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Sanctuary, Salvation and Our Savior: The Law in the Ark

David Shin


David Shin

Pastor, Hillside O'Malley Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Anchorage, AK



  • April 20, 2019
    11:00 AM
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Let's powerhead says we pray Father in heaven we have been blessed in this worship service we pray that you would guide our thoughts as we spend a few moments to reflect on your word may you speak to us we pray that the Holy Spirit that inspires would also be the spirit that instructs for we ask these things in the precious name of Jesus Amen Today we're focusing on the ark of the Covenant and specifically the Law the 10 Commandments that are inside of the Ark of the Covenant and I want to begin by looking at a couple passages of scripture and I didn't put it on the screen intentionally because I wanted you to read it in your own Bible so if you could turn with me in your Bibles to James Chapter 2 verses 10 and 11 James Chapter 2 verses 10 and 11 here James makes a statement about the nature of the Law the 10 Commandments. James Chapter 2 verses 10 and 11 for whoever keep the whole law yet stumble in one point he is guilty of all. For he was says Do not commit adultery also said Do not murder now if you do not commit adultery but you murder you have become a transgressor here James commenting on the 10 Commandments indicates that if you break one you break how many you break them all now the 2nd text I have on the screen is one that seems to contradict what we've just read in chapter 2 verse 14 and 15 if 214 and 15 Paul. Another New Testament writer makes this statement to fusions 214 for he himself is our peace who has both made. Who has made both one and has broken down the middle wall of separation having abolished in his flesh the M. new T. That is the law of commandments contained in ordinances so as to create in him self one new man from 2 thus making peace here Paul in if he's in Chapter 2 states that the law has been abolished that Jesus when He died on the cross the law is no longer binding on us he abolished it in his flesh now there are several topics in themes in scripture that seem to have contradiction in the 1st response we should have as Bible students is when we look at a contradiction or see a seemingly contradiction on a certain level is not to assume that the Bible is wrong. But to assume that our understanding of Scripture needs further in Lightman that's a good posture to have so here we have 2 New Testament texts one says you break one you break them all it implies that the 10 Commandments are still binding in the new fees and chapter $2.00 verse $14.15 Paul said that the law has been done away with we're no longer under the law in another place he says we are under grace Now today's message is more of a study then a sermon and I have in your study guide. A few texts here that I don't like to invite you to reflect with me on the real solution to this dilemma is that there are 2 laws in scripture there are 2 laws and I want to go through the 1st one with you the 1st one is the 10 Commandments and let's go in our Bibles to Exodus Chapter $31.00 and verse 18 Moses was called by gone to the Mount Sinai and their God gave him the 10 Commandments and in Exodus Chapter 3118 it tells the material that God chose to give the 10 commandment law he did not write it on paper or parchment or a scroll Exodus 31 verse 18 Any made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai he gave Moses 2 tablets of the testimony tablets of stone written with the finger of God I'm assuming something to receive something from God that he had written himself in other words the 10 Commandments were so important so critical that God did not dictate the 10 Commandments to Moses and say look I'm going to say a few things I want you to write it down. God said no this is so central to who I am I'm going to write it myself and I'm not going to write it on parchment or a scroll I'm going to write it in stone must been blazoned with fire on that stone right with his own finger and he gave him the tablets so the 10 Commandments written by God and written in stone now the very material that God chose to write the 10 commandments tells us something about it's nature is it passing is it changeable No it's unchangeable when you say that something is written in stone indicates that it is of an unchangeable nature eternal nature God did something else as well he instructed mosts to take the 10 commandments down from Mount Sinai and to place them inside of the Ark of the covenant the Ark of the Covenant was like a chest it represented the throne of God So God took the stones gave them to Moses and he said look I want you to keep these in a special place in the same ship where they were not to be in the courtyard they were not to be in the holy place they were not just to be in the most holy place but the most sacred entity in the sanctuary was the ark of the covenant where the Chicago glory of God was and God said look I want to take these I want you to take these 10 commandments that I've given you I wrote with it with my own finger I gave you the stones and I want you to take these stones and place them inside of the Ark of the covenant. The other thing that the Bible brings out about God's moral law the 10 Commandments Christ was to magnify the law and make it on arrival Isaiah 42 verse 21 Jesus did not come to do away with the 10 commandments he came to expound on it he came to reveal the love of God in the 10 Commandments so that is one law in the Bible the 2nd law is Mona's this is ceremonial law this one was written by Moses God's law was written by God Moses is ceremonial law was written by Moses and it was not written in stone it was written in a book according to Exodus Chapter 24 verse 4 and 7 The other distinction is that it was deposited by the Levites by the side of the Ark critical difference between the 21 was placed inside of the ark while the other one was placed by the side of the Ark Now which one held greater importance just by location the 10 Commandments or Moses is Law the 10 Commandments it was placed inside the chest whereas most this is law was placed at the side of the Ark now Deuteronomy Chapter 31 verse 26 indicates this but there are some other things that do not to be Chapter 3126 brings out so turn with me there and this is an important clause or new ones that most this gives in Deuteronomy Chapter 31 verse 26 that comes up later in the New Testament specifically in cautions Chapter 2 Durani me Chapter 31 verse 26 Take this book of the law and put it beside the Ark of the covenant of the Lord your God that it may be there as a witness against you. Now it was known as The Book of blessings and curses it says that if you follow God These things will come upon you if you don't follow Him These will be the end result so it was to be there as a witness against the people and it's interesting because in Colossians chapter 2 and verse 14 the Bible says that that we on the cross they handwriting of ordinances that was against the people was to be blotted out and that's very clearly portrayed in collage in Chapter 2 kolache in Chapter 2 says that this was to be against the people now any time you mention the Sabbath kolache ns to is always brought out and we don't want to go into that that whole discussion that's for a separate discussion but here just looking at Deuteronomy Chapter $31.00 verse $26.00 in caution Chapter 2 both use the phrase that this was to be against the people this is not talking about the 10 Commandments it's talking about the Book of Moses the Law of Moses so which one was of passing nature and was done away with at the cross remembered when Jesus died on the cross the temple veil was rent from top to bottom indicating that the sacrificial services that the Jews knew until that day had ended because the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world had died on the cross He is the Passover lamb and I praised lower that today we don't have to slay a lamb Amen Jesus is the Passover lamb so there was a transition point and we don't have to keep passover anymore we don't have to keep the Day of Atonement because Jesus has fulfilled or is fulfilling the end to typical day of atonement and has fulfilled the end to typical Passover Now this was a question that was posed to Billy Graham some religious people that I know tell me that the 10 Commandments. Part of the law that I do not that they and that they do not apply to us today they say that as Christians we are free from the law is that right now this is a common notion that is surmised in the Christian community that we no longer have to keep the 10 Commandments anymore and this is Billy Graham's answer no it is not right and I hope that you will not be misled by these false opinions it is very important that Christians understand what the Bible means when it says that we are free from the Law It certainly does not mean that they are free from the obligations of the Moral Law of God and are at liberty to sin you see the word law is used by the New Testament writers in 2 senses sometimes it refers to the ceremonial law of the Old Testament which is concerned about ritual matters and regulations regarding food drink and things of that kind this ceremonial law was of a passing character and was done away with when Christ came from this law Christians are indeed free but the New Testament does also speak of a moral law which is a permanent on changing character and is summarized in the 10 commandments this law sets forth God's demands on human life and man's duties to God and His neighbor that it definitely applies to Christian is made clear in Romans 138 through 10 Billy Graham. And I agree with his assessment there are 2 laws in the Bible God's moral law which is an unchanging eternal character and then the ceremonial law which was done away with when Jesus died on the cross crystal clear from scripture now I'm talking about the moral law of God The 10 Commandments the Bible indicates that it is like a mirror in James Chapter one Verse $23.00 a mirror serves a certain function if you are going through your day and you looked in the mere Now you went through your whole day and you thought that you looked just fine you looked good or so you thought and then you look in the mirror and you're like oh I look like that my husband let me look like this all day and so you look in the mirror and then there is a self awareness there is a moment of reflection it a mirror tells the truth the mirror tells you something but the mirror is not the solution you following me in the same way the law tells you something is like a diagnostic but it is not the solution. In the same way as we look in the mirror of Dawn's perfect righteousness his perfect character we see that we are sinners in need of a savior so the law points us to Jesus the law is not like a bar of soap that is its purpose is not to clean us up but to show us our great need so the law serves a certain function but we are not saved through the law now there's a Pendleton that tends to swing in Christianity in reaction to legalism some people have swung depend on to the direction to say look we don't need the moral law anymore we're not under the law we're under what we're under grace that's what people say but Jesus puts the law in a deer different paradigm we don't keep the law in order to be saved we keep the law in response to Jesus in John Chapter 14 verse 15 Jesus said If you love me keep my commandments so God's faithful people keep the law because they love him not in order to be saved but because they are saved by His Amazing Grace now which of the 10 Commandments are you going to get rid of if we say that we're no longer under the law but we're under grace we have the 1st 4 which deal with our love for God you shall have no other gods before Me No I don't you will not take God's name in vain Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy in the last 6 deal with our love for man honor your parents are not killed I should not commit adultery Daltry Thou shall not steal not bear false witness and thou shalt not covet so if you love God you can keep the Sabbath a min. That's going to be a motivation you're going to have no other gods before if you love your neighbor you're not going to kill him not going to steal from him and you're certainly not going to take his wife so so praise the Lord so this is where the Bible says that love is the fulfilling of the law the law is a transcript of Gaunt's character and when you look at a comparison between God and His law you will see that everything that applies to God in terms of attributes and characteristics also applies to his law for instance God is spiritual his law is spiritual God is love his law is love God is truth His law is truth God is righteous his law is righteous God is holy His law is holy and I can go on and on God is perfect his law is perfect God stands forever his last chance forever God is good his law is good God is just his law is just God is pure His law is pure God is unchangeable his law is unchangeable now we're focusing on the law inside of the 10 Commandments or the 10 Commandments inside of the Ark I should say and when we look at the arc of the common and there is something interesting whenever the Ark of the Covenant was transported from place to place this is a Numbers Chapter 4 verse 5 and 6 when the camp prepares to journey Aaron is and his son shall come and they shall take down the covering veil and convert the Ark of the testimony no one in Israel except the high priest ever saw what the Ark of the Testament the Ark of the Covenant ever looked like the only time they saw it it was covered. So when they would go from place to place this was a a portable sanctuary they were able to pack it up and when they packed up the Ark The only time the children of Israel saw the ark was when the priests were carrying it from place to place and it was covered it was shrouded it was veiled this I believe has a lot of lessons in it was is revealing the mystery of God in a sense and so but the covering of the Ark was to be specifically say a color in verse 6 it says then they shall put on it a covering of Badger skins and spread over that at cloth entirely of what color of blue and they shall insert its pole so they were to cover the Ark of the Testament and have an artist depiction of this this is all that the Israelites saw the priest carrying this article of furniture and it was covered in a blue cloth What is the significance of the color blue we have a clue because in another place in scripture in the same book in Numbers Chapter 15 The Bible tells us they were to put the color blue in their clothing numbers 153839 speak to the children of Israel tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations and put a blue thread in the tassels of its corners so the children of Israel on the corners of their garment they would have these little tassels and woven into those tassels would be a blue thread. And Don told them and you shall have protested that you may look up on it and remember all the commandments of the Lord your God and do them so as the children of Israel as they went through their day and they looked at the tassels and they would see the blue thread woven into their tassels they were to remember the commandments of God blue represents the commandments of God Gaunts 10 Commandments that's why the Ark of the Covenant was covered in blue and we'll see exactly why later but but here it says specifically when you see the blue you are to remember the 10 Commandments Now this is in your study guide there was another time that the color blue emerges in Scripture and this is on Mount Sinai when Moses was invited by God and the 70 elders to the base of Mount Sinai they were to wait there and in Exodus Chapter 24 1st 9 through 12 then most is an era Neda by you and 70 elders of Israel went up and they saw God the God of Israel and there under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone like the very heaven for its clearness and the Lord said to Moses come up to me on the mountain and wait here and I will give you the tables of stone with the law and the commandment which I have written for their instruction So the elders of Israel. By who Moses and Aaron are there and they see the God and He is standing on a sapphire stone. What color is south fire it's blue and dances to Moses as he's standing on this sapphire stone he says Look come up to me and I will give you tables of stone on which he wrote with his own finger the 10 Commandments now you only picked this up in the richness of the Hebrew the Bible was not written in English or in King James news for you the Bible is written in Hebrew Aramaic and and. Greek but here in the Hebrew the richness of it comes out because the literal Hebrew should be translated tables of the stone there is a linguistic connection tables of these stone now which stone appears just prior to this the stone that God is standing on the sapphire stone and many theologians looking at the evidence of scripture believe that the 10 Commandments were sapphire they were blue which indicates why the children of Israel would put that blue in their tassels So every time they looked at it they remember the law of God because the 10 Commandments were blue he had gotten the stone for the 10 commandments from the very foundation that he was standing on the Sapphire he says I will give you the tables of the stone and this is verified by the nuances of the Hebrew language. In 2nd Chronicles chapter 5 years 10 the Bible tells us that when Solomon's Temple was built Solomon's Temple was to replace Moses's makeshift portable tabernacle that there was nothing in the ark save the 2 tables which Moses put in there in at horrible horrible is another name for Sinai when the Lord made the covenant with the chimney at Israel. In the Old Testament it reveals that there were several other things that were placed inside the ark of course the 10 Commandments was placed there but there were 2 other things Moses is Rod or Aaron's rod that budded and then the pot of man was also placed inside the ark but the Bible indicates that in the transition from Mons this is tabernacle to Solomon's tabernacle that the only thing that was left in there was the 10 Commandments very interesting and theologians believe that this indicates the eternal nature of the 10 Commandments. The pot Amena was of a transitory nature and it was no longer placed in the tabernacle during the time of Solomon but it was the 10 Commandments that stayed afterwards now Solomon's temple went on for a duration and it was destroyed by Knesset or. According to history prior to the destruction of the temple by Beacon nurse or godly men took the Ark of the Covenant and hid it in a cave and there's been quite a bit of fascination to find the ark of the covenant and it hasn't been found to this day and when you read the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy Ellen White she indicates that before Jesus comes the 2nd time the Ark of the covenant will be found and the 10 Commandments will emerge from the Ark of the covenant and it will draw attention to the nature of the law of God specifically the 4th commandment if you want the reference is a myriad of references on that you can actually Google it and go to the why did state type in Ellen White Ark of the Covenant discovered before the 2nd coming and they'll come up a whole bunch of references but I can give you that as well. There's another place in easy weird this sapphire stone emerges is Chapter 10 verse one then I looked and behold in the firman and that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them there was a what is this a on the screen a sapphire stone as the appearance and the likeness of a throne so here in is equal he is not seeing the Ark of the covenant but he's seeing what the arc of color covenant is a replica of the actual throne of God he's seeing this in vision and he sees Cherubim Cherubim are also in the arc of the coming he sees cherubim and he sees a sapphire stone there and it is in the appearance of a throne which indicates that the Ark of the Covenant was to be a replica of God's throne is signified the very throne room of God and notice where the the law of God was it was the foundation of his throne and here we see the sapphire stone again in chapter 10 verse 26 then above the firmament over their heads there was likeness of a throne in appearance like sapphire and seated above the likeness of a throne and the likeness as it were of a human form this is this is Jesus Christ the Son of man he is sitting on his sapphire throne it is the very throne room of God and what does the sapphire stone represent it is the law of God This is the very foundation of who God is it is a transcript of his character you have this in your study guide in these were says is equal identifies the blue sapphire stone god is standing on as the throne of God That means that the sapphire stone god is standing on a nexus checker $24.00 represents God's throne and the 10 Commandments that were taken directly from his throne in other words. The moral law given at Mount Sinai when God was looking for material to give the 10 commandments he said what would be a material that would signify how foundational and I'll Central. The 10 Commandments really are he said you know what I'm going to take it from the very foundation I'm going to take it from my throne and I'm going to give you the sapphire stone and I want you to take this and place it inside of the Ark which will be a replica of mice thrown in heaven and you can see why in the great controversy Lucifer in heaven made an attack against the law of God because the law of God is the foundation of the government of God and it is the transcript of his character. In he was Chapter one Verse 8 the Bible says but unto the Son He says die thrown or God is for ever and ever scepter of righteousness is the scepter Kingdom we can come to the conclusion by implication in our study that if God's throne is eternal then it means that God's law is also eternal as well. Now many times when we think of the law or the 10 Commandments we think of it in a negative sense. But when we read scripture we actually see that the 10 Commandments are not in a sense of obligation but the 10 commandments are written actually in a sense of promise it's not as though you shall not but in reality it's you will not. It's not an extra nal imposing but comes from an internal motivation you will not why will you not and the answer is really found in Romans Chapter 13 verse $8313.00 the commandments you shall not commit adultery you shall not murder you shall not steal you shall not covet whatever other command there may be are summed up in this one command law of your neighbor as yourself love does not harm to a neighbor therefore love is the fulfillment of the law in other words what is the foundation of who God is love that is the foundation of his government in if you love God you will not amen if you love your neighbor you will not so this is not an extra No imposing the reality is this is an internal response to something that he creates within us when you look at where the moral law of God is we're looking at Moses Tabernacle the Ark of the covenant had the law of God in it is located right here we noted that the same sure is a model of how God wants to bring us back and Adam and Eve had this experience before sin they had a most holy place experience they were able to have a conversation with God face to face uninhibited because of sin we are out here and God wants to bring us back but where was the law written when Adam and Eve were in Eden was it written in stone. Was there a tablet that was there that every day they had to get up in the morning look at and say OK I got a member you know not to steal from you Eves All right got a member got to remember to faithful to you know all of the OK we got to do this today no that's not the case the law of God was written where it was written on their hearts in other words they naturally did these things Adam and Eve were naturally loving people they were created converted sanctified and Gaunts plan is to bring us all the way back to eat it not only the place but also to a place where we just like Adam Many will love God and our neighbor he wants to write the law of God in our hearts now I know that tomorrow in this weekend in particular we focus on the resurrection of Jesus as a country as a community of faith. Paul brings out an important lesson in regards to the resurrection as you meditate on the Resurrection Paul says that even as Jesus was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father even so you should walk in the newness of life in other words the resurrection of Christ the reality of the resurrection points out that we even though we are dead in trespasses and sins gone can resurrect us amen he can take us from death to life and the message of the sanctuary reveals exactly where God wants to take us he just doesn't want to take us from death to life support and leave us there he wants to take us from death. To fullness of life all the way back to Eden and this is my prayer for us especially as we meditate and reflect on the Resurrection Hebrews Chapter 10 verse 16 this is the covenant that I will make with them after that time says the Lord odd I will put my laws in their hearts and I will write them in their minds that is a promise that God wants to do he doesn't want to write it on tablets of stone he wants to write it on our hearts and the beauty of this is how many times God says I We don't write it ourselves we let God write it for us this is the work that he wants to do and how many of you this weekend as we focus on the Resurrection want to say Lord I want you to raise me to new life help me to be more like Jesus made you write your law of love on my hearts let us pray Father in heaven we thank you so much for the moral law of God the character of God and even as you wrote your character on tablets of stone you want to write the law of God in our hearts Lord help us to have a love for you create in us a love for you created us a supernatural love for people blast us we pray for we asked these things in the precious name of Jesus Amen this media was brought to you by audio force a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more sermons lead to visit W W W audio verse or.


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