Sacrifice/Services

Sanc1For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 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?   And for this cause He is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.  For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.   For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.  Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.    For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,   Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.  Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.   And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.  It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.   For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the TRUE; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for Heartus:   Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.   And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.  Hebrews 9:13-28

For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.   For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.   But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.   For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.   Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:   In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.   Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;   Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.   By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.   And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:   But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;   From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.   For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.   Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,   This is the covenant that Heart-of-Flesh10I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;   And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.   Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.   Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,   By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;   And having an high priest over the house of God;   Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.   Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)   And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:   Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  Hebrews 10:1-25

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.  He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.  Hebrews 10:26-31

But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;   Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.   For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.  Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.   For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.   For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.   Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.   But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.  Hebrews 10:32-29

Ha Tamid/The Daily
Yom Kippur/The Day of Atonement

There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,  A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.  He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.  And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.  Acts 10:1-4

A voluntary sacrifice!

Jesus Christ, “being in the form of God, counted it not a thing to be grasped to be on an equality with God, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men.”  Philippians 2:6,7 margin.

“Lo, I come.”  “Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not, but a body hast Thou prepared Me.  Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me,) to do Thy will, O God.”  Hebrews 10:5-7.  This great event has been shadowed in types and symbols of the Sanctuary.  God communicated with Israel His will and imparted grace to them.  God’s glory was veiled and subdued that weak human beings might behold it.  So Jesus Christ came in “the body of our humiliation.”  Philippians 3:21  “In all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren.”  Hebrews 2:17.

God told Moses, “Let them make Me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.”  Exodus 25:8.  God abode in the sanctuary in the midst of His people and led them through the desert.  God pitched His tent among us, to dwell with us, to help us understand Who He is.  All of the services of the Sanctuary teach us the great story of salvation!

O come Immanuel, God with us!  “The Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of Only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth.”  John 1:1-3 and 14.

“God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son.” John 3:16.  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder.”

“In all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren.”  Hebrews 2:17.   If we had to bear anything which Jesus did not endure, then upon this point Satan would represent the power of God as insufficient for us.  Therefore Jesus was “in all points temped like as we are.”  Hebrews 4:15.  He endured every trial to which we are subject.  And He exercised in His own behalf no power that is not freely offered to us.  As man, He met temptation, and overcame in the strength given Him from God.  He says, “I delight to do Thy will, O My God:  yea, Thy law is within My heart.”  Psalms 40:8.  Jesus made plain to men the character of God’s law and the nature of His service.  His life testifies that it is possible for us also to obey the law of God.

As the Son of Man, Jesus gave us an example of obedience; as the Son of God, He gives us power to obey.  God with us is the surety of our deliverance from sin, the assurance of our power to obey the law of heaven.

“Being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”  Philippians 2:8.  “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities:  the chastisement of our peace was upon Him.”  Isaiah 53:5.  “With His stripes we are healed.”  Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves.  He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share.

Through the work of Jesus Christ, our Sacrifice, the government of God stands justified.  God is love! Sin can never again enter the universe.  The work of redemption will be complete.

When all things are made new, in the by and by, the tabernacle of God shall be with men.

“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall be any more pain:  for the former things are passed away.  And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.  And He said unto me,  Write:  for these words are true and faithful.  And He said unto me, It is done.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.   I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  He that overcometh (through the blood Jesus Christ – Revelation 12:11) shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”  Revelation 21:2-7

Thoughts taken from: White, E. (1898). “God With Us” In The desire of ages .. Oakland, Cal.: Pacific Press Pub.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar. Psalms 51:17-19

By this God’s love was revealed in us, that God has sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  I John 4:9,10