Hebrews 43


“Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” (Hebrews 8:1–13, KJV)

BIG chunk of Scripture here! Don’t be worried! WE’ve dealt with a lot of this already!

Remember if you’re preaching this, you’ll not be able to skip over this. Plan this out so that you’re dealing with these themes as they arise, don’t get too soon on them!

Let’s go ahead and look at Psalm 110, where David writes of Jesus Christ in the heavens…

“The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, Until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: Rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness From the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever After the order of Melchizedek. The Lord at thy right hand Shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; He shall wound the heads over many countries. He shall drink of the brook in the way: Therefore shall he lift up the head.” (Psalm 110:1–7, KJV)

Six times Hebrews directly references this Psalm, and several times alludes to it (note – there are two harmonies available, Jones, David A. Old Testament Quotations and Allusions in the New Testament. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. and Philipps, H. David. Old Testament Quotes in the New Testament. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. These list things like that. If these were all the works that David Jones and David Phillipps did in their lifetime, trust me… it’s enough.)

Jesus Christ was not made a Levitical priest. THey offered sacrifices every day, continually. Jesus Christ offered his once, in Heaven. What is on earth is an inferior copy, made by mens hands. What is in heaven is the prototype, perfect and complete, made by God.

In the same manner, the offerings offered on earth are imperfect, made by men. But Jesus Christ offered himself once in heaven – perfect and complete.

“But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.” (Hebrews 8:6–7, KJV)

DWELL on this! This is CRUCIAL! Paul is explaining how the Gospel works, and the New Testament itself. The old covenant was, when you sin… you shall offer these offerings.

The New covenant is this – Your sins shall be blotted out and forgiven, and I will remember them no more. The major and minor prohpets spoke often of it, explaining small facets of it as the time neared.

It’s done. It happened. It was accomplished in the heavens. Returning to the old law is returning to the old and imperfect, which was done away.

We no longer need to offer flour, and oil, and spices, and blood and flesh of animals, with the fat trimmed away and the internal organs removed. The High Priest no longer needs to eat of the offering. Jesus Christ offered his own flesh and blood.

It’s DONE. THe Old Covenant was fading away when this was written. Just a few years after this was written and Paul died, the Temple was burned down. Jerusalem itself was destroyed sixty years after that.

Which really is why the Messianics are incomprehensible. What they are doing is insisting the New Covenant is in force – along with the Old!

If the Old, a shadow of the heavenly, was still in force, there’d be no need for the New.

It’s roughly like standing on a four legged stool that’s missing a leg. You teeter this way and that, hoping to keep your balance. As a result, Messianics eventually stop reading the New Testament, for this very reason. The contradictions are too apparent, even in the OJB and the CJB mistranslations.

“For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” (Hebrews 8:8–12, KJV)

“And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.” (Exodus 24:8, KJV)

“Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; Mine ears hast thou opened: Burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: In the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: Yea, thy law is within my heart.” (Psalm 40:6–8, KJV)

“In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” (Hebrews 8:13, KJV)

If you are Hebrew Roots/Messianic Judaism/Two House/One Law/Interstate 95 or whatever else the Messianics call themselves…

Leave it. Depart it. Come out of the world, and touch not the unclean thing.

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Author: philipdean2013

Seminary graduate with a Ba. in Theology/Pastoral Studies, Happily married, Independent Baptist. I can't keep silent about what I see going on in Christianity any longer! Apostasy reigns around us, churches are sliding into worldiness, a whitewashed Gospel is preached everywhere... "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV) So, I'm speaking out. ...Why aren't you???