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pt. 1 A Law of Sacrifice

 Pt.1 A Law of Sacrifice 

What sacrifice does the Law and the Gospel require?
What is the only sacrifice and offering able to take away sin?
How do you offer sacrifice as a New Covenant Christian?
We start to answer this question here on this first day of Tabernacle / Feast of Ingathering as we begin to offer our sacrifices unto the LORD GOD of Israel.
Blessed be YHWH the one name of the
Father, and the Son and of the Holy Spirit
Amen

 

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Pt.1 A Law of Sacrifice 

 

Rom_12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Rom 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

This beseeching or begging of Paul is twofold of one point in speaking to Christians.

Paul begs us to present ourselves to God and by His mercy to be a living sacrifice, and of such he says by the holy spirit it is our reasonable or logical service.
So, whatever a living sacrifice is according to this context we are told it is by God’s mercy and it is reasonable though it be somewhat sacrificial.

The first context immediate to this verse is stated in verse 2 is the first point:
be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
In this way we see our duty as Christians to sacrificially give our lives to the will of God.

And secondly of this reasonable service we are told in verse 3:
Rom 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 

now the context continues on in telling us that every man’s reasonable service is different based on the measure of Faith God graciously gives. but the simple fold and second point here is “not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 

This is ultimately a call to sacrifice ourselves, our mind to the Father through the use of the holy Spirit, to think reasonably about our selves, wo we are what are abilities are and what Faith we have and to devote our selves to Christ in a sacrificial yet living way, transformed by Him in the way in which our mind functions as far as what we live for.

We are called to be a sacrifice, a living sacrifice.

In the Law of God in Num 28-29 you would find that every day in the morning and evening the priest offered sacrifices to God which he commanded, every Sabbath at the changing of the moon the priest offered a special sabbath offering, on the new moon every month a special monthly sacrifice and offering was offered to God too.
And on every holy day given to the priests was a sacrifice given: every day of unleavened bread, the day of the first fruits and wave sheaf, Pentecost, on the special new moon of trumpets and on the day of atonements, and also on every day of the feast of tabernacles or Ingathering.

Often times the general dispensational Christian attitude is good riddance to the sacrifices and offerings, I’m glad they are gone.
But did you know that other than the tithes which funded the sacrificial offering system, only priest was ever bothered with any sacrifice of this kind?
That is right the priest was the one who did all the work sacrificing for all this.

The only exception to the holy days was the Passover, when the common father was commanded to kill a lamb for dinner and eat it, not offer it on an altar.

And While the priest of the Lord did all this work, and the people gave the beves, sheep and goats and doves to the priests, on these special times of the days throughout the year the common man, woman and child of Israel were to devoted themselves as living sacrifices whole and acceptable to God.

two sets of verse demonstrate this:
Those which speak of the sacrifice and offering of the mouth and lip, such as:

Psa_119:108  Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments.

And those which speak of sacrifice of selfishness and lust in preference towards the ways of God:

Pro_21:3  To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

So beside what the priest did according to the command of God, the people’s part was to live sacrificial lives in preference to justice by His law and in reasonable judgment (critical thought).
And part of the sacrificial life was the offering of freewill offering of our mouth.
Psa_69:30-32 speaks of this freewill offering like this:

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Psa 69:31  This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
Psa 69:32  The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

So, a life devoted to God’s justice and contemplating his judgment is the reasonable service of the Christian, ad has been in all ages, and beside this the freewill offerings of thanksgiving sacrifice like “an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs” is actually better and pleases the Lord more than his very own commands for blood and fat.
Jesus Christ is the lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world the Scriptures teach us, his blood was, is and will be the only blood that can eternally be upon the altar of heaven to satisfy the sin of the world, and very much every Christian of every age has known this, every Godly priest and offerer knew by faith that the sacrifices in the temple were a representation of that temple built with out hands which Moses saw
Exo_25:40/ Heb_8:5 And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount. 
And so what Paul tells us in Eph 5 was a standard forever held by the people of God who had faith counted as righteousness:

Eph_5:1  Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Eph 5:2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Eph 5:3  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
Eph 5:4  Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

The example is that ” walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us” How?

…given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God…
This includes the devotion of our lives to justice and judgment and the forsaking of all these unclean and covetous acts listed in preference to “giving thanks”-

Even Jesus said in the Psalm as the speaking coming Messiah

Psa_116:17  I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.

The sacrifice of our praise, thanksgiving, the free offerings of our mouth are to accompany our life devoted to God’s justice and judgment, our mercy and love, these are our sacrifices today no differently than they have been in the days of Moses. This is our part of the sacrificial obligations which we have to offer to God, Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.
Like Christ was the only true eternal sacrifice since the foundations of the world, and all the blood and fat of the  sacrifices were but imagery to reflect His glory, as the people part was to praise, give thanks and ing unto the Lord and call upon his name in living sacrifice first offered in justice and judgment, so today we having the part of the people of God have no less a requirement upon us every morning, evening, sabbath, new moon, or holy day.

Today for us in is the first day, now entering into the second day of the feast of Tabernacles otherwise called the feast of Ingathering.
Throughout the week of Tabernacles and on all the other feasts we have commands from God, which expressly asks of the people through the priest hood for sacrifices and offerings.

 

Lev 23:33  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 23:34  Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.
Lev 23:35  On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Lev 23:36  Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.

Num 29:12  And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work, and ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days:
Num 29:13  And ye shall offer a burnt offering, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD; thirteen young bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of the first year; they shall be without blemish:
Num 29:14  And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals unto every bullock of the thirteen bullocks, two tenth deals to each ram of the two rams,
Num 29:15  And a several tenth deal to each lamb of the fourteen lambs:
Num 29:16  And one kid of the goats for a sin offering; beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and his drink offering.

Why can’t we sacrifice today on an altar to fulfill these laws?

Lev 17:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 17:2  Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them; This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, saying,
Lev 17:3  What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp,
Lev 17:4  And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering unto the LORD before the tabernacle of the LORD; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people:
Lev 17:5  To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the LORD.
Lev 17:6  And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the LORD.
Lev 17:7  And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.
Lev 17:8  And thou shalt say unto them, Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that offereth a burnt offering or sacrifice,
Lev 17:9  And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer it unto the LORD; even that man shall be cut off from among his people.

It is so easy for us as men to see the imagery of the temple, the blood and the fire and thee smoke and think in our mind that it was this work of men offered at the command of God that took away sin, but what we should see is Jesus.

Heb 2:9  … who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
Heb 2:10  For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

The reality we are taught throughout the Scripture, and plainly in the book of Hebrews is that:

 

Heb 10:4  … it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
Heb 10:5  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
Heb 10:6  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
Heb 10:7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Heb 10:8  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
Heb 10:9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Heb 10:11  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
Heb 10:12  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
Heb 10:13  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
Heb 10:14  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

 

As Nathan the Prophet said unto David the man after God’s own heart
2Sa_12:13 … The LORD also hath put away thy sin”

So, like David, even in a time when the altar stood and could receive such sacrifice and offering, what we see is forgiveness based on Faith, and as Paul and Hebrews tells us, such forgiveness of sin and imputation of righteousness only flows from the sacrifice of Christ and always ever has.

We like David, who present our body living sacrifice and offer praise and thanksgiving offering as the calves and bulls of our lips should also know that all our thanksgiving, peace, trespass and sin has been settled by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ our Lamb slain before the foundation of the world.

Even if we like David need the full expungement of sin to allows to continue to live unto Christ as living sacrifices let us also know that by Jesus Christ the Lord hath also put away our sin by his sacrifice, through blood eternal, ever able in all ages to cleans us and make us white as snow.

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About JS Lowther

I am a servant of YHWH through his perfect Son Jesu(s) Christ who's redemption power of my soul I have Faith in. Having been redeemed by the blood of Christ, I wish to no longer spend my time in the lusts of the flesh and of this world, but to promote the Gospel of the Kingdom by means of the New Covenant, a reNewal of the Covenant YHWH God has made with his people Israel in the blood of Christ (Jer 31:31 and Heb 8:8) which writes the Law of God upon the Heart and Mind beside the forgiveness of sin and transgressions. It is my mission to show the Israel of God the Salvation which is taught by the Scripture Alone and offered in all ages by Grace Alone through Faith Alone in the work of Christ Alone to the Glory of GOD Alone. I believe Christ Jesus is the incarnate Son of God as the WORD made flesh, and the son of man born of the virgin Mary conceived of the Holy Spirit: I believe Christ Jesus Lived a perfect life for us as a living sacrifice as well as a pattern of the Sanctified newness of life a believer has in Him, I believe Christ Jesus died a cursed death on the Cross for His people of Covenant who are sinners, and I believe in Christ Jesus who Resurrected with power from Death from the grave to Justify the offenders. This is the same Jesus who is indeed the Son of David and king of Israel, who is both LORD and Christ over all the kings and dominions of the earth! In the fullness of time YHWH will regather his people under the Head of the Church Jesu(s) Christ to effect his will according to the Lord's prayer, Psalm 2, 8 and 110 as well as Genesis 1:26. The focus of my administration of the Gospel is like unto my Lord's who said "I have come not but for the lost sheep of the house of Israel.."(Mathew 15:24), and so I have come to my European kinsman according to the flesh. As a modern day Puritan separatist it is my goal to purify the church of Christ with Faith heretofore stated. I am studying to show my self approved, if you have any questions just ask!

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