Hebrews 8:1-7 – I love how this is beginning to open up a whole parallel, spiritual reality. Jesus doesn’t fit in the earthly temple and temple system. They are simply a copy of the heavenly ones, where he serves. He is “a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.” It’s an amazing thought, and I’m sure was more so for his Jewish audience who was immersed in the temple system, surrounded by it from birth, taught it and understood it as the long standing means for God to relate to man. Now to know that it’s time has gone and Jesus is seated in the heavenly temple had to blow my mind.
I once read (somewhere, I which I could remember where) that Jesus’ sitting down at the right hand of the throne (Hebrews 8:1) was a powerful symbol in itself. The earthly priests, when on duty, never sat down as a testament that there work of atonement was complete. When Jesus sat down, he was saying it is done. There will be no more sacrifices, the work is complete.
Hebrews 8:8-13 – When he quotes this passage from Jeremiah, I wonder what it meant to the Jews. Had they heard it for years and never expected it to be fulfilled in their lives? Had they a vision of what it would mean for God to fulfill this passage? How did that fit with what they heard in this letter?

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  1. I once read (somewhere, I which I could remember where) that Jesus’ sitting down at the right hand of the throne (Hebrews 8:1) was a powerful symbol in itself.

    I know in John, James and John are asking about who sits at the right and left, but I think the imagry that you are thinking of is probably in Revelation. I’ll look it up and get back to you!

  2. Okay, this is what I found. First, the image is used in Hebrews four or five times, that I could find. Also, it is referenced in Matthew 20 when James and John’s mother ask about her son’s position in the Kingdom, and several times through the gospel; including Mark 16:19 when the apostles see Jesus ascend, and again in ACts when Stephen is about to be stoned. Then again in Ephesians 1:20, and Collossians 3:1. Peter uses it powerfully in 1 Peter 3:22 and then it is used in Revelation 5:1 and 5:7. There might have been more, but that was the brunt of it.

  3. Actually, I didn’t word my comment very well. It wasn’t that he was “at the right hand of the throne” that was significant, it was simply that he sat down at all.
    I think I read it in a commentary in the margins of a Bible I had or something that it was the Jewish tradition that the priest on duty did not sit down. It symbolized that their work was never done. Jesus completed the work, and he sat down signifying so. Does that make sense?

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