The message was brought by Rev. James Childers.
Hebrews 9: 1Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. 3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercy seat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
I want to pick out one word in verse 4: wherein. The book of Hebrews was to help young Jewish Christians know there was better way, a better life, a better place, and a better covenant. You are a better person now than you were before you were saved. I am. I’m not perfect. I may not do it all right, but I’m not what I used to be.
Hebrews told them they didn’t have to offer animal sacrifices anymore. All that was behind them. Jesus had gone to Calvary and in his dying became the eternal sacrifice. There was no need for another. They didn’t have to go through a priest. Jesus is now the High Priest. All go to God through him.
The earthly tabernacle was carried from place to place in the wilderness. Verse 4 gives us three things that were included in the tabernacle. The Ark of the Covenant went before Israel and dwelt among them. It was a symbol of Jesus Christ. These three things helped them remember what God had done for them. They are the golden pot of manna, the Ten Commandments, and Aaron’s rod that budded. This is a picture of what we have today. We speak of being blessed with a home or automobile and a family and church. These are good. We should be thankful for them, but they are things that are without. The greatest blessings are on the inside.
Golden pot of manna: The book of Exodus tells us that the children of Israel left the bondage of Egypt behind heading for the Promised Land. Because of complaining, a short journey turned into 40 years of wandering. Imagine the food and water it took to feed 3½ million and their animals. That’s a staggering amount of food and water. The people murmured and complained saying they should have stayed in Egypt instead of dying in the wilderness. Moses went to God and manna rained down from heaven. They gathered only what they needed for each day. Too much would rot. The day before the Sabbath they gathered enough for two days and it didn’t rot. Coriander seed is referred to as the manna. That seed fell each day.
We grow by the seed of the Word in us. Manna is a picture of salvation. Man didn’t have a thing to do with the manna. It was white in color signifying its purity and the purity of Jesus Christ. It kept them alive. Salvation keeps us alive—out of hell. None of us deserve to be saved. In doing so, God put our sins behind his back, as far as the east is from the west. It’s more than that. It is being just as if we had never sinned. Remember how clean you felt when you first got saved. Never pray without thanking God for saving you and dying on the cross for you and putting your name in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Our physical birth is recorded and we can get a birth certificate. There is another record on high written by the blood of Jesus Christ. He saved us from hell. That’s a great gift.
The tables of the covenant: This is the Ten Commandments. What kind of blessing was that to Israel? God knew they couldn’t keep them. You can I can’t either. We live under grace, not the Law. The commandments helped the children of Israel live right in their journey through the wilderness. Other nations knew who they were. This is a picture of separation. The Ten Commandments is a picture of our Bible. It’s an encouragement in the valley. It has lifted me when I’m down and dried my tears. It helped me through rough times. Why don’t we get back to the Book? God’s Word is forever settled in heaven and man can’t climb up and change it. It’s good in our hands. It’s good in our head. It’s better in our heart. It tells me how to talk. It tells me how to dress. It tells me how to act. It tells me to love my neighbor and not tear him down. It tells me to pray. Don’t replace the book.
Aaron’s rod that budded: The book of Numbers gives us this story. A man named Cora got people together and went to Moses stating he had elevated himself and stirred up a mess. Moses prayed. God opened up the earth and swallowed them. Some ran and were burned by fire. God told Moses that he needed assistance and told him to get men from each tribe and to put their rods in the tabernacle overnight. The rod of the man whom God chose would blossom. Aaron’s rod budded, blossomed and had almonds on it! Do you know what a rod is? It’s a dead old stick. How? God got into it. When he gets into us, we’ll come alive. We’ve pushed the Holy Ghost out of our services and churches today. People used to shout. What happened to us? When God gets in your stick something will happen. The rod represents the moving of God in a person’s life. The greatest blessing is within. The Holy Ghost moved in when you got saved. He lives on the inside. We ought to act like we have him living in us.