Totality In Salvation

Thank God we no longer have to perform the animal sacrifices listed in Leviticus! However, it is very important that we still read about them, understand to a level what they point to, and apply the truth contained therein to our lives.
Totality In Salvation
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God’s provision for salvation for mankind through Christ can be found throughout the Holy Bible, but when you come across the book of Leviticus it is very prominent. In it there are a goodly number of various types of animal sacrifices. The variety expresses the multiple needs of a person to have a good relationship with God, our Creator.

A number of the sacrifices address the fact that each one of us sins. Leviticus also points out that people sin intentionally or unintentionally. Sin, of course, is unacceptable the holy God, but along with His holiness there is mercy and

justice.

All the sacrifices predominately speak of the work of Jesus Christ, especially that loving work He did while on the cross to redeem us and cleanse us from sin. The animal sacrifice could not redeem or cleanse us completely, nor could they remove sin and kill our sinful nature (Hebrews 10:4), but the work of Christ certainly did (Hebrews 10:5-10).

Leviticus 4 addresses unintentional sin committed by various types of Jewish believers. For this message we will consider verses 4 to 12 where it is described what was supposed to be done when a priest unintentionally sinned. Every true Christian is a priest for God (Revelation 1:6).

In regard to unintentional sin, this speaks to the fact that even the most mature Christian will sometimes “miss the mark” and, really, when it comes to the perfection of God everyone misses that.

For the background of this message let us first briefly look at verses 1 to 3 of Leviticus 4 (Revised Webster* [RW*]).
“And YHVH 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 YHVH concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall break any of them: 3 If the priest that is anointed shall sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he has sinned, a young bull without blemish to YHVH for a sin offering.’”

As noted, the chapter will deal with various types that might unintentionally sin. For example, instructions for the unintentional sinning of the whole congregation begin at verse 13.

Also as noted, this sacrifice, and the other sacrifices, points to the efficacious work of Christ. However, due to the fact that when one truly commits to Christ they actually die to self and permit Christ to live through them, it represents, in the least, the goals of every true disciple. So these sacrifices point to Christ’s work within each true believer.


I. Redemption 3f-4 (RW*)

God gave the laws we read about in Leviticus, and provided that faith was mingled with the act of sacrifice, then under this economy one who sinned unintentionally was  covered from the just judgment of God. But as noted, these sacrifices did not remove sin nor kill the sin nature.
 
What was needed was a sinless life, and a life that was not limited to time like each of our lives are. In order to provide redemption for all of mankind God Himself had to provide it. He did so as The Son taking human flesh, choosing not to use His prerogatives of deity, being led by the Holy Spirit as each disciple is to be, living a sinless life, but then taking our sin upon Himself an receiving the punishment each of us should receive. So Christ was, we might say, the second chance for mankind and, as such, is referred to “the last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45).

Leviticus was written by the Holy Spirit through Moses centuries before the efficacious work of Christ so therefore the last part of verse 3 of chapter 4 foreshadowed the fact that Christ would have a sinless life. As it is written, “a young bull without blemish to YHVH for a sin offering.”

In verse 4 the instructions continue with, “And he shall bring the bull to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before YHVH; and shall lay his hand upon the bull’s head, and kill the bull before YHVH.”

The laying of the priest’s hand upon the head of the bull foreshadowed our need for the Father to impute our sins to Christ. That is, our sins were actually given to Christ, and so much so that Christ became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21)! Oh the magnitude of the love of God for each of us! As such, Christ took the full penalty for our sins.

The bull was then killed, and I am sure you realize this foreshadowed the death of Christ. He was sacrificed for us. Some time back on Twitter some Muslims were attempting to bring me to Islam. They referred to the work of Christ as God having murdered His Son. No. The Hebrew describes many type of deaths and a sacrifice is far different than a murder. In fact, Christ laid down His life for us (John 10:15 and 17).

Now, at this point of the text we can more readily see a reciprocal action on our part. As Christ died for us, we must die to self and live for Him. As God carried His work of redemption through Christ on the cross, He desires to apply that redemption with fruitful results in our lives. Hence, true followers of Christ are crucified with Him (Galatians 2:20) but are also raised to newness of life with Him to produce the fruit that God expects from us.

II. Reconciliation 5-7 (RW*)
“And the priest that is anointed shall take of the bull’s blood, and bring it to the tabernacle of the congregation: 6 And the priest shall dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle of the blood seven times before YHVH, before the veil of the sanctuary. 7  And the priest shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar of sweet incense before YHVH, which is in the tabernacle of the congregation; and shall pour all the blood of the bull at the bottom of the altar of the burnt offering, which is at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation."

At this time in Israel’s history God had instructed them to set up a tabernacle comprised of two rooms, viz., the Holy Place, and the Holy of Holies (Most Holy Place). The latter housed the Ark of the Covenant while contained in the former was the lampstand (probably to the left), table of showbread (probably to the right) and the altar of incense. The altar of incense was situated before the Holy of Holies. Separating the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place was a veil. A veil was also at the entrance of the Holy Place.

The outer court was around this structure that housed the Holy Place and Most Holy Place. Animals would be


sacrificed in the outer court and an altar was also there to burn the sacrifices.

Only after killing the bull could the priest approach the sanctuary, the Holy Place. And, it is only with the shed blood of Christ that we can truly approach the throne of God. The blood of Christ cleanses us and protects us from the wrath of God.

Before the priest parts the veil he would first sprinkle it seven times with the blood of the bull. This speaks of the active work of the Holy Spirit in a true Christian’s, for Revelation 1:4, 3:1, 4:5 and 5:6 speak of the Seven Spirits before the throne of the Father and Isaiah 11:1 lists though Spirits, which is the Holy Spirit. Yes, that is seven in one just as sunlight is comprised of various frequencies of light. When a beam of sunlight is passed through a prism seven colors are distinguishable, just like a rainbow.

With the blood the veil now may be parted, and the priest enters the Holy Place with the blood and approaches the altar of incense that is before the veil of the Holy of Holies. This speaks to us that the redemption for us provided by Christ restores our fellowship with God. One can be reconciled to God by being in Christ.

Placing the blood on the horns of the altar pointed to the fact that the blood of Christ will cover us (provided that we are truly His) from the wrath of God. Being cleansed and covered we can have rich fellowship with God, and in our fellowship with God we may present our needs before Him.

Also available is the fulness of blessing when we are in Christ. God will use us to bring others to Him. In the Body of Christ, The Church, we will be able to operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Personally, we will develop the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

III. Resignation 8-12 (RW*)
“And he shall take off from it all the fat of the bull 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 fat above the liver, with the kidneys, that shall he take away, 10 As it was taken off from the bull of the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall burn them upon the altar of the burnt offering. 11 And the skin of the bull, and all his flesh, with his head, and with his legs, and his inwards, and his dung, 12 Even the whole bull shall he carry forth outside 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.”

Earlier we stated, as the Holy Scriptures show, when one surrenders to Christ they die to self and permit Christ to live through them. While there is an initial occurrence of this, it is an ongoing process and also a state of being for every disciple. His will must become our will.

Fat in the sacrifices speaks of glory and accomplishments. In the sense of spiritual safety, for our sake we must resign all glory and accomplishments unto Him. Personally, I try to remember to give God the glory when I receive a compliment. Aiming for humility at all times is a Biblically safe course to follow.

The bull’s skin, flesh, head, legs, inwards and dung may speak of our activity, especially our service to God. We must recognize that without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). Additionally these also speak of resigning our whole life to Him. The burning with fire points to the truth that His true disciples should be totally consumed with living for Him and serving Him in holiness and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Can this be done? Yes, because Christ did it by His very life. He overcame temptation and faithfully served the Father. When we surrender our life to Christ He will dwell within, giving us the ability to live a pleasing life unto the Father.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    All of us are in need of being in the presence of Jesus and looking hard at who we are and what evil within us needs to leave and its control over us broken. Jesus, the Holy One of God empty us of our violence and imbalance.
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