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The food offerings

Query for the Month

of

September 2014

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In this reply the old-fashioned words of the KJV have been modernised, and in some instances, the man-made punctuation has been altered for greater understanding.  Some of the comments are adapted from books in my library.  No recognition is given because they are not intended as authorities, but are used because they express my understanding clearly.  All the ideas expressed in this article, right or wrong, are my own.   


Query:

Leviticus 2:

1 And when any will offer a meat [food] offering to the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon: 2 and he shall bring it to Aaron's sons the priests: and he [the priest] shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and [a portion] of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial [the sample] of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour to the LORD:

What did this offering mean? Was there food in the sanctuary rituals?

Why was there no blood? Why no evidence of death?

Response:

The list of the rituals in the Book of the Law goes on to explain that just offering our lives to be used or not as the LORD chooses, is not sufficient. We must also volunteer all the possessions we have in a BLOODLESS offering. As we read, let’s not miss the humanity in these rituals, or think of them as merely ceremonial acts, when they were really intended to be occasions of joy as well.

So we have a cereal offering added to the animal one as an opportunity to SHOW that joy.

    Leviticus 2:

1 And when any will offer a meat [food] offering to the LORD, his [her] offering shall be of fine [well ground] flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put [some clumps of] frankincense thereon. 2 And he shall bring it to [one of] Aaron's sons the priests [in the courtyard]: and he [the priest] shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and [some] of the oil thereof, with ALL the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial [sample] of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour [of joy] to [the heart of] the LORD.

3 And the remnant of the meat [food] offering shall be Aaron's and his sons' [to be used as they see fit]: it is a thing MOST HOLY [very precious] of the offerings of the LORD made by fire [for when we give our money and our possessions as well as our lives we are in earnest].

Today the same principle holds good. If we are unwilling to give ALL that we possess (in promise), then we are not fit to be members of the kingdom of heaven, unlike God the Father who has given us TOTALLY ALL that He holds dear. These opportunities were entirely separate from the 10% tithe which the LORD asked for in order to support the Levites in their ministry of the tabernacle, and were only given when individuals wanted to. Certainly not as when TV evangelists and others plead for it!

But we can improve on what we have been given as stewards:

    Matthew 25:

14 "For [the LORD of] the kingdom of heaven is as a Man travelling into a far country, who called His own servants [those who profess to serve Him], and delivered to them His goods. 15 And to one He gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several [individual] ability; and straightway took His journey.

16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and dug in the earth, and hid his LORD's money.

19 After a long time the LORD of those servants came, and reckoned with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, "LORD, You delivered to me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more". 21 His LORD said to him, "Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter you into the joy of your LORD".

22 He also that had received two talents came and said, "LORD, You delivered to me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them". 23 His LORD said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter you into the joy of your LORD".

24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, "LORD, I knew You that You are a hard [to get along with] Man [loving rituals], reaping where You have not sown, and gathering where You have not strowed [scattered seed]: 25 and I was afraid [of You], and went and hid Your talent in the earth: lo, there You have that is Yours".

26 His LORD answered and said to him, "You wicked and slothful servant, you knew [believed] that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strowed: 27 you ought therefore to have put My money to the exchangers [in the bank], and then at My coming I should have received My own with usury [interest]". [You should have acted on your belief.]

28 [Then He spoke to the angels] "Take therefore the talent from him, and give it to him which has ten talents [for he will know what to do with it]. 29 For to every one that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that has not shall be taken away even that which he has. 30 And cast you the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

So this is what is pictured here in the "meat" offering.

    Leviticus 2:

4 And if you bring an oblation [offering] of a meat [food] offering BAKED IN THE OVEN, it shall be UNLEAVENED cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, or unleavened wafers anointed with oil.

5 And if your oblation be a meat [food] offering BAKED IN A PAN, it shall be of fine flour unleavened, mingled with oil. 6 You shall part it in pieces, and pour oil thereon: it is a meat [food] offering.

7 And if your oblation be a meat [food] offering BAKED IN THE FRYINGPAN, it shall be made of fine flour with oil.

8 And you shall bring the meat [food] offering that is made of these things to the LORD: and when it is presented to the priest, he shall bring it to the altar. 9 And the priest shall take from the meat [food] offering a memorial [a sample] thereof, and shall burn it upon the altar: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour to the LORD.

10 And that which is left of the meat [food] offering shall be Aaron's and his sons': it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the LORD made by fire.

However, there is a stipulation:

    Leviticus 2:

11 No meat [food] offering, which you shall bring to the LORD, shall be made with leaven [yeast]: for you shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the LORD made by fire.

Although we may improve the gifts of God in natural ways and "cook" them to suit our tastes (or that of the recipients), we must not unnecessarily try to inflate their value by adding "yeast" (pride), for "a little leaven leavens the whole lump". Galatians 5:9. Do you remember the parable of the Pharisee and the publican? (Luke 18:9-14.) One boasted of what he had done, while the other relied on God’s mercy, for he really understood the conditions of entry into the kingdom. "Jesus answered and said to him [Nicodemus], Verily, verily, I say to you, Except a man be born again [a second time], he cannot SEE the kingdom of God . . . Verily, verily, I say to you, Except a man be BORN [again] of water and of the Spirit, he cannot ENTER into the kingdom of God". John 3:3-5.

We need to get off our "high horse" and get down among the "foot soldiers".

We may not "sweeten" the gift with "honey" either, by attempting to "bribe" God with a "If You do this, I’ll do that" section in our prayer. Or the reverse! "I’ve done that, so You should do this!" But how many speak like that today in their prayers!

Apart from the voluntary offerings, the LORD also asked for specific ones at definite times or in definite ways. For example, "You shall not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened [representing sinful] bread; neither shall the fat of My sacrifice remain until the morning.

"The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the LORD your God.

"[Then He added;] You shall not seethe [boil] a kid in his mother's milk" [for that would be adding insult to injury]. Exodus 23:18-19.

Then there were the special cases:

    Leviticus 2:

12 As for the oblation of the firstfruits, you shall offer them to the LORD: but they shall NOT be burnt on the altar for a sweet savour.

13 And every oblation of your meat [food] offering shall you season with salt; neither shall you suffer the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your meat [food] offering: with all your offerings you shall offer salt.

God asked for the firstfruits of each harvest to remind the people that He gives the increase, and requested that they be delivered into the priests’ hands for them to have as their own crops, because they did not share in the use of the land. Numbers 8:14, 19; 18:24.

The casting of salt upon the "burnt" and the "meat" offerings represents the presence of the Holy Spirit and His effect upon the life and possessions of the contrite one. It also pictures some of the experiences of the offerer, for Jesus told us, "For every one shall be salted with fire [persecutions, 2 Timothy 3:12], and [therefore] every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltiness, wherewith will you season it [make it tasty again]? Have salt in yourselves [overcoming your experiences] and have peace [love] one with another". Mark 9:49-50. "We know that we have passed from "death" to "life", because we love the brothers [and sisters, inside and outside the church]. He that loves not his brother is a murderer [for the opposite of love is hate]: and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him". 1 John 3:14-15.

    Leviticus 6:

14 And this is the law [the general rules] of the meat [flour or cereal] offering: [one of] the sons of Aaron shall offer it before the LORD, before the altar [in combination with a burnt offering]. 15 And he shall take of it his handful, of the flour of the meat [food] offering, and [some] of the oil thereof, and ALL the frankincense which is upon the meat [food] offering [for it represents the righteousness of Christ], and shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour, even the memorial of it, to the LORD.

16 And the remainder thereof shall Aaron and his sons eat: with unleavened bread shall it be eaten in the holy place; in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation they shall eat it. [There were special rooms around the courtyard for special rituals.]

17 It shall not be baked with leaven. I have given it to them [the priests] for their portion of MY OFFERINGS made by fire; it is most holy, as is the sin offering, and as the trespass offering. 18 All the males among the children of Aaron shall eat of it. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations concerning the offerings of the LORD made by fire: every one that touches them shall be[come ritually] holy [separate].

Some of the food offerings were classified as God’s alone, and others were to be thought of as God’s and man’s, like the Ten Commandments where just as some sins are against Him only and others are committed against our fellows (in which He has an interest for they are all His children).

There was no request for a set amount, that decision is ours to make. However, apart from the voluntary food offering, the LORD also asked for the first units of every crop to be given to His priests. The priest on duty would burn a sample and any priest could eat of the rest in a ceremonial way as part of their food.

    Leviticus 2:

14 And if you offer a meat [food] offering of your firstfruits to the LORD, you shall offer for the meat [food] offering of your firstfruits green ears of corn dried by the fire, even corn beaten out of full ears.

["Freshly cut grain, either roasted or coarsely ground,[a] must be used when you offer the first part of your grain harvest". Contemporary English Version (CEV)]

15 And you shall put oil upon it, and lay [some clumps of] frankincense thereon: it is a meat [food] offering. 16 And the priest shall burn the memorial of it, part of the beaten corn thereof, and part of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof: it is an offering made by fire to the LORD.

Thus we learn that to share is good in God’s sight. "By Him [our Redeemer] therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name [character]. But to do good and to communicate [share with others] forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased". Hebrews 13:15-16.

This leads us to the next offering that God desired, for in the fully dedicated disciple of God all three of these rituals would be offered together. It was not cheap to be a Christian (Christ follower) in those days! Nor should it be today! (It cost God His most cherished possession!)

    Leviticus 3:

1 And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offer it of THE HERD; whether it be A MALE OR FEMALE [bull or cow], he shall offer it without blemish before the LORD.

2 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering [identifying with it], and kill it at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation [in the killing place]: and [one of] Aaron's sons the priests shall sprinkle the blood upon the [brass] altar round about. 3 And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering [as] an offering made by fire to the LORD the fat that covers the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, 4 and the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.

[Fat holds diseases and germs etc. and is not good to eat.]

5 And [one of] Aaron's sons shall burn it [the fatty bits] on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour to the LORD.

[The offering could be a sheep:]

6 And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering to the LORD be of THE FLOCK; MALE OR FEMALE, he shall offer it without blemish. 7 If he offer a lamb for his offering, then shall he offer it before the LORD. 8 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and [one of] Aaron's sons shall sprinkle the blood thereof round about upon the altar.

9 And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire to the LORD; the fat thereof, and the whole rump, it shall he take off hard by the backbone; and the fat that covers the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, 10 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. 11 And the priest shall burn it upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire to the LORD.

                                        [It could even be a goat, but it is for a Thank You, not a sin offering:]

12 And if his offering be A GOAT [male or female], then he shall offer it before the LORD. 13 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of it, and kill it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and [one of] the sons of Aaron shall sprinkle the blood thereof upon the altar round about. 14 And he shall offer thereof his offering, even an offering made by fire to the LORD; the fat that covers the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, 15 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. 16 And the priest shall burn them upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet savour: all the fat is the LORD’s.

17 It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that you eat neither fat nor blood [for they are not good for your health].

The different animals were also an indicator of economic wealth, and typify our "spiritual wealth" today, for we should offer to our Saviour the best and the most we can afford. As we have seen, this "peace offering" was a "Thank You" offering, and here is a typical prayer to go with it.

"Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me,

Bless His holy name [character].

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:

who forgives all your iniquities;

who heals all your diseases;

who redeems your life from destruction;

who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

who satisfies your mouth with good things;

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's".

Psalm 103:1-5.

Only the dangerous to health (fatty) portions were burnt on the altar in the courtyard because most of the rest of the animal was to be eaten by the offerer and his friends, (except the blood of course), which was always poured out onto the earth around the base of the altar – it was NOT taken into the building. But some edible parts were for the helpers in the system, the priests and Levites.

    Leviticus 7:

11 And this is the law [the general rules] of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer to the LORD.

12 If he offer it for a [normal] thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried. 13 Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings. [This was to be a complete meal, but no mention is made of vegetables which were scarce in the wanderings, but available in the occupation. However, they do not register as important in the sanctuary services, for it is built around the life and death of the Son of God.]

14 And of it he shall offer one [as a sample] out of the whole oblation for a heave offering to the LORD [lifted up high], and it shall be the priest's that sprinkles the blood of the peace offerings. 15 And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving [a simple thank You for an unrequested gift from God] shall be eaten the same day that it is offered; he shall not leave any of it until the morning [don’t delay to show your gratitude].

16 But if the sacrifice of his offering be [for] a vow [the evidence of a promise fulfilled], or a voluntary offering [just for love], it shall be eaten the same day that he offers his sacrifice: and on the morrow also the remainder of it shall be eaten [you may linger over your love and thanks]. 17 But the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burnt with fire [totally destroyed on the clean rubbish heap].

18 And if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings be eaten at all on the third day, it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be imputed to him that offers it: it shall be an abomination, and the soul that eats of it shall bear his iniquity [for Christ was alive on the third day, and to disbelieve this was to be lost].

[It was in such subtle ways that the Hebrews were taught the gospel.]

19 And the flesh that touches any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be [ritually] clean shall eat thereof [having gone through the cleansing ceremony]. 20 But the soul that eats of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, that pertain to the LORD, having his uncleanness [unconfessed, and therefore unforgiven conscious sins] upon him, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.

This time, the offerer added as many unleavened cakes cooked in various ways as he or she desired, but also had to supply some leavened bread to show that he knew that he was not sinless, but was still ignorant of his or her unknown sins.

It is written, "If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleans us from all sin. [However,] if we say that we have no [unknown] sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us". 1 John 1:6-8.

We should be free (forgiven) of any previously known transgressions as evidenced by the feet-washing before the LORD’s supper, where we can take the opportunity to clear any problems with our "neighbour". (1 Corinthians 11:27-28.)

Again, a sample of the offering was taken and this time "heaved" above the priest’s shoulder for all to see. In the same manner, the right shoulder of the animal was given to him as his share. (Leviticus 7:32-34.) The rest was to be eaten by the offerer and his friends.

Normally, the flesh of the "Thank You" offering for a gift from God had to be eaten on the same day, and this necessitated a group of people being with the offerer, so it became the basis for a religious feast and a get-together. However, if the "thank You" came from the contrite offerer, then an extra day was allowed for its consumption, because sometimes it takes a little while to organise a larger group. In such a simple way, the LORD ensured that a grateful Hebrew could share his gratitude by a social gathering, the singing of joyful songs and general happiness.

Any remainder not consumed on the second day (and that would be a waste), had to be burned, because the Source of all gifts was to be alive on the third day and all the blessings we receive come through His "life" and not His "death". This is often misunderstood: "For He taught his disciples, and said to them, ‘The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill Him; and after that He is killed, He shall rise the third day’. But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask Him". Mark 9:31-32.

Here is an explanation:

"Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such a High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; a minister [worker] of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the LORD pitched, and not man. For every [earthly] high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this Man have somewhat also to offer [from heaven]. Hebrews 8:1-3.

There is one more important set of verses regarding this matter:

    Leviticus 7:

21 Moreover the soul that shall touch any unclean thing, as the uncleanness of man, or any unclean beast, or any abominable unclean thing, and eat of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which pertain to the LORD, even that soul shall be cut off from his people. [There is a ritual for cleansing which we came across a couple of months ago.]

22 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 23 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, You shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat. 24 And the fat of the beast that dies of itself, and the fat of that which is torn with beasts, may be used in any other use: but you shall in no wise eat of it. 25 For whosoever eats the fat of the beast, of which men offer an offering made by fire to the LORD, even the soul that eats it shall be cut off from his people [and not saved].

26 Moreover you shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings. 27 Whatsoever soul it be that eats any manner of blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.

28 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 29 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, He that offers the sacrifice of his peace offerings to the LORD shall bring his oblation to the LORD of the sacrifice of his peace offerings. 30 HIS OWN HANDS shall bring the offerings of the LORD made by fire, the fat with the breast, it shall he bring, that the breast [which contains the heart] may be waved for a wave offering before the LORD [to be seen by "the watchers and the holy ones"].

[The law does not allow for substitutes in these offerings because righteousness is NOT transferable. Contrary to some modern practises, we cannot ask others to pray for us, or do our good deeds. The latest idea that we can sway the hand of God, or get Him to do something ONLY because we ask for it, is NOT scriptural.]

31 And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar: but the breast [a picture of the heart] shall be Aaron's and his sons' [for all the priests]. 32 And the right shoulder [a picture of strength] shall you give to the priest for a heave offering of the sacrifices of your peace offerings. 33 He among the sons of Aaron, that offers the blood of the peace offerings, and the fat, shall have the right shoulder for his part.

34 For the wave breast and the heave shoulder have I taken of the children of Israel from off the sacrifices of their peace offerings, and have given them to Aaron the priest and to his sons [and all their families] by a statute for ever from among the children of Israel.

35 This is the portion of the anointing of Aaron, and of the anointing of his sons, out of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, in the day when He presented them to minister to the LORD in the priest's office; 36 which the LORD commanded to be given them of the children of Israel, in the day that He anointed them, by a statute for ever throughout their generations. [Consider Exodus 28:41-43; 30:25-33.]

In like manner, we should take care to share our goods and happiness with our religious helpers as well as those in need.

But "Thank You’s" are not as common as we would think, for only one of a group of ten lepers thanked Jesus for healing them of their deadly disease (which represented the corruption of inward sin). I wonder how many who have been granted power over their inward sinmaster have thanked Him properly?

We are told:

"And as He entered into a certain village, there met Him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: and they lifted up their voices, and said, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us’. And when He saw them, He said to them, ‘Go show yourselves to the priests [for verification of the healing]’. And it came to pass, that, AS THEY WENT, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified [praised] God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks: and he was a Samaritan [they were enemies of the Jews]. And Jesus answering said, ‘Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger [foreigner]’. And He said to him, ‘Arise, go your way: your faith [and works] has made you [permanently] whole’. Luke 17:12-19.

Consider Simon the leper, who had been healed and was now having a "Thank You" meal in his house. Matthew 26:6.

    Luke 7:

36 And one of the Pharisees desired Him that He would eat with him. And He went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat [dinner].

37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was [known as] a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat [dinner] in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment [an expensive jar of perfumed oil], 38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping [at the thought of His impending death, for she believed part of His words], and [then knelt before Him and] began to wash [and massage] His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment [perfumed oil].

39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden Him saw it, he spoke within himself, saying, "This man, if He were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that touches Him [in that way]: for she is a sinner".

40 And Jesus [knowing his thoughts] answering said to him, "Simon, I have somewhat to say to you". And he said, "Master, say on".

41 "There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?" 43 Simon answered and said, "I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most". And He said to him, "You have rightly judged".

44 And He turned to the woman, and said to Simon, "See you this woman? I entered into your house, you gave Me no water for My feet: but she has washed My feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in has not ceased to kiss My feet. 46 My head with oil you did not anoint: but this woman has anointed [massaged] My feet with ointment. 47 "Wherefore I say to you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little".

48 And He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven" [I have accepted your three-fold offering – burnt, meat and peace, which you have given in your way, for I can see your heart/motive. But I can’t accept Simon’s for he has not forgiven you – and he is adding "leaven" to the gift. See Luke 6:37-38.]

In this quiet way He showed the enormous difference between the two and their "Thank You" offerings. I’m sure Simon got the message and was "broken" on the Rock without anyone knowing what had happened.

Conclusion:

The ceremonial offerings were only rituals – types of reality – and not the real things at all. But they can teach us a lot about the realties. After the conversion experience (pass over), there was a three-fold offering which the grateful person could bring – his/her life; his/her goods; his/her thanks. This could be done at any time, with only a few directions on how to do it, or how often, for it is based on the offerer’s desire.

1. There was a complete "burnt" offering.

2. There was a "bloodless" offering given to the priests.

3. There was an offering which showed the "peace" between God and man.

They represent:

1. A merging of lives as in marriage.

2. A promise to use our time, money and goods when required.

3. An opportunity to share with our friends and relations.

A Hebrew man or woman who did these rituals with a spirit of understanding was a Christian (Christ-like person) as much as any man or woman who consciously applies them to their prayers today. As we have seen with Mary’s experience, they can be expressed in other ways as well – for there is more practical religion in a good well cooked meal (or massage) than many realise.

Having covered all these subjects in the last few query answers, we should now be able to appreciate that the records of "deaths" associated with our "daily" confessions are to be dealt with ALL AT THE SAME TIME, a time which is still in the future for those of us who are reading this. And that the records are stored "in the sanctuary" (which is Christ Himself") awaiting that time. Why? Why must God wait?

He is waiting for the outcome of the two "graces". There is a universal "grace" which keeps all humans alive from birth (as much as possible), under which they can have OPPORTUNITIES to choose God’s way. Then there is the other "grace" which enables THOSE WHO HAVE CHOSEN to walk in His ways. We might call the first one "impending salvation grace" and the other "redemption grace", but that is not really important for they are both the gift of God.

 


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.

 

Next query. To be discussed from October 1st 2014,

Next query:

Romans 14:

        [Paul wrote to some Christians:]

7 For none of us lives to himself, and no man dies to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live to the LORD; and whether we die, we die to the LORD: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the LORD's.

9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be LORD both of the dead and living.

10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you set at nought your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, "As I live, says the LORD, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God".

12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

This message to Christians does not deal with their every-day salvation, but an event AFTER their death – something we have to look forward to! Maybe we should check it out now?

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