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Sunday, December 30 2018
A Bible Journey, 98: The Portrayal Of The Messiah
"Moses took of the anointing oil, and of the blood which was upon the altar, and sprinkled it upon Aaron"
The English-language word "portray" means to represent abstractly in some manner. Artists make portraits, while actors portray a person.
The Levite High Priest portrayed Jesus Christ (see The Apostle And High Priest Of Our Profession and the Fact Finder question below), while observance of the true Christian Holy Days are a portrayal of the process of salvation (see The Holy Days Of Jesus Christ, The LORD).
"1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
The LORD God (Who was later born as Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) created the Tabernacle (see A Bible Journey, 90: The Founding Of The Tabernacle) as a place of prophecy, in effect, a stage play, of the stages of salvation and of the Messiah's central role in it (see The Harvests Of Salvation). The Levitical High Priest was created to portray Jesus Christ, the ultimate and absolute High Priest.
"8:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 8:2 Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, and the anointing oil, and a bullock for the sin offering, and two rams, and a basket of unleavened bread; 8:3 And gather thou all the congregation together unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 8:4 And Moses did as the LORD commanded him; and the assembly was gathered together unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation." (Leviticus 8:1-4 KJV)
The LORD created the place and terms of service. He then created the office of those who were serve it, and in it (see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood).
"8:5 And Moses said unto the congregation, This is the thing which the LORD commanded to be done. 8:6 And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water. 8:7 And he put upon him the coat, and girded him with the girdle, and clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod upon him, and he girded him with the curious girdle of the ephod, and bound it unto him therewith. 8:8 And he put the breastplate upon him: also he put in the breastplate the Urim and the Thummim. 8:9 And he put the mitre upon his head; also upon the mitre, even upon his forefront, did he put the golden plate, the holy crown; as the LORD commanded Moses.
Jesus Christ was sinless. The human High Priest however was, like all humans, a sinner. For that reason, other sacrifices were regularly conducted to make the human High Priest ceremonially sinless (see The Blood Of Bulls And Goats).
"8:14 And he brought the bullock for the sin offering: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the bullock for the sin offering. 8:15 And he slew it; and Moses took the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about with his finger, and purified the altar, and poured the blood at the bottom of the altar, and sanctified it, to make reconciliation upon it. 8:16 And he took all the fat that was upon the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys, and their fat, and Moses burned it upon the altar. 8:17 But the bullock, and his hide, his flesh, and his dung, he burnt with fire without the camp; as the LORD commanded Moses.
As a symbol of Jesus Christ, the Levite High priest was "anointed" (keeping in mind that "Christ" means anointed one) and "sprinkled" with sacrificial blood, just as the Saviour would be (although in the Messiah's fulfillment, "splattered" would be a more appropriate word i.e. "19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God." Revelation 19;13 KJV).
"8:30 And Moses took of the anointing oil, and of the blood which was upon the altar, and sprinkled it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon his sons' garments with him; and sanctified Aaron, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons' garments with him.
Fact Finder: (a) Although the Levitical High Priesthood was created by Jesus Christ as a living prophecy of Jesus Christ, by the time that the Messiah was born, the Christian Levitical Priesthood had lost sight of its Creator and was changed into Judaism. How did that happen? (b) Did some of the Levites nevertheless restore themselves to the origin that Jesus Christ gave them? Was John the Baptist a Levite? Did "baptism" originate as a Levitical observance by the Levites in their service to the LORD?
This Day In History, December 30
39: Titus (full name Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus) was born. Titus was the Roman military commander who besieged and captured Jerusalem in 70 AD (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones? and A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots). Titus later was the Emperor of Rome from 79 to 81 (see The Roman Emperors: Titus).
1066: The Granada massacre. A Muslim mob stormed the royal palace in Granada, Spain. They crucified the Jewish vizier, Joseph ibn Naghrela, and massacred most of the Jewish population of the city.
1460: During the Wars of The Roses, Richard of York with 5,000 men was defeated by Queen Margaret and the Lancastrians at the Battle of Wakefield. Nearly 3,000 Yorkists were killed, including the Duke himself.
1803: The U.S. took formal possession of Louisiana (named after King Louis XIV who reigned 1643 to 1715), after purchasing the territory from France.
1880: The Transvaal, under Paul Kruger, declared itself a republic.
1896: Filipino reform advocate Jose Rizal was executed by a Spanish firing squad in Manila.
1903: A fire in the Iroquois Theater in Chicago killed 588 people; public outrage led to new theater safety codes across the U.S.
1911: Sun Yat-sen was elected the first President of the Republic of China after the fall of the Chinese dynasties.
1915: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), a German submarine torpedoed the British liner Persia off Crete. At least 330 of the 501 passengers and crew were killed.
1916: Gregory Rasputin (the "mad monk"), Siberian peasant, mystic, and favorite of Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra was shot, poisoned and eventually drowned at the house of Prince Feliks Yusupov.
1922: The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was established through the confederation of Russia, Byelorussia, Ukraine and the Transcaucasian Federation. It lasted 70 years.
1936: The United Auto Workers Union began its first strike.
1944: King George II of Greece renounced the monarchy.
1947: King Michael of Romania was forced to abdicate by Soviet-backed Communists.
1965: Ferdinand Marcos was sworn in as the President of the Philippines.
1972: After 2 weeks of heavy bombing raids on North Vietnam, U.S. President Richard Nixon halted the air offensive and agreed to resume "peace" negotiations with Hanoi.
1993: Israel and the Vatican signed an agreement on mutual recognition (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy, Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah, A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions).
1996: Budget cuts by Benjamin Netanyahu resulted in protests from 250,000 workers across Israel.
2006: Saddam Hussein, the conquered President of Iraq, was executed by hanging for the war crimes that he committed.