Pastor’s Pen: March 15, 2020 Series: Understanding the Timeline – Lesson 2
“Moreover he (Moses) sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.”
According to Hebrews 9, particularly from 17-22, we learn of that the beginning of the Old Testament. The Bible shows us here the relevance of the history of the Old Testament and how the New Testament enlightens the understanding by completing, expounding, and picturing typologies. From the lives of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), the Pentateuch (the First Five Books of the Bible), the Poetries (Songs of Saul), and even the Historicals, we see pictures of the fulfillment of the law, the life of Christ, the redemption of man, the depravity of man, and the overview of the timeline of History.
There had to be a shedding of blood for there to be a First Testament (the Old Testament). Exodus 12 is a picture of the cross of Calvary, but there was no sprinkling of blood on the tabernacle or the altars (Heb. 9:20). There is a transition beginning with the exodus from Egypt through the Red Sea and under the cloud (I Cor 10:2). The transition from dispensations then move into the beginning of the First Testament as Israel becomes solidified as a nation.
So, before we continue into the study of the Testaments and the significance of the Messiah through the lineage of Judah and David, let me back up explain the Dispensations, the way God deals with His creatures. Adam was given the Dispensation of Innocence (Edenic Covenant). They were innocent, but innocent is not righteous because there is still a difference with holiness. The Covenant was they would be able to live in the Garden of Eden. They were the Masters of the Creation and they were called to be fruitful, multiply, replenish the earth, subdue it, have dominion, and enjoy eating from any tree with exception of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen 1:28-29, 2:15-17). That was the only rule in the Dispensation of Innocence. That was God’s Covenant to them. Next Pastor’s Pen, we will look at the Dispensation of Conscience.
*For more information, see: Dispensational Truth and Rightly Dividing the Word: Dr. Clarence Larkin