A Picture of Jesus Christ

Heb 9:1-10

Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. 2 For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary; 3 and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, 4 which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; 5 and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.

This message was preached October 26, 2003 at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at ToulonBaptist.com

6 Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. 7 But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance; 8 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. 9 It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience -- 10 concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. NKJV

Last week we looked at just eight of the over 300 predictions in the Old Testament concerning Jesus. But not only are there hundreds of predictions about Jesus, there are thousands of references to Him in the Old Testament.

Jesus is the theme of your Bible from cover to cover.

We think this generation invented graphic arts but not so. The OT is filled with pictures of Jesus. Not the type we are used to but word pictures and types. There are hundreds of types or figures of Jesus in the OT. Today I want to show you just a few.

There are man types such as the coat of skins that God gave Adam & Eve to cover their nakedness. The sacrifice of that animal was the beginning of hundreds of thousands of sacrifices where the innocent was slain for the guilty. Remember Abel's sacrifice and the sacrifices Noah made when he disembarked the ark. And don't forget Job's often sacrifices on behalf of his children. And then there were the many animal sacrifices of Abraham.

All of these pointed to Jesus and his sacrifice for our sins.

  1. The tabernacle in the wilderness
    1. The coverings
      1. The inside covering that could only be seen from inside.
        1. It was made fo fine linen embroidered with blue, purple and scarlet
        2. It was beautiful
      2. The second covering was of goats hair
      3. The third of rams skin dyed read
        1. This represents the sacrificial aspect of Jesus
      4. The outer most was of badgers skin.
        1. This tell us that from the outside there was no beauty in Him that we should desire Him.
        2. It is only once you get in Christ that you see the beauty of His person.
  2. The Holy of the Holies
  3. The Ark of the covenant
  4. The altar of incense
  5. The table of show bread
  6. The golden lamp stand
  7. The brazen laver
  8. The brazen altar
    2. Why You Could Not Enter
  9. Only priests had access to the tabernacle
  10. Only the High Priest had access to the Holy of Holies
  11. No one could come without a sacrifice
  12. The death penalty was those who disobeyed
  13. The Tabernacle in the Wilderness
    1. The Vail Kept People from God
  14. Only the High Priest could go beyond it and that only once a year
  15. He had to bring two sacrifices
    1. One for himself and his family
    2. The other for the nation
  16. The Tabernacle in the Wilderness
    1. Jesus was the veil
    2. Heb 10:19-22 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. NKJV
  17. The Tabernacle in the Wilderness
    1. God Drew Us a Picture
    2. Our sins require death
    3. Either we will die for our sins
    4. Or we will accept the death of Jesus for our sins
    5. God has left the choice up to us
  18. The Tabernacle in the Wilderness
    1. Some Lessons
    2. If God went to all this trouble to relate to the Israelites in the wilderness is our worship important to Him?
    3. Does God demand less of us, who have received the grace of God
    4. If we have understood this great message will God hold us guiltless for not sharing it with others?
  19. The Tabernacle
    1. A Picture of Christ