Daybreak: Hebrews 9:1-10
“The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing.” (Hebrews 9:8)
“What is a skyscraper?” “What makes a clock work?” “Why do the leaves turn red?” “Why don’t fish live out of water?” “Why is grass green?” “Why do only some balloons go up into the air?” Has a young child ever asked you such questions? Did you respond with a full scientific explanation, or did you give just the amount of information that you knew that child could grasp? Maybe you got out a book and showed a visual illustration to help him understand.
In much the same way, God did not reveal the fullness of His wonderful plan of salvation to mankind from the beginning of time. When He gave the Law to Moses and established the Tabernacle worship system, He was giving a picture. The sacrifices helped make man aware of his need for a Savior. Some recognized this need and connected with God through the prescribed sacrifices. Others became so entrenched in the rituals themselves that they focused only on the formalities of their worship. Yet the message of God’s love toward His creation never changed. He continued to desire a relationship with man.
Jesus fulfilled what the picture of the Tabernacle worship represented. When Jesus died on the Cross, the veil separating the Most Holy Place where God’s presence dwelt was miraculously torn in two. This signified that man no longer needed a priest to be the representative between him and God since free access to God through Jesus was now available. The place of worship was no longer the Tabernacle, but it was the hearts of men who by faith obtained forgiveness of sins and a change of heart.
Although we live in the time when the “picture” is no longer necessary, on occasion we may feel inclined to ask God as many questions as a young child may ask us. Perhaps we are seriously ill, unemployed, have rebellious children, or are grieving the loss of a loved one. Many situations can come our way that could cause us to question. We need to remember that God has a plan for every believer’s life. Just as He unfolded His great plan of salvation, He will unfold the plan for our lives, but we must have patience as He does it. We need to rely upon His wisdom and timing, and realize that as a loving Heavenly Father, He knows exactly how and when to take care of our needs.
The arrangement of Tabernacle service is representative of how God taught Israel His great truths. Sometimes they were taught by direct revelation, sometimes by the written Word, and sometimes symbolically. The Tabernacle, with its different areas, utensils, and ceremonies, was a means of keeping truths before the minds of the people. The priest was man’s link with God. He entered the Most Holy Place one time a year, and after first making a sacrifice for himself, he made atonement for the sins of the people.
As long as the first Tabernacle stood and the whole Levitical system was in place, the way into the “holiest of all” was not yet made manifest. The sacrifices and offerings had no virtue in themselves; they “could not make him that did the service perfect.” The majority of Israel failed in their Old Testament ceremonies because they did not by faith see Jesus, to whom all the sacrifices pointed. The offerings and sacrifices lost their significance as a type, and became the all-important thing in themselves.
The Greek word for the time of reformation (verse 10) is kahee-ros, which means “set or proper time, due time, convenient season.” It refers to the Christian age, when the Lord made a new covenant with His people. This covenant was inaugurated by Jesus’ crucifixion. When the veil between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place was torn in two, it was a physical evidence that the way for direct access to God had been opened and the time of reformation had come.
Divinely designed, the Commandments, the rituals of the sacrificial system, and the prophets all described God’s promises to man of a better way to salvation and forgiveness of sin. When Christ came, He fulfilled the Law and the prophets, and conquered sin. Though anticipated by many, His message was difficult for the Jews to accept. The writer of Hebrews pointed back to their Old Testament heritage and revealed the meaning of God’s divine design which symbolized the new dispensation.
(Hannah’s Bible Outlines – Used by permission per WORDsearch)
II. The argument: the preeminence of Christ in His person and work
D. The superiority of Christ to Aaron
6. Superior because of a better sanctuary (9:1-10)
a. The sanctuary (9:1-5)
b. The service (9:6-7)
c. The significance (9:8-10)
A Closer Look
- What did the Ark of the Covenant hold?
- What was the significance of the veil separating the Holy Place from the Holiest of All?
- How have you benefited by the “veil” being torn when Jesus died on the Cross?
We live in a time when the fullness of God’s plan of redemption is revealed and available to us. We should seize every opportunity to take full advantage of God’s provision for our lives.
- Hebrews Introduction
- Hebrews Complete Amplified Outline
- Daybreak Unit PDF (Matthew, Hebrews, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians)
- Discovery Unit PDF (Matthew, Hebrews, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians)
- Discovery Teacher’s Guide Unit PDF (Matthew, Hebrews, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians)
- Unit Binder Cover