Memory Text: “Who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, ‘See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain’” (Hebrews 8:5, NKJV).
Though the sanctuary in heaven is the original, the one where God Himself is ministering “for us,” the Lord has revealed truths about this sanctuary in different ways to us here on earth.
God created the Garden of Eden as a symbol of the sanctuary. The heavenly sanctuary and its function in salvation were represented in the earthly tabernacle and the larger structure of the Israelite temples.
In Jesus, of course, the temple was made manifest in a human being. And, finally, the heavenly temple will come down to the new earth.
As we will see, God has used concepts relating to the heavenly sanctuary to reveal truth. This week we will study some of those concepts.
Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, October 12.