Scripture; what does this word bring to mind? Do you perhaps relate it to God’s Word or Bible study? Or perhaps you associate it with a time when you were eager to learn as much as you could about Jesus or perhaps upon your conversion the experience of reading the Bible for the first time. Or it could be a sense of not spending enough time reading Scripture or not deriving joy in doing so.
As a belief, the Seventh-day Adventist doctrine of the sanctuary offers a marvelous reading of the Hebraic worship system. This analysis reveals a glorious picture of Jesus Christ that was, among other ends, designed to prepare the Jewish, covenant people for His arrival; His First Coming. It did not accomplish this, for the most part, due to the intransigent disobedience and self-assuredness of the Israelites. Yet, today, it stands, for those Christians who will look, as a luminous architectural and temporal analogy to the work of God, in us, that Christ completes.
Nearly two years ago my Aunt adopted a little girl who has become an integral part of our family. This summer, as part of the legal process of adoption, the family attended a celebration hearing where the judge declared that she was an official part of the family and gave documents to my cousin and her ‘forever family.’ It was not lost on me that the last time I had been in a similar courtroom it had been a fear-inspiring experience; the judgement had been uncertain.