Introduction

In my blog last week, we discussed the Levitical priesthood and the fact that this was the old covenant that Jesus came to replace.

The Abrahamic covenant and the Book of the Covenant (our salvation covenants) are still very much alive! We are saved if we keep them.

What did the new covenant come to replace?

The new covenant replaced:

1. The High Priest and the entire priesthood
2. The sacrificial system
3. The temple
4. The Ark of the Covenant

Practically speaking we know they have been replaced because none of these five items exist in the same form as they did before Jesus’ sacrifice and rising.

1. Our new High Priest

Jesus is now our new high priest.

Hebrews 7: 21-26 say:

“Others became priests without any oath, but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him: ‘The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: You are a priest forever.’

Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.

Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens” (NIV).

Any priest or pastor that says he has a special priestly appointment from God is a fraud. It is intended that Jesus be our high priest or minister.

His true follows are His kingdom of priests

His true followers are His priests, our brothers and sisters. As brothers and sisters in the priesthood, we need to share His truth, serve one another, and invite all people into a covenant relationship with the Author of life.

 

Followers are not just believers

Did you notice that I did not say ‘believers?’

It is possible to believe in Jesus without following Him. James 2:19 says that even the demons believe.

The Hebrew word for belief

In Hebrew “aman” (translated as believe) means ‘solid support’ or ‘to rely upon.’

Faith means that since we believe in God, we support Him and His word. He can rely on us to live in a certain way as His followers. We live out what we believe in.

1 Peter 2:8-9:

“…They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them. But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people.

You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”

2. Jesus replaced the sacrificial system.

The sacrificial system was removed

Hebrews 10 states that goats and bulls cannot really take away sins. Jesus came to be the perfect sacrifice – the only One that pleases God. He canceled the first covenant to put the second one into effect. We can read for ourselves in Hebrews 10:8-10: “First, Christ said, ‘You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them’ (though they are required by the law of Moses). Then he said, ‘Look, I have come to do your will.’ He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect. For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time” (NLT).

Only His blood can take away sins.

Hebrews 10:11-12:

“Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins.

But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.”

3. A new temple – our bodies

Our bodies, in the new covenant, replaced the physical temple.

Our bodies are now the new house of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says: “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”

We must be careful therefore of the places we go, what we do and even what we are watching on the Internet or television. Our bodies are now His dwelling place. The Holy Spirit will live in us, but only if we live according to His ways. Of course, we will stumble from time to time. If we repent with the intent to change, the Holy Spirit is there to help us.

The body at war

Being a priest means we are at war with our natural selfish selves fighting to live according to His salvation covenant. It is the Holy Spirit who will help us with our transformation from our old selves in the new creation, reflecting the image of God.

4. Our hearts replaced the Ark of the Covenant.

The old Levitical Priesthood carried the Ark of the Covenant and the tablets of the covenant everywhere they went and was eventually kept in the deepest part of the temple, the Holy of Holies.

God’s new kingdom of priests carry the salvation covenant everywhere they go in their hearts and minds the very heart of the new temple. It is not just a saying thought out by man. It is written in the Bible.

Hebrews 10:16: “…This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds’” (NLT).

Why didn’t God implement the ‘kingdom of priests’ with the Israelites?

The answer is that God wanted to but the Israelites did not have the faith to listen to God directly. The Bible tells us so in Hebrews 4:2: “For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; [the Israelites on Mt Sinai] but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.”

Nothing has changed. This is still the requirement for us to be part of His kingdom of priests today and now is our opportunity. This is our chance to turn off the priests and pastors all around us and listen directly to God through His word. We can join His kingdom of priests.

This is the fulfillment of the prophecy of Deuteronomy 18:15-19 when the people decided not to listen to God directly in the first place: “Moses continued, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. For this is what you yourselves requested of the Lord your God when you were assembled at Mount Sinai. You said, Don’t let us hear the voice of the Lord our God anymore or see this blazing fire, for we will die. Then the Lord said to me, What they have said is right. I will raise up a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell the people everything I command him. I will personally deal with anyone who will not listen to the messages the prophet proclaims on my behalf.’”

And it’s fulfillment;

Peter tells us in Acts 3:19-23:

“Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah. For he must remain in heaven until the time for the final restoration of all things, as God promised long ago through his holy prophets.

Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your own people. Listen carefully to everything he tells you.’

Then Moses said, ‘Anyone who will not listen to that Prophet will be completely cut off from God’s people.’

God’s people listen to God directly from His word (the words of that prophet) and understand that other priests and pastors have no more access to God then the lowest of us.

He is calling us to join His kingdom of priests by trusting Him to lead us and guide us directly through His Word and the Holy Spirit.

Now is our time to listen to God directly.

Conclusion

We can plainly see what the old covenant is and what the new covenant is when we look directly at His word with no other agenda involved.

It is the pastors and priests who have confounded and confused people by telling us lies and half truths that lead us astray. As well as, the corruption that comes when men put themselves over other people.

God is calling people back into our salvation covenant with Him, to listen to Him directly, and to join His kingdom of priests.

The old covenant tried to help us keep the salvation covenant through a system of enforcement while the new covenant is a system to help us keep our salvation covenant through transformation.

The same gospel just two different systems to help us keep our covenant agreement. However, it all begins with true faith, those willing to listen to and to follow, not like the Israelites on Mt Sinai in Hebrews 4:2: “For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.”

We must have the faith to listen to God directly, to live according to His salvation covenant and thereby becoming His kingdom of priests, if His word is to profit us.

6 Comments

  1. THE TRUTH is that our HIGH PRIEST IS YAHSHUA HAMASHIYA and not jesu, isvs, hesous, isis, iisus, ect. ect in every other language. The malach from heaven talkrd to a hebrew young lady, and that was in Hebrew language delivered the MESSAGE about the BIRTH of THE MESIAH. Acts, 26>14 and 15 proves that THE NAME was told to Shaul in HEBREW LANGUAGE. All the worl has to call only ONE SINGLE NAME that has SALVATION in, YAH=SHUA.

    • Hi Lidia,

      It is a pleasure to have you read my blog and to put a comment. I know that you are very versed in His word and His name is of great importance to you, as it should be. On the surface I agree with you. As Followers of the one true God of Israel we need to take all the necessary care to get to know Him, including His proper name or names, as it would be, However, I would like to point out that YHVH is very wise and practical.

      In His practicality He gives us time to learn as we grow in our faith and understanding. We can see an example of this in Acts 15:19-21: “Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, but that we write to them that they abstain from [a]things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood. For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath.” Since this blog is specific to His message, of returning to covenant and the dissemination of the truth and proper understanding of the new covenant, I am attempting to reach the largest population of people (those who believe that His name is Jesus).

      Your message of His proper name is valid and important for those few who actually are fully committed to YHVH. To get someone not so committed to YHVH to say the name, as you suggest, only means that you have an uncommitted person saying the name YAHSHUA (how you say His name). To me that is fine, but not so important. Like casting pearls to the swine.

      Also, just because someone says His name as you might believe doesn’t mean that they are living in a covenant relationship with YHVH or that they are even listening to YHVH through His word and His Holy Spirit. Living in covenant and listening directly to YHVH through His word is of much greater importance, I believe,

      It is, also, true that Just because someone uses the name Jesus, as they understand it, does not mean that they are not living in a covenant relationship with YHVH or that they are not listening to Him, and not following His word.

      I would, also, suggest that there seems to be so many variations on His name that if YHVH was very concerned about the use of His proper name that He Himself would give us more clarification. I do believe that YAHSHUA (your name for Him) spoke many languages including the Hebrew language. Languages in general were given to us for men to communicate among themselves not necessarily just with Him. YHVH would know what your heart was saying even if your words were jumbled.

      My point being that we would all have to take the word of men if we did decide to use one certain Hebrew name for Him.

      There are so many opinions I personally would need to examine each opinion to determine which one I believe would have been the most accurate for His time and place. On the surface that seems more like a fun hobby then being in His word from which flows the very fountain of life.

      Lastly, as you know, we are called to be a light to reach the world for YHVH, all nations and all tongues. To bring them into the knowledge of Him, so they can listen to Him for themselves, and become His covenant people. We can read for ourselves in 1 Corinthians 13:1-4: “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,” We know that love is patient.

      We can read in 1 Corinthians 14:26: “What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.”

      In conclusion; in its right time when those who are His people, and are living in covenant relationship with Him, and are listening to Him alone then they will be ready to look at all the appropriate names and make their own unique decisions on what they should call Him.

      To you specifically, I am interested to know why you have decided to use the name YAHSHUA?

  2. Shabbat shalom.
    I am led to remind our fellowship that most of the time, within a group study that sees verses of Scripture differently, there is Truth in every viewpoint to be gleaned…and the answer to each is usually “yes.” Regarding exact spellings in various different transliterations and pronunciations, we need to remember that we are STILL in the condition that YHWH left us in after the Tower of Babel incident when our Creator confused all of the people on Earth by dividing us into 70 nations. What YHWH has confused will only be made clear and pure again by Him! No amount of study on our part will abate the fact that YHWH has put us all into confusion, which Romans11:26-36 makes so beautifully clear! We do well to study the Hebrew, application of the paleo Hebrew letter meanings and the Greek, since the most accurate translation is the Septuagint (LXX) asbit was completed 1000 years before Messiah and the Masoretic rejection of Messiah and the violence to Torah they committed: compare Genesis11:12-24 in the LXX with virtually every other Bible translation, and you will see that they removed 650 years from 7 Patriarchs’ age when their first son was born in an effort to throw of the identification of Messiah according to prophecy! This is just one clear example of violence to God’s Word by men who reject Torah, reject Messiah and reject the Most High. (!)

    May we follow the simple admonition of Micah 6:8 and love justice, do what is right and walk humbly with our Creator and Savior!

    Baruch atah YHWH, bshem Yeshua HaMashiach tsidkenu †
    Jer23:6

  3. There will always be missing truths as long as there is scriptures not being included in our understanding of a matter. If we are able to evaluate honestly all scripture on a matter we would discover the truth of the matter. The truths are there for us to discover but pride, dishonesty, lack of proper study, and various other forms of our flesh plus access to various translations of His word is what prevents us from discovering those truths. We usually have no one to blame but ourselves. What makes seeking His truth so exciting is that it is discoverable, even if it takes a lifetime.

    A Micah 6:8 attitude is a great approach to start to unravel the truths of the Bible. It is when we strip ourselves of our selfishness and seek Him with all our heart, mind, and strength without any constraints of time we will discover the truths of His word.

    I would suggest that the understanding of us returning to His covenant to be His people is the most important message of His word that seems to have been lost to Christianity. This is why Christians for some time have not been the lights that we have been called to be. Christians have joined the world, instead of standing against the world, to walk in the selfishness of their own desires. His people are different.

    Shalom!

  4. Amen, Mike!

    The ancient Hebrew sages encourage us to remember that there are up to 70 different meanings and applications to every word of Scripture.

    I think it’s also very important to remember that we are never told that scripture is complete or is a full and comprehensive teaching on all Truth.
    Indeed, we are told the opposite! That we now only see through a dirty glass and only have partial knowledge of God’s ways…so there’s really no excuse for us to get crossed up with one another, since all of us only have a partial grasp of the truth… Amen?

    Micah6:8

    • I agree that we can only discover what God allots to us to discover and that His truth is designed to be a never ending pursuit. A life well spent.

      I can accept many applications of His truths and I can accept many unique understandings of His truth when, it is recognized as truth, because we are so unique as individuals. I would not accept that there are 70 different meanings to a scripture. He is speaking to us for us to understand. A basic reader with a desire to know God through His word can truly know God through His word.

      I have a hard time accepting word from “sages” and scholars because it is not too difficult for the average person with access to His word to understand. In Exodus 20 God decided to speak to the people directly because He knew they could understand, they just refused to listen. The problem with the sages and scholars is their motivation and the intent of their heart. Some I would suggest would love for us to think that His word is too difficult for us to understand.

      God intended for His word to either be read to us or for us to read His word for ourselves. If it is a real Bible believing church then they should just read the word at service and have everybody follow along then open it up for discussion afterward over a meal. People will get some truth in them then. The more they hear the word the more it will start to click to them.

      We have an understanding problem because we have a listening problem. We have no desire to seek to understand His word for ourselves. We love to be spoon fed with something that is preferably easy to digest. When we set out to seek His truth there are risks like finding out things that we don’t like or discovering things that don’t fit into what we are comfortable with. If I can find someone who will say the things that I like to hear then I can eliminate that risk and still be considered “a good person.” If they are wrong then I guess we figure that we can simply blame them when we stand before God.

      For many of us I believe that our mentality is that standing before God might happen or it might not happen and we have only one life to live so we might as well live it and deal with God when the time comes if He exists.

      I fully believe that His truth is available to us and is accessible.

      Shalom!

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