think that because we're Protestant we don't fall into this trap so you know we do the devil is slick he created these little small groups where we have men's group and women's group where we just confess all of our deepest darkest sins to each other. Just because it's not a priesthood doesn't make it right. There are some things that we should only confess to God. I'll say amen for myself. The second aspect of the priest was a yearly service in the Holy of Holies or the most holy place in the Holy of Holies this was an annual service the yearly service occurred only one day each year it was the only ritual that was directly involved the Ministry of the High Priest in the most holy place and it was primarily get this sanctuary centered. So the Holy Place ministry the always ministry the daily Ministry of the priests was for the cleansing of the individual but when you came for the one day a year for the day of atonement the focus was no longer. On the individual it was on the sanctuary itself. So the whole idea here is by the time the work is finished in the most holy place the individual is already clean. Are you following that this is a very important idea in the parable the pre says look in my ministry on your behalf first of all you are cleansed but now Secondly there's also the cleansing of the sanctuary the scape goat which has nothing to do by the way with forgiveness of sins. Has nothing to do with it. If you look at it in the video sixteen I'll get there maybe at the end you'll notice that it will say shall be made within the text continues on the day it was. About the scapegoat being cast out by a fit man has nothing to do with the sanctuary except to bear the sins that he just from. So that takes us beyond to destroying Satan as well. And it's tied right there in the Bible. Father in heaven we ask that your spirit will continue to abide with us. As we reflect upon these. That we may understand some nation. By your grace. This media was brought to you by. A website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon and much more if you would like to know more about. 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