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11 The New Covenant Sanctuary

Mark Howard Kameron DeVasher
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Ah, i'm camera baser and I'm mark howard. And this is talking points. We now are on the 11th. Less than of the 2nd quarter. How can you believe it is credible? We're getting close to the halfway mark of the year already, and it seems like we're still like coming out of 2020 and we're halfway through 2021 on one thing for our viewers to didn't realize is we try to do these ahead of time. So then we go to our local churches for sabbath school. I never know where we are. I was like we're like 5 or 6 weeks ahead. So wait a minute, didn't we cover that already, but it's repetition is learning. It's good for us. Exactly. Right. I can do as well, or is on this particular one. The, the title is the new covenant sanctuary. A great study and of course everything in the light of the covenant is looking at the framework of the old cabinet and seeing how it applies. A new covenant terms to us today. And I gotta tell you, pastor howard taking when we talk about the covenant that we have with god that he has with us. Yes, be clarified. And looking at the practical applications in our contemporary framework to have $11.00 week study on the sanctuary is I'm not going to say criminal, but man, it's almost like $66.00 chapters of isaiah. Exactly like, man, it's like put everything about the things we're in one thing when we're talking about the covenant, the sanctuary could be the theme of pretty much the whole thing. So we've got a lot packed into this week and we're going to get into that just a minute. But that's once you give us a word of prayer and then we'll walk through or talking. Sure, let's pray, father in heaven. We are thankful for your goodness to us your mercy to us. We thank you, lord for your word, the testimony of your word, the rich experience you've given to your people, especially lord, that of the heavenly sanctuary and the earthly sanctuary. As the model, we pray that as we, as we study this week's lesson, our eyes in our understanding would be opened more to the work of jesus in our behalf. We asked and prayed in his name, he met a man. Anyway, the intro is pretty clear from sample that we take away the idea that this week we'll study the significance of the thanks very. And it's services as our model to help us understand the entire seat of christ work for our redemption. For anybody who may not be familiar with the terminology is just jumping into this to be also referred to as the tabernacle or as the earthly temple. Exactly right. Is that when we think of the sanctuary, the 1st one in the wilderness right? But they, but the functionality of them all, as we're going to see in the services and rights and ceremonies was to, was connected. It wasn't like they had some services here. It was one thread that all pointed to jesus christ. So we're going to get into that, but this week talking point number one is the thank you area reveals god's desire for reconciliation. This is a repeated recurring theme and it's justly so throughout this lesson quarterly that god clearly wants to be close to his people. He does, he's a god who created when he didn't have to and he was a responsive love you to make a comment on. And even when the heart of god was grieved by sin, he didn't the ban and he still comes after. And the sanctuary is just another one of those evidence is the best we're going to get into that. That's taken for sunday's lesson almost entirely talking point number 2. The sanctuary hinged on substitutionary sacrifice. We can talk about all the frameworks and the dimensions and all the different elements of it. But the one thing that made the engine of redemption runs outline and thanks for was that death and shed blood of sacrifice, right? That's taken from Monday and today's lesson and finally talking point number 3. Is that the sanctuary outline to all of christ's work for our redemption. We won't get too much into that right now, but that comes from wednesday and Thursday, but essentially it's not just one component where jesus did the saving work here. No, no, the homework this outlined is the whole ministry of jesus and every bit of it is essential for our salvation. Right. All right, so let's go back to number one. Yeah, let's talk about the fixture of you guys desire for reconciliation. Now we have talked about this on a, if I'm not mistaken more than one occasion already this quarter, that god is a god of as the phrase keeps coming up a god of relation. Yes, he wants to be close to speak. Well, one of the things we said in our pre discussion is, you know, very distinctly from the other gods of the nations, the god of the bible as a personal god, yes. And part of being personal is having personal, relinquished proximity. You see that Yes and the lesson quarterly brought that out repeatedly that god desires to have that personal relationship with people. Right. And so god didn't have to make as he did, he even or I should say, especially when we said he could have discredited the whole race and just started over. But instead he goes to adam, any calls for him. He, he sees the destruction of the world was necessary to flood, but he stays out No and build a boat. He called abraham out of the land of earth, the cow these to be the father of the faithful. So he keeps initiating these covenant relationships. And in the quarterly and Sunday paragraph to get it in the notes they well, prior to that, I'm sorry, we got to look at the powerful tax. Yes. You know that the premise this is exodus 25 verse 8. You're talking with a sanctuary. The bible says axis is 258, the Lord speaking and let them make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them. Exactly very clearly. Why does he want to make the sanctuary wise? You want them to make it rather that he may dwell among them for that you know, relationship aspect of things. Well and piggybacking on that, leviticus $26.00 versus $1112.00 was one of the passages included in our study. And it speaks to the theory issue says, I will set my tabernacle among you, and my soul shall not for you. So even the, even there, the purpose of setting the tabernacle is to in relational terms, my social a for you. I will walk among you and be your god, you shall be my people. I am that it goes talking talking again again like I'm going to come here so that we can be together because clearly the desire god's heart is reconciliation. The new test talks about the ministry of reconciliation. That's what god wants us. Even even in the terms of the sacrificial system, it's called the atonement, which means one meant to bring back together. That's right. So the sanctuary as the talking about it talks about is a manifestation, if you will, of god's desire to be close to his people. Beautiful thought. But let's go to talking point number 2. Ok before number 2, I didn't know if you're going to share. You had the quarterly there, bring that out. I wasn't going to bring that and actually you can bring that out. What you're willing to bring of we talked about this before. When I read x is 258. Yes. That may let them make me a thanks for that I may dwell among them. My mind is taken to John chapter one in the gospel john, where the bible says and the word became flesh and dwelt among us. And this bible does not have the reference, but some of you have done the study, know that when it says dwelt among us and some marginal readings will sap or lack tabernacle pitched his tent. In other words, john's lang is drawing from the the earthly sanctuary. And notice his, the word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only be gotten of the father, full of grace and truth. His point is, jesus took a 10th of Human flesh so that we could see the glory of god without being consumed by it. But he's drawing that from the earthly temple were god enshrouded his glory inside the tabernacle. Another was a hole ideas. Why do they need a thanks for that? He may dwell among them because he couldn't come in the full force of his glory. They would all be consumed. So he bailed his glory in the sanctuary so that he could be in their midst and not consume them in the same way. This is what john is drawing that same language of jesus and the purpose of god in that, in the reason he wants to have the relationship is so that we can be whole his glory. Because by beholding him, we become changed in the image. So that's a big piece of that really got to arbitrary close for the sake of close, right. His purpose, he has a purpose in that closeness wants us to reflect his is to see his glory, to fall in love with that glory. And to reflect that, glory well, and we're going to move into this later on, but I really appreciate that passage drive because in that passage, john, obviously he starts. There's only 2 books in the bible to start with in the beginning, right. His genesis chapter one time recreation narrative, and then the gospel story of john, in the beginning he saw my God, christ being the god in the beginning created. But then he goes down and said, and the same exit his language then where he living tabernacle with you. He says jesus is so clearly the god of the old testament whose this old covenant god is the same. And that seems to be john. Point all that stuff about creation and redemption in the whole old testament saga that's christ. Just coming close. And so the closeness that god wanted in the old testament, as we see in the right some services and the structure of the tabernacle was to point us to jesus. And why do we want to be close to jesus? But just for a buddy friend, but to have a transformative redeeming encounter element right about and note to know him is to love you. Right? And in all of that comes from being in that we've got to be in that proximity. And so the Lord has devised a way for us to be in the presence of his glory and to be reflecting that glory will let me kind of skip past. You can see it in the early sunday paragraph to, and of course it's in your less than that to find quote, but I want to get to this point number 2, as it connects to what we just talked about here. Is that the sanctuary hinged on substitutionary sacrifice. Now you could look at exits 25 1st aid where says let them make a sanction for me that I may dwell among them and just pause right there. And he just wanted to be close. So nice or even to your point. Oh, look at how good. But just even being close in proximity to God or even observing god and his character traits which are glory. It's beautiful, right? That is insufficient for the problem we have, which is we've got thin right. And so the sanctuary. This is some point number one. And inside of that 2nd talking point, that the sanctuary is more than a place to commune with god. It was a dynamic model for how god deals with fan. Absolutely. So we got this abuse our mind with the only thing god wants is to be close again. He just misses us, which of course I think he does, but more than just being nearby, he wants to obliterate the problem that's causing the separation. The 1st place into the model of the sanctuary is a functional structure and its rights and ceremonies show in very great detail the process of god removing the sin and accepting the sinner. And so this whole everything in this hinges on that substitutionary sacrificial system is not just rooms and not just dimensions. And furniture is the belief, the sacrifice bringing out the redeeming need that we have. So anyway, brings it to the 2nd point, the central feature of all, to have all the sanctuary services was the shed blood of a substitutionary sacrifice. Now you had mentioned living 70, i think you already have that 1st and let you read that forest and gives little commentary on that. Very good. 1711 says, for the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make a tournament for your souls, for it is the blood that makes it to him for the soul. Now the whole idea of the life of a flesh being in the blood, there's 2 things that we get out of that. The one is the more obvious that we always talk about. The blood symbolizes jesus dying on the cross. So the life given up a life given up, that's how you get the blood. But I guess this, this train of thought started with me some time ago where we talk about the blood cleansing. And I got to thinking well, from a human physiological standpoint, the way the blood cleanses. Like if I get a cut, my blood cleanses it from the inside out. Right? I don't pour blood on myself. You are right in here. But then I thought of that in the terms of the life of the flesh is in the blood. In the sanctuary service, the blood would be taken and applied certain places you had mentioned that the priest would take that blood and we're going to get into that in the next point A little bit. But the, the blood doesn't only symbol symbolized death in the sanctuary. Also symbolizes life. I know people going to skip past that point, but listen to what he just said, that the blood doesn't just symbolize death. It also symbolizes life. And that so often because we were going to get this minute but too often our understanding of the bloodshed of christ is that Oh he died. And that's really do you think of galatians 220 where paul says I am crucify with christ. That's the death of christ. Yet I live but not I christ lives. There is the life of christ in me. And he's getting that concept. This is Paul was educated, so the life of jesus gave up his life, but he gave it up to give it to you. And me not just as arbitrary like, oh, I'm a spill a certain amount of blood and that's going to cancel up a debt. It's actually a blood transfusion kind of process and when you think about that from the father standpoint, god's like somebody to get a die for this mess. But god thinking of a way, how can I save humanity 1st? The penalty has to be paid and jesus does a substitution to death. But then there has to be brought a new life into humanity or jesus. And we were talking about this with paul talking about the resurrection of christ. Like if, if all we have is the crucifixion of christ, we're of all the people the most to be pitied if there is no resurrection from the dead. Like there's gotta be a raising to newness of life. Well, in the lesson, just kind of touch on that. I don't want to say accurately, but on Tuesdays lesson in brings this out and to the point you're speaking of, and this is the middle of the section we're starting with substitution says substitution is the key to the entire plan of salvation, which is absolute true. Because of our sins, we deserve to die out of his love for us christ gave himself our sins again. Galatians, as no one for sport, he died to death. We deserve the death of christ. As the substitute for sinners is the great truth from which all other truth flow and that's where we get this concept of the the substitution sacrificial death. The shedding of the blood is the central feature of the sanctuary. But it goes on to say, our hope that a restoration of freedom, a forgiveness of eternal life and paradise rest upon the work that jesus did that of giving himself our sins. Without that our fate would be meaningless. Now that phrase caught my mind. Yeah. Because the lesson is making a very clear point that without the death of jesus, our faith would be meaningless, which is true. But by stopping it there, it could give the implication that but now that we have the death, now are things good. But now look at 1st corinthians chapter 15, where paul speaks about this because there is a group of people who didn't believe in the resurrection from the dead. And they thought once you're dead, you just dead. But paul makes this point, verse 14. And if christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. And verse 17, if christ is not risen, your faith is futile. You are still in your sins. So not only do we being the death of jesus to pay a penalty, we also need the life of jesus. That's right, that he can offer us. So he's not only, it's not just essential that he was the lamb. He's got to also be the living interceding priest. He's got to have the whole profit and I think point 3 is getting into this a little bit. This is the, this is the sanctuary and other we're yes, the, the death of christ is the courtyard. Yes. And if it were just like that was everything, there is no need for the sanctuary. The sanctuary and in the lesson asked the question, I think it's on Monday. What prophetic significance was there in the Animal sacrifices? Well clearly and it gives some passages, but they pointed forward to jesus sacrifice. And thus they give insight into the far reaching effects of that sacrifice beyond that courtyard. And I think about galatians one where you just quoted that christ was given. God gave him for our sins and I don't recall, i'd have to look it up. Whether it was eleanor who said this or not, but I think it was appropriately said that jesus did not only give himself for the race. He gave himself to the race. And that's what we're talking about, like it wasn't just that he died for us. He became one of us. And he gave his life to humanity for humanity and to humanity. That again, like we can say where the apostle paul now christ lives in me, christ enabled me to be who I could have been without and then is part of that salvation process. Well, we're, we're kind of, as you mentioned, kind of dipping into a 3rd talking point. So we're going to revisit this in just a minute. But let's finish up this idea about the importance and this is this intransitive of that substitutionary sacrifice. Ok. Now, the blood of all the Animal sacrifice in the thanks for the services were a symbol or type of the blood of jesus some of our dispensational since they were god established away for them to be said before just by but. But now we have this sacrifice of jesus, friends, they were never saved by the blood of goats in both right? Those are always shadows or types or symbols of the great lamb when eggs for 12 says there's only one name given among men under heaven. I wish we got that a little bit by which we must be saved. They meant there's only one way, only one name, and that's the name of jesus, right? sacrifice of jesus. It wasn't any other way. People were saved by the law. In the old testament, they were saved by animal sacrifice. It is only one, means the Salvation and as to which is why I'm glad this is called this whole lesson called the covenant. Yes, we talk about old and new and there are senses in which there's an old new. But the reality is there's been one plan of salvation all along over the whole thing and that's all on christ and his death. So must be clear about the call. The everlasting right. And there are scripture, passages a plenty to bring this home. But I there 53 versus 4 through 12. Talk about how crowd has laid on him. The iniquity of us all and by his stripes we are healed. Hebrews 10 are fascinating. 10 versus there, you got to read through it, but essentially make the same point that all that stuff is insufficient. What we need is the genuine sacrifice of christ. Now I did add this in here and we will take just a 2nd. But this of christ was unique not just in the sense that he was sin less yes because there are other sinless creatures in existence. Then and now Sure, holy angels all the angels, the unfeeling world, we don't know all of them. But the ones we have by name, we know they're not centers in the presence of god, but in the plan of redemption, the blood of even an innocent created being would still be insufficient. Oftentimes we, I think was obviously the blood of bolton goes. That's because he just animals, right? But even a really good person or even a perfect angel would be insufficient to the task. And I believe it's the case because we don't have time to get into this. But in the great controversy story, the great problem in the beginning was a rebellion against god himself and his law and his character. It was, it was a smear on the name of god. And if God was not against the created being, it was against the exactly. So he can't say you are not self sacrifice. He's like, I'll show you gabriel. You guys that actually proves my point. Right? Right. It has to be was one who is inherently god, who has that life in himself, who instigated the law, who was the creator. And so it's why it makes it interesting point. Early right in $127.00, she said, angels were so interested in salvation that there could be found among them. Those who would use their glory and give their life are perishing. That isn't that sweet the brain. But said my company, angel, that would have been nothing. The transgression was so great that an angels life would not pay the debt. Notice it doesn't say the anger of god is so great that he has to be appeased by a vigorous acura. It's that the problem was so big, it's bigger than, than a creative being to pay off. Nothing but the death and intercession of god's son would pay the debt and save lost man from hopeless sorrow and misery. Go back to your point. It doesn't say nothing but the death nothing but death and intercession. This is the whole ministry that we're seeing in the facial. By the way. This is early writings seventies, later. Same. And it's not like there was an evolution of thought and it has been very clear and admin. It's understanding of this that has been the death of jesus, combined with the interesting life of jesus. My mind is drug, hebrews 3, where the apostle paul says, I want you to consider christ jesus the the apostle, which is the thing and the high priest of our profession. So in other words, when you think of jesus is the one who sent that's more of the sacrifice the life and but then the high priest part in the apostles very clear and he was 3. 1. I want you to think of him in both ways because that forms the completeness of his minister, which so naturally brings us to point number 3, the sanctuary outlined to all of christ work for our redemption. And you know, I've been preaching lately. This is because it's been on my mind that there's this notion that there's the gospel that we're say by and then there's some added stuff like the things where intercession and the judgement and his lo it. So I challenge my own mind and I challenge people to think about it, like at what point have you preached the gospel? If you just gave a Christmas story where jesus became human and was born in a manger, have you preach the gospel and you could walk through it. And even as we just established, you could preach the death of christ on the cross. And Paul himself says, if he hadn't risen from the dead, we would still be in our since that's good enough news. The sanctuary is so helpful to see that christ sacrifice was not limited to one particular encounter. One, even though that of the cross that it's all connected in one seamless ministry. And so each step i put this in the notes here, each step of the sacrificial process foreshadowed the distinct and equally essential stages of christ work for redemption. And as you walk through it, of course, you think of the storyline of, of the sacrificial lamb. First he was born and raised in the camp among centers but had to be without spot or blemish, representing the sinless life, perfect sacrifice. And then he goes into the courtyard for his public ministry, which culminated in the sacrifice of himself for our sins. Right? So the laying on of hands like the weight of sin, put on like get so many than the sacrifice which represented calvary the shed blood. But if that, if all we had was the camp in the courtyard, we could say, hey, the death was everything. That's right. But there's those that's only halfway there. There's the holy place and the most only place, right? So as soon as that blood was spilled, it is point on the ground and be like, well go home and be blessed. Was all done. There was another figure, the priest which also was a representation of christ to take that blood and go into the holy place. Now, but if you would take that concept and you go, for example, to hebrews chapter 8. In the 1st few verses, there was you pass a poll says that if christ were on the earth, he could not be a priest. In other words, paul's clear that his priestly ministry had to begin when he left the earth after a sacrifice, which, which push it beyond the cross has to be in other words, that in not to diminish the cross. But the cross was that we were talking about it earlier, a sacrifice, a priest rather had to have a sacrifice that it was by virtue of the sacrifice that he did, his pretty work sacrifices and across the cross was essential to the priestly work for that priest worth but without a sacrifice. The priest had no ministry. And now by the way, you invoke paul writing and hebrews here, which is absolute true. Now, this is the same power, the content, and some people may not getting the author should. But assuming that is true because it says, but assume that that's the case. And even if it work, but paul says I determined to know nothing except christ and him crucified people. But then he comes and writes the book does that. Now this is the main point of what we're saying is that we have a high priest who sees the right hand of the throne to match the in the heavens. So he said, of course the death of christ is what I like to call the fuel that makes the engine of redemption run, but just spilling on the ground and accomplishing a death. It's more than the death of the, of the Animal. It's the life of the priest to ministers that death and can offer to us. Right? That's right. And just because I already have 1st corinthians 15 open, the apostle says for I delivered to you 1st of all that which I also received at christ diaper since, according to the scriptures and that he was buried and that he rose the 3rd day according to scripture so there is a, you know, he's got but he's got process language not event language. He doesn't just say you that, you know, he's like, he was born, he lived, he died, he wrote it all of it, right? Yes. And again, that's our point that the things rate outlined all of christ work for our redemption. Now when we transition into heaven which mind you is the present phase of christ ministry, we can talk a lot about his life on the earth, his public ministry, the garden against me, the weight of the death on calvary and lot of coverage is given as it should be, but it is an insufficient message if all we talk about just because it's, it's part of a process, but it's part of the process of salvation, right? But you don't want to leave a piece out and that's why we're not diminished. One is just like, let's finish the book. You know, even more to that point. When, when noah preached yes, if he talked about all the stuff that was wonderful about creation, would it have been true better, but he never mentioned the boat. That's the big rock in the ministry that no one thing back like that because it was about it was really talk about his love and family issues or john the baptist priest. But he thought using the crowd a didn't point. Hey, there's where he is that the dilemma 7th avenue who do not preach christ present work in the heavenly thanks for or like noah. Not preaching the boat. And John pointing to jesus. He is in a work right now, so we're always talking about what jesus did and of course we should, but to leave it there without moving it into the living where he's presently ministry is a disservice. And I believe not what god has called this movement to do. So when we look at the holy place and most holy place symbol for lack of a better illustration is like watching a team play a game and tearing them on. And then turning off the game in the last 2 minutes at the beginning because the where, where jesus isn't a heavenly, thanks for like this is a combination. This is where he's wrapping it all up. Like, why would you not that's, that's the culmination of everything. It's in fact a magnification of the cross, if you will. Yes, it is in Ms. White makes a statement. I don't have it here but she said on the cross, christ began that work which you send it in heaven to complete. So it's not like he did a work and then another work it all one work. And the key is the worker, jesus christ. So he is our gospel message. And again, we don't have the time today to get into a deep study of christ, heavenly ministry. What it entails in her session, and especially the most holy place of the judgment work before he returns. But suffice to say the point of our burden today is to show that the, the message we've been given to bear the truth for this time is not merely what jesus did, but what he's currently doing in that heavenly sanctuary above. So in the lesson here, where did you want to do it? He rose 9. If we can't read it, we want to at least hebrew 9 to go for it. Therefore, it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens speaking of the earthly temple, should be purified with div speaking about the Animal sacrifices. But the heavenly things themselves with Better sacrifices than these for christ has not entered the holy places made with hands which are copies of the true but to heaven itself. Now to appear in the presence of god for us. Not that he should offer himself often as a high priest enters the most holy place every year with the blood of another. He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world. But now once at the end of the ages, he has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment. So christ was offered, wants to bear the sins of many to those who eagerly wait for him. He will appear a 2nd time apart from sin for salvation. So that passage leads us right up until the future where which I believe as soon and very thin with christ and return. And so what he's doing now in the heavenly sanctuary is preparing and inheriting that kingdom so that when he comes this great controversy be wrapped up. Well, what's interesting is it says when it comes back, he comes back apart from sin and some translation say without reference to sin not to deal with. In another words, priests dealt within that. Jesus doesn't come back as a priest, he comes back as a king. In other words, his priestly work is now and when he comes back, he's done as a. So if you want him to avail yourself of him as a priest, now today's the day of salvage. Yeah. Right indeed. Well and sometimes that can be an intimidating sound like oh Jesus was so nice to give us but, but now he's judging. Now isn't, but there is a really great point brought out and Thursdays quarterly paragraph to it says we simple follow humanity we who would be consumed by the brightness of god. Glory if we faced it now. We no matter how bad we have been or how believe we've been violated god's law have someone capitalists who appears in the presence of god for us. We have a representative standing before the father on our behalf. Think of how loving forgiveness. Price was here on earth. This same person is now our mediator in heaven. So it's not like they had, there's the earthly jesus. But now there's the heavenly. He is the same jesus, and that jesus, that we love for his ministry on earth is the same. Jesus who love us for his ministry and heaven. So once you read 1st the summary for Friday there at the right range, it says the old covenant sacrificial system was replaced by the new instead of animals being sacrificed by sinful priests in an earthly sanctuary. We now have jesus our perfect sacrifice. He represents us before the father in the sanctuary and heaven which forms the basis of the new covenant. And it's probably the beautiful. Let's bow our heads for prayer, heavenly father, thank you so much for the richness of this covenant. Truth in the thanks you are a model, but most importantly more than a model more than the type. Thank you for the anti type. Who is jesus christ. Thank you for his life, his death. And now his life again as our interceding advocate in the courts of heaven, lord help us to see the same jesus yesterday today and forever. As the one who loves his cares worse and wants us in heaven, help us to have the same desire to be with him that he has for us. We pray in jesus in the.

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