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Glorious Symbols (Part B)

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March 1, 2022 6:00 am

Glorious Symbols (Part B)

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March 1, 2022 6:00 am

Pastor Rick teaches from the letter to the Hebrews

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Jesus will say like this sometimes is most you love me, keep my commandments. If you love me love BECAUSE my flesh, my flesh doesn't like my spirit is never disagreed Christ is never found anything that you said burdensome. I can always see the wisdom in the glory behind it. That is right. It is good. It is beneficial to just better than anything else, but my flesh it can't stand anything Jesus says in anything that he says that is right and good goals into action to resist it.

This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston.

Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville.

Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Hebrews.

Please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching glorious symbols is the title of Pastor Rick's message and today he will be teaching in Hebrews chapter 9 Aaron his priesthood was challenged by David and his group the ground would later open up and swallow up the rebels. You would think many Christians start trouble and churches would be that section of Scripture know what maybe we better not. This might not be a good idea. Not not ever pray that the ground open up and swallow some people but I have come close chest. Can you do the sidewalk Lord anywhere.

Well, the rod that dead stick is like you would go down to the store and buy a cane and then miraculously it would spout right almonds that would be quite a miracle that was Aaron's rod were God spoke of Jesus Christ as resurrection. The dead thing coming alive is the power of God is one of the things we see in that its initial application was don't mess with God's man. That is the initial meaning we get to Hebrews chapter 13 the writer is going to say watch yourselves with those who rule over you, that were little over is this not too harsh is not strong enough musing the house of God. These men have been assigned this task that nobody many others don't want no one should enter into this likely is for the good of the body of Christ whenever it is stripped away and I left with the church she left with a social club but when it when you have men of God who stand as men of God. Paul said tightest bulletins to continue to take that mess. If they're wrong and you're right in Scripture and is is a moral issue didn't demonstrate that you just make sure you know you make sure that they they and their charges are not correct because then we got a bigger issue.

You know, the high priest when he was at the day of atonement, he first had to offer a bowl for himself. The nation got around. He had a bowl. One of the pictures is your sin so high priest is this big in their sins. Is that small. In contrast, because of the responsibility that you bear so James says all of you rushed into the pastoral ministry because you have a higher standard. I got a stunt double to take my judgment for me. The upside as we know the mercy of God will hide to go up here and speak from God's word.

I got to this and thank God, the Lord just says get go getter done and and that's that's it. All right, I drifted off on the high priest in Aaron's rod. Now I don't know where I am but I'm coming back uses, which had the golden sensor, the ark of the covenant of the golden sensor is referring to that that golden altar where they would take the coals in the incense off and put it into a portable sensor and an goal behind the veil with the prayers of the people in this was a good thing was an honorable thing and only again. Aaron and his descendents. The high priest could do this once a year on the day of atonement. It is known today as Yom Kippur war, but it is the day that one of seven feast where the Jews were to take stock of their sins and to afflict their souls. Six of the fees were to be just that joyful celebrations and only one was to be one of soul affliction and I think that is very informative that God wants us to have joy as Christians not walk around moping all the time but then yet there are times and we have to take inventory of ourselves and that usually is not very pleasant to think about our shortcomings and how we have failed in and what we could have done better and yet did not do it. God gives us a lifetime to straighten these things out so this hopefully creates a spirit of humility in the sense that now not humiliation but humility. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The forest whatever it is a God wants. I don't have enough time to pour. But in Christ. I made rich in Christ.

He gives me an abundance in Christ. I have his wealth made available to me. And no Christian should be on the sidelines understanding that God is going to make himself available to you if you serve. And so the ark of the covenant. We come to that now know will let me go back again to the incense, the incense was prepared outside the veil away from the temple.

That's where they had the special recipe that no one else could use and the user to make the, the incense, that would be used in this ritual. On the day of atonement what is ultimate goal was to make it into the presence of God. That was the goal of making that incense and for the high priest.

He needed that he had to have that and you see in the such a picture.

There are things that God does in my life. He prepares me.

He gets me ready to do things in his presence to serve as as his priest as his representative in my own life.

I find that very very helpful to understand. Again, here's the high priest goes in with the incense that incense was prepared somewhere else is a process that belongs to serving the Lord and when it is honored, it is very effective. And then there was the ark of the covenant which contents I've already spoken about Aaron's blooded raw that spoke speaks of the Lord's resurrection.

The manner the speaks of Christ.

Also in the fact that he is the bread of life. Other other applications absolutely you can you can go in different areas but the first the first is the Lord Jesus. Then there are the 10 Commandments, the tablets which were rewritten because Moses broke them because the people broke the law and Moses lost his temper which was which was characteristic of Moses. Anyway, the 10 Commandments they speak of the word of God, which is Christ in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God Joe witnesses evidently don't have that in their Bibles and they could get it out. They would says overlaid with gold so the ark of the covenant, the incense altar. Both of those were made of acacia wood and then they were goldplated we would save overlaid with with goal one of God had said I want you to make this the tabernacle of Moses, that they would carry with them around the wilderness if he had said I wanted the golden altar made of solid gold and never would have been able to lift it. Had to get a stiff leg. Derek images to get off the ground so the Lord in his wisdom gave them that which was beautiful and able to bear essays to take the wood overlaid with gold and Moses tabernacle.

He took this gnarled wood that he viewed from the acacia tree encased in gold so that when the people looked at the boards when they look at any part of those items that were overlaid in gold.

They didn't see the wood they only saw the beauty of the goal. The same thing is true of God when he sees us and see what's underneath sees the beauty of Christ sits on top in this application was God sees the heart and that going there I'm not using that type of an illustration. When God looks at you if you are a born again Christian.

If you love the Lord Jesus Christ. And if you have no other Lord but the Lord Jesus Christ. He looks at you.

He sees his son. That's what it means to be washed in the blood. Second Corinthians chapter 5 verse 21 for he made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him. Otherwise God would look at us and see us as sinners, we are and that would be the end of it. That would eliminate the joy that we have the grace that is upon us. We are supposed to look at people as souls lost and say brothers and sisters in the faith or those who are damned in their present state and in need of Jesus Christ very difficult thing to do. We already get chance to prove it again. We get in our cars and share the road with them or go to the store or back to the workplace tomorrow morning. These various pieces of tabernacle furniture. They were to speak to the Jews and the writer to the Hebrews is saying listen to me, these articles pointed towards him and you know it, don't throw it away. Verse five and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat of these things we cannot now speak in detail. Well, it is doesn't have the time to go into it as much as he would like to open it up to them, but where he says above it with the cherubim of glory that on the mercy seat over Charlotte shadowing the mercy seat of these things we cannot speak of the was barred from the people, but that is not the case now that veil that hung between the holy place in the holiest of all, at the crucifixion of Christ when he gave up the spirit that veil was torn from top to bottom symbolically saying each individual, each sinner can come right into the presence of God and seek forgiveness and salvation from the Lord. You do not have to wait on the priest you do not have to offer up a bowl or go to a ritual you can freely come and repent at the throne of God. Matthew 27 versus 50 and 51 and Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up his spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom in the earthquake and the rocks were split, God emphasized what he was doing. Romans chapter 5 verse one therefore, having been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have access by faith into his grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. No one has an excuse why they can't speak to God why they cannot go into his presence now you can sit with Isabel there I can do that I have to get a high priest to represent me. We have one in Christ Jesus and his pawn that veil and not only has he torn the veil away. He sat on the throne and he says freely come you come to me and you repent verse of the bottom of verse five of these things we cannot speak in detail. Again, always more things to learn, never enough time about God. Verse six now when these things had been thus prepared. The priest always went into the first part of the tabernacle performing services that performing means they serve real worship always leads to real service not busybody work faith expresses itself in worship and worship is expressed in obedience and desire service, not just one thing that makes him worship. There are many things are many components to it. All kings have servants in all servants serve the king that should describe much of what Christianity should be servants who serve the king.

So when we say I am the king's man. I am the I am the king's woman do we mean it. Jesus will say that I don't I don't like this. Sometimes I must admit, if you love me, keep my commandments. If you love me love others because my flesh is my flesh to doesn't like my spirit is never disagreed with Christ.

It is never found anything that he is said burdensome. I can always see the wisdom and the glory behind it. That is right. It is good.

It is beneficial. It is better than anything else, but my flesh it can't stand anything Jesus says in anything that he says that is right and it goes into action to resist it. So the war between the spirit and the flesh I I believe that the flesh and the spirit. They fight it out.

The two dogs fighting and the dog that wins is the dog that is fed, the most, but it is better simplifying the problem is true in the end, I will win because I have fed the righteous part of me more than the unrighteous part by my will when I get to heaven I will say amen.

So will you when I get there found you when I get there. It is really difficult to continue that fight. When the Bible says take up the shield of faith, that you may be able to quench the fiery darts. It is not playing around is not cute little statement is a very serious thing because there are going to be fiery darts there almost impossible to quench.

You cannot stop them when it says take on the breastplate of righteousness. Your flesh doesn't want to be righteous. It wants to be right. It wants to have what he wants right away but righteousness. Christ likeness to doesn't want that. It doesn't have that impulse that desire is not built for this cursed, but the spiritual man the inner man wants that breastplate of righteousness and Satan hates that you want and so when you fail to get back up your aggravating hell and you are being rooted for.

You are being cheered on by the Angels by the Lord himself so you may say I have fed the spiritual man and that dog is not won the fight fight is not over one over 2B over to you drop that and then begins the glorious eternity that these items spoke of verse seven, but into the second part, the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood. She offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance now again this is a holy places once years. The day of atonement for the Jew, God did not want his people. As I mentioned earlier spend their life morning. And so the ratio is 61, but not without blood blood in connection with approaching God to the New Testament to the New Testament believer Christians. It always speaks of the cross of Christ, the place where he died.

Is that real to you.

Is it real to you, the Christ died in this is the one of the disconnects when we see Christians in the church, going to the world for answers that Christ says I deal with. These are mine. Human behavior is mine does not belong to a psychologist or psychiatrist. If you belong to me. Your behavior belongs to me, come unto me all you labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for my burden is easy. My my yoke is ease my burden is light. The supportive words to you have to live them over and over and over again to come to the place with the burden feels too much to bear the yoke is too hard. What are you going to do that as a Christian.

Well, if you are Christian you can't do anything: the Lord is going anywhere. Nothing will move you from your faith. I like what you have to go through was going to go through it.

You go through it saying this, Lord, I want you I want your presence. I want you to be real to me. I don't want my religion to be memorized or rehearsed to the point where the blood of the cross is faded into something that it is no longer to me. I always want to be very real to be very desired. So when he says once a year, not without blood to the Christian that part. Not without blood. That's what stands out to us, not the one you once a year. Young people are day of atonement. That's all secondary to the primary thing is the blood of Christ, because without it I'm doing this is what she offered for himself and for the people sins committed in ignorance all the way back in the ancient times there were sins people committed and they sometimes did not even see their sin.

Sometimes you and I we sin, we don't even know were done we missed the mark not done what God wants us to do may not be conscious of your all guilty before the Lord is not one righteous, no not one.

In essence, all of us are sinners unintentional sin first John chapter 1 verse 10 if we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us. Back then, the Gnostics were coming long downsizing sin. Today we have other people that are know it all's and they try to downsize sin sins not so bad is the worst thing that is happened to the human race.

Sin is so an impenitent heart as opposed to God, refusing to submit to him as God, but the one that does repent repents of the cross is the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sins, not the word of God.

It is the blood of Christ, nothing but the blood of Christ moves my sin and I need the word of God come to that in a little bit. We got another hour ahead of us. Almost done verse nine verse eight in the Holy Spirit, indicating this that the way into the holiest of all, was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing, so he says, so long as the temple is up there remains the need that Old Testament was that Curtin was there is not complete spirit was indicating this, but once Christ is calm is done away with and you want to go back to it. That should've hit them right between the eyes may not hit us too much because were not suffering the identical temptation that they were struggling with, but we have a parallel one. Think about a little bit.

One must see that heaven is out of the question without Jesus Christ, there is no heaven without Jesus Christ attempts to break in and enter in any other way is not only futile, but it damns the soul and its wages that I am the door and anyone who tries to come into the window, is a thief and a robber and will be dealt with as such. Verse nine. It was symbolic for the present time, which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him perform the service perfect in regard to the conscience that word symbolic is in the Greek, which it was originally written in is the same word we get our English word parable from three single-story the temple in the wilderness, served as a picture board for believers, it told the story. Everything from the curtains that surrounded the outer court. The brazen altar of the lab or is you going to all these things were speaking of Christ, God's dealing with sin. Leviticus system is a visual lesson to anybody who would receive it. Facts behind religion must be greater than the religion part of the thing can be greater than the thing itself. If you have a religion, but there's nothing to back it up, then it's useless, like having currency want to go too far in this one. If you take money that has nothing to back it up then it is is has no power all get out of that. I made my point earlier and I'll leave it there. Hebrews 10 for the law having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with the same sacrifices, which they continually offer year-by-year make those who approach perfect using. You can get to heaven with the Levitical system you can bring the blood of a gold Laura Oro of of sheep or bull and an gland in heaven. Eventually that won't do it and that is his appeal to them and so the need for the Savior. John 16 eight and when he has come, he will convict the world of sin, of righteousness and judgment to come.

And that's how we get born again we agree get convicted. We are convinced that he holds the keys over the freedom from sin over the giving of righteousness and over the judgment to come, and we side with him and in so doing we are saved. Verse nine verse 10 concern will only with foods and drinks, various washings and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation so you saying your rituals that you want to go back to they have served their purpose. They made their point. They now have no power and that word reformation at the end of verse 10 means to straighten thoroughly and what he is saying is that when Christ comes. Those things were planned to stick to serve a purpose to teach lessons until Christ came. While were not going to get this far as chapter of verse 15 and so will stop there at verse 10 with the glorious symbols that God has left for us. If you are outside of Christ. Why are you why do you not believe what he is stiff on God of glory died for you so that when you die could go an eternal place in glory move you've been listening to cross reference radio the daily radio ministry of Pastor Rick asked Calvary Chapel in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

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