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Hebrews 9:3

Dec 23, 2018   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Hebrews, Hebrews (written), Writings  //  8 Comments

Sunday, 23 December 2018

…and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, Hebrews 9:3

The author described the first room of the tabernacle in the previous verse. That contained the lampstand (the menorah), the table, and the showbread. Dividing that from the final room, the Holiest of All (or the Most Holy Place as the NKJV translates it in the Old Testament), was a beautiful veil. Here, the veil is called “the second veil.” This is to distinguish it from another hanging which was at the entrance to the first room, the Holy Place.

This “second veil” is described in Exodus 26:31-33. On it, cherubim were woven. These were a reminder of the cherubim recorded in Genesis 3 which guarded the entrance to Eden. They were said to be east of the garden. The entire sanctuary also faced east. This veil, facing east, symbolically pictures the only way to be restored to God, and thus, the only way to be returned to paradise. This and more is carefully detailed in the Superior Word sermon corresponding to those verses.

Here, the author says that behind this “second veil” was “the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All.” The author will continue to describe what was contained within the rooms in the tabernacle in the verses ahead, as well as some of what occurred there as the priests conducted their duties. However, he will not address the actual shape or size of these rooms. It is this next room to be described, the Holiest of All (or the Most Holy Place), that should be reviewed to gain a fuller understanding of what will be explained in the next verses.

Determining the exact dimensions of the Holiest of All (Most Holy Place) in the tabernacle is rather complicated, but it can be done from the details of the Bible. This is thoroughly explained in the Exodus 26:31-37 sermon. Further, the Jewish Historian Flavius Josephus rightly states it was 10 x 10 x 10, or 1000 cubits exactly. This is documented in The Antiquities of the Jews, Book III, Chapter 6, Paragraph 4.

Later, the Bible tells us that the size of the Most Holy Place in the temple in Jerusalem was “twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and twenty cubits high” (1 Kings 6:20). In both instances then, the shape of the Most Holy Place was a perfect cube. Remember that everything about both structures was given by God – first to Moses for the tabernacle and then later to David for the Temple. This reason is that they were a “copy and shadow of the heavenly things” (verse 8:5). And this is exactly what the Bible later records in the book of Revelation –

“The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal.” Revelation 21:16

Some have questioned whether this city is shaped like a pyramid or a cube, but allowing the Bible to interpret itself answers the question – it is a cube. This city which is prepared for the faithful believers of all ages is immense in proportions. The translation of “twelve thousand furlongs” equates approximately 1500 miles. In other words, it would fill up much of the land mass of the United States. And that is only in length and width; it is equally high.

Life application: As you are going about your business, remember that God has something wonderfully special prepared for you and for all of those who have called on Jesus by faith. Don’t let the tedium of life get you down, but rather keep things in their proper perspective – God has marvelous wonders in store for you!

Lord God, thank You for the sure promises of Your word and the splendid detail it holds for us as believers. Nothing is left unattended; every detail is just what we need in order to hold on to as we await what is coming! We love and praise You, and we thank You for the sure promises we possess. In the name of Jesus our Lord we pray! Amen.

8 Comments

  • thank you and may the LORD JESUS
    bless all associated with the superior word ,

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS!

  • So much going through my head with today’s reading! In Mecca we see how Satan is deceiving many with his cube there I his effort to be like God. I think people will be shocked to see the accurate representation of the Cherubim on the Veil in the temple, not the little fat guys with wings that Satan has fooled the world with but the mighty angles they are! The size of the New Jeursalum puts the Borg cube ships to shame but an interesting comparison lol things that eyes have not seen or ears have heard that is what is waiting for us Wow and we will have forever to explore the unfathomable depths of Gods wonders for us. Amen I guess the adrenaline is pumping big time in me as we seem to have gone from seeing bible prophecy being full
    Filled on a weekly basis to a daily basis and touching on an hourly basis. How can so many be missing this fact and stay in the darkness of this world and its false hopes and promises and listen to its lies like it were gospel? Lord we are so ready to come home, we have cut the chains that bind us and we are free ready and waiting for you to bring us home!

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends and a very Merry And Blessed Christmas to you all my SW family. We fly soon

    • Adrenaline pumping! That is the state of it for sure.

  • Thank you Charlie! Amen to Dan, S and Gordon

  • Bless you all. Keep on plugging along. Been a long Sunday here, and there is quite a bit more to do. Pillow will be a happy site tonight. Be blessed.

  • Thank you for this encouraging word.
    ” Don’t let the tedium of life get you down.” This was for me. I am beginning to feel the evil in this world which has become an unwelcoming place. My country is a hot bed of criminal activity- kidnappings linked to drugs, robberies, murders 500+ for the year etc. I so long for that ‘cube city’
    Thank you for that observation Gordon. I have come out of Islam and never connected the 2 cubes. Satan is really so good at counterfeiting what Jesus has.
    I can just imagine that new city and so look forward to it.
    Maranatha!
    Thank you Pastor Charlie for all you do for us to bring such enlightenment and encouragement.

    • Bless you Ruth! Have a Merry Christmas!!!

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