Monday, June 23, 2014

The Old and New Covenants of Sacrifice #Biblebee

"1Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 2For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. 3And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 4Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 5And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. 6Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. 7But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: 8The 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: 9Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 11But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us."
Hebrews 9:1-12

The Old Covenant
Sacrifices were made in the Tabernacles.
Animals blood was given for sins.
The animals blood covered the peoples sins but did not take the sins away.
The animals blood covered the peoples imperfection, but it could not make the people perfect.
The sacrifice was not once for all since, but rather sacrifices were continuous as are our sins. If we were still in this Covenant we would never be able to sacrifice enough animals to cover every sinful mistake we make. Just like the Israelites and the Jews, who needed someone to come and save them from themselves, we need a Saviour; someone to take this burden off us and show us the way.
Now let's read about how the New Covenant with God and His people changed everything!

"11But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.13For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance...28So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
Hebrews 9:11-15, 28

The New Covenant

Jesus Christ is the High Priest of the New Covenant.
His blood was given for our sins.
The blood of Christ cleansed our conscience from dead works. It eteranally washed away our sins.
In the New Covenant those who are called can receive the promise of eternal life. 
Christ's sacrifice was once and for all! We will never have to atone for our sins by sacrificing animals nor will the Son of God ever have to die again, because since He sinlessly died on the cross our sins are no longer visible.They aren't just covered-They are wiped away!