Tabernacle (Hebrews 9:1-12)

The great eternal God divine descends,
To tabernacle in the tents of men.
What place could honor Him in holiness?
Or rival Him in royal righteousness?

It is mind-awing in magnificence,
Gold-overlaid in brilliant opulence,
With hosts of priests performing praise to Him,
And blood – yes, ever blood – to cover sin.

So learn the laws the Lord declares today,
If He will dwell with us, we must obey.
So practice purity, for God is here,
Or rousing up His wrath, we fall in fear.

Or see the holy places that He haunts,
In wreaths of incense mists, but without wants,
Enthroned in mystery on the mercy seat,
Yet separate, sacred, veiled that none may see.

Yet God has tabernacled among men,
By taking on the veil of human skin.
His very self fulfills the holy place,
He is the mercy seat who grants us grace.

And He completed all the Law’s demands,
Yet bore the wrath of a law-breaking man.
For He obeyed where we had all rebelled,
Then gave us life in righteousness as well.

We need no blood to satiate the Law,
Because His blood has washed away our flaws.
He cares no more for gold and opulence,
And takes no building, temple, land, or tents.

The great eternal God divine descends,
His tabernacle is the hearts of men.
Unworthy as we are, His pleasure is
To dwell within the saints He claims as His.

No Bettter Covenant (Hebrews 8:10-13)

The Lord will write His law upon our minds,
And on our hearts His holy words inscribe.
And He will be to us a God indeed,
And we will be His kin, His holy seed.
And we’ll no longer urge our brothers, “Start,
To learn of God.” For we’ll know Him by heart.

This covenant the Lord will bring to pass,
By graciousness to our unrighteousness.
For He has paid the price that we deserve,
With justice pacified as grace is served.
He wipes our guilt off of His slate,
Remembers naught, for His own mercy’s sake.

Now cling unto this covenant of grace,
For the old covenant has been displaced,
As were the Canaanites thrust from the land,
To bring the promise God gave Abraham.
Do you not see the marvelous gift this is?
There is no better covenant than this!

O Sacred Savior (Hebrews 8:7-9)

O sacred Savior who alone,
In perfect living did atone,
The covenant of works achieved,
And thru’ Your works the Father’s pleased.
Yet You alone can this attain,
For none of us are without blame,
And falling from the moral path,
We bring upon ourselves God’s wrath.

O sacred Savior You excel,
Beyond the Law that damns to hell,
And You its missing parts provide.
You damned Yourself to save Your bride.
The covenant of grace produced,
Your blood upon the Law improved,
And graciously You made a way,
That lawfully we may be saved.

O sacred Savior praise to You!
Both perfect and perfecter, too.
Amen! All-worthy is the Christ,
The Righteous One who makes us right.
Yes, You have ripped apart the veil,
Perfecting where all others failed,
All majesty, all praise, all might,
Belong forever to the Christ!