The Sanctuary

October, November, December 2013

Want to learn more about The Sanctuary? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 14-part series.

Lesson 1: The Heavenly Sanctuary (Revelation 4 & 5, Hebrews 8)
Assume that you could design your home and your job in any way that you like. How would you design them? No doubt the design of your home, and the kind of work you do would reflect your priorities in life. If I asked you, "How important is it to know about the sanctuary in heaven," what would you say? Some argue that it is an obscure and technical issue that has little, if anything, to do with our salvation. But, consider for a moment that it is God's home and that it reflects what He does. It must reflect God's priorities! I'll tell you as a sneak preview, God's priority is you! Let's plunge into a new series of lessons about the heavenly sanctuary and what it means to us!

Lesson 2: "Heaven on Earth" (Hebrews 8, Exodus 25, John 2, Revelation 7)
Last week we studied God's temple in heaven. We learned about God's throne, His advisors and the control center of the universe. This week we study copies. On the face of it, what we learned about last week seems nothing like what we will read about this week. Let's plunge into our study of the Bible and see why God had us create "copies" of the temple, His sanctuary in heaven, how many He made, and what all of this means!

Lesson 3: Sacrifices (Genesis 3,4 & 22; Leviticus 2,4 & 7)
"Sacrifice" is not a popular concept. Who wants to sacrifice something? It means giving something up, right? We all look forward to getting stuff, not giving stuff away! Or, do we? Have you ever felt the joy of helping? The joy of giving something to someone who needs it more than you do? What does God require of us when it comes to sacrifice? Is sacrifice a way to get stuff? Our study of the Bible this week is about sacrifices, let's dive in and see what we can learn!

Lesson 4: Lessons From the Sanctuary (Exodus 25 & 31, 1 Kings 8, Psalms 73)
What does it mean to be holy? What probably comes to mind is a cleric of some sort. Someone who is devoted exclusively to religious work. If I told you that you needed to be holy in all that you do, would that mean that you would have to change your profession? The sanctuary teaches us something about being holy, so let's plunge into our study of the Bible and see what we can learn!

Lesson 5: Atonement: Purification Offering (Genesis 4, 2 Samuel 14, Leviticus 16)
For many years I struggled with the logic of the atonement. Why, exactly, does our sin require Jesus' death? On the other hand, why is Jesus' death sufficient to take away our sins? The atonement was not like a math problem, with an obvious connection. This involved issues which I did not understand. The most valuable lesson from our study of the sanctuary this week is an answer about why Jesus had to die. Why the atonement makes logical sense. Let's race into our Bible study this week and find out more!

Lesson 6: The Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16)
If you had to pick the most important day of the year, for God's people in the Old Testament that would be the Day of Atonement. Today, the Day of Atonement might bring a big yawn for God's people. Since the sanctuary teaches us important lessons for today, I believe that is also true for the Day of Atonement. Let's plunge into our study of the Bible to take away that yawn and see what we can learn!

Lesson 7: Christ, Our Sacrifice (Deuteronomy 17, Isaiah 53, Romans 6, Hebrews 10)
For hundreds of years Christians have debated the reasons why Jesus' death on the cross saves us. Two weeks ago, I suggested to you that a logical reason arises from the operation of the "rule of law." Alert readers let me know I was not clear about what the rule of law meant, and that this overlooked another logical explanation of Jesus' sacrifice. Both concerns are right on target, and our study this week allows us to explore again what the Bible has to say about both. Let's plunge into our study of the Bible!

Lesson 8: Christ, Our Priest (Hebrews 7-8, Romans 8)
Two weeks, ago we discussed that everything has changed. Instead of having a physical temple on earth where God lives and humans approach God only through a priest, our bodies are now temples (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and God's Spirit lives in us (Romans 8:9). If everything has changed, then why does Hebrews extensively discuss Jesus' current work as our High Priest? Let's dive into our study of the Bible to find out what we can learn about what God is doing!

Lesson 8: Christ, Our Priest (Hebrews 7-8, Romans 8)
Two weeks, ago we discussed that everything has changed. Instead of having a physical temple on earth where God lives and humans approach God only through a priest, our bodies are now temples (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and God's Spirit lives in us (Romans 8:9). If everything has changed, then why does Hebrews extensively discuss Jesus' current work as our High Priest? Let's dive into our study of the Bible to find out what we can learn about what God is doing!

Lesson 9: The Pre-Advent Judgment (Daniel 7, Hebrews 9, Galatians 3)
Judgment! Who wants judgment? My general observation in life is that everyone wants other people to be judged, but they do not want it for themselves. Yes, the police should stop and give tickets to other people who speed. No, the police should not stop me and give me a ticket for speeding! The "problem" with God's judgment is that it is for everyone. If we finally come to terms with a personal judgment, what difference should that make in our life? When I'm arguing a case in court, I need to know what legal standard applies, I want to know about the judge, and I want to know about the process. Let's plunge into our study of the Bible and see what we can learn about God's judgment!

Lesson 10: The Eschatological Day of Atonement (Daniel 8-9)
If you are scratching your head about the word "Eschatological," it means "last day events." The Day of Atonement, as we have studied, refers to the day each year when all the sins transferred from God's people to the sanctuary were then transferred to a goat. The goat then headed out into the desert for its retirement years. The Day of Atonement represented a permanent address change for the sins the people committed during the year. So, you ask, "What could be so important about a permanent address change for sins in the last days?" "Last days" calls to mind the final judgment. Do you want your sins forwarded on or do you want to be like that goat? When Daniel prayed about the sin problem of God's people, God gave him a special message about His grand plan to deal with sin. Let's plunge into our study of the Bible and learn more!

Lesson 11: Our Prophetic Message (Revelation 14)
Do you remember when you had some special news or a special story that others did not know? How exciting was it to share that special story with others? Our study this week is about a very special message that we have to share with others. The message has to do with worship, faith and the final judgment. Let's wade into our study of the Bible to learn more about this great news!

Lesson 12: The Cosmic Conflict Over God's Character (Job 1, Ezekiel 28, 1 John 4)
We all know that God is good, right? In fact, in my old church we added the phrase "all the time, and all the time, God is good." So, what is there to study this week? You may know that God is good, but a lot of people are uncertain, at best. The worst part of that problem is that you may be the basis on which they form their opinion about God. Let's explore what the Bible says about this issue and what we should do about it!

Lesson 13: Exhortations From the Sanctuary (Hebrews 10)
Have you enjoyed studying this series of lessons on the sanctuary? The great news in this series is righteousness by faith! A judgment is going on in heaven in which Jesus, our High Priest, is presenting Himself as the sacrifice for those who accept Him by faith. What does this mean for daily living? Our last lesson in this series closes with a look at the relationship between grace, works and confidence in our salvation. Let's plunge into our study of the Bible and learn more!

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