My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Hebrews 8

The tale of two tabernacles

So we have this priest who makes offerings for us. He makes different offerings because he ministers in heaven's tabernacle. The earthly temple is just a shadow of the heavenly one. If it wasn't just a shadow, it wouldn't need replacing! But God promised a new covenant in Jeremiah. The new covenant implies an old useless one.

Key verse:
5. They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven.

My thoughts:
I know as you read through the specification of how Moses was to build the tabernacle in Exodus it can seems tedious, but in this chapter we see its purpose. It's because it must be an image of heaven, so it needs to be made to precise specifications. Understanding this detail is a deeply spiritual thing.

Though many would disagree that Jeremish was referring to Jesus' covenant, it's still clear that Jeremiah was referring to a covenant which would supercede the Mosaic one, which is quite a bold idea for a Jew!

(A tabernacle is a temple)


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