The study of the Old Testament tabernacle is one of the most fascinating studies I’ve ever embarked on. It’s a revelation of Jesus Christ as He can be seen from the front gate to the innermost chamber, the Holy of Holies.
The Old Testament priests could only enter the Holy of Holies one time a year, on the Day of Atonement when they took the blood of the sacrifice and sprinkled it on the Mercy Seat. Hallelujah, the veil is rent . . . the veil of Jesus’ flesh was torn . . . and now we have a “new and living way” which our Lord made for us!
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh” (Hebrews 10:19-20)
The Word of God is full of treasures and this particular scripture is no exception! The phrase “new and living way” contains a revelation that will further explain today’s verse.
Three different Greek words are translated as “new” in the New Testament. First, the Greek word neos actually means new but similar. “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him” (Colossians 3:10).
Next, the Greek word kainos actually means new but different. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Finally, we have the Greek word prosphatos which actually means freshly slain or newly dead. “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh” (Hebrews 10:19-20)
Each Greek word tells a specific story, but the last word, prosphatos, gives us a wonderful picture of this “new and living way” by which we can go through the veil! Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, the new and living way – the freshly slain Sacrifice Lamb that was dead and is now alive! His flesh was torn, He was slain, and now He is the Living Way!
John 14:6 says, “… I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” In other words, He is telling us that He is the Way – the New and Living Way – the Lamb slain that was dead and is now alive, and no man can come to the Father, no one can enter through the veil, except through Him – the New and Living Way! Hallelujah!
Father, Your Word is so rich! It is so exciting to see the Word confirm itself over and over and over again as we gain greater understanding through our study and prayerful research! Thank You, Father, for the New and Living Way made for me to enter into Your presence, to sit at Your feet, to learn of You, and to honor You in worship and adoration. Continue to teach me as I share with others the good news that we have a “New and Living Way” made ready for us to enjoy sweet fellowship with the Most High God of all Creation! In Jesus’ name, by His blood, for His glory . . . amen and amen!
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
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