Study 1 of 13 on The Sanctuary
Scriptural Basis: Jer. 23:23, 24; Ps. 89:14; Revelation 4, 5; Ps. 11:4–7; Deut. 25:1; Heb. 8:1, 2.
Key Text: “ ‘[T]hen hear in heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause’ ” (1 Kings 8:49, NKJV).
“There is no excuse for anyone in taking the position that there is no more truth to be revealed, and that all our expositions of Scripture are without error. The fact that certain doctrines have been held as truth for many years by our people is not a proof that our ideas are infallible. Age will not make error into truth, and truth can afford to be fair. No doctrine will lose anything by close investigation.” --Ellen White, Counsels to Writers and Editors, p. 35
1. Is the heavenly sanctuary a real place or is it only a metaphor?
2. How do you understand God’s residence and His omnipresence? Are they contradictory?
3. If heaven has a sanctuary and the sanctuary is a place of worship, what kind of worship takes place there? How may that worship differ from worship on earth?
4. Our study today talks about sanctuary being a throne room, a court room, a place of worship, and a salvation center. This pictures God as king of the universe, a judge, a recipient of all worship and praise, and a redeemer. What does each one of these aspects of sanctuary mean to you as an individual.
5. How would you make this truth of the Sanctuary relevant to someone who isn’t familiar with it?
6. When the birth of Jesus was announced, the angel told Joseph to call him by two names: Jesus, meaning He shall save His people from their sins, and Emmanuel, meaning God with us. How is the Jesus principle and the Emmanuel principle pictured in the heavenly sanctuary?