High Priest

The High Priest

Exodus 28, Hebrews 7:24-25, Hebrews 8:1-2, 1 John 2:1-2

The Idea of a Priest

In the beginning, man acted as his own priest. An example of this can be seen through the story of Cain and Abel. Later in human history we find the father, head of the household, offering sacrifices to God. An example of this can be seen through Abraham. Still later, we find a man chosen of God to act as the high priest for the nation (Aaron). Finally, God chose Christ as priest for the whole world. Jesus said, “No man cometh unto the Father but by Me.”

The Inner Veil

Exodus 26:31-35, Matthew 27:50-51, Hebrews 10:20-21

In our study this morning we will look at the unrent veil and its place in the tabernacle. Furthermore, we will look at its physical characteristics (including the material, colors, and cherubim) and the pillars. Then secondly we will look at the rent veil and its symbolic meaning (it is a type of Christ’s death). We will also see its real significance: Man has access to the throne of God and God gives an invitation to come. The subject before us should stir our hearts, for the inner veil has special significance and is of utmost importance.

 

The Unrent Veil

We will consider this as it appeared in the tabernacle. This veil is a type of our Lord’s human body. Hebrews 10:20-21 says, “Through the veil, that is to say His flesh.” The unrent veil represents our Lord before crucifixion. We also see this veil as a barrier to the priests, who ministered in the Holy Place.

The high priest could only enter the Holy of Holies, behind the veil into God’s presence one day a year. Not a foot fall was heard for another full year. The one thing that prevented this was the unrent veil. This was true until Christ came in the flesh and finished His work. Before Christ’s death mankind was unable to approach a thrice-holy God, except through the high priest. Hebrews 9:7-8 says:

“But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing.”  

Hebrews 10

The doctrinal section of the epistle closes with two remarkable statements:

(1) “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” (Heb. 10:17) How utterly wonderful and glorious are these words. The infinitely holy God who knows all about our sins and iniquities declares to His saints, “I will remember your sins and iniquities no more.” Believers have been forgiven and pardoned; their sin and debt to God has been cancelled.

(2) Now says the writer, where remission of these is, “There is no more offering for sin.” The only offering for sin that will ever be made has been made on the cross.

Hebrews 9:26,

“Once in the consummation of the ages hath He been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”

Hebrews 9:28,

“Once offered to bear the sins of many.”

Hebrews 10:10,

“The offering of the body of Jesus once for all.”

Hebrews 10:12,

“One sacrifice for sins forever.”

Hebrews 10:14,

“By one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.”

The writer would conclude this doctrinal section and have us enter our practical obligations with the words, “No longer any offering for sins,” ringing in our hearts and minds.

Heb. 10:19 “The Holiest”

“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest.” 

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