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Friday: Further Thought – Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord — 11 Comments

  1. For those of us who have been Seventh-day Adventists for a very long time, the idea of Jesus as our high priest is deeply ingrained. We can quote scripture and match type with antitype and demonstrate our knowledge of how it all fits together. I wonder if we are more interested in sharing our superior knowledge of Priesthood and Sanctuary services than applying it.

    I can remember as a kid I had an inflated opinion of my own knowledge. Back in public primary school, we used to have scripture classes where we had quizzes on Bible knowledge. Of course, a Seventh-day Adventist kid who had family worship each morning and night and who attended church each week where Bible stories were the main topic had to be a favourite choice as a team member in a Bible quiz. Our team always won and I was the hero for 15 minutes. It took a lot of maturity to realise that it was not the meaning of my knowledge that was important to these public school kids. I was their ticket to winning the Bible quiz and that was where the Gospel ended.

    We can impress others with our knowledge of the sanctuary services, the priesthood, and the fulfilment of types in the antitype, but the big question is: Is our knowledge more useful than answering questions in a religious trivia quiz?

    Just something to think about as we revisit the topics we have studied this week.

    Have a blessed Sabbath.

    • Your thoughts brought to mind I Corinthians 13:8-10 and an ultra important verse you have shared many times:John 13:35. Martin--
      Thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through you to us!

      • Also, 1 Cor. 8:1. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.” As Maurice’s illustration points out, it can be a great temptation to rely on knowledge instead of Christ. Knowledge of truth can be alive while self is not dead.

    • I believe that God, Christ and the Holy Spirit are more interested in whether or not we recognize the voice of our Shepherd because we have had an intimate relationship with Him. We recognize Him as our Creator who provides ALL we need. We recognize Him as our Shepherd who gives His life for us. He is our Father who protects and provides for us. We recognize His soft, kind, patient manner. He is our healer our All. I fear that many Christians including Seventh-day Adventist Christians have such a distorted image of God that they do not recognize His voice. In the end Jesus will say to them; depart from me for I never knew you.
      We need to reflect Christ's humble, kind and gentle demeanor. In the end, it is He who will judge the Nations and ALL knee shall bow before Him acknowledging His Kingship.

  2. I must accept that all my attempts to make things right are frustrating. Thus, I have to learn to give up - and that's a pretty tough thing for me to do. My best choice is to trust, even though I am a "have-to-see" person. God is good all the time, and I am the one who needs to remember this every minute.

  3. We of New Covenant days are alive to hear this precious promise:

    "Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace" (Heb.4:16).

    God's people living under Old Covenant terms and within the Hebrew sacrificial system had such a different worship experience than us. Do we realize the weight lifted when that heavy Temple curtain was torn from top to bottom as Jesus breathed His last? A heavy burden of being separated from God lifted! The Old Testament believers had to live by faith looking to a time to come when the Messiah would do away with the bloody and labor-intensive sacrificial system, just as we by faith look to the future and a time to come when the final veil is lifted - the final burden removed - and we see God face-to-face, in our physical bodies, without dying (1 Cor.13:12).

    Pastor Scott Hubbard in his article, "Wherever He Is, We Are Welcome" says:

    For centuries, God’s people could only wait outside the temple where God’s presence lay veiled, wondering how he would one day make a way.

    If you were an Israelite living under the old covenant, and you did not belong to the tribe of Levi, ninety feet is as close as you would ever get to the presence of God in the Holy of Holies.

    God had fulfilled his promise to dwell among his people (Leviticus 26:11–12), but his holiness demanded separation. He was near, yet guarded; present, yet veiled; inviting, yet intimidating. The mere presence of the temple revealed God’s desire to be near his people. But everything about the temple said, “You dare not approach me on your own.”

    The cherubim that once flashed a flaming sword at the entrance to Eden now blocked the way to the Holy of Holies (Genesis 3:24; 1 Kings 6:31–32). Any who broke through the barrier would fall before the consuming fire of Sinai (Leviticus 16:2). Safer for a man to walk on the sun than a sinner to stand unshielded before God.

    Every day, the temple preached a silent sermon to any who had ears to hear: You need a mediator to make atonement. You need an advocate to intercede. You need a priest to make a way....

    If you are in Christ, let no sin, guilt, or shame keep you waiting in the temple courts, ninety feet from the presence of your God. Hear your God whisper from within, “Draw near” (Hebrews 10:22 KJV). Walk past the bronze altar and the washbasins, the bread of the Presence and the lampstand, and open the door to the Holy of Holies. The throne of majesty has become a throne of mercy, where Christ our high priest sits in victory (Hebrews 4:14–16 KJV). And wherever he is, we are welcome.

    • Thank you, Esther, for sharing Pastor Hubbard's article!

      Lord, help us to realize that we can come boldly to the throne of grace, Amen.

  4. Hello. I am puzzled by this discussion question on today's further thought.

    "The Gospels show that many Messianic promises in the Psalms were fulfilled in Jesus Christ."

    Weren't ALL of the Messianic promises in the Psalms fulfilled in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus?

    Please clarify what the author is saying, if anyone is willing to weigh in on this. Thank you so much!

    • Perhaps we need to allow a bit of semantic leeway here. Note the author does not say "many of the Messianic prophecies ..." rather it is referring to the fact that there are many Messianic prophecies and they were fulfilled.

      I am not really sure that there are a countable number of prophecies in the Psalms but there are passages that are Messianic in flavour. Jesus identified some of the prophecies as applying to him, but does he identify them all? Or, to put it another way, could a prophecy be Messianic if it was not identified by Jesus as such?

      It should be noted too that a number of the passages in the Psalms are interpreted by the Jews as applying to their concept of a Messiah - an earthly fulfillment, which is quite different to our perception of the Messiah.

      So, I think the author has chosen her words quite carefully.


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