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Bulls, goats and ashes
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For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh [is OK for an earthly picture]: how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, [really] purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
These verses indicate that only bulls and goats, and even ashes, were used as symbols of cleansing of sins in the earthly sanctuary services, so why do all the modern gospel teachers constantly refer to a lamb as the symbol of it?
The confusion is caused by the mixing of two different pictures. One depicts the initial gift of salvation (justification), and the other the subsequent works of salvation (sanctification).
Our first encounter with the Son of God in the process of redemption is when we meet Him in our homes (or wherever), and there He is depicted as a Lamb. “For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us . . .” 1 Corinthians 5:7. That’s why it is written, “The next day John sees Jesus coming to him, and says, ‘Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world’.” John 1:29.
In the picture form, He is shown as using His “blood” to protect us and those associated with us, in our own house, in the act of justification.
Here is the ritual:
1 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 This month shall be to you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you [because that’s when you are re-born].
[Of course, this spiritual experience can take place at any time in an individual’s physical life,
but in the ritual service it was necessary to make it the beginning of the year,
to emphasise that it can only occur once in our lifetime.]
3 Speak you to all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take [choose, set aside] to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for a house: 4 and if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next to his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
[First Christ must be chosen as our Saviour,
and then a three day period was set aside to confirm our choice.
It was to be shared so that none of it would be left to be wasted.]
5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: you shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 6 and you shall keep it [although there were many physical animals it is always referred to as one] up until the fourteenth day of the same month [full moon]: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening [late afternoon].
[It could be either sheep or goat (but must be male) because we often have differing ideas
as to WHY He chose to do this for us.
Sheep like to congregate together while goats prefer to be independent.
Note that the goat is second choice.]
7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses [making the sign of a cross], wherein they shall eat it.
8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs [vegetables] they shall eat it. 9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden [boiled] at all with water, but roast with fire [to illustrate fiery persecution]; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.
10 And you shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and [if for any reason some does] that which remains of it until the morning you shall burn with fire [as a picture that the remainder has nothing to do with the ritual, for that is concerned only with the painting of the blood and the eating of the flesh].
11 And thus shall you eat it; with your loins girded [fully dressed], your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste [ready to leave Egypt, a picture of the world of slavery]: it is the LORD'S pass over.
12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
[This is a picture of the deaths of the rejecters of grace in the end of time.]
13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where you are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over [protect] you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
14 And this day shall be to you for a memorial; and you shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; you shall keep it a feast by an ordinance [a ritual] for ever.
Those who come to the Son God are shown as being protected by His “blood”.
Then they eat the “flesh” to illustrate His life IN them.
“Then Jesus said to them, Verily, verily, I say to you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, you have no [spiritual] life in you. Whoso eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He that eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, dwells in Me, and I in him. As the living Father has sent Me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats Me, even he shall live by Me”. John 6:53-57.
A little further on in the chapter:
21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said to them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. 22 And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.
[Having once partaken of the gift of God
we should not leave His house (the kingdom of heaven)
lest we be destroyed in the plague.
“And when He was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God comes not with observation: neither shall they say, ‘Lo here!’ or, ‘lo there!’ For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you”. Luke 17:20-21.]
23 For the LORD will [have to allow the destroyer to] pass through to smite the Egyptians [who refuse or neglect protection]; and when He sees the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over [hover over] the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you.
There is a destroying angel abroad who would like to kill all those whom the LORD does not constantly protect, therefore we need to come to Him before this can occur. All of this takes place OUTSIDE of the church.
Further on in the chapter we have these words:
43 And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance [rules] of the passover: There shall no stranger [non-Jew] eat thereof: 44 but every man's servant that is bought for money, when you have circumcised him [into your family], then shall he eat thereof. [There were to be no slaves (as we know the term) in Israel.]
45 A foreigner and a hired [daily] servant shall not eat thereof.
46 In one house shall it be eaten; you shall not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall you break a bone thereof. 47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. [We must go to where the Lamb is to eat it.]
48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with you, and will [wants to] keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it [the three days from choice to action allows time for healing]; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.
49 One law shall be to him that is home-born, and to the stranger that sojourns among you [every male partaker must be circumcised FIRST].
It is written: “Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked [proud and independent]”. Deuteronomy 10:16. “He is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God”. Romans 2:29.
Those who are changed into meekness of character to inherit the new earth are those who partake of the exchange of life with the Saviour, for it takes two distinct steps to be “born” again. First the “old” life must be removed, then the “new” life must be implanted. Today we would say, the “old man” must die, then the “new man” begins, which is why Christ used the term, “born AGAIN”. We cannot carry two spiritual lives at the same time, although as Christians we share a common physical humanity with those who are not followers of the LORD!
Using the illustration of a new marriage, it is written, “Know you not, brothers [and sisters], (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law [of God] has dominion over a man as long as he lives? For the woman which has a husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he lives; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband [a different law]. So then if, while her husband lives, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress [by the law of God]: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man”. Romans 7:1-3. It’s very important to note that we CANNOT have two “husbands” (controlling powers) within us at the same time, for no man (or woman) can serve two masters. Luke 16:13. We are EITHER in the group of the “sinners” or the “righteous”, depending on to whom we are “married”.
“Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand [pass] in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish”. Psalm 1:1-6.
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin [under the power of sin], that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are “dead” to sin [the old husband], live any longer therein?
3 Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection [being born again]: 6 knowing this, that our “old man” [the old husband] is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed [never to rise again], that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is “dead” is freed from [the power of] sin.
8 Now if we be “dead” with Christ [justified], we believe that we shall also “live” [sanctified] with Him: 9 knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more; death has no more dominion over Him. 10 For in that He died, He died to sin ONCE: but in that He lives, He lives to God.
11 Likewise reckon you also yourselves to be dead [ONCE] indeed to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our LORD.
All this is done in the power of the LAMB of God, who is now dwelling IN us as shown by the eating of the flesh of the lamb. (If your experience does not tally with this then you may have to recheck your rebirth.)
In the New Testament Jesus explained it another way. In the absence of a servant who would have washed the feet of all present to clean off the dust of the streets, He had taken on the role. “Then comes He to Simon Peter: and Peter says to Him, ‘LORD, do You wash my feet?’ [You shouldn’t do that! It’s demeaning.] Jesus answered and said to him, ‘What I do you know not now; but you shall know hereafter’. [It was a picture of the Christian life, and the work of God who is the greatest Servant of all.] Peter says to Him, ‘You shall never wash my feet’. Jesus answered him, ‘If I wash you not, you have no part with Me’. Simon Peter says to Him, ‘LORD, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head [all over]’. Jesus says to him, ‘He that is washed [in spiritual baptism] needs not save to wash his [spiritual] feet, but is clean every whit [all over]: and you are clean, but not all’. For He knew who should betray Him; therefore said He, ‘You are not all clean’.” John 13:6-11.
He that is washed in spiritual baptism with Christ has become clean all over, and after that only needs to confess individual acts of mistakes, of ignorance, and even contrition for deliberate actions, to be set right with God day by day. The Christian “walk” may dirty our “feet” but does not contaminate us all over again, even if we walk in muddy paths.
After that new beginning however, we must show the evidence of this action of His, and so we are instructed to come to the sanctuary of God (close to God’s presence) with various offerings for various reasons. The most important of these for our purpose today is the offering made during a confession of an ACTION of sin. We cannot say, “LORD, forgive me for I am a sinner” for that is no longer true, but we can say, “LORD I am a sinning Christian”. In this instance we must confess a particular sin.
Concerning another type of sin action, it is written,
“And it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these things, that he shall confess that he has sinned IN THAT THING: and he shall bring his trespass offering to the LORD for his sin which he has sinned, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats, for a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his sin”. Leviticus 5:5-6.
This is also described in the following words:
1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 speak to the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them:
3 If the priest [pastor] that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he has sinned, A YOUNG BULLOCK without blemish to the LORD for a sin offering . . .
13 And if the whole congregation of Israel sin through ignorance, and the thing be hid from the eyes of the assembly, and they have done somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which should not be done, and are guilty; 14 when the sin, which they have sinned against it, is known, then the congregation shall offer A YOUNG BULLOCK for the sin, and bring him before the tabernacle of the congregation . . .
22 When a ruler [elder] has sinned, and done somewhat through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD his God concerning things which should not be done, and is guilty; 23 or if his sin, wherein he has sinned, come to his knowledge; he shall bring his offering, A KID OF THE GOATS, A MALE without blemish: 24 and he shall lay his hand upon the head of the goat, and kill it in the place where they kill the burnt offering before the LORD: [but] it is a sin offering.
25 And the priest [who helps] shall take of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, and put [some of] it upon the horns of the [brass] altar of burnt offering [which is in the courtyard], and shall pour out [the rest of] his blood at the bottom of the altar of burnt offering [down the drain].
26 And he shall burn all his fat upon the altar, as the fat of the sacrifice of peace offerings [the dangerous parts]: and the priest shall make an atonement for him as concerning his sin, and it [that sin] shall be forgiven him.
27 And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he does somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty; 28 or if his sin, which he has sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the GOATS, a FEMALE without blemish [to represent himself, the “wife” of Christ], for his sin which he has sinned.
29 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering [confessing the particular sin of which he is guilty], and slay the sin offering in the place of the burnt offering [to show he has caused his own death].
30 And the priest shall take of the blood thereof with his finger, and put [some of] it upon the horns of the [brass] altar of burnt offering [in the courtyard], and shall pour out all the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar [a lot is wasted].
31 And he shall take away all the fat thereof [the dangerous parts], as the fat is taken away from off the sacrifice of peace offerings; and the priest shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour to the LORD; and the priest shall make an atonement for him, and IT SHALL BE FORGIVEN HIM.
[He could bring a lamb, a female lamb, but it was second choice.]
32 And if he bring a lamb for a sin offering, he shall bring it A FEMALE without blemish [it does NOT represent Christ].
33 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay it for a sin offering in the place where they kill the burnt offering. 34 And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the [brass] altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar [none of the confession of sin blood ever goes into the sanctuary]:
35 And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat of the lamb is taken away from the sacrifice of the peace offerings; and the priest shall burn them upon the altar, according to the offerings made by fire to the LORD: and the priest shall make an atonement for his sin that he has committed, and it shall be forgiven him.
So what happens to the EVIDENCE of “death”?
24 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 25 Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, This is the law [ritual] of the sin offering:
In the [same] place where the burnt offering is killed shall the sin offering be killed before the LORD: it is MOST holy [very dangerous].
26 The priest that offers it for sin shall eat it: in the holy place [a room near the sanctuary building] shall it be eaten, in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation [so the priest now bears the guilt (death) of the confession].
27 Whatsoever shall touch the flesh thereof shall be holy [other priests could also eat of it, but the main one was the assisting priest]: and when there is sprinkled of the blood thereof upon any garment, you shall wash that whereon it was sprinkled in the holy place. 28 But the earthen vessel wherein it is sodden [boiled] shall be broken: and if it be sodden in a brass pot, it shall be both scoured, and rinsed in water.
29 All the males among the priests shall eat thereof: it is most holy.
30 And no [body of the] sin offering, whereof any of the blood is brought into the tabernacle of the congregation to reconcile withal in the holy place, shall be eaten: it shall be burnt in the fire.
If the blood was NOT used in the building, the body was eaten to show a transfer of the penalty of the sin to the priest – if the blood WAS used in the building then the body was burnt OUTSIDE THE CAMP, on a ceremonially clean rubbish tip.
So when was the blood used?
3 If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he has sinned, a young bullock without blemish to the LORD for a sin offering.
[The priest who officiated for a common person was now the “sinner” in his place,
and needed to be cleansed of that sin!]
4 And he shall bring the bullock to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD; and shall lay his hand upon the bullock's head [confessing that sin as his own, as Christ does for us], and kill the bullock before the LORD.
5 And the priest that is anointed shall take of the bullock's blood [in a bowl], and bring it to the tabernacle of the congregation [the first room of the building]: 6 And the priest shall dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle of the blood seven times [on the ground] before the LORD, before [in front of] the veil of the sanctuary [the second room].
7 And the priest shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the [golden] altar of sweet incense [the altar of prayer] before the LORD, which is in the tabernacle of the congregation [the first room]; and shall pour all the [rest of the] blood of the bullock [in the drain] at the bottom of the [brass] altar of the burnt offering, which is at door of the tabernacle of the congregation [out in the courtyard].
8 And he shall take off from it all the fat of the bullock for the sin offering; the fat that covers the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, 9 and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away, 10 as it was taken off from the bullock of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall burn them upon the altar of the burnt offering [fat accumulates diseases].
11 And the skin of the bullock, and all his flesh, with his head, and with his legs, and his inwards, and his dung, 12 even the whole bullock shall he carry forth without the camp to a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn him on the wood with fire: where the ashes are poured out shall he be burnt [only the blood was used].
So, although a lamb’s blood was NEVER used in the sanctuary building, a bull’s blood was – and it was priest’s offering. In like manner, when a born again person confesses a sin, the Son of God takes the penalty of it from us and bears it for us. We can go home (or get up from our knees) forgiven and cleansed and thank Him for that. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. 1 John 1:9. At that point we can stand before a holy God as free of conscious sin.
But at some point He needs to be cleansed of that guilt and death.
As there was only one Passover experience each year, so there is only one Day of Atonement, or forgiveness each year. We can come at any time in our lives for confession and forgiveness, and come often, but the Son of man can only be cleansed of ours and all the other “born again” people once in His “lifetime”!! He “died” once and is “cleansed” once.
On that day the ritual shows Him using a bull’s blood to move the “deaths” from the first room into the second room (where God sits in judgment), and then making use of a goat’s blood to move them from there onto the scapegoat, the devil.
Thus it is written:
1 And the LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered [unholy incense] before the LORD, and died [for that could not give them protection];
2 And the LORD said to Moses, Speak to Aaron your brother [who represents the Son of God in the ritual], that he come not at all times into the holy place [the second room] within the veil before the Mercy Seat, which is upon the ark [representing God’s throne]; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the Mercy Seat.
3 Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with [the blood of] a young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering [of dedication].
4 He shall [then] put on the holy [plain white] linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on.
[Christ must put off His coloured (salvation) clothes
and wear plain white garments while He makes the atonement.]
5 And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel TWO [identical] kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.
6 And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house [his people, while wearing his coloured clothes].
7 And [before this] he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 8 And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat [God must choose which is His].
9 And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD'S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering [to obtain his blood, but without any confession of sin over it]. 10 But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD [later], to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.
11 And Aaron shall bring the bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and shall make an atonement for himself [confessing all his sins], and for his house, and shall kill the bullock of the sin offering which is for himself.
[At this point the Son of God is ready to confess all the sins
which He has been bearing for His people since the foundation of the world.]
12 And he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the [golden] altar before the LORD, and [fill] his hands full of sweet incense beaten small [clouds of smoke mean lots of prayers mixed with the righteousness of Christ], and bring it within the veil [into the second room]. 13 And he shall put the incense upon the fire [in the censer] before the LORD, that the cloud of the incense may cover the Mercy Seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not.
14 And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the Mercy Seat eastward; and before the Mercy Seat [on the ground] shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times [showing the transfer of the penalties of our sins as His own into the presence of God the Father].
15 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering [without any confession over it, so that that blood is sinless], that is for the people, and bring his blood within the veil, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the Mercy Seat, and before the Mercy Seat. [By doing this he “picks up” the “deaths” which were there] 16 and he shall make an atonement for the holy place [thus cleansing the second room], because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in ALL their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation [the first room], that remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness.
17 And there shall be no [other] man [or priest] in the tabernacle of the congregation when he goes in to make an atonement in the holy place, until he come out, and have made an atonement for himself, and for his household, and for all the congregation of Israel. “And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from His power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled”. Revelation 15:8. [There will be no more opportunity to confess sins while He is doing this ritual in the heavenly sanctuary.]
18 And he shall go out to the [golden] altar that is before the LORD [in the first room], and make an atonement [cleansing] for it; and shall take of the blood of the bullock, and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the [incense] altar round about. 19 And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel.
20 And when he has made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the [golden] altar [of prayer], he [a “fit” man] shall bring the live goat [to the door of the tabernacle]: 21 and Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him ALL the iniquities of the children of Israel, and ALL their transgressions in ALL their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness.
22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities to a land not inhabited: and he [the “fit” (capable) man] shall let go the goat [free] in the wilderness.
23 And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall put off the [plain] linen garments, which he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there [for next year]: 24 and he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his burnt offering [the ram], and the burnt offering of the people, and make an atonement for himself, and for the people. 25 And the fat of the sin offering shall he burn upon the altar.
26 And he that let go the goat for the scapegoat shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward come into the camp.
27 And the [bodies of the] bullock for the sin offering, and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall one carry forth without [outside] the camp; and they shall burn in the fire their skins, and their flesh, and their dung [on the clean rubbish heap]. 28 And he that burns them shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp.
29 And this shall be a statute for ever to you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourns among you: 30 for on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from ALL your sins before the LORD [in one moment]. 31 It shall be a sabbath of rest to you [a special day], and you shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever.
32 And the priest, whom He [God] shall anoint [in the future], 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: 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 [golden] altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation.
34 And this shall be an everlasting statute to you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year [once in a lifetime]. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses.
Our old past lives which He takes from us at the “pass over” are not transferred to the physical sanctuary, so they were NOT placed on the scapegoat. Christ as our Saviour, bears these for ever as part of His life, but that’s another story as we saw last week.
Regarding the daily offering of lambs, this is what is written:
38 Now this is that which you shall offer upon the altar; two lambs of the first year day by day continually [24/7].
39 The one lamb you shall offer in the morning [9am, the time of the morning incense/prayer offering]; and the other lamb you shall offer at even [3pm, the afternoon incense/prayer offering]. 40 And with the one lamb a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil; and the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering.
41 And the other lamb you shall offer at even, and shall do thereto according to the meat [food] offering of the morning, and according to the drink offering thereof, for a sweet savour, an offering [of dedication] made by fire to the LORD.
42 This shall be a continual burnt offering [every part of the animal was burnt, and the blood poured down the drain] throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD: where I will meet you, to speak there to you.
43 And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by My glory.
There was no confession of sin over these animals (no hands on the heads), for they represented the continual dedication of Christ on our behalf. I repeat, they were “burnt” offerings, not “sin” offerings and this is a great difference. One animal was placed on the altar at 9am and carefully consumed through to 3pm, when the other was joined to it and slowly and methodically consumed until 9am the next morning. Together they picture the Son of man hanging on the cross at Calvary from 9am to 3pm.
Through those words we can see that ONLY the blood of bulls and goats was used as a picture of cleansing us from sins. The blood of a lamb was used to protect us when we became Christians and this was done wherever we were at the time we asked for rescue from our past sinful lives. The “normal” transfer of the penalty of sin into the sanctuary (both first and second apartments) was pictured by the blood of the bull (a strong energetic animal representing the Son of God as a Saviour), while the final transfer was depicted by the blood of a sinless goat (a fitting emblem of the Son of God as a King).
Who wants to add (or subtract!) from these thoughts? I won't argue as I have stated, but I will publish your Scriptures so that we may review all the words of God on the subject.
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For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh [is OK for an earthly picture]: how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, [really] purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Just what part do the ashes of a heifer take in the ceremonies of dealing with sin?
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