Hebrews 9:23 First Covenant, Two Ordinances

Hebrews 9:23 (KJV)
It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

It seems to me that this passage ought to be understood in light of, 

Hebrews 9:1-5 (KJV)
Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.
For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;
Which 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;
And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.

The pattern of the tabernacle was in two parts. 
The first, entered regularly by ordinary priests, answered to a “worldly sanctuary.” 
Things that were necessary but never perfect happened there. Things in there ran out, spoiled and had to be refreshed. It required regular care because it was not eternal in value.

The second was much different. It was entered into but once a year and only by one man. 
There was nothing inside that did or would spoil. There was no work that must be performed inside. What happened in there was all of GOD on behalf of man. 

The first part answers to those necessary elements of worship and service while we wait for Christ’s return on this earth. We never do what we do perfectly. We constantly have to tweak and adjust and revive and restore. But we are assured that, regardless our imperfections, there is a second, deeper, eternal and absolutely perfect place in our faith. It is that which we cannot do and that which has therefore already been done. It is the finished, complete. and perfect work of Christ. 

It is on Christ alone I stand. 

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Hebrews 9:23 First Covenant, Two Ordinances

Hebrews 5:7 His Prayer Was Heard

Hebrews 5:7 (KJV)
Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

The scene is Gethsemane. A little behind Jesus is Peter, James and John. They had been commissioned to pray for Jesus. They were instead asleep. Farther away were the rest of the eleven. We know not what they were doing. 

Jesus was alone in prayer, sweating as it were great drops of blood. 

Luke 22:42 (KJV)
Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 

Much ado is made of His prayer. Was He actually asking God to spare Him from death? His sacrifice on the cross was our only hope to be saved. Did Jesus really ask God to remove Him from such important work?

The answer lies in our text. His prayer was heard. His prayer was answered, and He did go to the Cross. Jesus was not praying to be saved from the cross. He was praying He would make it to the Cross. 

  • The forces opposed to Him
  • The good intentions of His friends
  • The tension of the hour

any of those things had the potential of ending His life previous to the Cross. 

His prayer was heard. He was saved from death before His time. No sword, no spear, no violent outburst, no bloody reaction to His friend’s cutting off the ear of a servant cost Him His life. 

Obediently, willingly and at the right moment He finished His Work and gave up the ghost. 

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Hebrews 5:7 His Prayer Was Heard

Hebrews 4:7 Now Is The Day

Hebrews 4:7 (KJV)
Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

The Bible teaches that God limits the days available to believe. We have today. If you have heard His voice believe upon Him today. 

2 Corinthians 6:1-2 (KJV)
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

We know we have today
We don’t know we have tomorrow 

We know we heard Him today
We don’t know we will hear Him tomorrow 

We know we desire Him today
We don’t know we will desire Him tomorrow 

It is a blessing and relief to know that, so long as we have breath, we have hope of salvation. But we have no promise of breath, and we cannot know the mind of the Spirit. 

Therefore, if you have not trusted Christ, and if you will, “now is the day of salvation.”

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Hebrews 4:7 Now Is The Day

Hebrews 3:16-19 Because of Unbelief

Hebrews 3:16-19 (KJV)
For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.
But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

There are three pivotal thoughts in Hebrews chapter three:

  • Consider Christ
  • Take heed to yourselves and
  • Believe God

Of the third, it is not “believe in.” The devils do that and tremble.[1] It is believe; trust. In context it means to step out and obey. Israel did not believe God. They therefore refused to enter into and take their Promised Land. Therefore, they died in the wilderness having not entered into rest. 

A tragic error in today’s Christianity is in misunderstanding what faith is. Faith is not works. The two must never be mixed up or even combined. But faith that does not produce obedience to God (good works)[2] is not faith in the biblical sense. 


[1] James 2:19 (KJV)
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

[2] Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

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Hebrews 3:16-19 Because of Unbelief

Hebrews 2:16-18 Poured Upon Us

Hebrews 2:16-18 (KJV)
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

Consider the depth of the love God poured upon us in sending Jesus to be made “like unto His brethren.” The Word of God says He was made like unto us “in all things.” That included temptation, and that included death. 

He did not take on Himself the nature of angels, though He is sometimes likened to one in the Old Testament. But He did take on Him the seed of Abraham. 

  • Let us marvel
  • Let us humble ourselves 
  • Let us rejoice and

Let us devote ourselves fully to Him. 

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Hebrews 2:16-18 Poured Upon Us

Hebrews 13:3 Remember Them

Hebrews 13:3 (KJV)
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

I maintain that the penman of The Book of Hebrews is Apostle Paul. One of the chief pieces of evidence of that is the ending. It is Paul’s “signature” to close in grace. There is also the reference to Italy in the final verse. Paul, we know, was imprisoned in Rome until his execution. 

But the subscription to the letter says it was “Written to the Hebrews from Italy, by Timothy.”  I do not believe this means Timothy wrote the letter but that he was the one who carried and delivered it. This being the case, verse 3 has a direct relationship to Paul who, for reasons it is not my purpose to discuss just now, chose to keep his identity discreet. He was in bonds. He wished for their prayers on his behalf. 

For the first time in my life Christian, in the United States may face bonds of their own. It will not likely be the majority of us, but it could certainly be some of us. We’ve faced some troubles in past years over our Christian schools and homes for the wayward. That was limited to just a select handful of believers and it could be avoided by simply not being involved in those ministries. Today the target is our right to assemble and the Supreme Court just issued an opinion that, in effect, made the First Amendment of none effect. Unless something changes real drastically and real soon, we could find Christians in bond for nothing more than assembling together. 

If and when that happens, remembering one another in prayer will be critical. 

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Hebrews 11:39-40 Some Better Thing

Hebrews 11:39-40 (KJV)
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

It occurs to me what a selfless act it was on the part of these believers to live in faith. 

They lived by faith and obtained a good report
A life of faith does that. I confess that sometimes, as was the case in their day, that “good report” was before God and not man. Still they obtained it. 

They accepted a good report rather than the promises
We all desire to receive the promises of God, do we not? These believers were satisfied to receive a good report rather than God’s promises. 

They accepted that there awaited something better than those promises
That was to be perfected; but more, to be perfected with us. 

The most unselfish thing we can do is to live a good testimony in difficult times so that others might come to be saved and then, later, perfected with us. 

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Hebrews 11:39-40 Some Better Thing

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Hebrews 4:7-8 Another Day

Hebrews 4:7-8 (KJV)
Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

Just last week I had a conversation with a church member who, during this stay at home order, has been exposed to a Seventh Day Adventist. It’s his care giver so she has regular contact with him where I do not. He asked me if we could start having church on Saturday because that’s the Sabbath. I explained to him the purpose of the Sabbath and the different purpose of the first day of the week, the Lord’s day. 

Judaizers, such as the Seventh Day Adventists, have hardened their hearts to the message of the Gospel. They preach obedience to the Law as a means of grace. We worship on Sunday specifically to acknowledge that the death, burial and resurrection provides us absolute grace and perfect salvation. 

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Hebrews 4:7-8 Another Day

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Hebrews 12:1-2 It’s Nothing Complicated

Hebrews 12:1-2 (KJV)
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The Bible provides such very simple counsel for life here on earth. Among other things I find in Hebrews 12:

Lay aside our sins 
Vs 1
It’s that simple. Considering the testimony of saints behind us and the race of life that is set before us, just lay aside our sins. 

Look to Jesus 
vs 2
He is our Saviour, our example, and our source of strength and encouragement. Keep our eyes on Him

Be a deterrent of sin
Vs 3-4
Be salt and light. We don’t have to be obnoxious or arrogant. We can simply speak the truth in love, vote for the moral choices and pray for all in authority 

Serve God graciously 
Vs 28
With reverence and godly fear. Serve the Lord, making Him the priority of our life. 

There is nothing complicated or difficult about this. All it takes is faithfulness. 

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Hebrews 12:1-2 It’s Nothing Complicated

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Hebrews 4:1 A Day to Work

Hebrews 4:1 (KJV)
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

Gill writes of this passage, “the sense is, that though true believers shall not come short of that, yet they may “seem” to others to do so; and therefore should be careful of their lives and conversations …”

The rest of the believer is an eternal one. It is that rest that is ours when we get to heaven. Today is a day to work, to serve the Lord. However, because we know we possess this rest, it should change how we view our labor. 

  • We work knowing our work is rewarded
  • We work knowing our work has an end
  • We work knowing that we are yoked with Christ and our work is easy and burden light 
  • We work knowing that we are free to come to the throne of grace to find mercy and grace to help in time of need. 

A Christian seems to come short of that rest when he either shirks the work or does it under great burden. If he does not go to that throne of grace, he will sure seem to come short of rest. 

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Hebrews 4:1 A Day to Work

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