Open Source Sermon (Monday, August 31)

31 Aug

Monday is a day for questions.

Our text for Sunday is Hebrews 9.1-10:

1Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. 2A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand, the table and the consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place. 3Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, 4which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. 5Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.

6When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. 7But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. 8The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing. 9This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. 10They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order.

Why did the author of Hebrews describe the Tabernacle in detail instead of the Temple? Does this mean that the Temple had already been destroyed (70 AD) when the author wrote this? Or, did the author choose the Tabernacle over the Temple for theological reasons?

The purpose of the Tabernacle was to demonstrate that the way in the Most Holy Place had not yet been revealed. What does this say about the old covenant and the new covenant in terms of “the way into the Most Holy Place”?

We have all heard of a “guilty conscience”? What is the relationship between the “conscience” and the conviction of the Spirit? Romans 8.1 tells us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. One of the short comings of the old covenant is that the sacrifices and offerings were not able to take away sin (see Hebrews 10.4). I wonder how that relates to forgiveness and the cleansing of the conscience?

What other questions do you think of as you read the text?


Posted by on August 31, 2009 in Uncategorized


6 responses to “Open Source Sermon (Monday, August 31)

  1. Ethan Bryan

    August 31, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Hebrews is an incredible letter. I think this passage is too short though, and many of the questions are addressed when it’s read in a larger context (7 – 10). The nuts and bolts of this larger passage is the insufficiency of the old covenant and how the new covenant completely replaces it, which is why I laugh when I hear people fighting over public displays of the 10 commandments. I recently wrote a song on this passage called “You Don’t Have to Live Like This.”

    Hebrews is incredible…freedom in Christ alone!

  2. Justin P

    August 31, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Todd, I think a lot of it has to do with the tabernacle being the temporary dwelling place of Yaweh as His people were sojourning through the wilderness. It was the presence of God with them as they roamed a place that was not their home. The people constantly looked forward to a temple that would be God’s permanent dwelling place and a place that Jews could identify with as their permanent place of worship and sacrifice.

    The parallel is made with us, that we are roaming a place that is not our home. This fallen world is our ‘wilderness’ and we can be compared to the Israelites in that respect. We use this temporary way of dealing with our sin and guilt that the Lord has made for us until that day when we are home and no longer have to struggle as sojourners within fallen bodies in a fallen world. One day we will be home and will relate to the Lord forever in a new and glorious way.

    Hebrews 9-10 is so rich in theology, I just love it! If people can fully grasp what is being said here, their hearts will be overjoyed by the reality of what the Lord has done.


  3. tpylant

    August 31, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Can you link me to or email me the lyrics to the song your wrote? You are right, that the thought section of this paragraph is really 8-10, but we are trying to swallow this bite by bite and to let each bite whet our appetite for what is to come. There is an interesting amount of foreshadowing in each section that keeps the reader coming back for more.

    Interesting thought. I hadn’t thought of the parallel of the tabernacle being the roaming dwelling place of God and how that might play into the “illustration” (literally, parable) of the Tabernacle.

  4. Ethan Bryan

    August 31, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    No angry gods we must appease
    With empty words or heartless deeds
    No sacrifice we need to please
    To live in boundless beauty

    No ritual, religion game
    No closets filled with secret shame
    No pointing fingers, casting blame
    Or worship filled with duty

    You don’t have to live like this
    You don’t have to live like this
    You don’t have to live like this

    No status quo for kingdom come
    The invitation to become
    Alive and free from soul’s gone numb
    Alive in boundless beauty

    Freedom calls and freedom cries
    Freedom beyond alibis
    Freedom dancing in new life

    You don’t have to live like this
    You don’t have to live like this
    You don’t have to live like this

  5. tpylant

    August 31, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    My favorite line would be, “no closets filled with secret shame.” In the old covenant, the conscience could never be cleaned. Not so in the new, says Romans 8.1.

  6. Justin P

    August 31, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    (btw – today is August 31!)


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