This is our weekly roundup of posts for 3/17/2014-3/22/2014. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it. Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts.
Church Series: I didn’t want to go to church anymore (but I was wrong) by Aaron Armstrong http://servantsofgrace.org/church-series-i-didnt-want-to-go-to-church-anymore-but-i-was-wrong/
Church Series: The Church: Gospel, Worship, and Mission by Mathew Sims http://servantsofgrace.org/church-series-the-church-gospel-worship-mission/
Church Series: Church Discipline and the Mercy of the Good Shepherd by Grant Castleberry http://servantsofgrace.org/church-series-church-discipline-and-the-mercy-of-the-good-shepherd/
Church Series: The Bridge of Christ by Mike Boiling servantsofgrace.org/church-series-bride-christ/
4 Steps to Ensure You’ll Have No Local Church by Joey Cochran http://servantsofgrace.org/church-series-four-steps-to-ensure-youll-have-no-local-church/
Church Series: Why You Need Your Local Church Every Week by Dan Darling http://servantsofgrace.org/why-you-need-your-local-church-every-week/
Sermon: Defiled Worship from Malachi 1:6-14 by Dave Jenkins http://servantsofgrace.org/2-defiledworshipsermon/
This is our weekly roundup of posts for 3/10/2014-3/15/2014. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it. Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts.
Church Series: The Importance of Church Membership by Matthew Fretwell http://servantsofgrace.org/church-series-the-importance-of-church-membership/
Church Series: Growing Together Towards Love and Good Deeds by Dave Jenkins http://servantsofgrace.org/church-series-growing-together-towards-love-and-good-deeds/
Church Series: Why Your Spiritual Growth Matters to the Community by Dan Darling http://servantsofgrace.org/church-series-why-your-spiritual-growth-matters-to-the-community
Church Series: What does it mean to “one another” in the New Testament? by Dave Jenkins http://servantsofgrace.org/church-series-mean-one-another-new-testament/
Church Series: A Better Way to Discern by Dan Darling http://servantsofgrace.org/church-series-a-better-way-to-discern/
Sermon: Mirror of this age from Malachi 1:1-5 by Dave Jenkins http://servantsofgrace.org/1-mirror-of-this-agesermon/
This is our weekly roundup of posts for 3/3/2014-3/8/2014. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it. Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts.
Church Series: 5 Ways You Can Help Your Church by Dan Darling http://servantsofgrace.org/church-series-5-ways-you-can-help-your-church/
Church Series: 7 Ways to Create a Reading Culture In Your Church by Mike Leake http://servantsofgrace.org/church-series-7-ways-create-reading-culture-church/
Church Series: 5 Reasons We Should Gather in Local Churches by Dave Jenkins http://servantsofgrace.org/church-series-5-reasons-gather-local-churches/
Church Series: The Best Way to Help your Church by Dan Darling http://servantsofgrace.org/church-series-best-way-help-church/
Church Series: Why Going to Church on Sunday is An Act of War by Dan Darling http://servantsofgrace.org/church-series-why-going-to-church-on-sunday-is-an-act-of-war/
Sermon: A Benediction of Peace from Hebrews 13:20-25 by Dave Jenkins http://servantsofgrace.org/52-a-benediction-of-peacesermon/
“Don’t let yourselves be disturbed. Trust in God and trust in me. In my Father’s house are many places to live. If there weren’t, I would have told you; because I am going there to prepare a place for you. Since I am going and preparing a place for you, I will return to take you with me; so that where I am, you may be also.” (John 14:1-3)
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer there. Also I saw the holy city, New Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “See! God’s Sh’khinah is with mankind, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and he himself, God-with-them, will be their God.” (Revelation 21:1-3)
“I will put my tabernacle among you, and I will not reject you, but I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.” (Leviticus 26:11-12)
In this post, we will take a look at the current and future fulfillment of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. This important feast is pregnant with meaning, specifically the divine plan of God to one day restore that which was impacted by sin, namely God tabernacling and dwelling with His people. Barney Kasdan wisely notes “All the Feasts of the Lord have their own particular lessons to teach. Yet, because of its latter day fulfillment, Sukkot seems to be the apex of all the other appointed times of God. The goal of God’s plan is ultimately the establishment of his kingdom on the earth.”
“Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of Sukkot for seven days to Adonai.” (Leviticus 23:34)
“You are to live in sukkot for seven days; every citizen of Isra’el is to live in a sukkah” (Leviticus 23:42)
“You are to keep the festival of Sukkot for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing-floor and winepress.” (Deuteronomy 16:13)
The seventh and final Feast of the Lord is Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. Wrapping up the fall feasts, this holy convocation is celebrated for a period of seven days lasting from Tishrei 15 to 21. Unlike the previous two feasts, that of Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) which formulate the days of awe, a time of repentance and self-reflection before God, Sukkot is a time of great celebration when families and communities come together to built sukkah.
In our previous post, we explored the background and celebration in ancient Israel of the Day of Atonement also known as Yom Kippur. In keeping with how we have addressed all of the other feast days thus far, in this post, we will examine the fulfillment and future fulfillment of this holy convocation. I will be using the Complete Jewish Bible translation in this post in order to demonstration how the terminology we discussed in the previous post, is found in the passages of Scripture that identify the fulfillment of this feast.
In Romans 5:8-9, the Apostle Paul writes “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” In this passage, we clearly see that Christ’s death was the atoning sacrifice for our sin. His shed blood did that which the blood of bulls and goats, to include the azazel, could never fully do.
The establishment of the Day of Atonement with the various sacrificial rituals, all pointed to one individual, Jesus the Messiah. The book of Hebrews spends a great deal of time outlining the fact that the sacrificial system was a temporary goal that was leading to a time when the Perfect Lamb of God would come to deal with the sin problem. No longer would there be a need to shed the blood of an animal or to send an animal into the wilderness. At the cross, the shed blood of the Lamb of God atoned for our sins before a holy God.
If we remember back to our last post, it was noted the Day of Atonement was a yearly convocation, one that was to be celebrated permanently. Let’s first look at why this had to be celebrated yearly with the requisite sacrifices and cleansing rituals. Once a year, the high priest presented himself to God on behalf of the people, following the sacrificial requirements in order to atone for his own sins, the sins of his family, and the sins of the people of Israel. There was a yearly requirement to perform this sacred duty because until the coming of the Messiah, the shedding of the blood of the perfect Lamb who was promised to come and deal with the sin problem had not yet taken place. Hebrews 5:1-5 states:
“For every cohen gadol taken from among men is appointed to act on people’s behalf with regard to things concerning God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and with those who go astray, since he too is subject to weakness. Also, because of this weakness, he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as those of the people. And no one takes this honor upon himself, rather, he is called by God, just as Aharon was. So neither did the Messiah glorify himself to become cohen gadol; rather, it was the One who said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”
Let’s reintroduce ourselves to some terms as we examine this passage. The cohen gadol is the high priest. He was appointed to represent the people before God and to offer the required gifts and sacrifices in the temple. Notice that Hebrews 5 mentions the necessity for the high priest to offer sacrifices for his own sins due to his own weakness and proclivity to sin. The high priest was a godly man, but not a perfect man. The shedding of the blood of the animals was necessary because the Messiah, the perfect One, had not yet come to do what that system could not. Jesus willingly took it upon himself to be that perfect sacrifice. In doing so, he is not our great high priest in the order of Melchizedek as noted in Hebrews 5:6 which states “Also, as he says in another place, “You are a cohen forever, to be compared with Malki-Tzedek.” No longer was there a need for the Aaronic priesthood to offer the blood of animals. Our Great High Priest, Jesus the Messiah, came to be that representative before God on our behalf so that through Him we can access God.