THE OLD POINTS TO THE NEW: EMBRACE THE NEW
March 6, 2016
Hebrews 9:1-14 ESV:  Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly place of holiness.  For a tent was prepared, the first section, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence. It is called the Holy Place.  Behind the second curtain was a second section called the Most Holy Place,  having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron's staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant.  Above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.  These preparations having thus been made, the priests go regularly into the first section, performing their ritual duties,  but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people.  By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing  (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper,  but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation.  But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)  he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.  For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh,  how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
THE OLD COVENANT
- How it worked.
- What it did.
THE NEW COVENANT
- How it works.
- What it does.
Life Group Questions
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
- How would you summarize chapter 8?
- What is the earthly place of holiness?
- What elements were in the “tent”?
- How many rooms were in the tent? What was the difference between them?
- Why does the author tell us the priests went into the holy place regularly? The high priest once a year in the second room? Why does he take blood?
- What does the Holy Spirit “indicate” through the old covenant sacrificial system?
- What is the time of reformation?
- What is the greater and more perfect tent? Where is it? What’s it look like?
- How did Jesus get into the holy place?
- What did Jesus secure for those who believe?
- What are the dead works we are purified from?
- What motivates us to “serve the living God”?
- How would you paraphrase the big idea of 9”1-14?
HOW DOES IT APPLY?
- What have you learned about the Old Testament Levitical priestly sacrificial system?
- What does it feel like was the major misunderstanding the believers to whom the author was writing were dealing with in reference to the Old Covenant?
- Do you ever feel as though you disappoint God? When? Why?
- What do you think God expects of you?
- When the author penned these verses, 9:1-14, what do you think he hoped we would think?
- When the author penned these verses, 9:1-14, what do you think he hoped we would feel?