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Friday, October 25 2013
Leviticus 3: The Offering Of Fellowship
"For truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ"
"Fellowship" may be defined as "an association of people who share common beliefs or activities" (the WordWeb Dictionary by Princeton University). As such, it is one of the most Christian of virtues and blessings.
"2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." (Acts 2:42 KJV)
It is however not only a fellowship with believers, but moreover for "truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." (see also The Forerunner Of Man and Of God).
"1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." (1 John 1:3 KJV)
On the other hand, fellowship apart from the LORD, even if it calls itself "Christian" (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?) is "to devils, and not to God" (see Who Lights Your Walk?). The "Gentiles" in the verse below ultimately refers to people outside of the spiritual Kingdom of God. There were many in Judah and Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah) who did "sacrifice to devils" throughout history, including at the time of the Messiah's coming i.e. of the religious authorities of Judah who rejected Him (as opposed to those who welcomed and accepted Him; see The Levites Of Christ), the Messiah plainly stated: "8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not." (John 8:44-45 KJV)
"10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils." (1 Corinthians 10:20 KJV)
The LORD God was and is Jesus Christ (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God). All of the observances that He gave the Levites to lead in observance were Christian prophetic (see Leviticus 1: The Burnt Offerings Of The Ancients, The Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week, Pentecost: The Christian Feast Of Firstfruits, The Feast Of Trumpets Prophecy, Why Do Christians Observe The Messiah's Day Of Atonement?, Why Christians Observe The Messiah's Feast Of Tabernacles and The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries).
The King James Version (and most other versions) translate the Hebrew word pronounced sheh-lem in the Book of Leviticus as "peace," which it means in its most simplistic usage, however the Hebrew word was derived from a root word that meant in actual custom to reciprocate friendship i.e. to be in fellowship (the reason that a few translations use "fellowship" rather than "peace"). The symbolic "peace" offerings and sacrifices that were made were reciprocated by the LORD with the blessings of grace that He gave to those who sought His Fellowship at the Tabernacle.
"33:17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name" (Exodus 33:17 KJV)
The offerings made at the Tabernacle (see Exodus 26: The First Christian Tabernacle) were an attitude of fellowship to the LORD, The animal sacrifices are no longer necessary (the Messiah's Sacrifice fulfilled most of them - see the Fact Finder question below), but the attitude will exist forever in God's Children in the Kingdom of God (see The Church: Mission Accomplished).
"3:1 And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offer it of the herd; whether it be a male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the LORD. 3:2 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron's sons the priests shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about. 3:3 And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, 3:4 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away. 3:5 And Aaron's sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.
Fact Finder: (a) During the era of animal sacrifices, the slaying of the lamb at Passover is easily recognized as a Christian prophetic observance. But what did the sacrifices of other animals have to do with the Messiah? (b) During the Day of Atonement, what goat was released into the wilderness alive? Why was he put away from the LORD's fellowship? What is the yet-future fulfillment of that prophecy?
This Day In History, October 25
473: Emperor Leo I proclaimed his grandson Leo II as Caesar of the Byzantine Empire.
732: Charles Martel, ruler of the Franks, defeated the Saracens at Poitiers.
1147: Seljuk Turks (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) annihilated an army of Church of Rome "Crusaders" under the command of German King Conrad III at the Battle of Dorylaeum (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1154: Henry II was crowned becomes King of England.
1415: The Battle of Agincourt, in France. A bloody victory of 12,000 English led by Henry V over 60,000 French in the middle period of the Hundred Years War. The 3-hour battle resulted in the deaths of the French forces leader Charles d'Albret, 12 other members of the highest nobility, 1,500 knights, and 4,500 men-at-arms. The victory was made possible by a new British weapon - longbows, that devastated the enemy sword-armed armored knights at a distance. The English losses were negligible.
1555: Charles V (a Hapsburg) abdicated as Holy Roman Emperor. His son Philip II received Spain, the newly-discovered continent of North America (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy), Italy and the Netherlands, while his brother became Holy Roman Emperor as Ferdinand I (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1616: Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog made a second recorded landfall by a European on the Australian continent, at the later-named Dirk Hartog Island off the West Australian coast.
1671: Giovanni Cassini discovered Iapetus, a moon of the planet that humans call Saturn.
1747: The British fleet under Admiral Sir Edward Hawke defeated the French fleet at the second battle of Cape Finisterre.
1760: King George III of England was crowned. The King's reign was marred by the rebellion of about half of the inhabitants of the New England colonies that Britain founded and built in the wilderness of north-eastern North America over a century earlier.
The United Empire Loyalists were conservatives (honest, hard-working, successful people of all walks of life i.e. farmers, merchants, tradesmen, educators) who moved to Canada from the New England colonies because they saw no need for a rebellion and were brutally persecuted by rebel forces. Totaling about 40% of the population of the New England colonies, they were later known as United Empire Loyalists. When the U.S. invaded Canada a few years later, in the War of 1812 (1812-1814), United Empire Loyalists and their adult children and grandchildren served among the British Army and Canadian militias that successfully defended Canada from U.S. annexation (the publicly-stated goal of U.S. President James Madison when he started the war).
A plaque in Hamilton, Ontario (as well as many others across Canada) commemorates the United Empire Loyalists:
"This monument is dedicated to the lasting memory of
1813: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814; declared by U.S. President James Madison with the stated purpose to annex Canada), Canadian militia and Mohawk allies repelled U.S. invasion forces in the Battle of Chateauguay.
1854: During the Crimean War at the Battle of Balaclava, Lord Cardigan led the famous "charge of the Light Brigade" cavalry against the Russians.
1861: The Toronto Stock Exchange was established
1900: Britain's annexation of the Boer Republic came into effect. The territory was renamed Transvaal.
1923: Dr. Frederick Banting and Dr. J.R. Macleod of the University of Toronto were awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for their discovery of the hormone insulin. The discovery made possible more effective control of diabetes.
1936: The government of Germany and Italy declared their formation of the "Rome-Berlin Axis" (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1950: Communist Chinese forces crossed the Yalu River into North Korea.
1951: Winston Churchill was again elected Prime Minister of Britain after 6 years out of office.
1955: Austria was reinstated as a sovereign country when the last World War Two allied occupation forces left.
1971: The United Nations General Assembly voted to remove Taiwan from the U.N. and to admit communist China in its place.
1983: U.S. troops invaded Grenada to stop alleged Cuban and Soviet influence on the tiny Caribbean island. Britain was not informed before the invasion even though Grenada was a member of the British Commonwealth.
2004: Cuban President Fidel Castro banned the U.S. dollar from Cuba. Nearly 40 years earlier, the U.S. had already declared a trade embargo with Cuba after the Cuban revolution overthrew the Mafia (the Cuba scenes in the "Godfather" movies are actually historically correct) and CIA-backed fascist dictator Fulgencio Batista Zaldivar.