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Wednesday, October 23 2013
Leviticus 1: The Burnt Offerings Of The Ancients
After the Flood (see also How Did The Flood Happen?), Noah made a burnt offering to the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God).
"8:18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him [see Genesis 10: The First Nations Of The New World]:
Abraham, like Noah, was judged by the LORD as righteous. He too was thereby chosen for a Christian purpose (see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq). Like Noah, Abraham was given a great test of faith; in Abraham's case, it was to sacrifice his son Isaac, as a burnt offering (see the Fact Finder question below).
"22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
The Levite priesthood was established for its Christian purpose (see Leviticus: The Prophecies Of Christianity, The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood, How Did The Messiah's Levite Priesthood Change? and The Levites Of Christ). Much of what the Levite priesthood was commanded to do was a continuance of what the ancients and the elders had already been doing for centuries in worship of the LORD - such as we read above, the burnt offerings that were offered to the LORD by Noah and Abraham, but also the observances of the LORD e.g. the family elders conducted the first Passover in Egypt (see Exodus 12: The First Passover and What Did The Elders Of Israel Do?), before the Levite Priesthood was established.
"1:1 And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, 1:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock." (Leviticus 1:1-2 KJV)
Much of what was instructed to the Levites was a formal continuation of what the ancients had established by the LORD's Command - long before the Israelites or Jews existed (see Genesis 32: The Origin Of Israel and Who Were The First Jews?).
"1:3 If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD. 1:4 And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. 1:5 And he shall kill the bullock before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 1:6 And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces. 1:7 And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire: 1:8 And the priests, Aaron's sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar: 1:9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.
Fact Finder: How did Abraham believe that Isaac would return alive after he had been sacrificed as a burnt offering? What did Abraham understand about "dust and ashes"?
This Day In History, October 23
42 BC: During Rome's Republic-era civil wars (see The Politics Of Rome), Mark Antony (a later ally of Cleopatra; see The Cleopatra Connection) and Octavian (Octavian, later known as Caesar Augustus, was the Roman imperial king who declared the famous census that resulted in Jesus Christ fulfilling the prophecy of being born in Bethlehem i.e. "2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed" Luke 2:1 KJV; see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate? and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) defeated the forces of Brutus at the Second Battle of Philippi. Brutus (best known for taking a leading role in the assassination of Julius Caesar) committed suicide after the battle.
425: Amidst the political and military crumbling of the Roman Empire, Valentinian III was proclaimed Roman Emperor at the age of 6. The original Roman Empire was superceded by the German Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1086: Almoravid armies defeated Alfonso of Castile near Badajoz, thereby establishing a Muslim foothold in Spain (see also The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).
1295: The first treaty of the "Auld Alliance" between Scotland and France against England was signed in Paris.
1641: Over 50,000 people were massacred when Catholics rebelled against Protestants in Ireland.
1642: The Battle of Edgehill was fought. It was the first major conflict of the English Civil War between royalists under King Charles I and the Parliamentarians. Both sides claimed victory.
1679: The "Meal Tub Plot" against James II of England.
1694: British (82 years before the rebellion of the New England colonies that Britain established in the wilderness over a century earlier, and decades before the English of "New England" took control of "New France") colonial forces led by Sir William Phipps failed in their attempt to seize Quebec from France. After a battle in which Phipps lost over 400 men, he sailed back to Boston.
1707: The first Parliament of Britain began.
1861: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln suspended the legal writ of habeas corpus for all military-related cases.
1867: The Canadian Senate was established by Royal Proclamation.
1911: The first use of aircraft in war; an Italian observation plane in Libya during the war between Turkey and Italy to decide which country would rule Libya.
1942: During the Second World War, British tanks and mechanized infantry under Bernard Montgomery launched a major offensive against Adolf Hitler's Nazi army (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) under Erwin Rommel at El Alamein in Egypt. It was one of the major tank battles of human history (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1944: The Soviet Union invaded Hungary.
1946: The second part of the first assembly of the United Nations began in New York. The first part had been held in London in January and February.
1954: Allied control permitted occupied West Germany to become a sovereign state. It was then allowed to rebuild its military and join NATO (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).
1956: The Hungarian Revolution against their communist leaders and the Soviet presence began with a large demonstration in Budapest. In the days that followed, the Stalinist leader Erno Gero resigned, and reformer communist Imre Nagy stepped in to form a new government that included several non-communists; he also announced the restoration of a multi-party system, that Hungary would withdraw from the Warsaw Pact, and declared the country's neutrality. The Soviet army invaded and put down the revolution less than 2 weeks later.
1973: U.S. President Richard Nixon agreed to release Oval Office tape recordings to Watergate criminal investigators.
1973: A United Nations sanctioned cease-fire officially ended the Yom Kippur war between Israel and Syria (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1983: 237 U.S. Marines were killed when a suicide bomber drove a truck filled with explosives into the barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Another bomber attacked the French military installation and killed 58 troops there.
1996: Pope John Paul II released a statement saying that Darwin's theory of evolution is "more than a hypothesis." The statement was considered the Vatican's clearest and most comprehensive in support of the un-Biblical theory of a Godless "creation." The supposed logic of Darwin's "clear and overwhelming" evidence (despite the "missing link" never having been found, because it never existed, although a number of later-proven fakes have been assembled and displayed over the years by supposed men of science who were determined, at all costs, to "prove" their hypothesis - and the fact that Darwin himself never taught evolution in the way that people today say that he did - listen to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution) is very similar to when humans, including "great men of science," believed that the sun orbited the earth. Despite the "overwhelming evidence" that the sun moved across the sky, it was an illusion that millions of intelligent people were wrong about - the apparent movement of the sun across the sky is caused by the rotation of the earth (a reality that Bible-believers were well aware of thousands of years before "science" realized that the earth was a spinning globe - see No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).
1998: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed the Wye River Memorandum (a "land for peace" agreement) in Washington.
2011: A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Van Province, Turkey, killing 582 people and injuring thousands.