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Monday, December 31 2018
A Bible Journey, 99: It's Always Been Christian
"For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in Earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him"
The Creation, in its infinite entirety, has always been Christian because it was Jesus Christ (see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) Who was given the work of Creation (see Creation Day 1: Let There Be Light and Creation Day 2: The Heaven Above, The Waters Below and Creation Day 3: Continents And Oceans and Creation Day 4: The Calendar and Creation Day 5: Creatures Of The Sea And Air and Creation Day 6: Animals And Mankind).
When He was done the Work that The Father assigned to Him, the LORD God, Who was later born as Jesus Christ, then created His Christian Sabbath Day of rest. He created it, and He was the only one to observe it when it was Created. Although the first humans just then existed, they were created on the sixth day of the work week - they did no work, and had nothing to rest from, at the time of the first Sabbath (see Creation Day 7: The Week And The Christian Sabbath).
1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins [see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners]:
The completion of all of the Tabernacle preparations marked the beginning of the ministry (a word that means service, as in to serve) of the Levite priesthood who were to portray the Messiah and His people (see A Bible Journey, 98: The Portrayal Of The Messiah).
"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 God delivered those instructions to Moses, who then relayed them 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)
"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 The Day Of Atonement: Deliverance Of The Passover Blood), 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 A Bible Journey, 77: When Did The Messiah Become A Burnt Offering?).
"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 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.
"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)
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This Day In History, December 31
406: Germanic Vandals and Suebians crossed the Rhine River, thereby beginning an invasion of Roman-occupied Gaul (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
535: Byzantine (East Roman Empire) general Belisarius completed his conquest of Sicily.
1229: James I of Aragon ("the Conqueror") entered Medina Mayurqa (Palma, Spain), thereby culminating Rome's reconquest of Majorca.
1384: English religious reformer and Bible translator John Wycliffe died at age 56. Among His teachings were that The Scriptures are the supreme authority in all doctrinal matters, and that Jesus Christ is anyone's only overlord.
1492: Jews were expelled from Sicily.
1600: Queen Elizabeth I granted a charter to the "company of merchants of London trading to the East Indies" - the East India Company.
1687: The first shipload of emigrating Huguenots (French Protestants) left France for South Africa.
1719: English astronomer John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, died at age 73. The Greenwich Observatory was built for him.
1775: The Battle of Quebec began. British forces repulsed an attack by New England rebel forces under General Richard Montgomery.
1857: Queen Victoria chose Ottawa, Ontario (on the Ottawa River between Ontario and Quebec) as the new capital of Canada. The earlier choice, Kingston, Ontario (located on the north shore of Lake Ontario), was by then regarded as too convenient and vulnerable to attack by the U.S. (a lesson learned and never forgotten during the Wars of 1776 and 1812).
1911: Marie Curie received her second Nobel Prize for her work on radioactive elements.
1923: The chimes of Big Ben in London were broadcast for the first time by the BBC.
1923: The Sahara Desert was crossed by an automobile for the first time.
1930: Brewery heir Aldolphus Busch was kidnapped ("Bush" is an abbreviated form of the German name Busch).
1938: Dr. R.N. Harger's "drunkometer," the first breath test for car drivers, was officially introduced, in Indianapolis.
1968: Russia's TU-144 supersonic airliner made its first flight, several months ahead of the Anglo-French Concorde.
1973: A three-day work week was introduced in Britain to conserve energy during a miners' strike.
1980: Canadian communications theorist and educator Marshall McLuhan died at age 69. He is most well-known for his statements that electronic media were turning the world into a "global village" in which "the medium is the message." Among his lesser-known statements, referring to the drivel that dominates TV programming, was "TV sucks the brain right out of your skull."
1987: One second was added to that year to compensate for precession of Earth's axis.
1991: The Soviet Union was officially dissolved as a political entity.