OUR Priest- OUR altar! Heb. 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
By Richard Lodwick
This will be a whirlwind moving in and out of scripture, so hang on. Let’s build a group of facts, and then see a great and wonderful truth!
In our last lesson we saw our prayers before God as incense. We spoke of Jesus sacrifice and blood. Now we’ll look at something that I believe is beyond that which most preachers preach. Go to Heb. 8:5. Note the word “shadow.” It means “image of something that is real. WHERE? In Heaven.
Remember Rev. 5:1-8 & 8:1-5? Did you see a word in 8:3 that stood out? Altar? Seeing anything yet? NOW see Rev. 9:13, 11:1, 14:18, & 16:7. I’m telling you, that “shadow” and “pattern” spoken of in Exodus and Hebrews, came directly from that which was in Heaven! Still skeptical?
Now read Heb. 9:23 again. The “patterns OF THE THINGS IN THE HEAVENS, be purified with EARTHLY sacrifices, and EARTHLY blood, BUT the HEAVENLY THINGS themselves with BETTER sacrifices than these. It’s crystal clear. ALL that which God gave Moses was a pattern of that which was already in Heaven. AN altar before God! Still wondering? Was it always around? Read Isaiah 6:1-8. My, O my! For depth see also Lev. 16:12, Num. 16:46, & Jud. 13:20. When we look at these things we are, according to the Word of God, looking at that which is in Heaven. WE see the pattern or shadow, GOD sees the real thing! Now hang on.
Remember it took a God approved priest, dressed as God specified, to bring the blood and sacrifice to the altar? Read Heb. 2:17-18, 3:1, AND 4:14-15. NOW read Heb. 5:1-10, 6:20, 7:23-28.
Folks, JESUS is NOT ONLY our High Priest, but He is our SACRIFICE and it is HIS BLOOD that atones fully, completely, eternally! HIS blood is on that altar in Heaven. Final blood! Eternal blood! It is through HIS sacrifice and HIS blood that we can approach God, now and in eternity! Want to see it written in the Bible?
Read here Heb. 8:1-3 & back to 9:14. Look at 9:12… 13:12… and Rev. 1:5. Now look at Eph. 2:13-16, Heb. 9:12, & finally 10:19. Back around to prayer! NO ordinary man, in the O.T. could EVER go into the Holiest of all, within the veil, in the inner tabernacle. ONLY the High Priest, ONCE a year, with acceptable blood to go on the mercy seat, covering the tables of the covenant. JESUS did that only HIS blood is in Heaven, on THAT altar, on THAT mercy seat, and we can approach God in prayer, ANY TIME! For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Heb. 9:24. Got an altar yet? Let’s sacrifice our lives!