Today’s Bible reading is Hebrews chapter 9
(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)
Hebrews chapter 9 answers the question as to why we don’t need a tabernacle today like the one they had in the Old Testament. The old tabernacle system was temporary. It was only in place for a period of time to prepare us for Christ’s coming. Secondly, it was symbolic of God’s Holy dwelling place in heaven. The earthly tabernacle was made by human hands, and illustrates the heavenly tabernacle which was made by God. Third, Jesus Christ fulfilled the purpose of the tabernacle by entering the Most Holy Place in heaven once and for all time, and secured our redemption forever! The old system required the blood of goats and bulls, etc. but these animals could not cleanse our sin. Each year as the priests performed their duties, the sins of the people were rolled forward another year. This went on year after year until Jesus came and once and for all became the sacrifice for sin. Now that we have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus we are able to worship the living God. The Old Testament tabernacle with its animal sacrifices could not provide this for us. Jesus is the only perfect sacrifice for sin. Because of Him all who place their faith in Christ can access and worship the heavenly Father and receive the eternal inheritance. Christ invites us to tabernacle with God!
Prayer: “Lord, You are our dwelling place. We enter the Most Holy Place through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron