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Gospel in Leviticus? Chapter 5
Supplement to the Law of Offerings
Leviticus Ch. 6-7
Division of the Bible into Chapters and Verses . . . Miscellaneous Observations . . . Gospel Morality . . . The Personality of religious requirements . . . Faith . . . The Church.
As we begin Chapter 6 of Leviticus, the first seven verses really belong to Chapter 5, and should not have been cut from there, because they speak about the same subject as in Chapter 5, whereas 6:8 begins a new subject and another theme.
The Bible was not originally divided into Chapters and Verses. In the early Christian ages, the Sacred Text had no divisions, except for the many Books, and those books consisted of short unbroken paragraphs, according to the judgment of the writer, or the subject of discourse. All beyond that has been the work of editors, publishers and printers of rather modern times, who had no claims to inspiration, or any superior knowledge; and who, in some cases, made a mess of the Sacred Record. It is good that we have these divisions; and their usefulness in this respect may make up for their occasional dislocations, and obscurations of the Holy Record. It is not a crime to call attention to the mistakes which have been made.
If I leave the first seven verses, as properly belonging to Chapter 5, my comments will embrace the rest of Chapter 6, and on to the close of Chapter 7, which will conclude the first outstanding division of this Book. It will relate to the law of offerings as applicable to "the children of Israel" in general . . . so what we have is a kind of supplement to that Law, which was intended to direct the priests, and was spoken specifically to "Aaron and his sons." It is a section of God's Word that does not seem to be of much value, nor does it promise anything really edifying to us. But we should not scorn it, nor pass it as totally baren. ALL Scripture has its use, and may yield us profit under right principles. A true way of life NEVER neglects or despises anything that God has made; and true religion will cast nothing God has said as unworthy of its attention and study. Let us consider what we can learn from this supplement to the law of offerings.
The Priests and the Offerings
Lev. 6:8-13 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering: It is 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, and take up the ashes which the fire hath consumed with the burnt offering on the altar, and he shall put them beside the altar. 11 And he shall put off his garments, and put on other garments, and carry forth the ashes without the camp unto a clean 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 out. (KJV)
(1). These Verses are for the whole burnt-offering, or holocaust, and tell how Aaron and his sons were to present it. All TRUE Christians are priests (Rev.1:6; 5:10; 20:6), and are ordained to show forth the praises of Him who hath called them out of darkness into His marvelous light. What was required of these ancient priests in offering the sacrifices of the law, is the type of what is required of us all in the offering of those "spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5). Just as the ancient priests were required to clothe themselves in pure linen garments, John tells us "the fine linen is the righteousness of saints" (Rev.19:8), in which we must be dressed to be accepted priests of God, or to serve in Holy things at His altars.
Just as Aaron and his sons were careful to gather and carry the ashes of the burnt-offering, so too we must take up Christ, crucified and consumed to dust as our holocaust, and carry Him with us in purity and worship. And just as they were never to allow the fire to go out on the altar, so too are we always to see the holiness and justice of God burning unquenchably against all sin, and consuming forever what sin may have to answer for.
Lev. 6:14-23 And this is the law of the meat offering: the sons of Aaron shall offer it before the LORD, before the altar. 15 And he shall take of it his handful, of the flour of the meat offering, and of the oil thereof, and all the frankincense which is upon the meat offering, and shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour, even the memorial of it, unto 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. 17 It shall not be baken with leaven. I have given it unto them 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 toucheth them shall be holy. 19 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 20 This is the offering of Aaron and of his sons, which they shall offer unto the LORD in the day when he is anointed; the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a meat offering perpetual, half of it in the morning, and half thereof at night. 21 In a pan it shall be made with oil; and when it is baken, thou shalt bring it in: and the baken pieces of the meat offering shalt thou offer for a sweet savour unto the LORD. 22 And the priest of his sons that is anointed in his stead shall offer it: it is a statute for ever unto the LORD; it shall be wholly burnt. 23 For every meat offering for the priest shall be wholly burnt: it shall not be eaten. (KJV)
(2). This gives directions about the second kind of offerings. Whether everything here is symbolic, I do not know . . . for there is often more symbolically than in the type. The two do not always conform in every minute and unimportant particular. The main idea is clear. God means that we should be priests, and that with our other offerings should be eucharistic offerings (sacrament, Last Supper). We are to "sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing." In so doing, a large portion shall fall to us from the altar at which we serve, on which we may satisfy ourselves forever.
Lev. 6:24-30 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 25 Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, saying, This is the law of the sin offering: In the place where the burnt offering is killed shall the sin offering be killed before the LORD: it is most holy. 26 The priest that offereth it for sin shall eat it: in the holy place shall it be eaten, in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation. 27 Whatsoever shall touch the flesh thereof shall be holy: and when there is sprinkled of the blood thereof upon any garment, thou shalt wash that whereon it was sprinkled in the holy place.28 But the earthen vessel wherein it is sodden shall be broken: and if it be sodden in a brasen 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 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. (KJV)
(3). This describes things to be observed in the sin-offering. There is here a remarkable provision. "Whatsoever shall touch the flesh thereof shall be holy: and when there is sprinkled of the blood thereof upon any garment, thou shalt wash that whereon it was sprinkled in the holy place. But the earthen vessel wherein it is sodden shall be broken: and if it be sodden in a brazen pot, it shall be both scoured and rinsed in water." How awesome is atoning blood! Even lifeless things, such as clothes, are held in alarming sacredness if this blood touches them . . . so we must consider that this Earth, on which fell the precious Blood of the only begotten Son of God, has a distinct holiness in God’s eyes. It must be set apart for holy ends, since the Blood of Jesus wet its soil. And as for the earthen vessel, with which the sacrifice was offered, it must be broken, so it would not be used again. And just as the brazen vessel must be scoured and rinsed, so too must this Earth be freed from anything that dims its beauty, and be set apart for holy ends. It must be purified and reserved for holy purposes, for the Blood of Jesus has dropped upon it, and made it more sacred than any spot, except where He Himself dwells. My Holy Mountain is the name it gets from God Himself, when He tells how He means to cleanse it for His own use. My holy mountain: (Isa.11:9; 56:7; 65:11,25; 66:20; Dan.9:20; Joel 2:1; 3:17; Oba.16; Zep.3:11)
Lev. 7:1-7 Likewise this is the law of the trespass offering: it is most holy. 2 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. 3 And he shall offer of it all the fat thereof; the rump, and the fat that covereth the inwards, 4 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul that is above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away: 5 And the priest shall burn them upon the altar for an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a trespass offering. 6 Every male among the priests shall eat thereof: it shall be eaten in the holy place: it is most holy. 7 As the sin offering is, so is the trespass offering: there is one law for them: the priest that maketh atonement therewith shall have it. (KJV)
(4). Next, we have various directions for the trespass offering. These differ very little from the requirements in case of the sin-offering, with which the trespass offering is closely related. Both were intended as remedies for the sins of infirmity which attends daily life, which is still subject to the trials and temptations of this world. One point of difference between the two was in the method of disposing of the blood. Both were bloody offerings, but the blood in one case was to be put on the four horns of the altar, and in the other it was to be sprinkled "round about upon the altar." In all these rites there was an ample display of blood. The Psalmist sings, "How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!" (Ps.84:1).
But the appearance of those sacred courts was very different from what we might naturally expect when hearing such expressions. When approaching those worthy courts, our attention would have been attracted on all sides with marks of blood. Before the altar, blood; on the horns of the altar, blood; in the midst of the altar, blood; on its top, at its base, on its sides, blood; and tracked along into the deepest interior of the tabernacle, blood! Such a display could be intended, some might think, to make us cry, "How gruesome!" rather than "How amiable!" But all who have learned to look at things interiorly, and to see in that blood the letting forth of the forgiveness and grace of God to lost sinners, know how to appreciate it. The preaching of Christ crucified is to the Jews a stumbling block, and to the Greeks foolishness; (1 Cor.1:23), but to those who know what sin is, and what is implied in redemption from it, will ever hail the announcement as the beautiful tidings that ever fell on the ear of earth. "The natural man perceiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, for they are spiritually discerned." (1 Cor.2:14).
(5). The remainder of the seventh chapter repeats much of the same things again, presenting varied directions with reference to the many kinds of offerings. It would seem as if the LORD could not weary in repeating and explaining His will about respecting these ancient sacrificial rites. They are typical displays of a work upon which His Great Heart has been let forth in universal glory. They tell of His never-ending love for sinners, and especially of His love and heart-felt interest in His well-beloved Son (Mat.3:17; Mk.1:11; Lk.20:13), whom these statistics were meant to set forth, and that it is grateful to Him to linger among them, and to dwell upon them. What a shame this would be to those professing Christians, who are hoping for immortality and Heaven through Christ, and yet grow weary in one hour, often showing hatred and hostility, with the theme of His Sacrifice for their redemption! Dear one, all Heaven was/is moved at the horrible display of Calvary, and angels bend from their lofty thrones to inquire into it; yet sinful man, for who’s good it was displayed, and for whom it was meant to secure eternal life, so often turns away from it as dull and disgusting! What a way to say thank you for on our God’s amazing grace, love and wisdom!
(6). Lev 7:8 And the priest that offereth any man's burnt offering, even the priest shall have to himself the skin of the burnt offering which he hath offered. (KJV)
This verse gives us a remarkable regulation. You will remember that the victim for the burnt-offering was to have its skin taken off. It is here said that this skin was to belong to the priest who officiated at the offering. God says, "the priest shall have to himself the skin of the burnt-offering." Our minds may go back to those early days of man, when our first parents received from the LORD'S Hand "coats of skins," (Gen.3:21), to replace of the fig-leaf aprons which they had made. The first sin of Adam and Eve indicates the start of animal sacrifice, which was undeniably of divine appointment, and instruction in the only acceptable manner of worship for sinful creatures, through faith in a Redeemer. Heb. 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. (KJV)
As Adam was the first sinner on Earth, so too, he was the first priest who presided in the offering of sacrifices for sin. And as a priest, God gave him the skins of the victims to clothe himself. So too, Christ has covering for every naked soul called to serve at His altars . . . a good and effective covering, attained from His Sacrifice on the cross. What our Saviour said: "Buy of me white raiment that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear" (Rev.3:18). This is that "wedding garment" (Mat.22:11-12), and "clothing of broidered work" (Eze. 27:24) and "covering of silk" (Pro.21:22) and "raiment of fine linen" (Eze.16:13), which is the portion of ALL those who serve the LORD as His true priests. The very altar they serve shall furnish them all necessary covering, that they may be clothed with everlasting honor. "Blessed is he that keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame." (Rev.16:15).
(7). Lev. 7:15 And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day that it is offered; he shall not leave any of it until the morning. (KJV) . . . Here is another important provision in this verse . . . the LORD says of the peace-offering, it must be eaten the same day it is made, or else it would weaken or void the offering, and no benefit would result from it. The feast of the salvation in Jesus Christ has its day. In that day we must eat of it, if ever we are to eat of it beneficially. That day is the day of Gospel tidings. It is the day of man's natural life. To most people the door of salvation stands open until their last breath. They can find Jesus a ready Saviour even in the last hour of their death. But to some, this day is shorter than life. There are times of the Holy Spirit’s visitation and days of grace which some sin away with a stout and determined arm and mind, with such a stubborn heart that their doom is sealed long before the sun of their life sets. We are to come to the joys of redemption; we must come and eat the feast before the day closes. What may be left in the morning shall be unavailing and full of condemnation. This is the day of our peace-offering, and to-day we must eat it.
Rouse, O sinner, and haste to thy sacred altar-feast. Thy sacrifice has been slain, and thy portion is ready. This is thy day, waste it not. 2 Cor. 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) (KJV)
(8). Lev. 7:20-21 But the soul that eateth of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, that pertain unto the LORD, having his uncleanness upon him, even that soul shall be cut off from his people. 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 unto the LORD, even that soul shall be cut off from his people. (KJV)
There is here an additional requirement, well worthy of our attention. Dear one, the Gospel is a holy feast. It CANNOT be shared by anyone who continues on in their sins. Only "the meek shall eat and be satisfied" (Ps,22:26); meaning those who humbly surrender themselves to God's requirements, and are truly sincere about forsaking all known sin. There are moral standards in religion, as well as faith and love. Grace does NOT void the law. Faith without works is a dead and useless faith. Although we are redeemed by Blood, and justified by believing in Christ; that redemption obligates us to a life of virtue and moral uprightness, more than the Law itself. Rom. 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. (KJV) . . . We are under law to Christ, and bound through Him to holiness, the pattern of which He has given by His own Person and Life. His Blood has purged us, that we might "serve the living God" (1 Thes.1:9; Heb.9:14). If "we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus", it is "unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" (Eph.2:10). A pure life must go along with a good hope. "Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone" (Jam.2:17). "A good tree cannot produce evil fruit" (Mat.7:18). Only a fool believes himself an accepted guest at the Gospel feast while living in willful, deliberate and known sin. Christians are NOT released by grace from the obligation of observing the moral law.
The plain Gospel Truth is, that although we cannot be saved by our works, AFTER we are saved, we must show our works! James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. (KJV) . . . Faith is unseen, except by God. To show faith to man, works in some form or other are needed! It is NOT the ground on which believers are justified, it is the demonstration of their faith. God put Abraham to the test to demonstrate his faith (Gen.22:1) . . . NOT to satisfy God, who already knew it was true, but to demonstrate it before men. The offering of Isaac at that time, had absolutely NO part of the ground of Abraham's being justified . . . he had been justified earlier by his simply believing God (Gal.3:6). Abraham was already justified: that justification was shown or proven by his offering Isaac forty years later. Abraham's work of faith was demonstrated, but it did NOT contribute anything to his justification. Trees show their life by their fruit, but they were alive before their leaves or fruit appeared.
The belief of justification without repentance . . . or religion without reformations . . . or forgiveness without purity . . . or faith without morality . . . all these are slanders upon our awesome God and His Laws. BEWARE!!! The never resting devil will cheat and deceive any way he can to ruin souls.
Nor need to be in doubt as to what TRUE Christian purity or holiness is. TRUE children of God love Jesus and obey Him because they have been born of God, and are adopted into the family of God (Rom.8:15-17,23; 2 Cor.6:18; Gal.4:5-7; Eph.1:5).
Many well-meaning people have gone far astray. The reason being, people listen more to human lecturing, than to the Word of God. The atmosphere our LORD Jesus breathed was love. And the spirit that was in the Master, is that which establishes the most heavenly goodness in His followers. "Love thy neighbor as thyself" (Mat.19:19; 22:39; Gal.14). "Do unto others as ye would that others should do unto you" (Mat.7:12; Lk.6:31). "Love is the fulfilling of the law" (Rom.13:10) . . . all these are all-inclusive teachings of Gospel morality. There may be faith enough to move mountains; but it is useless without charity. 1 Cor. 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. (KJV) . . . LOVE is the grand portion of all virtue. It is the essence of the Law of all worlds and all time. Eph. 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (KJV)
(9). This is another requirement in Leviticus that suggests another extremely important fact in the lives of Christians. Lev. 7:28-30 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 29 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, He that offereth the sacrifice of his peace offerings unto the LORD shall bring his oblation unto 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 may be waved for a wave offering before the LORD. (KJV)
The LORD said, "He that offereth the sacrifice of his peace-offerings unto the LORD, shall bring his oblation: . . . his own hands shall bring the offerings." The worshipper could NOT send someone to substitute for him. He had to come himself, and bring his offerings in "his own hands." If anyone wished to have the advantage or value of the holocaust, he had to do it on his own. NO one can send someone to bring eternal life to them. It is a VERY personal thing! NO one else can have a personal relationship with God the Father for you! Each person has to apply in person . . . in a VERY sincere and heart-felt way!
If anyone desired the advantages of the meat-offering, he himself had to bring the flour or first fruits, and put the oil and frankincense upon it, and give it over into the hands of the priests. If anyone wished to enjoy a peace-offering, he himself was required to present the victim, and lay his hand upon its head, and kill it at the door of the tabernacle, and eat the portion which fell to him.
And it was also so in the sin and trespass offerings. The person had to go himself personally, and present the sacrifice, he himself, and lay his hand upon its head, and confess, and eat, all done by himself.
There can be NO transfer of religious obligations . . . NO substitution in any of the performances of religious duties. Of all things in worship, loving devotion is deeply personal. Worship is the communication of the individual soul with its Maker. In times of worship, it is as though there were no one else in existence. Each of us must eat, live and die for ourself. NO one can do it but us! And each of us shall be judged for him or herself . . . so each person must repent, believe God (1 John 5:10), and accept what Jesus did on the cross for us (1 John 5:11-12).
Some people have Christian parents who led them to become Christians, others like me who had no godly parents, were left on their own to decide Christ Jesus was the only Way! True faith in God demands a person’s individual action and doing things by one's own hand. No man or angel can do it for us. No pastor, priest, bishop, pope, saint on earth, not even a mother with all her prayers and undying concern, can unlock the door of Heaven to anyone . . . NO one can exempt a person from the requirement of going through the work of devotion and piety for himself. We alone, ourselves, must pray and come to the door of the sanctuary meekly trusting in the Saviour's mediation . . . or all the sermons, supplications and godly associations in the world could never save us. We, each individually, must for ourselves, believe on the LORD Jesus Christ . . . or we are lost. There is NO other alternative. God in His Holy Book, tells us that there is NO other way! Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV)
There was a very easy-to-read sign required by the Jew to signify all this. He had to put his hand on the head of his sacrifice when he presented it. This acknowledged his sin, and expressed his personal dependence upon that sacrifice. The Hebrew word is still more expressive. "He shall lean his hand upon the head of the offering." It is the same word used by the Psalmist, where he says, Psalm 88:7 Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. (KJV)
"Thy wrath leaneth hard upon me." Sin is a burden. It is ready to crush him upon whom it is. And with this burden the sinner is to lean upon his sacrifice for comfort. He could not lean with another man's hand; he must use "his own hand." The ceremonial worshipper used the outward hand; Christians are to use the hand of the soul, which is faith. Much is said about faith; but when we separate faith from the entanglements of unimportant arguments, it is the simplest of all our mental operations. We have important business with our Maker which involves prompt and careful attention. Great interests are in jeopardy because of our disability . . . and Jesus is the Friend who agrees to take our place, and to manage all for our benefit.
What, then, is faith? It is believing that Christ Jesus is well able to do what He has promised. Faith is our wholehearted agreement that He shall act for us when we need Him. Faith is our confidence in His loyalty to the interests which we have placed in His Hands. Faith is believing that He can bring us to Heaven one day if we only we stand fast by what He has done on the cross for us. Faith identifies a person with Christ, and makes him/her an heir of salvation (1 Pet.1:4-5). Faith is a most intense personal act of trust. No one but JESUS could accomplish this for us. We must have faith, or we cannot be saved. Faith is OUR works!
(10). So far, we have been considering man as an individual. We have been looking only at the isolated offeror, and his individual relations to his offering. But, as there are many individuals continually passing through the same experiences, there is also a social aspect presented as they come thus to be related to each other. This was not wholly overlooked in these typical arrangements. The trespass offering, which is the last in the list, considers the worshipper for the most part as a social being . . . as one of a common brotherhood of men of equal rights, It provides for sins growing out of social relationships . . . for breaches of the law of charity, injuries done to a neighbor, deceit and dishonesty in partnerships and trusts, etc. This follows beautifully at the end of the law of offerings. So many individual sinners, personally applying and taking the great remedy for sin, and undergoing all the sanctifying experiences outlined in what has thus far been said, form a group of worshipers of justified, sanctified and holy people. And so, step after step, through the blood of offering, we have finally reached a point, at which the whole doctrine of the Church, its nature and composition, bursts wide open upon our view.
There is much discussion today about the Church. People wade through volumes of patristical writings, studying creeds and dragging through the dark places of history to find out how, what and where, is the Church. If they would simply turn to their Bibles more, and to their own imaginings less, they would come to true and speedier conclusion. The TRUE Church is simply the congregation of those who are justified and clean. Popes CANNOT make the Church; bishops CANNOT make the Church; rituals CANNOT make the Church; specific holy days or ceremonies CANNOT make the Church . . . Almighty God makes the Church, by pardoning people through faith in His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, and gathering them in a union by trust and obedience in the One and Only Saviour, Jesus.
There will be NO denominations in Heaven! We must ask ourselves, have we presented our holocaust, by coming to Christ and leaning upon Him in a confessing trust as the propitiation for our sins? Heb. 13:15-16 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. 16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. (KJV) . . . Have we presented our meat-offering in the grateful surrender of ourselves a living sacrifice unto God, to meet, obey and abide by His will? Have we presented our peace-offering, by making Jesus and His salvation the great feast and rejoicing of our souls? Have we made our sin and trespass offerings, by resting upon Him and His everlasting intercessions as our only availing righteousness and support in the infirmities of life? If so, we belong to the congregation of the justified, and have come to the general assembly and Church of the living God, whose names are written in Heaven (Heb.12:23) . . . and if not, we are still aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: (Eph 2:12).
Simon Magus or Simon the sorcerer, is mentioned by Luke in Acts 8:9–24. Simon belonged to the Apostolic Church, and was baptized by apostolic hands, yet had he "neither part nor lot in this matter." WHY? His heart was "not right in the sight of God" (Acts 8:21). It is NOT rites or ceremonies, it is a loving and sincere, heart-union with Christ Jesus our Saviour . . . only by this can we come into the TRUE brotherhood of saints, and have membership in the TRUE Church.
Outward acknowledgment plays a big part. The Jew could not bring and offer his sacrifices in secret . . . and neither can a TRUE Christian escape confessing Christ Jesus before men. We CANNOT be ashamed of JESUS! "No man lighteth a candle and putteth it under a bushel, but on a candlestick" (Mat.5:15).
HOW do we hide our light? We hide our light by: (1) being quiet when we should speak, (2) going along with the crowd, compromising with the world, (3) denying the light by being ashamed of Christ (Mark 8:38), (4) letting sin dim our light, unbelievers are watching us, (5) not explaining our light to others. 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (KJV) or (6) ignoring the needs of others. Be a beacon of truth! Do NOT shut your light off from the rest of the world. We are to let our light so shine in this world that we may glorify our Father which is in Heaven.
How beautiful the TRUE Church is, for all are members by a holy interior, spiritual birth to holiness and good. We all are one, even though miles and/or oceans separate us . . . we are linked together by invisible but everlasting bonds. In this great congregation, we must give honor and glory to God the Father and His only begotten Son, Jesus, for our citizenship is in heaven (Phil.3:20-21).
Moses clearly brings the GOSPEL in the Book of Leviticus!
He brings us a crystal-clear picture of Jesus!
The Gospel most certainly is in Leviticus.
Is the Gospel in the Book of Leviticus? YES, it is!!!
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