Day 27 P. 297-309
Do you like to rest? As a young child my nap time was far more important to my mother than it was to me! The passing years have given me a greater appreciation for opportunities to rest from the demands of daily life. Especially satisfying is the rest following the completion of a task. Sitting down to catch one’s breath after mowing the yard or cleaning the house is special. It’s a feeling of physical restoration that is accompanied by a sense of accomplishment.
The writer of Hebrews understood about work and rest. His epistle shows its reader how the Levitical priesthood of the Old Testament is just a shadow or picture of the priesthood of our great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ. In these pages of Hebrews we are given a description of the furnishings of the earthly tabernacle. We read of the Holy Place which contained a lampstand and table of consecrated bed. Behind a curtain was the Most Holy Place which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered Ark of the Covenant which contained, among other things, the tables of the covenant given by God to Moses. Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory of God, overshadowing the atonement cover.
The furnishings of the tabernacle each had great significance for God’s people, but do you see something missing? What about a chair? There is no place to sit down and rest. Why was this the case? Man’s sinful nature ensured that there would be a steady stream of offerings brought to the tabernacle for sacrifice. This ensured non-stop work for the priests. “Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices which can never take away sins.” (Hebrews 11:11) These priests had no time to sit and rest, there was too much work to be done. The writer then draws a startling contrast, “But when this priest (Jesus) had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins he sat down at the right hand of God.” (Hebrews 11:12)
Jesus did what no earthly priest could do. He offered Himself as the perfect, all sufficient sacrifice. It is finished! The work of salvation has been completed. It’s because of that we can rest in the knowledge that salvation is available for those who come in faith to our Great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ.
About The Author
Mark Morris has been a member of Oakland Heights Baptist Church since 1981. He and his wife Mary have twin daughters. Emily, her husband and their two children live in central Pennsylvania. Amy, her husband and their three children live in Papua New Guinea. Mark has served on various committees at OHBC and currently is teaching a connection group for young adults.