An Outer Covering of Mercy
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An Outer Covering of Mercy
Compiled by JS Lowther
ReNEWed COVENANT Ministry
So hear we are if we would consider that it has been exactly 7 months to the day according to the moon’s 10th day that our Passover lamb would have been selected, so 7 – 10th days of the moon have occur at the day of Atonement, of course the Day of the triumphant entry of Christ as well into the Jerusalem and the Temple. The Day of Atonement was a day when the scapegoat and the YHWH’s goat of Atonement would be selected as well on the 10th day of the 7th month…
Let us read:
Lev_23:26 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 23:27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
Lev 23:28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.
Lev 23:29 For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.
Lev 23:30 And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people.
Lev 23:31 Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
Lev 23:32 It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.
As always this chapter of Leviticus shows the Feasts/ Seasons or Appointed times of the LORD, MUODI YHWH; among those times of special worship to be memorialized is this special day, a special Sabbath, even 23:32 a Sabbath of Sabbaths, or a Sabbath of Rest, a Rest of Rests. Yet in this Chapter YHWH does not call this a feast but a day, a day of Atonement, from what I have found, unless I’ve missed something, the day of Atonement is not a MUOD, that is it is not a feast in the same way all of the other feasts are, nor is it a cHaG but a Day. This is interesting because the Day of Atonement is the only day called a Sabbath which is not aligned with what we call the quarterly phases of the moon, what we as Heavenly Sabbath keepers call feasts or seasons the MUODIM of the Hebrew Scriptures. The Day of Atonement happens on the 10th day, started as all other Heavenly days on the evening prior of the very tail end of the 9th Day technically, yet it is reckoned as the 10th. The Day of Atonement is a Sabbath, yet it is not a MUOD or feast appointed in the same way as the regular Sabbaths and new moon’s are, as Psa 104:19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down., a verse most of us understand to explain the usage of the Moon to show the Lev 23 and Gen 1 season’s or MUODIM Sabbath, yet again the Day of Atonement is not among the MUODIM, however, due to it’s reckoning according to the lunar cycle as dictating months it’s very Day is reckoned according to the moon. This point is an important part of Heavenly Calendric understanding, as it substantiates an important suppositions of Lunar Sabbatarianism: That the other feasts mentioned are MUOD ‘s because they are in alignment with the quarterly phases upon which we sabbath regularly and 2 that like the Day of Atonement, so are other days reckoned my the moon while being governed by the sun due to day light; the last point perhaps unnecessary to be said.
The day of Atonement is a Day that is entirely special to YHWH, yet it is out side of the regular Sabbath cycle of the MUODIM signaled in conjunction with the signs of Gen_1:14 as specified in Exo_31:13, yet this day is deemed with the status of Sabbath, the intensity is added A SABBATH OF SABBATH’s thus for the reasons which we as men may only speculate upon YHWH has chosen this 10th day of the 7th New moon of the Heavenly and Agricultural year to be A day of Atonement a Sabbath of Rest to the children of Israel.
The word Atonement is in Hebrew KiPR or plural KiPRYM, a word which indicates generally a covering, the word is employed for the first time when Noah covered the Ark in pitch as to water proof it for to make it water tight and float in Gen_6:14, the word is also used when talking of the manna covering the face of the ground like hoarfrost in Exo_16:14, as well in Exo_25:1-40 when we read of the mercy-seat we are as well reading the word the KiPR-th, which is of course the object that YHWH commanded the high priest to appear before on the day of atonement, though out the scriptures this word is also randomly translated: forgiveness, ransom, sum of money and a few other odds and ends that imply in one way or another a COVERING, the Idea of the Hebrew word KiPR is a covering, the so called mercy seat was a covering or lid upon the ark, yet upon that covering the blood was placed as the legitimate covering upon the Day of atonement.
The Day of Atonement was for the people a Sabbath or Rest accompanied by soul affliction shown by fasting, sack cloth and ashes from a purely scriptural understanding, yet to the priest we find a bit of work when we read about the scapegoat, YHWH’s sacrificial goat, the washings every time he would leave the Holy place and re enter, the sabbath was the peoples part, as well as the soul affliction, to this the Priest was to endure as well on top of his duties that would only occur on this day..Some times at the height of fasting on this day I think of what it must have been like to be the priest before the altar of YHWH and smelling that sweet savor of roasting and burning flesh while not eating that day, it wouldn’t help.
But why did the people do this? did they believe they were atoning for their sins by sabbath and fasting? No that was the priests part of the Nation, it was he who made atonement, or covering for the people of Israel from the stranger with in his gate to his own family, they were all covered by the blood he sprinkled upon the altar, the atonement made on that day… but we even today still follow in this order, for those who fast today the power of atonement was never in the power of the common people but in the high priest and his God ordained office to make a covering for the people.
Lev_16:29 And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you:
Lev 16:30 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.
Lev 16:31 It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever.
Lev 16:32 And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest’s office in his father’s stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments:
Lev 16:33 And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation.
Lev 16:34 And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses.
THE PATTERN OF THE HEAVENLY
We may safely conclude, however, that this office and function is being fulfilled in the tabernacle in the heavens.
So, here is a simple crash course on how I believe this function of temple worship is happening today.
Heb_8:5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
Heb 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
Heb_9:6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
Heb 9:7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
Heb 9:8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
Heb 9:9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
Heb 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
Heb 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
Heb 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Heb 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Heb_9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
In this way on the Day of Atonement we as New Covenant recipients must keep in mind that the fasting we do, the affliction of our soul which we endure, which in truth is light compared to the suffering which could be, and the Sabbath we keep out side of the regular cycle of the weekly MUOD is only the reasonable service that we on earth present our selves for, before the atoning priest Jesu(s) the Christ, who executes this office in the tabernacle in the heavens, which is the true Tabernacle which Moses saw and patterned that which is earth of; yet even in the time of Moses if there was a pattern in Heaven there was a Temple, and if a Temple a ministration of the Temple, and a function executed by those ministers and the High Minister or High Priest. We can not speak of those things we have not seen not those things we have not read or heard, but we may safely conclude that YHWH had this service being executed by heavenly ministration as a pattern for Israel on earth since time unknown.
Now the word used for the word propitiation or Atonement in the post Christian scriptures of the new testament KJV ant it is the word used G2434 hilasmos in
Num_5:8 But if a man have no near kinsman, so as to make satisfaction for his trespass to him, the trespass-offering paid to the Lord shall be for the priest, besides the ram of atonement (εξ-ιλασεται which is Ex-hilasetai), by which he shall make atonement (G2434 hilasmos) with it for him.
Side by side these words are used, in the Hebrew the word is nearly identical KiPR, yet in the Greek Lxx the words show two different aspects of Atonement or propitiation, aspects which are important in understanding the work of Christ on our behalf, not that one needs that knowledge as it’s function is executed by Him, not us.
The interesting thought I’d like to offer is on the Greek word in the LXX used in place of the word KiPR, which is :
Ex-hilasetai is not represented by a Strong’s number because this word does not appear in the Greek new testament, rather the best way to show it is by looking at the prefix EX G1537, meaning or denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out…added to the prior word hilase, which is best understood as a form of mercy and by implication, atonement and or propitiation.
That is literally an outer mercy, so when we read the scriptures on the Atonement that occurred throughout the Law but especially on the Day of outward mercy, the Idea of Biblical Hebrew Atonement in the Greek was not as much of a visual covering but of the act, some would say a more abstract understanding, yet defining as to the covering of mercy or atonement implied by the Hebrew, as every act of KiPR mentioned prior was a covering by mercy.
It is due to the reality of the Heavenly Tabernacle, which is the literal, that all the atonement of the atonement on earth could only ever be an outer atonement or outer mercy that had ever been and can ever be on earth it is only a pattern of the Heavenly Temple where the Son of YHWH Jesu(s) the Christ officiates as High Priest literally. and this is why we do not find the Greek word ex-hilas in the new testament scriptures, because Christ’s atonement was not a outer atonement it was the literal.
Thus when we as the people of God worship according to the law upon the day of atonement with humility, fasting and sadness we must never forget that the sacrifice of Christ was the true propitiation since time unknown, and that as we worship our High priest is made atonement for us as we due our part. The Day of Atonement is another example of faith shown by works as taught by the James the brother of our Lord
Jas_2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Jas 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Though there are those who teach that the dead works of Heb_9:14 are the keeping of the works before ordained of the Law, we may boldly know better… that it is works with out faith which makes them DEAD, and more so we know that the blood of Christ purges our conscience from such sin which only leads to death.
Let our works be filled with faith and let them not be dead, having faith that our High priest makes atonement for his people.
Before judgment examine thyself,
in the day of visitation thou shalt find outer-atonement.
Humble thyself before thou be sick,
in the time of sins shew repentance.