DIG for Saturday the 10th of June…..the New meeting the Old face-to-face…..Mark 14 v 62

In a recent sermon my wife Nunsy spoke about what she called one of the most important human encounters in the history of the world.

She was talking about Caiaphas (the high priest of the Old Covenant) meeting with Jesus (the High Priest of the New Covenant) prior to the death and resurrection of Jesus.

In this encounter we see a picture of the Old Covenant, just before passing away, meeting with the New Covenant.

The high priest was required under the Old Covenant in order to carry out the sacrifices for the people, and one of the high priests necessary accessories was his robe.

This robe was special, part of the accessories that was absolutely required by the high priest to carry out his duties.

This robe had to be perfect; the high priest was even warned not to rent his robe.

Once Caiaphas rent his robe in front of Jesus this was a picture that the high priest could not carry out his duties (Mark 14 v 63).

So, sin could not be covered and the people could not be forgiven, as was required by the Law and the Old Covenant.

But this was OK as the ultimate sacrifice, the new High Priest, was standing right in front of him ready to carry out His once-for-all sacrifice, ready to usher in the New Covenant.

Along with the New Covenant came a new priesthood, and the new (and only High Priest) of this covenant was Jesus.

Caiaphas could tear all the clothes he wanted as his robe and his sacrifices were no longer required.

Jesus’ finished work on the cross was perfect, ushering in the New Covenant and ending the requirements of the Law.

What an amazing picture/type/shadow showing us about Jesus.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I now live under the New Covenant with a new High Priest called Jesus”.

Mark 14 v 62…..And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven

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DIG for Tuesday the 11th of October…..faith not works…..Hebrews 11 v 4

Quite often when we hold ‘church’ meetings I get ideas for my DIGs; our Men’s bible study in Costa last night provided lots of ideas!

We are discussion faith and are going on to look at the people of faith in Hebrews 11.

As we are going on to discuss Cain and Able next time, one of the guys asked. ‘What is your take on Cain and Abel then?”

For me the account of Cain and Abel is a picture (analogy, or type and shadow) of law and grace.

Cain’s offering was through the works of his own hands, from his effort.

We can also see that in contrast to Abel he did not give the offering in faith, he gave it of and from himself.

This type of offering (from and through self) is a picture of law.

Abel’s sacrifice was a blood sacrifice, an animal died in order for blood to be shed (Genesis 4 v 4).

Abel also gave his offering in faith; we can see this in Hebrews 11 v 4.

This type of offering (through faith and not self) is a picture of grace.

We do not live under law, and neither did Cain and Abel; they live before the law and therefore (like us) lived under grace.

Faith was, and is, pleasing to God.

God is not pleased through our own works and self-righteousness; all He requires of us is faith.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we live under grace and not under law”.

Hebrews 11 v 4…..By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh

DIG for Sunday the 21st of August…..but you’d not want Him at your temple…..John 2 v 15

Jesus made quite an impression at the wedding we looked at yesterday, and He mad a similar big impression at the temple.

Yesterday I said that by using the water pots for making wine Jesus was signalling the end of religion.

When He went into the temple He did the same again!

The moneychangers were an essential part of the temple system; you had to use their service in order to be able to buy the animals required for the sacrificial process.

So in order to have your sin dealt with you had to purchase an animal.

Hence Jesus was destroying the sacrificial system by chasing out the animals and the moneylenders.

He was telling the world that this sacrificial system would no longer be required.

He would eventually show the world that He was the best, and last, sacrificial lamb.

Once He dealt with all sin for all time forever, there would be no more sacrifices required.

He was the very last sacrifice; he ended this part of the religious system

Jesus did indeed come to end religion.

The moneylenders and sacrificial animals were surplus to requirements because of Jesus, so He simply got rid of them!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you that He came to end religion”.

John 2 v 15…..And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove then out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables


 

DIG for Thursday the 17th of December…… ordinary shepherds or special shepherds…..Luke 2 v 8

For the last couple of DIGs we have been looking at the birthplace of Jesus; if you have not done so, please read those first before you read this one…….

Let me describe Migdal Eder to you; it was a tower that was used as a farm building.

It was like a barn or a stable, but solely for sheep.

It was made up of stalls, or different areas, where individual sheep were kept separate.

Individual stalls were used for single sheep to give birth to the temple sacrificial lambs.

This was written down and in the archaeological record.

Now, if you go to Bethlehem today you will be taken to an area on the edge of the town called Shepherds Field.

A guide will tell you this is where the angel and heavenly host made their visit to the shepherds described in Luke 2. This is the same area shown by the archaeological record and Jewish writings where the lambs for the Passover sacrifices were raised.

At the time of Jesus all the lambs sacrificed in the temple were bred in one place on the edge of Bethlehem. Jerome, an early Saint, said that this area was “1,000 paces from Bethlehem”, so it was very close.

You could say this was in or at Bethlehem, similar to the Greek meaning in Matthew 2 v 1.

At this place sacrificial lambs were born and raised for the temple by the temple shepherds.

It was the job of the temple shepherds to ensure that the lambs used for the Passover were perfect and spotless.

These shepherds were the first people to see the sacrificial lambs.

They knew which lambs were perfect and without blemish; they were the experts when it came to sacrificial lambs.

So we have lots of evidence saying that the sacrificial lambs were raised on the edge of Bethlehem at Migdal Eder or Shepherds Field; I believe that this is the same place.

Could the shepherds we see in Luke 2 have been the temple shepherds raising the sacrificial lambs for the temple?

This mini DIG series about the birth place of Jesus will be concluded tomorrow when we will see where Jesus was really born and who say Him first!

Luke 2 v 8…..And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night

DIG for Tuesday the 20th of January…… He came to destroy religion, not start a new one (part 2)…..John 2 v 15

Yesterday I wrote about Jesus coming to destroy religion instead of starting a new one.

We saw this through him turning water into wine in the jars that the Jews used for religious ritualistic cleansing.

Today we look at another picture of Jesus doing the same again.

In the temple the Jews had to sacrifice various animals in order to cover their sin so that they could come into relationship with God.

To do this they had to purchase doves, oxen and other animals.

Without the animals they could not carry out their religious duties, their sacrifices.

By driving out the animals and the folk that sold them the people could not carry out their religious duties, they could not partake in religion.

Jesus was saying, “You do not need these animals” or “You do not need your religion”.

A new way had come for people to come to God, or rather in reality a new way had come for God to come to His people.

Religion is man trying to come to God, Christianity is God come to man.

Jesus came to bring forgiveness and reconciliation through His finished work, sacrifices and religion are not required any more.

Of course we do not have sacrifices today, but many in the church still have religion (man made traditions and practices trying to move towards God).

Religion should be dead; dead as Jesus is alive and well and all that is required.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you that I now live under the freedom of relationship and not the bondage of religion”.

John 2 v 15…..And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables

DIG for Monday the 9th of September…..believe the promises of God whatever the circumstances…..Genesis 22 v 5

The account of Abraham about to sacrifice his son Isaac is a passage of scripture that can teach us much.

It is a picture of Jesus, the lamb of God, as our sacrifice.

It is also a picture of how to trust in the Lord and believe His promises no matter what circumstances you are in.

Abraham had been promised, that through Isaac, he would be the father of nations with many, many descendants.

He was promised this yet had been asked to sacrifice Isaac.

Do you know that Abraham was obedient to this request of God yet still believed that Isaac would live?

It was upon reading this account a few years ago that this revelation came upon me; Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac yet still trusted and believed God that Isaac would continue his family line.

We can see this is Genesis 22 v 5; Abraham clearly tells his men that they would return; that himself and Isaac would return after the worship (or sacrifice).

How could Abraham say that; he was after all going to sacrifice Isaac.

Abraham obviously had faith that God would pull through for him and deliver on His promise; so Abraham knew that Isaac could not stay dead, even if he sacrificed him as God requested.

How could Isaac be dead; God had promised he would be part of this line of Abraham.

I don’t know if you get how significant this is; Abraham believed the promise of God even in impossible looking circumstances.

Has God promised you something, yet circumstances look as if it will never happen?

Even when it looked impossible, with his son about to be sacrificed, Abraham believed his son would return with him to carry on the family line.

Be like Abraham; stay obedient, keep trusting in the Lord and believing on His promise, and it will come to pass.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have a plan and purpose for my life; and thank you that you keep Your promises”.

Genesis 22 v 5…..And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you