Hey guys and welcome back to The Faith Filled Friends. It is so great that you have joined us today. We pray that this message really encourages you. Today we will be looking at the Old Testament and what the old covenant looked like compared to the new covenant we have in Jesus. We will also be looking at a great song by Rivers & Robots, “High Priest”. Let’s dive into it.
High Priest- Rivers & Robots
“Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being. Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.”
What is a high priest? In the Old Testament, the high priest would enter the Tabernacle and make sacrifices for the Israelites sins. Once a year the high priest would enter and make a sacrifice to cover all the sins for the year gone by. Only the high priest could enter into the Holy of Holies and make a sacrifice.
The high priests weren’t perfect as they were human just like us. Every person has the generational sin from Adam and Eve. The high priest would need to make a sacrifice for their own sins before they could enter, and even then there was still a chance they would die. God is Holy and can’t be with sin, therefore, He was with the Israelites but in the Holy of Holies.
‘…Oh the humility of a King inside a manger
Our shepherd and our saviour on the cross
You gave Your life for me
Now, how can I repay You?
All the riches I could gain are not enough…’
As we know, Jesus is the new high priest. He entered in and made a sacrifice for all of us. But Jesus never sacrificed a lamb or a bull, but instead, He climbed up onto the alter and gave up His own life the cover the sins of every person; past, present and future.
‘…You are the Prince of Peace
You’re our great high priest
You have made a way for me
You have set me free…’
The high priest was the mediator connecting us to God. His role was to offer sacrifice or blood to cover our sins from God’s just wrath. But when Jesus came, He was the mediator that gave us the connection we have with God. A personal relationship. He made our bodies into the tabernacle, we are holy places that God can now dwell within us. Jesus WAS the sacrifice, and now we don’t have to offer constant sacrifices because He died once for all.
“But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.”
“For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”
‘…You got thirsty, You got tired
You were tempted, You were tried
And You can fully sympathise
Cause You know just what it’s like to live this life
Fully God and fully man, who can fully comprehend the mystery?…’
Jesus came as a man and lived life on Earth. He was tempted by the devil, He was questioned by the Pharisees but was never shaken and He was persecuted by the people He had come to save. He lived and He died fully man but fully God. He lived the perfect life so we would never have to. His sacrifice has made us clean and we now have full assurance that we can enter into His presence. His blood was sprinkled on us.
Throughout the Old Testament we see a lamb being sacrifice for the sins of people. The blood of the lamb points to Jesus, the lamb of God. First we see a lamb for a man in Genesis 22. God asked Abraham to sacrifice His only son Isaac.
“Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.”
God had already planned to provide a lamb. God already knew that Jesus would be the lamb for every man, woman and child. Later on in Genesis 22, Abraham is about to sacrifice Isaac but the a lamb is provided by God. The next time we see a lamb for a family in Exodus 12. The Israelites use the blood of a lamb to protect them from death.
“Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.”
“Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.”
The blood of a lamb for a family. God provides the lamb, the blood of the lamb protects the people from death. Later on in Leviticus 17 we see a lamb for a nation.
“This is so the Israelites will bring to the Lord the sacrifices they are now making in the open fields. They must bring them to the priest, that is, to the Lord, at the entrance to the tent of meeting and sacrifice them as fellowship offerings. The priest is to splash the blood against the altar of the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting and burn the fat as an aroma pleasing to the Lord.”
The lamb is provided, the blood of the lamb protects from death and the blood of the lamb must be brought before the Lord for all the people.
“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the Lord ʼs will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.”
The lamb is a man! Jesus was prophesied over 700 years before Jesus was born. God holds the future in His hands. He knows what’s best for us and Jesus came as the high priest, as the lamb and took all our sin and our iniquities. Our God is so good. His plans and His ways are perfect.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
‘…You are the Prince of Peace
You’re our great high priest
You have made a way for me
You have set me free
I’ve found freedom in You Jesus
There is nothing in between us…’
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”
The Faith Filled Friends