Message recorded 16 March 2014
John Dugas – Grace Bible Church Tulsa
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In chapter 12, and this morning we will look at verses 25 to 29 when Mr. Ben must've been like to be a priest in the Jewish tabernacle not not high priest would talk about just an ordinary priest, one of the priest who would be responsible for setting up visit furniture in the tabernacle one who would help with sacrifices one who would fill the lamps one who maybe do some cleaning one who replaced the bread to be pretty exciting, at least up until the point where especially if you're one of the first ones to do that and you're excited about this new job of yours and you gathered with the people of Israel around the tabernacle and the glory of God comes down into the holy of holies and insightful because the Lord's presence is right there, right on the other side of the curtain. I had to go into the in the only thing that is separating the holiness of God from my wicked heart the current that that would be terrifying to me. Think about that at how terrifying that would be one hand, you would be glad for those easily rituals that you were supposed to do and did because you would be thinking they reminded me I need to deal with my sent before I come in here that and not go back to raising goats will because while it is a terrifying thing to serve the living God in his presence is the best job in the world circlet there's anything like that is the most awesome privilege to serve the living God, no believer. I don't know if you realized that I was really just using an Old Testament illustration to describe you. If you have thought that much. We talked about it, but is it really seemed that you if you are a believer in Jesus Christ are a priest indeed we are a kingdom of priests every single one of us who are believers, but verse 25 of this backup of it 12 Hebrews and you want to talk about. We did last time, or just read it and get a set for context. We didn't come to Mount Sinai, which is in all terrible and mountain shaking and scaring the people he says, verse 22. But you have come to Mount Zion city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels to the Gen. assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all into the spirits of righteous men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel. See to it that you do not refuse him who is speaking for those who did those did not escape when they refused him warn them on earth shall we escape who turn away from him who warns from heaven, and his voice shook the earth, then, but now he has promising, yet once more I will shake. Not only the earth, but also the heaven this expression. Yet once more denotes the removing of those things which can't be shaken is a great things in order that those things which cannot be shaken may remain there for sins we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service reference and all for God is a consuming fire, and with the author is doing here is giving us his last warning. We had a number of these throughout the book of Hebrews and where on the last one and you'll finish of the round off with chapter 13 some practical implications of all these been saying so far and further describing this priesthood that were not talking about with were Jacob's final warning him him when he does in this fun warning is he sets up a contrast between various things as a contrast between this one shaken this one kingdom. They can be shaken, and a kingdom that cannot be drawn. The contrast between God speaking from Earth. Mount Sinai, and God now speaking from heaven is that the contrast also between the responses to God speaking there was that absolute refusal of those ancient Israelites of God told go in the land and then what he's calling us here to where new covenant believers better respond very differently respond with grateful service as a it would what unifies all of that opposes various contrast is this one sobering thought that he ends chapter 12 with our God is a consuming fire priestly rituals as I said didn't exist for their own sakes a lot times, we forget over time. What rituals are about and so near the Jews as priest, especially might forget why I you know you first have to understand the reason for and one of the biggest reasons is to remind them that they're getting ready to go in to the tabernacle where our holy God has taken up dwelling in the better deal with what's in here with you and me before they go into the tabernacle or temp is to be mindful of his care because it is a holy God he's approaching now we begin in chapter 10, verse 19 it will go all the way to the end of the book and 1325 Alioth there is showing us the superiority of Jesus and living way it new and living way which is a product of the new covenant that he has inaugurated that he has made all people who have come to him by faith into a kingdom of priests that even though the author doesn't use the term priest to describe unless he uses priestly language all over and over and talk about that little bit more in a bit, but we need to understand we are serving the holy God, and so we need to be holy priests it matters what our character is when we serve the living God. We were using holiness is an absolute requirement. It's not an option. We are to share we must share in his holiness and without holiness. We will not seek the Lord, we must take seriously our high calling as believer priests Concerta. They were to see how the writer calls us to service priest before God constantly mindful that we must share his holiness and so here is how we must serve him serve in this manner watchful grateful reference watchful grateful and reverent. We see the first one come out here as we start the passage from one constantly watch out for stubborn rebellion will see that verses 25 through 27 constantly watch out for stubborn rebellion and then he's going to give two reasons for that why we need to be constantly watching out for rebellion, for disobedience in our hearts and in those around us easily have us consider the consequences. First, those in the past and then those that are to come. So let's take up first, consider Pastora storable consequences. Consider
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