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Wednesday, June 6 2012
The Blood Of Bulls And Goats
"12:1 And the LORD [see Appearances Of The LORD God] spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt [see also From Moses And Aaron To Joshua and Eleazar], saying, 12:2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel [see The Church In The Wilderness], saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: 12:4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?]; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 12:7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. 12:8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 12:9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. 12:10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. 12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover. 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD." (Exodus 12:1-12 KJV)
The symbolic purpose and meaning of the sacrifice of the Passover lamb is very well understood; it portrayed the coming sacrifice of the Messiah, "the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." The Messiah fulfilled the Passover; there is no further need or purpose in sacrificing a lamb - to do so denies that the Lamb of God has come.
"1:26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; 1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me [see The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets; also The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth], whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose. 1:28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 1:30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me." (John 1:26-30 KJV)
But what about the other sacrifices that the Levite priesthood were commanded to do? What about, for example, the bull and the rams that were to be sacrificed by the priests?
"29:1 And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them, to minister unto me in the priest's office [see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood]: Take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish, 29:2 And unleavened bread, and cakes unleavened tempered with oil, and wafers unleavened anointed with oil: of wheaten flour shalt thou make them. 29:3 And thou shalt put them into one basket, and bring them in the basket, with the bullock and the two rams. 29:4 And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt wash them with water. 29:5 And thou shalt take the garments, and put upon Aaron the coat, and the robe of the ephod, and the ephod, and the breastplate, and gird him with the curious girdle of the ephod: 29:6 And thou shalt put the mitre upon his head, and put the holy crown upon the mitre [see 'Raghead' Racism]. 29:7 Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him. 29:8 And thou shalt bring his sons, and put coats upon them. 29:9 And thou shalt gird them with girdles, Aaron and his sons, and put the bonnets on them: and the priest's office shall be theirs for a perpetual statute: and thou shalt consecrate Aaron and his sons [see From Moses And Aaron To Joshua and Eleazar].
Further, the command regarding the sacrifice of the rams. What about them? The answer is found in the instructions: "he shall be hallowed, and his garments." The other animal sacrifices were to symbolically render sinless the High Priest who would be making the sin sacrifice (the lamb) for all of the people. The Messiah was sinless when He made His Passover Sacrifice; the High Priest, who symbolized the Messiah, wasn't sinless like the Messiah - so he had to be rendered symbolically sinless with the sacrifices described in the verses above and below. Then, he was "pure" to make the Passover sacrifice of the lamb.
"29:15 Thou shalt also take one ram; and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram. 29:16 And thou shalt slay the ram, and thou shalt take his blood, and sprinkle it round about upon the altar. 29:17 And thou shalt cut the ram in pieces, and wash the inwards of him, and his legs, and put them unto his pieces, and unto his head. 29:18 And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar: it is a burnt offering unto the LORD: it is a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
"Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the Holy Place"
The meaning and purpose of the Levitical High Priest, the Tabernacle and the Holy Place (see the Fact Finder question below) and the two kinds of sacrifices, are all explained in the New Testament. It requires no interpretation or speculation.
"9:1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 9:2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the showbread; which is called the sanctuary. 9:3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna [see also Nisan 14: The Messiah's Manna], and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 9:5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
Christ was already pure, so "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place." The Levite High Priest wasn't pure, so the other sacrifices rendered him ceremonially so.
"9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
"It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these" is a plain statement that the Tabernacle, and the later Temple, were not an end, or a religion, in themselves. They were a place where salvation is portrayed, until such time that all has been fulfilled - hence the reason that there will be no Temple in the Kingdom of God: "21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it" (Revelation 21:22 KJV; see also The Church: Mission Accomplished and The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God).
"9:23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens [see also Are We In Heaven Now?] should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 9:25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." (Hebrews 9:23-28 KJV)
The Levite High Priest symbolized, year after year, what the Messiah came to do once, and for all time.
"10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 10:3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
Fact Finder: Why will there be no "Tabernacle" or "Temple" in the Kingdom of God? Will the Kingdom of God itself then be the Holy Place?
This Day In History, June 6
1513: Swiss papal forces defeated the French at the Battle of Novara in Italy during the War of the Holy League.
1523: Gustav Vasa was elected King of Sweden, ending the Kalmar Union.
1620: At beginning of The Thirty Years War, 27 of the most eminent men of the protestant Czech lands were executed and dismembered for "heresy" by Catholics under Ferdinand.
1644: Manchu forces of the Qing Dynasty, led by the Shunzhi Emperor, captured Beijing during the collapse of the Ming Dynasty. The Manchus thereafter ruled China until 1912, when the Republic of China is established.
1660: The Peace of Copenhagen was signed, ending the war between Sweden and Denmark.
1683: The first public museum, The Ashmolean, was opened at Oxford, England.
1752: A fire destroyed about one-third of Moscow.
1808: Joseph Bonaparte, the brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, was crowned King of Spain.
1813: The Battle of Stoney Creek during the War of 1812 (1812-1814). A British force of 700 under John Vincent repelled an invading U.S. force three times its size.
1882: A cyclone in the Arabian Sea produced huge waves into Bombay harbour, killing 100,000 people.
1942: The U.S. carrier Yorktown was sunk by a Japanese submarine after being hit by bombs in the Battle of Midway.
1944: Operation Overlord: 24,000 U.S., British and Canadian paratroopers, and the amphibious landing of 61,000 British ("Gold" and "Sword" beaches), 22,000 Canadian ("Juno" beach) and 73,000 U.S. ("Omaha" and "Utah" beaches) troops on the coast of Normandy, France, during the first 24 hours. It was the largest sea-borne invasion in history and has become popularly known as "D-Day" (Date Day).
1967: Day 2 of the "6 Day War". The Israeli air force by then had inflicted heavy losses on the Egyptian, Syrian and Jordanian air forces: 416 aircraft (393 while still on the ground) were destroyed by Israel, with a loss of only 26 Israeli aircraft, all to anti-aircraft fire (see also A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1968: Senator Robert Kennedy died at age 42, the day after being shot by a Palestinian assassin in Los Angeles.
1980: For the second time in a week, U.S. nuclear forces went on red alert following a computer error warning of a Soviet attack.
1982: Israel began the "Operation Peace For Galilee" in which 80,000 Israeli troops and extensive air power invaded Lebanon in response to shelling of northern Israel by Palestinian forces in Lebanon. The Israelis inflicted heavy losses on the enemy ground forces and a devastating blow to the Syrian air force - between June 9 and 10 alone, 96 Syrian MiG-25 fighters that entered Lebanese air space were shot down, without a single Israeli plane lost. The Israelis captured vast quantities of PLO equipment - 1,320 armored combat vehicles, 144 artillery pieces and rocket launchers, 196 anti-aircraft guns, 1,342 anti-tank weapons, 33,000 small arms, and several thousand tons of ammunition. After initial swift successes however, the Israelis met fierce resistance; by the end of the conflict, casualties were estimated at 6,000 PLO fighters and noncombatants, and 800 Israeli dead and wounded, including Major General Yekutiel Adam, the highest-ranking Israeli officer ever to fall in battle.
1985: Police in Brazil exhumed a body they believed was that of Josef Mengele, the notorious Nazi "angel of death". Mengele was blamed for the deaths of 400,000 people and for sadistic "medical experiments" conducted at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. The body was exhumed after West German officials found a letter Mengele sent from Brazil. A team of West German, Brazilian, and U.S. scientists concluded that the body was Mengele. Police believe that he drowned while swimming on February 7 1979 and was buried under a false name.
2002: An estimated 10-meter diameter asteroid entered the atmosphere and exploded over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The force of the explosion was estimated to have been about the same as the atomic bomb that the U.S. used to incinerate Nagasaki, Japan in 1945.