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Saturday, November 17 2018
A Bible Journey, 77: When Did The Messiah Become A Burnt Offering?
"For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life"
The English-language term "burnt offering" is based upon the Hebrew word of the Holy Scriptures, pronounced oh-law, that meant ascending, as in going upward in smoke (the word "holocaust" is based on the same original Hebrew term - a word which in the twentieth century took on a much different and horrendously evil meaning).
Burnt offerings symbolized the total dedication of the offering unto God - completely consumed by fire so that it was not available for anything else, and the ascending (the rising smoke) of the offering to God in heaven. It's the reason that the Messiah is referred to as our burnt offering.
It is a directly-related symbolism - the destruction by fire of all who refuse to repent and truly accept the Messiah's sacrifice (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
"2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: 2:16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ." (2 Corinthians 2:15 KJV)
When all has been completed, the Earth is going to be purified with fire (see also Hell Fire - Satan's Door To The Abyss). Abraham witnessed a prophetic glimpse of the incineration ("19:28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace."; Genesis 19:28 KJV) that is coming to purify everywhere in due time.
"2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly" (2 Peter 2:6 KJV)
The people of the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) had known burnt offerings long before any Israelites existed. Noah offered a burnt offering after the Flood - which itself was a prophecy of the coming flood of fire over the entire Earth (see again the verses above). The "sweet savour" wasn't about the smell of smoke - it was about a purified Earth in which no unrepentant sinners remained.
"8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
When the LORD tested righteous Abraham (see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq), He told him to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering (see Isaac: Rising From The Ashes and Dust and Ashes) - to sacrifice and cremate Isaac.
"22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
The altar of burnt offering in the Tabernacle (see A Bible Journey, 76: Why Did The LORD Build His Tabernacle?) courtyard then was something new to the Israelites, but not something new to the LORD - or to His people long before the Exodus.
"27:1 And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits. 27:2 And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns shall be of the same: and thou shalt overlay it with brass. 27:3 And thou shalt make his pans to receive his ashes, and his shovels, and his basons, and his fleshhooks, and his firepans: all the vessels thereof thou shalt make of brass. 27:4 And thou shalt make for it a grate of network of brass; and upon the net shalt thou make four brasen rings in the four corners thereof. 27:5 And thou shalt put it under the compass of the altar beneath, that the net may be even to the midst of the altar. 27:6 And thou shalt make staves for the altar, staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with brass. 27:7 And the staves shall be put into the rings, and the staves shall be upon the two sides of the altar, to bear it. 27:8 Hollow with boards shalt thou make it: as it was shewed thee in the mount, so shall they make it." (Exodus 27:1-8 KJV)
The LORD designed the Tabernacle and its courtyard to the finest detail.
"27:9 And thou shalt make the court of the tabernacle: for the south side southward there shall be hangings for the court of fine twined linen of an hundred cubits long for one side: 27:10 And the twenty pillars thereof and their twenty sockets shall be of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver. 27:11 And likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings of an hundred cubits long, and his twenty pillars and their twenty sockets of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.
The Tabernacle lamp was fueled with "pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always" (see The Menorah: Lighting The Way)
"27:20 And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always. 27:21 In the tabernacle of the congregation without the vail, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the LORD: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel." (Exodus 27:2021 KJV)
Fact Finder: The sacrifice of the lamb at Passover is an obvious portrayal of the Messiah. But why did the LORD command the Israelites to sacrifice other animals in their service? What significance did that have to Christianity?
This Day In History, November 17
284: Diocletian was proclaimed Emperor of Rome (see Biblical Eras: The Roman Empire And The Church Of Rome and The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).
375: Valentinian, Emperor of the western Roman empire, died of apoplexy (a stroke) in Pannonia (a Roman province in central Europe) after being enraged by the insolence of "barbarian" envoys who were defeating Rome's legions in the forests of Germany and refusing to bow before the defeated "divine" Caesar. Germany later succeeded Rome as the "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (see The Roman Border Walls Paradox and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
474: Roan Emperor Leo II died after a reign of 10 months. He was succeeded by his father Zeno, who becomes sole ruler of the Byzantine (East Roman) Empire.
1278: 680 Jews were arrested (293 were hanged) in England for counterfeiting coins.
1292: John Balliol became King of Scotland.
1539: Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto arrived at the location of what is today Mobile, Alabama. While most of northern America (what is today the northern half of the U.S. and central to eastern Canada) were originally settled by the French, and then the English, the southern half of America (what is today the southern half of the U.S. and the nations of Central and South America from Mexico to the southernmost point of Chile) were settled by the Spanish (see also The Mexican Border Wall).
1558: The Elizabethan era began, with the coronation Queen Elizabeth I of England. She restored the Church of England, which had been established by King Henry VIII in 1534, after her half-sister Queen Mary (Mary Tudor) had turned England back under the control of the Church of Rome.
1636: Henrique Diaz, Brazilian general, won a decisive battle against Dutch colonial forces in Brazil.
1796: Napoleon Bonaparte defeated an Italian army near the Alpone River in Italy (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1855: Scottish explorer David Livingston discovered (for Europeans) Victoria Falls in Africa.
1869: The Suez Canal opened after 10 years of construction.
1903: The Russian Socialist movement divided into two factions, the Bolsheviks who supported Vladimir Lenin, and the Mensheviks who followed Georgi Plekhanov (see also Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right? and When Do Liberals Become Conservatives?).
1913: The first ship passed through the Panama Canal.
1917: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), British Field Marshal Edmund Allenby's troops entered the Jerusalem hills prior to the taking of the city (listen to our Sermon The Balfour Declaration). That same day, German General von Falkenhayn left Jerusalem for Nablus, the Biblical Shechem, 40 miles to the north, while falsely assuring the Ottomans (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) that reinforcements would be sent.
1918: Influenza deaths in the U.S. were reported as higher than the number of U.S. troops killed in battle during the First World War (although the U.S. entered the First World War during only the last 18 months of the 4 year war that devastated Europe from 1914 to 1918).
1919: King George V of the United Kingdom proclaimed Armistice Day. It became known as Remembrance Day, while a later U.S. copy of Armistice Day became known as Veteran's Day (see also The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier).
1941: Less than a month before Japan's attack on the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Japanese Prime Minister General Tojo outlined a three-point plan he said was aimed at peace in East Asia.
1954: General Gamal Abdel Nasser became Egyptian head of state following the fall of President Mohamed Naguib.
1966: The Great Leonid meteor storm was observed in western North America, estimated at 144,000 meteors per hour / 40 per second - the most intense meteor shower ever observed. The meteor storm lasted less than 1 hour and was caused when the earth passed through a dense patch of the Leonid meteor stream. Leonids enter the atmosphere at 162,000 m.p.h., the fastest of any shower meteors, and burn up at an altitude between 80 and 55 miles (see also When Space Rocks Collide With Earth).
1967: The U.S. unmanned Surveyor 6 spacecraft became the first man-made vehicle to land and take off from the Moon (the Russians were the first to land an unmanned vehicle on the moon).
1970: The Russian Luna 17 spacecraft landed an 8-wheeled lunar vehicle on the moon.
1973: During the Watergate break in investigation, Richard Nixon made his famous denial to the Associated Press, "People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook." Nixon resigned the next year when he could no longer deny and impede his impeachment and criminal prosecution. Nixon was pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford (who was chosen as vice-president to replace Spiro Agnew, Nixon's first vice-president, who resigned because of convictions for tax evasion), so Nixon never did any prison time as did numerous members of his regime (see also The Impeachment Of The President).
1997: Muslim terrorists disguised as police opened fire on tourists in Egypt, killing over 70 British, Swiss, German and Japanese people.