每日诗歌: 以马内利 恳求降临 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wkNFOoxnT0)
Lamentations 3 [Read]
Lamentations 4 [Read]
Lamentations 5 [Read]
Hebrews 8 [Read]
Friday morning after the storm was especially brisk. The sun was particularly bright, and the sky was extraordinarily blue. We finally got the chance to do some hiking. The trail we picked out was along the stony Pemigewasset River, relatively flat and straight. As we walked on the trail, we could smell the fresh morning air of the woods and hear the sound of water pounding on rocks. It was very gratifying and relaxing. Of course, we took a lot of photos. We hope to come back during spring time, and I am sure the scenery will be very different. Yet, it will be equally enjoyable.
Photography is a great invention of mankind, for it keeps things in our memory. However, there are many things photography can’t deliver, like the smell, the sound, and the atmosphere. But photos will have to be sufficient until we see the real thing. Once we have that, we don’t need to look at the photos anymore.
“They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven” (Heb 8:5). At Mount Sinai, the LORD specifies to Moses in detail for the construction of the tabernacle, God’s sanctuary during the years of the wilderness. Have you ever wondered why they have to be that specific in dimension? God is instructing Moses to build a copy of what is in heaven, so it needs to look just like the original. In fact, all the Laws that go with that sanctuary are merely shadow of the real thing. “When there is a change in the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law” (7:12). When the real high priest comes, the copy and shadow will be obsolete.
One of the main themes of Hebrews is the superiority of Christ. His ministry is better than the priests, he is a greater mediator than Moses, and God’s promise through him is greater than that given to the Israelites (8:6). Because of that, the New Covenant Christ established makes obsolete the Old Covenant (8:13). In this new age of grace, God “will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (8:12). All will be reconciled to him through the work of the cross. The real thing has come, and we don’t need to look at the photos anymore. Praise the Lord!
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