Lesson 6: A Humanitarian at the Temple

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Study Guide Pages 42-51

More Key Bible Verses

Read Hebrews 9:1-10:23.

The writer of Hebrews describes the once for all sacrifice that Jesus made for all humanity.

Read and study the following quotes from “A Humanitarian at the Temple” chapter 6 of God—The Ultimate Humanitarian.

Because God created us, he knows that we are “visual learners.” In vivid ways, God showed us how he dealt with sin and reconciled man to himself.

That Jesus’ death paid for all sin is something God gave dramatic proof of. At the moment of Jesus’ death “the curtain of the temple was torn in two” (Luke 23:44). This curtain or veil had closed off the Holy of Holies for centuries. It had vividly symbolized that sin separates humanity from God. God now suddenly rips it wide open. He destroyed it because Jesus, by paying for the world’s sin with his death, had reconciled God and mankind. “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them” (2 Corinthians 5:19).

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The temple, with its structures and sacrifices, not only emphasized what man could not do to make himself right with God, but it also highlighted what God DID FOR US to make us right with him.

God designed the temple as his great classroom. Its structure stressed that sin separates mankind from God. Its sacrifices portrayed the principle of substitutionary sacrifice and pointed to Jesus who sacrificed himself for the world. The temple was not about people working for God. It was all about showing what God, the ultimate humanitarian, would do for humanity in Jesus Christ.

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More Questions to Consider

  1. In what ways did the temple and sacrificial system emphasize God’s justice?
  2. In what ways did the temple and sacrificial system emphasize God’s love?
  3. What does it mean to be reconciled to God? ( see 2 Corinthians 5:19) What are the implications of this?
  4. What do Hebrews chapters 9 and 10 tell us about the role of the temple in the past and the present?

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