Thursday, September 6, 2012

Numbers 29:7-11 An Offering Without Blemish

7 ‘On the tenth dayof this seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. You shall afflict your souls; you shall not do any work. 8 You shall present a burnt offering to the Lord as a sweet aroma: one young bull, one ram, and seven lambs in their first year. Be sure they are without blemish. 9 Their grain offering shall be of fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for the bull, two-tenths for the one ram, 10 and one-tenth for each of the seven lambs; 11 also one kid of the goats as a sin offering, besides the sin offering for atonement, the regular burnt offering with its grain offering, and their drink offerings.

Daily Devotional
God's command here that the sacrificial burnt offerings on the Day of Atonement be without blemish is important for us to understand. Since these foreshadow (or to point to) the Lord Jesus Christ's own sinlessness; and thus this principal runs throughout the Old Covenant beginning with the first commanded Passover Lamb (Exodus 12:5). Now Jesus Christ the Son of Man is in every aspect without blemish from sin, and thus only He could be the Sinless sacrifice for the sins of the world (1 Peter 1:9). For it is only by the blood of Christ, that was shed unto death when He was crucified for us, that we have both cleansing and remission of all our sins when we believe in Him (Matt 26:28; Acts 10:43; Heb 9:22). Therefore Jesus Christ came, as He said, not to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it (Matt 5:17-18); that is every aspect of it, for those who trust in Him. From it's sacrificial ordinances and commands, to its priesthood and tabernacle, all things contained within the Law of God are fulfilled in Christ. And so the Scripture states that all these things that God commanded before of the Israelites (and specifically of the Levitical priesthood) were ordinances that were in affect until the time of reformation (Heb 9:10): For 11 ...Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

The question then is have you yet received God's Promise of an eternal inheritance with Himself by faith in His Son Jesus? For that is what God requires of everyone; to look to (that is believe on, or trust in) the Lord Jesus Christ crucified and raised from the dead for the remission of all our sins, so that new and everlasting life might be brought into us the moment we believe (Eph. 1:13-14). For God having fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the Law through the death and Resurrection of His Son Jesus now offers His salvation to all who believe in Him (John 3:16). And so the Scripture states: "Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin." Heb 10:18
And so eternal life is now freely offered to all, as a gift of God's love for us all, the moment we believe. Now if you believe, and thus see yourself as a sinner in need of God's salvation, then please call upon the Name of the Lord as the Bible says we must, confessing Jesus Christ as Lord for in believing He is risen from dead and you will have remission of all your sins and eternal life (Rom 10:9-10, 13). Now you can do this by praying a simple prayer in faith, by praying something like this:
Dear Lord Jesus I confess to You that I am a sinner, and apart from You there is nothing I can do to take away or atone for my sins. Therefore I need You and want You in My life, to be both My Lord and Savior. So that You having already paid the penalty of all my sins might bring God's Promise of new and everlasting life by His Spirit into me. Therefore I now invite You Jesus into my heart and life to be my Lord and Savior. amen.

If you have prayed that prayer or something similar because you have seen your need for Jesus Christ to both save you from your sins; from God's judgment against them, but also for Jesus to be your Lord by and through the grace of God. Then this is not the end, but the beginning of your new life In Christ (2 Cor 5:17). And so grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus by beginning each day with some Scripture readings, for that is the best way to get yourself grounded in God's Truth by reading and meditating and inculcating His Word into your inner most person. As well, as soon as possible, find some fellowship in a Gospel believing and preaching church, and there get baptised and make a public confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. A great and important first step towards maturing in ones faith and building brotherly/sisterly bonds of love. And so as you come realize all that God has done for you (and or the Spirit moves you) look for opportunities to share your faith and God's love with others by word, surely, but also by acts of kindness and love. For Spiritual rebirth is not the end of being a disciple of Jesus, it is the beginning, and so spiritual growth comes by God's Spirit as we are led by Him and seek to obey Jesus in all grace and truth. If you have any questions or comments feel free to write them in the comment box and I will try to correspond with you. May God bless you richly as you seek to know Him and love Him better.  Your friend Tom

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