Intro: "The New is hidden in the Old," Augustine said, referring to the Bible. "The New reveals the Old." He is talking about the fact that many things and people in the Old Testament serve as a foreshadowing for things that are more clearly explained in the New. When Paul said, "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples:" this was the idea in his head. and they have been written for our instruction, upon whom have come the ends of the world." 1 Cor. 10:11.
What I'm trying to say is that many things in the Old Testament point to truths that are more fully explained in the New Testament. For instance, according to John 3:14, the Brazen Serpent of Numbers 21 was a representation of the Lord Jesus. In addition, according to John 6:31–35, we are aware that the Manna of Exodus 16 was also a representation of Jesus Christ. Although there are far too many additional examples to list, I believe you are getting the point. The Tabernacle is the type in the Old Testament with the most symbolism of any type. The Tabernacle is a representation of the Lord Jesus Christ and the salvation that believers receive in Him from one end to the other. Tonight, I'd like to draw your attention to the Tabernacle's veil. Those who are willing to look at this object will find a wonderful message inside. This veil is an excellent representation of Jesus Christ. In fact, it's a picture of Jesus and the work He did while He was here in His flesh, Hebrews. 10:20 says, "By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh." With that in mind, let's take a look at the veil and what it means to be covered in it. I. V. 31-33a THE PATTERN OF THE VEIL A. The Colors Used in the Veil Colors frequently have symbolic meanings in the Bible. The Tabernacle veil's color scheme is no exception. The Lord Jesus Christ and who He is are depicted in these colors. 1. Blue is the color of the sky, and it makes us think of where Jesus came from in heaven. Rom says that he is God's son. 8:3; 1 Tim.. 3:16. 2. Scarlet - (For the time being, I'm not using purple because I want to make a point.) This is blood-colored and refers to Jesus as the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice for man's sins (Rev. 1:5). John 15:13. 3. Purple is symbolic of royalty and serves as a reminder that Jesus Christ is Isa, the King of Kings. 9:6-7; Rev. 19:16. (Now here's why I didn't use purple: Purple is created by combining blue and red in equal amounts. Jesus Christ combines God and man perfectly. He is both at 100% simultaneously.) B. The Veil's Cloth: The veil's covering was made of pure white linen. This refers to the Lord Jesus' purity. It serves as a reminder that He did not sin—1 Peter. 2:22; 1 Cor. 5:21. C. The Construction of the Veil: Pay attention to the word "fine twined" and "cunning work" on the fabric. This indicates that the fabric would have a unique weave. It wouldn't be like any other fabric. Jesus is the same way! He is the only man who can compare to Him! He embodied the ideal blend of humanity and deity in His person. The God-Man is him! John 1:1 says that He is unique because He is God in flesh; 14; Phil. 2:5-8. (Ill. We could stop here and acknowledge that the veil reveals a great deal about Jesus' identity. However, there is more to the veil's message.) I. The Veil's Pattern II. V. 31-33 THE PURPOSE OF THE VEIL A. It Served As A Warning: This veil was hung between the holy place, where the priests performed their daily duties, and the Holy of Holies, where God's presence resided above the Mercy Seat. It separated the holy God from the sinful man. They were instructed to prepare the "cherubim"-adorned veil. God's holiness is guarded by angelic creatures known as the cherubim. In order to prevent man from gaining access to the tree of life, they were set up at the entrance to Eden in Gen. 3:24. It would appear that the cherubim on the veil were there to warn those who entered the Tabernacle that they could only go this far! They served as a constant reminder that no one could get in touch with God. Man is a sinner while God is holy. As a result, the cherubim were positioned there to warn anyone who approached the veil that continuing would result in death and judgment! Everyone was reminded that a holy God was just behind the veil. (Ill. How gracious of God to forbid men from entering His presence in their sinful state! The cherubim were there to warn man, but they were also there to keep life and protect men.) B. It Functioned as a Barrier This veil separated God from man. Lev, it prevented man from being in God's presence. 16:2, "And the LORD said to Moses, Speak to Aaron your brother, that he not always come into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat that is on the ark," that he didn't die: because I will appear on the mercy seat in the cloud." (Ill.) A great wall stands between the sinner and God, Isa. 59:2. God cannot be approached within us. It would result in death and judgment. Sin must be dealt with before man can enter God's presence.) C. It Functioned as a Means Despite the fact that this veil prevented men from entering, there was a single day each year when one man could do so. The blood of a sacrificial lamb, Lev, was required for the high priest to enter the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement. 16:15 says, "Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat:" This is the procedure for distributing the blood to the mercy seat. On that day, the high priest was permitted to minister behind the veil in the Holy of Holies by sprinkling the sacrifice's blood on the altar and atoning for the people's sins. Only then was anyone permitted to peek behind the veil. (Ill. I just wanted to remind you that the only way anyone can enter the presence of God is through blood, Heb. 9:22; Heb. 10:19-20. A religion devoid of blood and Christ will never be able to save a soul! There is no other way that God will accept, so anyone who tries to get to God without the blood of Jesus will end up in Hell. John 3:3 says that you must be born again in order to be in His presence; 7. Additionally, the blood of the Lamb, 1 Pet., is the only way to rebirth. 1:18-19. By dying on the cross for our transgressions, Jesus, praise God, made it possible for us to enter God's presence! D. It Acted as a Witness Despite the fact that the high priest was limited to one annual visit to the Holy of Holies, the priests worked there every day of the year. They did so, and while they did so, they never got any closer to the veil than a few inches. They were constantly reminded of their sin and their separation from God by it. It served as a constant reminder of human moral depravity. (Ill.) The same is true for Jesus' incarnate ministry. In an effort to secure their salvation, many people attempt to live like Jesus did. However, men overlook the fact that Christ's life cannot save! In fact, Christ's life serves to condemn all of us! He never sinned against His Father or the Law and led a perfect life. He did what neither you nor I could: He was sinless and lived a perfect life! John 15:22, ill. Rom says that he is the "glory of God" that none of us have achieved. 3:23!) (In the end, the veil serves as a reminder to man that he is a sinner who requires a Savior and that he will never be able to approach God on his own merits.) I. The Veil's Pattern II. The Third Purpose of the Veil Mt. 27:51 THE VEIL'S PARTING A. The Method of Its Parting - Note that God, not man, was the one who tore the veil. Jesus offered His life as a ransom for sin while the priests were offering the evening sacrifice, Mark 15:34. The veil split from top to bottom when the innocent one died for the guilty. God alone was responsible for it, and man had nothing to do with it! (Note: The Temple veil was 30 feet wide and 60 feet high when Jesus died on the cross. It was said to have a thickness of four inches. According to Josephus, 300 priests were needed to move it because it was so heavy. Additionally, he asserts that the veil could not have been broken by two teams of oxen. God used His power to accomplish what man could never do! (Ill.) The same is true of our salvation this evening! We had absolutely nothing to do with it. Rev. 13:8 says that it began with God in heaven before the world was made; 1 Pet. 1:20. Isa, it was carried out without our assistance at Calvary. 53:6, 10, Ill. The Lord Jesus Christ's brutal death. A sovereign God was and is responsible for salvation! B. The Meaning of Its Dissolution: The meaning of the veil's tearing is crystal clear: it informs us all that we can now enter God's presence. I can picture the priests in the temple sewing the broken veil back together and continuing their vain religion, unaware that everyone now has access to God. Not just on one day a year, but constantly! Eph. Ill. 2:11-18!) C. The Majesty of Its Dissolution: "Whoever will" can enter God's presence and have access to God Himself because the door has been opened, according to Rev. 22:17. John 3:16! Thank the Lord that you and I now have permanent access to God! Conc: The high priest entered the presence of God Himself when he did so behind the veil. He had to leave after donating the blood. He was not permitted to return until the following year. He could only appear before God when God permitted it, and he could never do so without shedding blood. However, when Jesus ascended into heaven in the form of a man and gave His life for us, He permanently tore down that line that separated the two extremes. He removed every barrier that prevented us from freely accessing the Father. We can now appear before our Father at any time thanks to Jesus! What a wonderful privilege we have! Additionally, it is ours because Jesus took on the role of the barrier and broke it on Calvary so that we could reach God! God Bless Him!

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