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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

HEBREWS 8:1-2

"Now the main point in what has been said is this:
we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat
at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle,
which the Lord pitched, not man."


These are glorious words bringing to mind the hymn, "Glorious Words of Thee are Spoken."
It is written by John Newton, the degenerate slave ship captain, who became a Christian and wrote hymns such as "Amazing Grace." It is put to the music of one of my favorite composers, Hayden.


"Glorious things of thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God;
He whose word cannot be broken
Formed Thee for His own abode..."

I haven't been in a college class for many a year, but I know that if a professor said, "Now here is the main point of all that has been said..."  I would whip out my pencil and take notes.  How much more important is it to note here what the writer of Hebrews is saying.  Not only that, it is majestic and beautiful, glorious.

Adam Clarke says, "This is what the apostle states to be the chief or most important point of all that he had yet discussed.  His sitting down at the right hand of the throne of God, proves,
1.  That He is higher than all the high priests, that ever existed.
2.  That the sacrifice which He offered for sins of the world was sufficient and effectual, and as such was accepted by God.
3.  That He has all power in the heavens and in the earth, and is able to save and defend to the uttermost all that come to God through Him.
4.  That He did not, like the Jewish high priest, depart out of the holy of holies, after having offered the atonement; but abides there at the throne of God, as a continual priest, in the permanent act of offering His crucified body unto God, in behalf of all the succeeding generations of mankind."

I love, love, love that last point that He did not leave the holy of holies because He is seated right there, abides there at the throne of God.  He is our priest and king.  Andrew Murray says that "the priest represents purity, the king power.  And not only this, but like is said in Ephesians 2:6,


"...and raised us up with Him,
and seated us with Him in the heavenly places."

It comes back again to Psalm 110:1

"The Lord says to my Lord;
'Sit at My right hand..."


There is something about sitting.  You sit down when what you intended to accomplish is accomplished, c'est fini, it's done.   Remember Jesus' last words on the cross?  "It is finished."
He earned the right to sit down and not just anywhere, but "has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens."  It is more than pulling up to sit at the table, which is offered to us a place at the marriage supper of the Lamb, but it is in the very throne room of God, the holy of holies place to which we have been offered access to when the veil was torn in two.  This is what was meant when in the last chapter it says "we have as an anchor, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil." (6:19)  How incongruous, a rusty old iron anchor inside a veil, yet there it is.  It's the bride awaiting her bridegroom, kind of hope.




Andrew Murray says, "His position is now one of perfect fellowship with God, in a nearness in which nothing can intervene, in an equality which gives Him complete possession and disposal of all power in heaven and on earth."



Now here is something else of great significance, "...in the sanctuary and the true tabernacle, (the sacred tent) which the Lord pitched, not man.  He is the Majesty in the heavens.  God Himself has pitched a tent so much greater than the one in the desert wanderings.  My goodness, He created the heavens.  I have this image of God going camping flinging out His canopy of sky and clouds and stars.  It is so beautiful that He doesn't ever want to go any where else.  This is the true tabernacle where He dwells in the heavenlies.


Adam Clarke says, "He (Christ) performs the holy things or acts in the true tabernacle, heaven, of which the Jewish tabernacle was the type.  The tabernacle was the place among the Jews where God, by which the symbol of His presence, dwelt.  This could only typify heaven, where God, in His essential glory, dwells...hence heaven is called here the true tabernacle...The Jewish tabernacle was man's work, though made by God's direction; the heavens, this true tabernacle, the work of God alone and infinitely more glorious than that of the Jews...John 1:14 says,


"And the Word was made flesh,
and dwelt--tabernacled--among us..."

"for as the Divine presence dwelt in the tabernacle,
so the fullness of the Godhead, bodily, dwelt in the man Christ Jesus."

Doesn't it make you want to go camping with God, more like glamping, because it will be glamorous beyond belief, so glorious we won't want to be anywhere else but in His throne room.


One last thing, Jesus taught us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."  Andrew Murray says, "The will of God can be done on earth as in heaven.  All Jesus is, is heavenly; all the gifts He bestows, all the work He does, all the life He breathes, all the power He exercises is exclusively heavenly...as our faith receives and feeds upon this, it becomes partaker of the very spirit of heaven...its purity, its power, its love, its worship, its blessedness."


Here's the rest of the first verse of "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken,"

"He whose word cannot be broken,
Formed thee for His own abode.
On the Rock of Ages founded,
What can shake thy sure repose?
With salvation's walls surrounded,
Thou may'st smile at all thy foe."




















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