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Even as New Worship teachers utilize accounts of the glory of the Lord appearing in the Hebrew tabernacle and temple to prove their point that we need to worship our way into Gods glory, we find them revealing the second fallacy with regard to their interpretation of Old Testament scriptures. They talk as if our modern sanctuaries are 21st century manifestations of the tabernacle or temple and if we worship in our modern sanctuaries in a prescribed way, God will appear to us in the same way that He did with the ancient Hebrews. Yet in pointing to Old Testament tabernacle worship they are referring to a worship system that no longer exists. Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man. For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer. For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain. But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. (Heb 8:1-6 MKJV)
As the Book of Hebrews demonstrates,
worship in the tabernacle erected by man has been done away with. It has been replaced
with a better covenant, which was established on better promises. Tabernacle
worship only pointed to the true tabernacle that is in heaven where Jesus now serves as
our High Priest. Therefore Jesus declared: Do not think that I came to destroy
the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. (Matt MKJV) Though the Old Testament accounts
of the worship of the ancient Hebrews do mean something to us today, as the Book of
Hebrews assures us, Old Testament tabernacle and temple worship were copies and shadows of
the real thing. These pictures reveal the ministry of and our relationship with Christ and
His Holy Spirit as they exist in the New Covenant. So now we are the temples of God and
the real thing in the New Testament is . . .Christ in you, the hope of
It should be noted that the Book of
Hebrews was written to contend against the Judaisers who breathed false doctrine in the
Gods Law as given to Moses established a worship system for the ancient Hebrews that was intended to point to Jesus. With the advent of Christianity we worship according to a new law, the law of the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh. (Rom 8:2-3 MKJV)
Old Testament accounts of worship in the tabernacle and the temple as prescribed in the law, therefore, are not literal worship guides for us. If they were we would still be abstaining from pork, sacrificing cattle on the Brazen Altar and sending a High Priest into the Holy of Holies once a year to make atonement for our sins. But all of that was fulfilled by Jesus. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people's, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. (Heb 7:26-27 MKJV) Therefore, those who seek to worship as the ancient Hebrews are simply seeking after an extinct covenant that contains very beneficial symbolism but outdated notions of where God is to be worshipped and the manner in which His glory is revealed.
And Christ has provided a better way. The New Testament clearly states that we are the temples of God. (I Cor ) That would mean that the glory of the Lord now lives in us just as His glory dwelt in the ancient Hebrew tabernacle and Solomons temple.
Yet rather than clinging to this important
New Testament doctrine, New Worshippers continue to misuse Old Testament images in order
to seek after New Age mystic experiences. In so doing they will consistently turn to
Moses encounter on the
As we look into this important event in history we find Moses on the mountain asking God if he could behold His glory. But He said, You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live. And the Lord said, Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. (Ex 33: 20-22 MKJV)
The idea here was that Moses could not look at God and live. But he could get a little inkling of Gods glory by hiding behind the rock as God passed by. Even this experience of just beholding Gods afterglow was so intense that the Hebrews could not look at the face of Moses for a long time. Therefore Aaron covered it with a veil. (Ex 34:30-33)
As demonstrated in Integrity
Hosannas medley In Your Presence O God/I Worship You/Hallelujah
(Reprise), the church of today wants in on some of the glory stuff that Moses
witnessed. In that vein the praise song starts with the theme, Seeking Your face,
touching Your grace in the cleft of the rock, in Your presence, O God. As the song
progresses it diverges into typical modern worship mantras including, I love You,
Lord Jesus, I love You Lord. . .I worship You, Jesus, I worship You while finally
diverging into Hallelujah repetitions followed by Praise the Lord
incantations. The whole idea here is to enter into the same experience that Moses
witnessed through the very repetitive mantras that have been passed to the
Despite this mystic journey into the supernatural, Paul explained that the glory that shone on the face of Moses after his trek to the mountain eventually faded away. (II Cor 3:7-13) And though the glory of the Lord as manifested in the Old Covenant faded on the face of Moses, the glory of the Lord that can be seen in us will never fade. (II Cor 3). For we have beheld a greater glory that never fades. And this same glory also transforms us. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (II Cor MKJV) So when we look into the mirror, we see the glory of the Lord reflected in us.
According to Paul we are not ministers of the old covenant of the law that Moses received on the mountain, but the new written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. (II Cor 3:3b MKJV). Gods Spirit resides in us and that is where His glory is manifested to transform us into the likeness of Christ. (Rom 8:9-14; I Cor ) So why would the church today seek after the external which has faded rather than living according to the Spirit that lives within and gives life? (II Cor 3:6) Why would Christians seek the perishable when they have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside, which is a glory that will never fade even as we are changed from glory to glory?
Indeed, there is no necessity to seek after Gods glory through New Age dogmas disguised as outward and surface-level Hebrew worship practices. As temples of worship, we daily behold Gods glory to worship God in all life.
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