“and the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. And Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, the head, and the fat, on the wood that is on the fire on the altar; but its entrails and its legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall burn all of it on the altar, as a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the LORD.”
Leviticus 1:7-9 ESV
What does it mean when the (Law) Torah talks about sacrifices for us following Christ? Is it applicable anymore? Why does this matter?
Without debating theology and who-believes-what. Post-martyrdom Christianity demonstrates Jesus becoming sin in which we as human beings would be made clean for eternity.
The Breakdown: God (Adonai/Elomheim) sent himself to Earth as a man, to be born as a son of man, live as a man, while being fully God, to learn as man learned, feel as man felt, live perfectly without sin, and then be willing to take on sin so that every WILLING human being may become clean and unstained from the world.
Made simple: Jesus died so that you could be forgiven. Forgiveness from Jesus does not mean that man after encountering the light of God can go on living a life in darkness after being brought in the light.
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
What does that mean about us?
Question: If we claim to have community with him but are actively pursuing sin, does that mean we are liars Alex? ~Yes…yes it does…
Woah…woah…woah! Wait..a…second… that doesn’t make me feel good!
Jesus is supposed to be love Alex…
He knows where I am at…
He understands the hardships of life.
Doesn’t the Bible say that: ‘once you say that Jesus Christ is Lord that I am going to heaven..’ Doesn’t it?
Answer: Yes…yes it does. Looking at our lives with an honest evaluation, can we honestly say that our hearts have been circumsized and the wickedness/wicked ways of who we once “WERE” have been cut away with Christ? (notice the past-tense here. For those who are in Christ are NEW CREATIONS, they are no longer slaves of sin, but in return are slaves of righteousness ~ who JESUS called friends – not servants, even though that’s exactly who and what we ARE for him)
The Law (Torah)
“So circumcise your heart, and stiffen your neck no longer. “For the Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe. “He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing. “So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. “You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name. “He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen. “Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons in all, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.
The Prophets (Nevi’im)
“If you, Israel, will return,
then return to me,”
declares the Lord.
“If you put your detestable idols out of my sight
and no longer go astray,
and if in a truthful, just and righteous way
you swear, ‘As surely as the Lord lives,’
then the nations will invoke blessings by him
and in him they will boast.”
This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and to Jerusalem:
“Break up your unplowed ground
and do not sow among thorns.
Circumcise yourselves to the Lord,
circumcise your hearts,
you people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem,
or my wrath will flare up and burn like fire
because of the evil you have done—
burn with no one to quench it.
The Writings (Kethuvim)
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Thy presence, and do not take Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit.”
Now I hope you [the reader] realize the heart of the message that is being wrote about. I realize that people may or may not have stopped reading, turned to read a text message, started swiping left on their smartphone, or ignored what this message was. For those of you who continued reading onward to gain the prize I COMMEND YOU! I pray that you did realize the heart here are the desperate cry from the heart of David to get this part of our walk down right!
If you are grasping at the message here it is this:
The implied meaning here is that your insides also have to WASHED out and cleaned by our High Priest Jesus Christ.
When we present ourselves as a living sacrifice to The Lord. We bring ourselves to Him so that we can give our Life to HIM. We allow Him to strike us down and wash out the internals and allow us to be made clean.
Question: Does this really apply to me or is this just some fahrvergnugen-sales-pitch-propaganda-thingy-ma-bobber?
No it does not apply to you… It applies to EVERYONE
Let’s smash some idols and false beliefs here and hop into Faith 101:
Jesus is our High-Priest. So HE is the one that is cleaning out the guts of the sacrifice. It was always up to the Levitical Priest to do the cleaning to prepare the sacrifice to be burned. Wouldn’t it make sense if in the 21st Century of today we just brought ourselves to the altar of God so that our High Priest (JC the Son of Man) could clean us and prepare us to cleanse our sin?
Let’s look a little deeper into some Scripture to understand the meaning.
“Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
but a body have you prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings
you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,
as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’”
There is a preparation of the body of Christ (i.e. the church) that we are transitioning from Childhood onto Adulthood (i.e. spiritual Bar Mitzvah/ Bat Mitzvah). When we are born into the faith, we are a child ~ we reason, think, and act like a child. When we go onto maturity we no longer act, think, and reason like a child due to our completeness being held to the entire TaNaKh (Law, Prophets, Writings)
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.”
We MUST realize how uber weak our flesh is. Only then we will be able to see what kind of man/woman we are in Christ and how we can actually do something about it.
We realize that life is not about materials, status, or money we accumulate but a life that is pleasing to God. For if we stick to our narrow road, there will be a life of eternal relationship with The King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords. We will be moving into eternal life with him.
We are all call to different walks of life, but all of us have the same objectives:
“so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Our Hebrew Brethren were onto something when Moses gave The commandments and instructed the Men of God how to please Our Creator…Farther then looking at the Ten Commandments; The Lord gave a the Israelites a model for the Levitical Priests to execute FIVE different sacrifices.
The Levites performed these sacrifices for different purposes depending on the situation.
The five sacrifices: Burnt, Meal, Fellowship, Sin, Trespassing.
“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.”
Not performing the sacrifices the prescribed way could potentially produce the wrath of God if the people did not follow the proper way.
Find a few more details on sacrifices to read up here and also read chapters 1-6 in Leviticus (if you haven’t read them in the Bible…please, do yourself and your spiritual family a favor and READ it)
As we read throughout the Old Testament (OT) we see that the teachers, leaders, kings, priests, prophets did not always follow the commandments of Adonai (God The Father). Sadly, obedience was something that seemed to always leaven the nation of Israel.
- Just because a few people did not follow correctly DOES NOT give us the right to tell God that we won’t follow it either.
- Each one of us looks into the Law and judges his life according to the Word of God.
- You can actively choose to have your “Guts washed out” or not. Either way, the blood of your choice is off my hands because you read the article.
- You understand now that your life is not your own, and that you have to bring your sacrifice to the altar…and Jesus is going to washing you inside and out.
“You’re welcome guys!”
We as Christians are believers in YAHWEH ~ God that he manifested himself as Jesus Christ and resurrected three days after cruxifixction, finally he returned to his disciples and donated The Holy Spirit to them.
Question: Sooo….does that mean if I am a kingdom builder that I am just supposed to sit back and wait??
Answer: I’ve been scrolling here for a long time.. I’ve got a vague concept of what we’re talking about Alex..But honestly I don’t know if I can do this.
Does a soldier only train when he’s in combat or does he train before he gets there?
Hopefully you’ve chosen correct, but sometimes The Lord will still give you the right answer even if you guessed wrong.
ALEX….WILL YOU JUST STOP FOR A SECOND….
What if I feel like this is too tough?
I cannot seem to get this stuff right?
What if I don’t have it in me?
I’m not strong to cut away this sin that’s in my life…
Everyone around me doesn’t encourage/believe in me. How am I supposed to do what I am supposed to?!
Pause (Selah): Know this. Everything is possible through Christ.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
So in recap:
- Bring your guts to Jesus
- Trust that Jesus your High Priest can clean you
- Listen to God’s Instruction
- Focus on your purity instead of your own comfort
- Be persistent when God has instructed you
- You can do it. Never stop fighting.
- We do not sit on the throne to erect judgement on ourselves. That is God’s job. Follow his word.
I love you all so much. I’m really writing blogs like these because I know that I would read them and it helps me study the Word. I know its a lot of mind vomit on a page, but I promise it will get better. I’d love any suggestions or topics you all would love to read up on.
Love you guys!!
~AB aka Coach Pineapple