Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Our Bible Study Lesson
continued with the High Priest and his garments.These were not costumes, but were symbolic of being set apart for God’s work of
atoning for sin and were made for glory and beauty. As teacher, Linda presented the
lesson I took notes and give an edited view.
the “dress code” was required. This is noted in Exodus 28:43: “Aaron and his sons must wear [the
garments] whenever they enter the tent of meeting or approach the altar to
minister in the Holy Place,
so that they will not incur guilt and die.”
bells and woven pomegranates were attached to the hem of his garment, so that “the sound of the bells will be heard when
he entered the Holy Place
before the Lord and when he comes out, so that he will not die.” Exodus 28:35.
The Ephod was a garment of
fine linen of Blue, Purple, and Scarlet with gold intricately woven in by fine
threads. There were shoulder pieces and rings with blue ribbons that held the
breastplate over his heart.Twelve
precious stones were enclosed in gold with the names of the 12 tribes engraved on
the gems.These jewels were set into the
breastplate which was called the breast-piece of decision, because the Urim and
Thummin were used to determine God’s will at various times.
Over the heart of believers,
God has placed His Holy Spirit to be our comforter and guide.
In the New Covenant, Jesus is
our High Priest.He did not make himself
to be the High Priest, but God gave Him this position with authority.
In the Old Covenant, the High
Priest was to slay a pure lamb and catch it’s blood in a bowl.The blood was then carried into the Holy Place and
sprinkled on the Mercy Seat to atone for the sins of the people.
After His resurrection, Jesus
being our High Priest appeared before the Father and presented his own blood for
the forgiveness of sins of the world.Although we are forgiven, we must acknowledge the sacrifice of Jesus and
receive Him into our life.
When we have made this
decision, we are secure and accepted in Christ.
Christ being a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more
perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in
ONCE into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people
received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise
after the order of Melchizedek, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
For it is
evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses spoke
nothing concerning priesthood.
And it is yet
far more evident: that after the similitude of Melchizedek there arises another
priest; For God testifies,You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
For the law made
nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by which we draw
near unto God.And since it was not
without an oath he was made priest:
The Lord swore
and will not change, you are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek:)
By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better covenant.