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The Lamb's blood
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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.
Why do some among us continue to insist that we are forgiven and cleansed by the blood of the daily lamb being taken into the sanctuary when there is not one verse in the Bible which says this?
Lamb’s blood is NEVER taken into the sanctuary building in the ritual service, and yet this symbolism is continually spoken of as a picture of the Son of God’s saving grace.
Here we have another example of the Protestant world picking up a “child” of the Papacy and running with it, and us following them. Just as Sunday observance has no warrant in the Scriptures, neither is there any authority in the Bible for the daily lamb’s blood being used for forgiveness!
Let’s read what the Son of God has to say about the daily service.
38 Now this is that which you shall offer upon the altar; two lambs of the first year day by day continually [over a 24 hour period].
39 The one lamb you shall offer in the morning [at the third hour, approximately 9am]; and the other lamb you shall offer at even [at the ninth hour, approximately 3pm]: 40 And with the one lamb a tenth deal [an ephah] of flour [about 1 bushel] mingled with the fourth part of a hin of beaten oil [about 1 litre]; and the fourth part of a 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 [flour] offering of the morning, and according to the drink offering thereof, for a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
42 This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD: where I will meet you, to speak there unto you. 43 And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by My glory.
This was a continuous offering (although there were two animals offered every day, it was always referred to as one) which was wholly burnt over a period of twenty-four hours by carefully rationing the amount actually alight at any given time. A shorter time for the daytime one, and a longer time for the night one. The time of renewal was set by the angle of the sun, and contrary to the belief of many it was NOT at sunrise or sunset which were Pagan times, but when it was at 45 degrees, midmorning and mid-afternoon. Our Saviour showed us the correct timing when He was placed on the cross at what we would call 9am and died at 3pm in a 12 hour day commencing at 6am. (Mark 12:25; 15:34-37.)
No one laid hands on it in the act of confession for it was NOT a sin offering – it was an offering of dedication made on behalf of Israel, God’s Son.
“When Israel [Jesus] was a child, then I loved Him, and called My Son out of Egypt”. Hosea 11:1. “And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, ‘Arise, and take the young Child and His mother, and flee into Egypt, and be you there until I bring you word: for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him’. When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night, and departed into Egypt: and was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the LORD by the prophet, saying, ‘Out of Egypt have I called My Son’.” Matthew 2:13-15.
And, of course, by extension, it was for all who were called spiritual Israel.
The daily lamb was all burnt (except the blood); none of it was eaten as it would have been in a sin offering.
8 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, 9 Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law [the ritual] of the burnt offering: it is [called] the burnt offering, because of the burning upon the altar all night unto the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be burning in it.
10 And the priest shall put on his linen garment, and his linen breeches shall he put upon his flesh [his normal uniform], and take up the ashes which the fire has consumed with the burnt offering on the altar, and he shall put them beside the altar [in a container]. 11 And [then] he shall put off his garments, and put on other garments [civilian clothes], and carry forth the ashes without [outside] the camp unto a clean place [a “ritually clean” rubbish place].
12 And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out: and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order upon it; and he shall burn thereon the fat of the peace offerings. 13 The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go [completely] out.
Making a burnt offering was NOT a new idea which began when the sanctuary was built, for such a ceremony had been used in various ways since the foundation of the world by the people of God. For example:
“And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering . . .”
These two brothers erected their altars alike, and each brought an offering. Abel presented a sacrifice from the flock, in accordance with the LORD's directions. “And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering” which means that fire flashed from heaven and consumed the sacrifice. But Cain, disregarding the LORD's direct and explicit command, presented only a bloodless offering. There was no token from heaven to show that it was accepted.
By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by [through] it he being dead yet speaks.
And in another place:
“And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt [test] Abraham, and said unto him, ‘Abraham’: and he said, ‘Behold, here I am’. And He said, ‘Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and get you into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell you of’.”
[In the end the animal was a ram. Genesis 22:13. ]
The burnt offering represented the dedication of the offerer, and contained within it the promise to DO something for another.
In this case, in the sanctuary services, because it was not the offering of one human (although individuals could do that and have their offering joined with the daily one, see Leviticus chapter 1), it signified that the dedication of the Son of God was available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It had to do with the continual WORK of the LORD, not His saving exchange, for that was pictured by another ceremony altogether – the Passover and its lamb. “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our passover [Lamb] is sacrificed for us”. 1 Corinthians 5:7. But that is the subject of another query.
But this query is in regard to the blood of the daily burnt offering.
A burnt offering was quite distinct and separate from a sin offering, although the way in which the animal was killed and the blood disposed of was the same, as it was with the trespass offering. “Likewise this is the law of the trespass offering: it is most holy. In the place where they kill the burnt offering shall they kill the trespass offering: and the blood thereof shall he sprinkle round about upon the altar”. Leviticus 7:2.
“And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering [confessing and transferring his sin], and slay the sin offering in the [same] place of [as] the burnt offering [off to the north of the altar]. And the priest shall take of the blood thereof with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all [the remainder of] the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar”.
The altar was the brass-covered one which stood in the courtyard in front of the door of the tabernacle. It was the closest it could be to the place where the LORD sometimes appeared and spoke to the priests and the people as we read in our first text.
Every bit of blood from any sacrifice, with the notable exception of a priest’s bullock as he went off duty, the sin offering for the whole church, and the nation’s bullock and goat on the Day of Atonement, was disposed of in the same way, on and around the altar of the LORD’s dedication in the courtyard.
In practice, a sin offering was ALWAYS accompanied by a burnt offering, for it is no use asking for forgiveness unless we are also willing to dedicate our life to obedience from then on.
There is not one verse in the Bible which suggests that any other blood than that of bulls and goats was used in the building.
This is what God says:
Hebrews 9:13; 10:4
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 . . . [yet] it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
Let’s read those verses in context:
11 But Christ being come a High Priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building [not in an earthly tabernacle]; 12 neither by the blood of goats and calves [yearling bullocks], but by His own blood [representing His death] He entered in once into the holy place [the first apartment of the heavenly building], having obtained eternal redemption [not just forgiveness] for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats [earthly animals], and the ashes of a [red] heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh [ritually cleanses earthly bodies]: 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God [give you a change of life inwardly and outwardly]?
15 And for this cause He is the mediator [executor] of the new testament [the new will], that by means of death for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament [the old life], they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where a testament [a will] is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament [a will] is of force [only] after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator lives.
[In another place it is written:
“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him [Satan], whose names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have a [spiritual] ear, let him hear”. Revelation 13:8-9.]
18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood [neither was the earthly sanctuary or its Bible dedicated without blood, the evidence of a death]. 19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves [bulls] and of goats [both, but not lambs], with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the testament which God has enjoined unto you”.
1 For the law having a shadow [only a picture] of good things to come, and not the very image [reality] of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered, because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience [guilt] of sins?
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year [the rituals covered a single year, and then commenced again]. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats [earthly animals] should take away sins.
5 Wherefore [for this reason] when He comes into the world, He said [to God the Father], “Sacrifice and offering You would not [You don’t really want these], but a body have You prepared Me [in their place]. 6 In [animal] burnt offerings and [animal] sacrifices for sin You have had no pleasure. 7 Then said I, ‘Lo, I come (in the volume of the book [the Bible] it is written of Me,) to do Your will, O God’.”
8 Above [before] when He said, “Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin You would not, neither had pleasure therein”; which are offered by the law 9 then said He, “Lo, I come to do Your will, O God”. [Therefore] He takes away the first [the animal sacrifices], that He may establish the second [the offering of His human body!]
10 By the which will [God’s testament] we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ [at Calvary] once for all [it does not need to be repeated, all the lessons can be seen in the one experience].
11 And every [earthly] priest stands daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 but this Man, after He had offered one [picture of the] sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 from henceforth [from then on] expecting [waiting] till His [the Father’s] enemies be made His footstool [by whom?]. 14 For by one offering He has perfected for ever [covered everything needed by] them that are sanctified.
The idea that the daily lamb burnt offering ritual and its blood had anything to do with our forgiveness and cleansing for sins is not scriptural.
If it is applied in that way to the spiritual sacrifice of our LORD then it can only be a very faint shadow, for that experience is fully illustrated by the sin offerings made by various ranks of people as explained in Leviticus chapters 4 and 7.
Even in those chapters it is only the blood of bulls and/or goats which is finally used except in verse 32 of chapter 4 where a lamb can be used as an alternative offering (but it had to be a FEMALE one), and a portion of its body was eaten. Its blood was NOT taken into the sanctuary, but treated as in verse 34.
The ONLY blood that entered the sanctuary on a daily basis in regard to forgiveness and cleansing for sins was the blood from the priest’s or the congregation’s bullock and the body of such an offering was burnt OUTSIDE the camp on the rubbish heap.
The blood from the bull on the Day of Atonement was used as a picture of the whole nation’s relocation of ALL their sins into the second room, and then the blood from the LORD’s goat was for the TRANSFERENCE of the already forgiven sins from the second apartment to the scapegoat.
To accept that the daily lamb offering was a picture of the ritual of forgiveness is to miss much of the real lesson that the Spirit of God is trying to show us. It is to misread the Bible and nullify a very important doctrine of Christianity.
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 February 1st 2016.
Why do we not talk more about the rituals of the Passover lamb and its blood, for Christ is our Passover lamb? 1 Corinthians 5:7.
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