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Thursday, December 28 2017
Why Did The High Priest Make Sacrifices?
"Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the Holy Place"
The LORD's appointed human High Priest was given to make sacrifices that were annual prophetic observances (see the Fact Finder question below) of the coming once-and-for-all Sacrifice of the Ultimate High Priest, Jesus Christ. There was however a major difference in how it was done.
The Ultimate High Priest, Jesus Christ, was sinless. He didn't need to do anything that made Him sinlessly worthy of offering His Sacrifice to God.
The human High Priest, beginning with Aaron and continuing through his successors (see When Were The Levites Set Apart?), were sinners. As part of their symbolic, prophetic portrayal of the sinless Messiah, they needed to do something that symbolized being sinless. For that purpose, the human High Priest made sacrifices that symbolically atoned for his own sin, so that he would then be worthy to be symbolically sinless in his prophetic portrayal as the sinless Messiah.
Hence the difference between the actual Messiah and the one who was given to portray Him each year during the Holy Days: "The high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself ... But Christ being come an High Priest ... 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" (see below in their full context).
"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?
Fact Finder: What are the prophetic meanings of each of the genuine Biblical Holy Days?
This Day In History, December 28
457: Majorian, a general of the Roman army, became emperor of the Western Roman Empire after deposing Emperor Avitus (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
484: Alaric II succeeded his father Euric as king of the Visigoths. The Visigoths (from the Latin meaning western Goths) and Ostrogoths (from the Latin meaning eastern Goths) were branches of the Germanic people referred to collectively as the Goths. The Germanic people eventually succeeded and became the later Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1065: Westminster Abbey was consecrated.
1612: By means of the newly-invented telescope, Galileo Galilei became the first astronomer to observe the planet known as "Neptune" (a pagan name given to it by men). Galileo was not the inventor of the telescope, but he was the first to use it to study the heavens (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens? and What Are The Hunter and The Seven Sisters Doing In Heaven?).
1688: William of Orange made a triumphant march into London as James II fled.
1694: Queen Mary II of England died of smallpox at age 32.
1698: George I of England got divorced.
1795: Plans for building Toronto's famous Yonge Street were first proposed. While the southern section of it is today a major street in Toronto, the original 48 kilometer road from York (i.e. Toronto) north to Lake Simcoe was one of the earliest highways in Canada. It was named after Sir George Yonge, then Secretary of State for War in the British government.
1836: Spain recognized the independence of Mexico, which at the time included large areas of what is today the U.S. (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas).
1849: Paris tailor Jolly Bellin reportedly discovered "dry cleaning" when he accidentally upset a lamp containing turpentine and oil on His clothing and saw the cleaning effect.
1895: Antoine and Louis Lumiere introduced their Cinematograph (which projected "moving pictures") in the basement of the Grand Cafe in Paris.
1908: Over 82,000 people were killed by an earthquake that struck the Sicilian town of Messina. A tidal wave that followed caused more devastation.
1923: Alexander Eiffel died at age 91. He designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which is named after him.
1936: Benito Mussolini sent war planes to Spain in support of Francisco Franco (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).
1946: French occupation forces declared martial law in Vietnam. It was the colonial French who divided Vietnam into two countries, North and South. When the French were the driven out during the resulting civil war, the U.S. replaced them in an effort to maintain the artificial boundary. The Vietnam War was actually a civil war caused by foreigners who claimed Vietnam was their own dominion.
1947: Victor Emmanuel III, king of Italy 1900-1946, died at age 78. His reign brought an end to the Italian monarchy.
1948: Prime Minister Nokrashy Pasha of Egypt was assassinated by a member of the "Muslim Brotherhood." Pasha had just outlawed the group because he regarded them as terrorists.
1950: Chinese troops crossed the 38th Parallel into South Korea (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1997: The government of Hong Kong ordered the slaughter of 1.3 million chickens as well as a large number of ducks, geese, quail and other poultry in an effort to stop the spread of a newly discovered variety of flu.