Witness Through Weakness

Hebrews Hebrews 9:1-7

Message recorded 18 November 2012 2012

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Will turn within your Bibles to Hebrews chapter 9.  This morning we get to start a new chapter we make our way through this wonderful letter were the writer is showing us the superiority of Jesus Christ.  Anyway, one look at an end.  We are entering, new phase of his argument will talk about this morning Hebrews chapter 9.  Has it ever occurred to you that you don't confess you haven't confessed every sin that you committed the scare you a little bit and I let you cheat and to say that the end of each day, Lord in a free and fair that did that in a this, like the Lord bless everyone in one of those prayers.  It was the same when the Old Testament and there were a lot of things prescribed from these different sands, but they would forget they would sometimes sin and maybe that a whole lot of sending in a particular episode any get in a fight with your spouse and industries going.  It was also and then you'll remember everything you said every sin you did.  And so sometimes you just missing in their times you forget your you are mindful of the fact that you were sending and and then time goes by.  You can't even remember that you well in the Old Testament there was an elaborate set ceremony that took care of the you said a moment among other things, what he did is it basically covered all of their sins, even those that they might have forgotten those they were even real mindful of having committed.  It was the day of atonement in Heber Yom Kippur.  And I want you to come to follow with me will do for a few minutes is kind of just do a walk-through with the high priest if you will, on that ceremony and to think back through what it was try to picture of what he did and saw and thought once a year the day of atonement would come and it would be for us in our time frame of September October we just passed Yom Kippur for this year with the high priest would do is he would first they had to be clean from you just an outward perspective see would be would bathe and he would put on and had to be cleaned before you put on a special day of atonement close and they were only to be used, then he's holy garments that he'd after baby would put those on and then several animals would be brought forth enviable there were two rams and to go and some of those he provided some the nation provided when you do first is a think about this this guy was a center he wasn't the Lord Jesus.  So he was a center we know that And he knew he could not go into that holy of holies without dealing with his sent and he can even think of representing his people in dealing with their sin until something was done about his.  And so he would do first is where were now we're outside the tabernacle, where in that the court and think about that the Tabernacles that rectangular tent within this is the original one and you have a court right around it, which is the priests court, and then round that was the court of Israel, which is the men's the Israelite men's court and outside of that it was a gate that you to go out and that would be the women's court for Israelite women outside that was the Gentiles and so you all these different if you will.  Barriers to keep different people from going very far the order talk about the tabernacle.  Some Levites not just any but son to go into the holy place and only one got it went to the holiest so we're outside in the court where the altar of burnt offering is outside the tabernacle and high priest presents his bowl is sacrifice.  And so he slays it there and he takes some of some of the blood from that bowl is going to walk into the holy of holies the holiest place on earth is going to go in there with two things is going to carry blood from the bowl he killed for himself and for his household, for theirs between also he had a fire pan that is a little, maybe uncle shovel sort of thing where he would at that altar of burnt offerings his he would scoop up some of the hot burning coals take two handfuls handfuls of sweet incense put them on that will you know what happens when you burn incense is it produces smoke right and two handfuls would produce a lot of smoke so he's walking along in their just the smoke billowing forth sees got the blood one he's got this fire pan with the incense and the other in the other hand, and he walks in, from where that altar of burnt offering was he now walks toward the tabernacle opens that curtain that first curtain veil he goes in there through the holy place, and then he goes the veil the big one, the one nobody got to go except him once a year and you I don't hated spirit what I would be seven him trembling is like Luther we his first mass and he understood, even though he was a regenerate yet he knew what he was doing was in a doing something, on behalf of the holy God and Indonesia.  He shook the whole time this that's I figured high priest would be trembling because he's he's going in to do with his sin before holy God.  And so he goes past that card and first thing he does is he has it all the fire pan up there front of these the mercy seat the ark of the covenant so that of this the smoke is just billowing forth in its to cover that mercy seat the Bible says it was he would and so he gets it that smoke just going the incense the sweet aroma before the Lord think for minute what does the smoke of incense in the Scriptures old and New Testament represent.  Yes the prayers of the saints they go up before God and we find that in the Old Testament all way into Revelation and so is representing his prayers that easy comes a he's they represent fact is Lord I'm sent.  I have no right to be here except you told me to these this the smoke was billowing forth in my prayers for forgiveness and salvation.  But the prayer is that he's not hurting anything is just crying out humbly before God that I have no right in of myself to be here and he has the blood from the book he takes that blood the sprinkles it seven times on the mercy seat and what he's done.  He goes out is only dealt with his sentence this point so those two goats that I told you about the have those out there in the courtyard, and the high priest as he comes out.  Now he cast lots for those two goats to see which one of them is going to die.  And so one a lot chooses one.  He slays that goat take some of his blood in any goes back in again blood and the insects.  Now this incense is representing the the all the peoples part for salvation for forgiveness and he goes in their he doesn't just like he did for the bowl and he is that billowing smoke onto the mercy seat first of he doesn't die in the takes a goats blood and sprinkle it seven times in the altar in any goes out in his time he goes out to the altar of burnt offering and that had four horns on it and he would take that blood from the bowl in the goat and he rabbit on the four corners, and then again that's blood sprinkle it seven times in what he's doing is cleansing that altar and throw this ritual he's cleansing in of the altar in the tent and himself in it because everything has to be twins because he's not holy and of himself and neither are any of these the furnishings the tense or anything.  Now there was one other go the one that was not selected in the lot to die.  This one was based was selected to live but when he would do is the high priest within lays hands on that life go and you confess the sins of the people over that goat symbolically taking all the sins, even the ones they forgot the ones I didn't even realize it the deer are just missed it all of those sins in a symbolic where confess to put on that goes in there is an Israelite man at the ready and as soon as the high priest is finished.  He comes gets the goats and takes it directly out into the wilderness in their he lets the goat go out in the wilderness to symbolize the fact that that would all the symbolism is doing a showing that one day God would take the sins of his people away from and that goat would take off out of the world, then the high priest back in the tabernacle he would remove the holy garments you bathe again and having himself than in the tabernacle in the altar having been cleansed he would now be able to offer up the Rams for the burnt offering one for him and one for the people and he would slay them and offer them on that burn off on that altar of burnt offering they would be there that he would offer up the fat of those Rams on the day it's the fat of the burnt offering, he would offer it up on the altar and the smoke at this point, the man who had taken the goat out in the men who carried the carcasses of these animals that were slain carried them out in and burned them outside the camp all of those men.  Now we have to to take to change their clothes and they before they could come back into the camp the symbolism there is that they would be tainted with sin that goat at all those sins on it.  Need take it out in the carcasses all the sins of the people were placed upon if you will sacrifices and he died in the place of the people and so they had to be they had and they would come in if you want to read more about it later on you can look and Leviticus 16 is a good place were just all of what I just told you, you find that there all of was to teach about the gospel of Jesus Christ that was to come the gospel that would come.  The good news it would come through the new covenant at all that was designed to teach to prepare God's people for the new covenant.  The old laid the groundwork for the new that you know all of that elaborate ceremony that I went for any question that in real time you take a lot longer in the bloody you have any smell that they incense and everything all the school with in your the same time, it could not take away sin

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