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Thursday, October 31 2013

Leviticus 9: The Beginning Of The Levite Ministry

The completion of all of the Tabernacle preparations (see Exodus 26: The First Christian Tabernacle, Exodus 30: Frankincense, Incense and The Anointing Oil, Exodus 38: The Courtyard Of The Tabernacle, Exodus 39: The Needlework of Blue, Purple and Scarlet Linen and Exodus 37: The Tabernacle Furnishings), as instructed and commanded by the LORD (Who was later born as Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) marked the beginning of the ministry (a word that means service, as in to serve) of the Levite priesthood (see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood).

The High Priest

"9:1 And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel; 9:2 And he said unto Aaron, Take thee a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the LORD. 9:3 And unto the children of Israel thou shalt speak, saying, Take ye a kid of the goats for a sin offering; and a calf and a lamb, both of the first year, without blemish, for a burnt offering; 9:4 Also a bullock and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the LORD; and a meat offering mingled with oil: for to day the LORD will appear unto you." (Leviticus 9:1-4 KJV)

The LORD gave the instructions to Moses, who then relayed the commands to the people of Israel. It wasn't "the law of Moses," as Moses himself made plain: "Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commanded that ye should do: and the glory of the LORD shall appear unto you."

"9:5 And they brought that which Moses commanded before the tabernacle of the congregation: and all the congregation drew near and stood before the LORD. 9:6 And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commanded that ye should do: and the glory of the LORD shall appear unto you." (Leviticus 9:5-6 KJV)

All of the ceremonial offerings were Christian-prophetic in purpose (see Leviticus 2: The Christian Grain Offerings, Leviticus 3: The Offering Of Fellowship, Leviticus 5: What Does The LORD Say About Your Soul?, Leviticus 6: Atonement Offerings, Leviticus 7: Laws Of Freedom and Trespass and Leviticus 8: The Prophecy Of The Blood Upon The Anointed One).

"9:7 And Moses said unto Aaron, Go unto the altar, and offer thy sin offering, and thy burnt offering, and make an atonement for thyself, and for the people: and offer the offering of the people, and make an atonement for them; as the LORD commanded." (Leviticus 9:7 KJV)

Other than the Passover Lamb, that alone portrayed the Blood of the Messiah (see Nisan 14: The Sacrifice Of The Lamb Of God and Day of Atonement: The Messiah's Deliverance), other sacrifices were made to render the priests ceremonially sinless (see The Blood Of Bulls And Goats).

"9:8 Aaron therefore went unto the altar, and slew the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself. 9:9 And the sons of Aaron brought the blood unto him: and he dipped his finger in the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar, and poured out the blood at the bottom of the altar: 9:10 But the fat, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver of the sin offering, he burnt upon the altar; as the LORD commanded Moses. 9:11 And the flesh and the hide he burnt with fire without the camp." (Leviticus 9:8-11 KJV)

The ancient burnt offerings were also entirely Christian (see the Fact Finder question below).

High Priest

"9:12 And he slew the burnt offering; and Aaron's sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled round about upon the altar. 9:13 And they presented the burnt offering unto him, with the pieces thereof, and the head: and he burnt them upon the altar. 9:14 And he did wash the inwards and the legs, and burnt them upon the burnt offering on the altar." (Leviticus 9:12-14 KJV)

The people's participation was both symbolic and active repentance (see Leviticus 3: The Offering Of Fellowship and Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).

"9:15 And he brought the people's offering, and took the goat, which was the sin offering for the people, and slew it, and offered it for sin, as the first.

9:16 And he brought the burnt offering, and offered it according to the manner. 9:17 And he brought the meat offering, and took an handful thereof, and burnt it upon the altar, beside the burnt sacrifice of the morning.

9:18 He slew also the bullock and the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings, which was for the people: and Aaron's sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled upon the altar round about, 9:19 And the fat of the bullock and of the ram, the rump, and that which covereth the inwards, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver: 9:20 And they put the fat upon the breasts, and he burnt the fat upon the altar: 9:21 And the breasts and the right shoulder Aaron waved for a wave offering before the LORD; as Moses commanded.

9:22 And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people, and blessed them, and came down from offering of the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and peace offerings." (Leviticus 9:15-22 KJV)

"Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people." From that point on, Aaron alone (and those who succeeded him as High Priest) entered the Most Holy Place (see The Holy Place In History And Prophecy).

"9:23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people. 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces." (Leviticus 9:23-24 KJV)

Fact Finder: Did Noah and Abraham understand and practice what the Levites were given to do centuries later?
See Leviticus 1: The Burnt Offerings Of The Ancients

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This Day In History, October 31

475: During the final days of the original Roman Empire, Romulus Augustulus was proclaimed Western Roman Emperor. Over the following centuries, Germany superseded Rome as the prophetic Roman Empire.

A map of the original Roman Empire (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars, A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy):

The Roman Empire

A map of the "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation):

German Empire
1517: Martin Luther nailed his "95 Theses" to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany - the event that is considered to be the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Luther was protesting a grossly-immoral pope, not most of the Church of Rome's doctrines - which Luther maintained, as did most of the so-called "Protestant" world today (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).

1876: A cyclone caused over 200,000 deaths in India.

1914: The Ottoman empire entered the First World War against Britain, Russia and France. Jerusalem at the time was under Ottoman (Turkish) control. When the Ottoman empire was defeated at the end of the war, Jerusalem came under the control of the British (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1917: During the First World War, British cavalry under General Allenby captured Beersheba from the Ottomans in what became known as the "last successful cavalry charge in history." The British went on to capture Jerusalem a few weeks later, on December 9. Their control of the land of Israel later made possible a Biblically-prophesied event - the creation of the modern state of "Israel" in 1948 (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).

1922: Benito Mussolini, 39, became Prime Minister of Italy. Son of a poor blacksmith, formerly a journalist and schoolmaster, a corporal in the First World War (as was Mussolini's close ally, Adolf Hitler), seriously wounded in 1917, he founded the Fascist Party. The Fascists derived their name from the Fasces of Imperial Rome, an axe wrapped in a bundle of elm or birch rods symbolizing unity and power. The Fascist Party also adopted the ancient insignia as its emblem.

1926: Magician Harry Houdini (actual name, Eric Weiss) died of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured. He spent much of his life searching for genuine "mediums" and "spiritists" but found only frauds and con-artists (see What Is Sorcery?).

1940: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the Nazi occupation forces in Poland forced all Jews in the city into the Warsaw Ghetto (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1961: Russia's "de-Stalinization" program reached a climax when Stalin's body was removed from the mausoleum in Red Square and buried.

1984: Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, was assassinated at her home by two of her bodyguards, who were Sikhs. Nearly 10,000 Sikhs were killed in the riots that followed.

1999: On the 482nd anniversary of Martin Luther's nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the castle church, representatives of the Roman Catholic and Lutheran Churches in Augsburg, Germany, signed a declaration to end the dispute that started the Protestant Reformation and led to the Thirty Years War.


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