The following is an excerpt from the short book, “Cleansing the Inside of the Cup” written by my good friend Jay Wilson, which can be found in Chapter 4, “Getting to the Inside of the Cup”.
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Service of the Priests
Paralleling worship of God is service to God. Service is connected with the offering of sacrifices to God, and is described by the Greek word latreuo and its derivatives. Because worship and service are so inter-twined, commentators and occasionally translators confuse the two. But there is considerable distinction between them, and understanding the meaning of service is of major significance in trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
The writer of Hebrews, in describing the Old Testament tabernacle, to show the superiority of Christ’s priesthood over those descended from Aaron, offers this commentary: “Now when these things had been prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services” (Hebrews 9:6, NKJV). These services were the activities of the priests, not the people; the people could not enter the tabernacle, and were not permitted to present offerings to the Lord under the law of Moses. The writer of Hebrews continues, speaking of the Old Testament tabernacle and its replacement, the temple: “It was symbolic for the present time, in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience – concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation” (Hebrews 9:9,10, NKJV). The Old Testament priesthood was a physical priesthood, offering physical sacrifices at a physical house of God; they served God physically. And thus it was – from the firstlings of Abel’s flock, to the sacrifices of Noah after the Flood, to the offering of Isaac by Abraham, to the burnt offerings, peace offerings, sin offerings, grain offerings, and libations by the Aaronic priesthood – men served God by what was offered up at their physical altars.
In the Gentile world, the men of the nations were permitted to serve God by their offerings. But in Israel only the priest could offer sacrifice. In Israel, then, the people worshiped, while the priests served. Thus Israel collectively worshiped and served the Lord of hosts, while the Gentiles, in their descent into pagan idolatry, in parallel fashion “worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen” (Romans 1:25).
New Covenant Service
The short, but powerful, panorama exhibited in the death of Christ, His subsequent resurrection from the dead, and ascension to glory marked the transition from the physical to the spiritual. Of Christ, it was noted that “as a High Priest of the good things to come,” He offered “His own blood” in the true tabernacle (Hebrews 9:11,12). The blood He offered, however, was not the physical, or natural, blood He shed on Calvary’s summit; nothing of this earth could be offered according to law by an earthly Jesus. “Now if He were on earth,” intones the author of Hebrews, “He would not be a priest at all” (Hebrews 8:4). Jesus on earth was of the tribe of Judah, and not of the physical line of Aaron. He was, therefore, a spiritual priest by virtue of His resurrection and ascension, and He offered spiritual sprinkled blood in a spiritual holy of holies for a spiritual people. Read more