Friday, June 21, 2013

Numbers 29:7-11 An Offering without Blemish (republished)

7 ‘On the tenth day of 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.

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 point too) the Lord Jesus Christ's own sinless Person who was and is without blemish, and thus is God's finial and Perfect offering for all sins, for all time. And so this principal of God only accepting a sacrifice that is without blemish runs throughout the Old Covenant, beginning with the first commanded Passover Lamb (Exodus 12:5). Therefore because you and I are not without sin or blemish Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, came to be and do all that we are not. That is is in every aspect be without sin and blemish. 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, the moment 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 received God's Promise of an eternal life by faith in His Son the Lord Jesus Christ? For that is what God requires of everyone, to look to (that is believe on, or trust in) the Lord Jesus Christ crucified for their sins remission and raised from the dead for their justification, so that God having justified us by faith might impart new and everlasting life in us the moment we believe in Jesus (2 Cor 5:17; 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 remission of ones sins and eternal life only comes by faith in Jesus, by God's Word and Work thus His Righteousness, not mans (Rom 3:19-28). And so salvation is now freely granted to all, as a gift of God's love for us all, to be received the moment we repent and believe in Jesus. Now if you believe and rightly 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 are to do, confessing Jesus Christ as Lord and believing that He was crucified for all your sins and is risen from dead and you will have remission of them and eternal life (Rom 10:9-10, 13). Now this you can do by praying a simple prayer in faith, something like this:

Dear Lord Jesus I confess that I have sinned against God and You. And I now realize that apart from You there is nothing I can do to take away or atone for any of my sins. Therefore I need You, and want You in My life, to be both My Lord and Savior. For I believe that You alone can, and will save me from God's just wrath against me the moment I in faith call upon You. Therefore I now invite You Lord Jesus Christ into my heart and life, to be my Lord and Savior. amen.

If you have prayed that prayer, or something similar. Then this not the end, but is the beginning of your new life In Christ. And so now as a child of God begin each day with some Scripture readings, for that truly is our daily bread that makes for our growth in all aspects of our lives. As well seek fellowship in a Gospel believing and preaching church, for it is there you will find encouragement and support in your new life and faith. As well, and this is important for spiritual growth, get baptized as Jesus Commanded as an indication of your faith in Him and your willingly following Him in discipleship. And so as you now journey homeward always look for opportunities to share your faith and God's love with others; just as you grow up in it. 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, which we do when we love one another. Now 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.

In Christ's love

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