Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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Preaching Series on Hebrews
Introduction to Narrative Lectionary
Hebrews 9:1-14 Commentary
by Craig R. Koester
[This is Week 4 of a 5-week preaching series on Hebrews.]
Preaching text: Hebrews 9:1-14
This is a passage where thinking visually is essential. The writer describes the sanctuary of ancient Israel with its outer court, the curtain that marked its limit, and the place of God’s presence beyond it. Here Jesus is characterized by movement from the outer court to the inner one. The point is to open the way into the presence of God. As you preach, you might move from place to place in your own sanctuary, starting near the door and ending up at the altar. That can help others receive the text with their eyes as well as their ears.
The crux is the notion of a physical barrier that reflects a relational barrier. In human experience a graphic example is an argument in which someone walks out and closes the door. The question is how the relationship can continue when the door is closed. To bring change, a mediator might be needed. One might ask a friend to seek access through the closed door in order to speak with the other ...
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NL185: Preaching Series on Hebrews
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Narrative Lectionary podcast on the 5-week preaching series on Hebrews (Aug. 9 - Sept. 6, 2015).