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The Fallacy of Free Will in the Old Testament

A good question was raised in my fellowship with some great input from others that I have combined in the answer shown below. This question and answer is a good lesson on explaining the myth of free will to carnal babes who struggle getting past some of the horrible KJV translations that support this false doctrine that has deceived the entire world. I plan to make this a permanent post later this weekend.

Question: I was debating the fallacy of man’s free will with a friend recently and found this verse after we ended the discussion. Now, besides the many references in the Books of Moses about “free Will offerings” – I understand that to be “voluntary offerings” but this verse would be hard to explain away.

Ezra 7:13 I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee.

This in no way shakes my foundation about the illusion of free will; this really confirms that the King James Translators were deceiving! How should this verse be addressed with those still under the influence of Babylonian doctrines? And what is the difference between “voluntary” and “free-will”?

Thanks S_________

ANSWER:  Dear S_________

There absolutely is no such thing as free will. The SUM of God’s word is the truth and makes that clear. It is horrible translation. We are clay in the hands of the potter and the Lord directs our every step and even gives us the desires of our hearts, even our very thoughts are given to us.

Amo 4:13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

So if our every thoughts are given to us, it is pretty silly to then argue we have free will. Our will is in no way free of God’s causing and working all things. The hidden wisdom of the Lord tells those that see that He is the Lord of hosts and is stretching forth the heavens and the earth as He deems fit.

Zec 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.

Isa_42:5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:

If we remember what the earth represents and where heaven is, the kingdom of God within us, then these Old Testament verses above tell us the Lord really is the Lord and is working all things in us according to His good pleasure. The Lord forms the spirit of a man and directs it whatever way HE chooses.

S________ the verse you found in Ezra is a very good example of applying the sum of thy word is truth principle. If we just read earlier in Ezra we see more truth that helps bring Ezra 7:13 in perspective. Those who left Babylon and went to Jerusalem did not of their own free will decide to do that outside of the causation of God. We see that clearly in the verses below. First we have the Lord changing the heart of the King Cyrus.

Ezr 1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,

Then we are told who really decided to go back to Jerusalem and leave Babylon on their “own free will”. It was those few God chose and stirred up their heart to go. The same way HE has stirred up our hearts to come out of Babylon.

Ezr 1:2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.

So we see the LORD moving, changing, giving the “king” the very desires of his heart. The person in charge of our thoughts, THE LORD, has no problem changing the desires of any man. The Lord moves the king to put in place HIS plan to have a few leave Babylon.

Ezr 1:3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.
Ezr 1:4 And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.

It is no big deal to choose a few out of the many and thru them go build His temple. That is what the Lord is, was and will be doing in the hearts of men.

Ezr 1:5 Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.

The theme of the Lord causing people’s hearts and spirits to be changed to go build HIS temple or tabernacle is a recurring theme in Scripture. The carnal minded free will believing crowd just won’t receive the plain truth of God’s word. The only people that will go build the tabernacle or temple of the Lord are His very Elect who will be caused to do so.

Exo 35:21 And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit MADE WILLING, and they brought the LORD’S offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.

Bringing the Lord’s offering is bringing ourselves as a living sacrifice. God never really cared about oxes, sheep and doves, that was all types and shadows for the living sacrifice of HIS ELECT. Yet this is all the work of the Lord, the POTTER. HE MAKES US WILLING. HE CHOOSES US we do not choose HIM.

Which is the same thing Christ tells us, He changes not and here is the simple New Testament version saying the same thing.

Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you

Anyone that makes a “free will” offering as the KJV translators chose to translate it, have been made willing by the Lord. The Lord who is the Potter molded the clay to conform it to HIS WILL and that will was to make the willing. A dear brother from the UK, well steeped in the word of truth provided some additional insight that helps us understand the absolute sovereignty of the Lord versus the relative truth of us making choices daily.

From Brother A_____________

S_______ I also notice right there in Ezra Chapter 7, a sequence of events happened that ultimately led to few deciding to leave Babylon to go back to Jerusalem. As Pete noted above it is, was and will be God ‘behind the scenes’ stirring up hearts and preparing to WILL and to DO according to His purpose.

We can use the book of Ezra itself to answer that question that “free will” is NOT “free” at all, as long as God has the hearts of ALL involved in His hands. We can approach from another angle and ‘see’ the Spirit’s operation in directing / moving the works of the flesh, as the wind blowing where He pleases. Few can hear it or see His direction. Here are the sequence of events:

First:

God stirred up the heart of the Kings, as Pete noted, first Cyrus king of Persia, and also hidden in Chapter 7, Artaxerxes king of Persia.

A. Ezr 1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,

B: Ezra 7:27 Blessed be the Lord God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king’s heart, [Artaxerxes king of Persia] to beautify the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem:

The heart of the Kings are in God’s hand. We have many examples, even right in the book of Ezra, it was written AGAIN….

Ezra 6:22 and kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy:for the Lord had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.

Fulfilling this proverb:

Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

The Proverb above is fulfilled throughout the Kings, as it’s in all of us, and it is evident when we read even the book of Ezra itself coupled with the rest of the Scripture. The Sum of the Word makes abundantly clear.

As we see in the verse above, if Artaxerxes king of Persia has NO SELF CONTROL of his own heart, to then translate him saying this:

Ezra 7:13 I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee.

….is hidden folly on the part of the translators?!

Second:

The thing The Lord put in the kings heart gave the thought, ‘the Word’ the decree to empower Ezra the priest to go ahead and do:

Ezra 7:21 and I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily,

 Third:

The thing Ezra went up to then do was “given” of God. First, his knowledge, judgments etcetera to DO, was not of his own “free” will, but a will in the hand of the Almighty who is ‘behind the scenes’ empowering to will and to do. (Phillipians 2:12-13)

Ezra 7:6 This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had GIVEN: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the Lord his God upon him

Never underestimate the importance and how crucial that word “according to the hand of The Lord his God UPON HIM” in that verse. It’s hidden words like those that totally debunks the myth of “free” will. The book of Ezra tells us right at the beginning the intended purpose which very few can see. It is like the Acts of the disciples, HOW the prophecies became fulfilled in that generation and the EVENTS that happened and is/will happen:

Ezr 1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,

What word Jeremiah speak that specifically concerns this book? This is one of it…;

Jeremiah 29:4 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;

Jer 29:10  For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.

Jer 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Jer 29:12  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

Jer 29:13  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Jer 29:14  And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

Wow wow wow! It is GOD that CAUSED Israel to be in captivity. It surely is GOD that will gather them/us from ALL their captivity to exit Babylon back to Jerusalem.

Most Babylonish churches only recites verse 11. But the Sovereignty of God in causing captivity and releasing chains out of that captive state, which the book of Ezra shows how, is NOT seen. Couple book of Jeremiah and Ezra, let alone the rest of the scripture, and the folly and lie of “freewill” is greatly exposed.

And to put an end to that myth in the same chapter in Ezra, (this ties up neatly to your last question “And what is the difference between “voluntary” and “free-will”? ) we have this verse which underpins HOW events are being accomplished led by Ezra:

Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

There we have it. “Ezra had prepared his heart….to seek…to do..to teach”. Ezra prepared his own heart?

The way this is written can explain what we mean by the word “voluntarily”, and the difference in the word “free will”.

We’ve already proven, and we know here in the Body that “freewill” or “free” moral agency is a false doctrine of the adversary, and is the almighty strong delusion covered in 2Thess 2:1-12. The “free” is false.

Voluntary however is NOT, when one can understand the operations behind it. Voluntary is from a RELATIVE point of view, from a subjective point. So from a fleshly perspective, we can say Ezra ‘voluntarily” prepared his heart. Learnt the law. Became a scribe/priest etc.

BUT….,..

From the ABSOLUTE point of view, Ezra cannot/ did not do anything of his own will. He CANNOT volunteer anything, or prepare his heart of himself simply because:

1 Chronicles 29:18 O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee

Psalms 10:17 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

All summarised by this Proverb:
Proverbs 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, […Ezra and the Kings…] and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.

So the Absolute vantage point is that God is preparing hearts to do and to will. From an earthly perspective, everyday speech, we can get away with saying…”yeah, so and so volunteered….so and so did it voluntarily”. We with the mind of Christ that can see the Way of the wind, are given “seven eyes” to see BEYOND and ‘see’ in high definitions the moving behind the scenes, the causes of things, circumstances that brings one to do this or do that, long chain of events ‘behind the scenes’ that CAUSES one to arrive at a certain action/decisions. This is the way of the Spirit. Ezra or the Kings nor the people were not acting without direction. No man can direct his own steps:

Jeremiah 10:23  O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

But little by little, just like Ezra, the Lord is directing our steps/ our hearts into His will for his pleasure. No flesh can glory of this in God’s presence.

1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. 12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

His outcome, intention, end purpose is to the end to “[e]stablish our hearts unblameable”, without spots or wrinkle. This is NEVER voluntarily as we choose to decide on our own. Voluntarily can be used positively when we acknowledge that it is God that CAUSES us to say “YES, I’ll follow Christ”, “NO, I won’t do that”

Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Matthew 4:18-19 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea:for they were fishers. 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

The blind eye will say, “there it is, Isaiah volunteered of himself….the disciples volunteered to follow Christ OF THEIR OWN FREEWILL!”. Arrh…-sigh-.

Once again, that’s from a relative, earthly perspective. Scripture is written in such a way to deceive, cast out the lazy eye not given to see using the ABSOLUTE God’s eye, “eagle” eye vantage point.

As brother Pete stated earlier, the truth remains:

Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you

We do make choices but all those choices are caused of the Lord.

Some choices can have an appearance of “voluntary” to it. But ALL are, was and will be caused of the Lord. I’ll finish with this verse that the seven eyes can see, what caused us to do his command

2 Thessalonians 3:3-5 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. [….and HOW did Ezra the priest, and us the priests of today fulfil that?..] 5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

There it is again in the New Testament. The Lord directing hearts. The great director! 🙂

Pete Conclusions

So Scripture interprets Scripture. The SUM of God’s word is truth. Whosoever is willing to come to the Lord and forsake this world is always made willing by the Lord. The Scriptures are absolutely clear that God is working all things for the counsel of His will. He is the Potter we are the clay. The relative statements in certain Scriptures always must fit within the truth of God’s absolute sovereignty. Being Lord of Lord’s means much more than making sure birds don’t fall from the sky outside of God’s will; it includes directing every step all men take and giving us our very thoughts. The little children’s song of HE has the whole world in His hands is more true than anyone realizes!

Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

The few chosen and dragged out of Babylon by the Lord are made willing by the Lord. That is what these verses and an examination of Ezra shows. None of us would every willingly, unless we were caused by the chastening grace of God to give up our life in this flesh. I first began to see the fallacy of freewill when I read and pondered the promises of the new covenant. I realized there was no YOU WILL, it was all I WILL says the Lord. I hope some of the readers will begin to realize this and try the spirits of what they heretofore have been believing.

Eze 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

Eze 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
Eze 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Eze 36:28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
Eze 36:29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.
Eze 36:30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.

Amazing how all of these I WILL’s become man must do X,Y and Z to save himself. Oh praise God for the wondrous works of the Lord to the children. When men are saved, you can be sure the Lord and God will get all the glory and no one is going to be boasting they had any part in saving themselves.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, <strong>lest any man should boast.

The sum of thy word tells a clear picture of God’s complete and absolute sovereignty. We do make choices but all those choices are caused of the Lord. When you have a Lord who can declare to you our every thought, it is not too far fetched to then understand how He stirs up the hearts of His chosen ones to go build His tabernacle and to do His works, that we will continue to do Lord willing.

2Pe 1:20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture at all is becoming its own explanation.

When we pit Scripture against itself or ignore some of it to make our points, we are making another jesus. Free will is a lie and keeps the whole world in strong delusion. When we put all Scripture together we see the truth and that truth is that NO MAN comes to Christ unless they are dragged.

Joh 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me drag him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

We have to use the SUM of God’s word and frequently dig deep into the words to uncover the leaven that carnal translators and the traditions of men have inserted into our Bibles over 2,000 years of apostasy.

It takes a lot of time once we leave the physical building to unlearn all the lies we did learn when we were in Babylon. So many have a zeal for the Lord but without knowledge. It has not been given to them to see yet and they will continue to stagger in spiritual darkness thinking they are in the light. One day Jesus will take care of it and upon that event we will wait.

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

I am hoping some ignoring Scripture and clinging to their idols will admit they have been blind on this issue. That is the beginning of their healing.

Sincere questions or comments can be emailed to me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

 

A brother in Christ continuing to unlearn the lies I first believed in Babylon.

Pete

Studies

The Trespass Offering

(Compiled from published teachings of elders)

Both the sin and the trespass offerings are primarily for “sin done in ignorance.” What this means is that our carnal mind, which we are born with, needs not be aware of the fact that “sinful flesh … and blood cannot/are not able, to inherit the kingdom of God” for the wages of sin (Rom 6:23 – death) is demanded and required of US ALL. There is a standard by which we are judged. That standard, is Christ, called here “the shekel of the sanctuary.” What this means is that we are in a hopeless condition and position. Christ, the Living Word, and “His Christ” alone save us from our condition and our debt. Christ’s Bride fills Him up, as He fills up the Father who is the Father of all spirits (Heb 12:9).

Unlike the sin offering, in the trespass offering, restitution was and is made to the object of the trespass, whether it was to God or whether it is to our neighbor. When we sin against our neighbor, we sin against God and restitution must and IS BEING made as it is for us today.

Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.

We are “bought with a price and we are not our own.”

1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

1Co 7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, [being] a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, [being] free, is Christ’s servant.
1Co 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men [lies].

Being bought with a price is expressed as “adding a fifth thereto” in the trespass offering. The “fifth” is also connected with the number five. Five throughout Scriptures is always connected with “grace through faith.” “Adding the fifth thereto” more than restores what was lost, as in:

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

We know that grace is chastening when we are being disciplined (Heb 12:7) being dealt with as with sons.

Throughout this study today, we will refer to the sin offering to remind ourselves that a sin offering is for WHAT WE ARE (we are sin) and a trespass offering is for WHAT WE DO, whilst in these sinful vessels of clay. In the sin and the trespass offerings, the death of a perfect victim is required, plus in the trespass offering, restitution is being made which is not necessary in the sin offering. As we know, the OT shadows of these offerings, points us to the spiritual realities today as we are being given age abiding life.

We are dead in Trespasses and Sin to begin with:

Plainly said in the NT:

Eph 2:1 And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins;

We were dead in trespasses and in sins, there is a difference between sin and trespass, we were and are not “shapen” in trespasses. We are all shapen in iniquity and conceived in sin (WE ARE SIN). This is our condition while we “are in our mother’s womb having done neither good nor evil.” We are loved less by God because we are all “in Adam …”  in Edom, in Esau, in Babylon”, before we can “come out of Babylon” and be in “Jacob, in the Israel of God, “in Christ.”

Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

That is why Esau was born first and afterwards Jacob, which typifies what we live out as it is written in our books, from the first Adam BEING MADE into the last Adam.

1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

So, we ARE SIN and we COMMIT sin (trespasses).

Both Sin and Trespass Offerings are done in Ignorance:

The OT types found in the law of Moses witness to this, sin and trespass, through ignorance:

  1. Sin: Lev 4:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shallsin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD [concerning things] which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them:
  2. Trespass: Lev 5:15 If a soul commit a trespass, andsin through ignorancein the holy things of the LORD; then he shall bring for his trespass unto the LORD a ram without blemish out of the flocks, with thy estimation by shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass offering:


The distinctive character of the Trespass Offering:

As with the sin offering, the trespass offering is not a sweet savor. Christ is understood as suffering for sins though NOT His own (2 Cor. 5:21). Restitution was and is being required. In every case of trespass however, wrong was and is done to someone; an act of evil was or is committed against either God or man. The offering to be made, not because we are evil, but because we are doing evil. The trespass committed might be blatant as in “robbery (think spiritual) or a sin of which the trespasser/us are ignorant of”. The unwitting sin is to be especially seen as “wrong in holy things”, not in cases of wrong against a neighbor. Either way, an offering was and is required to be made, the emphasis being on the act itself rather than the sinner:

Lev 5:15 If a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy things of the LORD [verse 17]; then he shall bring for his trespass unto the LORD a ram without blemish out of the flocks, with thy estimation by shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass offering:
Lev 5:16 And he shall make amends for the harm that he hath done in the holy thing, and shall add the fifth part thereto, and give it unto the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering, and it shall be forgiven him.
Lev 5:17 And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.
Lev 5:18 And he shall bring a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his ignorance wherein he erred and wist it not, and it shall be forgiven him.
Lev 5:19 It is a trespass offering: he hath certainly trespassed against the LORD.

We are not even being aware all the time that we commit “spiritual” sins for example “spiritual robbery”. We nonetheless COMMIT A TRESPASS; it was and is a “sin through ignorance.”

…. though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.

The Standard for measuring Trespasses:

The old man in us recognizes wrong against a neighbor far more than wrong against Christ, and His Father, God, in “holy things”, therefore the unwitting trespass will not be recognized by the natural man. We claim that because we are unaware of our sin, therefore it was and is no sin to us in our carnality. We know however that we all “sin through ignorance”. But whether knowingly or unwittingly: “though he knew it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity (Lev 5:17).” We are guilty.

The standard of judgment in the trespass offering is not in our own conscience or our ability, but in the truth of the Word of God which is Christ. God always judges evil as evil wherever He see it. His judgment is not being altered by our blindness or ignorance. God has an unchanging standard, which is Christ (the shekel of the sanctuary) and in those in whom He dwells:

Lev 5:15 If a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy things of the LORD; then he shall bring for his trespass unto the LORD a ram without blemish out of the flocks, with thy estimation by shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass offering:

Neither sin nor trespass depend upon our knowledge of the sin or the trespass. God leads us to see sin and trespasses as He sees sin and trespasses. He reveals to us what is His GRACE in forgiving it. He reveals to us our NEED for that grace. Trespass is met by Christ in this offering as Christ has confessed it, endured the judgment and paid the penalty and as “His Christ” are suffering with Him TODAY. God’s standard is not something we have within us innately. Being “a law unto ourselves” (the law of the gentiles) does not mean that we are God’s law unto ourselves. The law (the law of Moses and the law of the gentiles which are the same) CONDEMNS.

Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:

Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

Quoted from the law of Moses. But notice of WHOM this verse is speaking:

Deu 21:22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree:
Deu 21:23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged [is] accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee [for] an inheritance.

Deu 21:23 is quoted as applying to Christ in Gal 3:13. This is done only by Christ taking our sins upon Himself. It is THROUGH us, His “Body”, that Christ becomes “a man committing a sin worthy of death,” even though “He knew NO sin.” Christ stands as the “just for the unjust”, confessing our wrongs and satisfying our judgment in Himself. In this way, any verse of God’s Word dealing with sin “in Adam” becomes Christ made sin. Look at what David, typifying Christ, says:

Psa 90:11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, [so is] thy wrath.
Psa 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Christ took on Himself all the sins of the whole world. Not just for US, but for all humanity, and as He is, so are we (1 John 4:17).

1Ti 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

1Jn 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

1Co 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

Gal 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

In Christ, full restitution is paid in the Trespass Offering:

Besides the life laid down in the offering, the priest ordered restitution and a fifth part more to the injured party.

Lev 6:5 Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertained, in the day of his trespass offering.
Lev 6:6 And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest:

In the sin offering, money is not noted. Why not? It is because the sin offering is not for what we have done either against God or our neighbor. The sin offering is for the fact that we are “marred in the Potter’s hand … shapen in iniquity, conceived in sin.” In the sin offering, the offerer was a sinner and a PERFECT victim bore the penalty. This is also true here in the trespass offering, but also the original wrong is righted in the trespass offering and more by a fifth. Why restitution plus a fifth? Restitution is required because we have committed a trespass against either God or our neighbor. Sin and trespass are not the same thing. The sin offering was and is for being sinful flesh, the trespass offering was and is for sinning while in that sinful flesh. Christ “was made sin.” He was not made trespass. Christ took on Him the seed of Abraham, sinful flesh (our sin offering):

Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Heb 2:16  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham[sinful flesh needing to be resisted and overcome, just like each of us].

Christ in the flesh were like us:

Heb 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified [Adam and “all living”] are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

The Need for Restitution:

In the sin offering, justice is satisfied by the DEATH of the sinner. In the trespass offering, sins and trespasses are forgiven, but judgment must still be served. Trespasses are pardoned, but restitution and justice is still being met.

Act 13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men [and] brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:

Forgiveness of sins does not mean that restitution is forfeited. Forgiveness of sins does not negate the necessity for justice. Forgiveness of sins does not nullify this truth:

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

This is what forgiveness of sins means:

Luk 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not [himself], neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many [stripes].
Luk 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few [stripes]. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Luk 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

The wrong remains in the trespass offering until full payment of wrong is made.
God’s standard was and is used to evaluate restitution, hence the priests set the amount of the “shekels of the sanctuary” to be paid, whether God was injured by trespass in His holy things or man was and is being injured by theft or hurt (think not only physical but also spiritual), etc. In Christ, the wrongs were and are being remedied whether to man or God.

What Is the Significance Of “The Fifth Part”?

Not only is the original wrong paid, but a fifth part added to it:

Lev. 5:16 And he shall make amends for the harm that he hath done in the holy thing, and shall add the fifth part thereto, and give it unto the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering, and it shall be forgiven him.

Lev. 6:5 ... he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertained, in the day of his trespass offering.

After the Egyptians, had sold Joseph their cattle, their lands and their bodies to survive the famine, Joseph gave them seed but required a fifth part of the increase for Pharaoh. Only the priests [they have their reward … the mindset of Christ] escape this toll levied on the people. Within this typifies the second resurrection when we overcome and start walking out this renewed mindset …the Words that I speak to you ... John 6:63

Gen 47:26 And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh’s.

The importance of this extra fifth in the trespass offering testifies that what was given was and is a debt owed (we are saviors not only for our sakes but we owe our neighbor).  Thus, the injured party became a gainer. From man in Christ both God and man have received back more than they were robbed of. So “where sin abounded” we find “grace did more abound.” The more we sin, the more we are being given grace through faith.

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

The ultimate effect of the famine and misery of the Egyptians was to give Pharaoh a CLAIM on them he had not had before. The entrance of trespass ultimately gives the injured party, whether man or God, a claim on the trespasser that had not been enacted before. Before trespass entered, God only claimed His right, He had a right to the “holy things” (Truth) as His portion, but after trespassing, His claim increased to the original wrong plus an added fifth (grace). So, we see God’s claim on our sins to be greater than just what we owe as being sinful beings. As we are called to “walk as He walked”, we mete out higher than just what is just, and receive more being shown grace. This is the process whereby we are being saved and how we save our brothers and sisters, those who HEAR us within and without. Plainly said, we are hearers becoming doers more and more.

1Jn 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
1Pe 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

The grades of the Trespass Offering:

There are no grades in the trespass offering. Christ is not seen either as a bullock of the herd or as the fowl. The life of a ram only is in view. It is laid down; restitution is made and a fifth part added. Though there are different aspects of the offering, trespass committed in ignorance in the holy things and trespasses committed deliberately, there is one offering. Christ has met and satisfied perfectly all that all the offerings typify.

Lev 5:15 If a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy things of the LORD; then he shall bring for his trespass unto the LORD a ram without blemish out of the flocks, with thy estimation by shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass offering:

Lev 6:2 If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;
Lev 6:3 Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein:
Lev 6:4  Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,
Lev 6:5 Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, [and] give it unto him to whom it appertained, in the day of his trespass offering.
Lev 6:6 And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest:

We may not see all the different aspects of the offering in an equal manner, but God who sees all, through Christ, sees it all “for us.”

Rom 4:24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
Rom 4:25 Who was delivered for [Greek – dia- through] our offences, and was raised again for [Greek – dia- through] our justification.

2Co 5:21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sinthat we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Did Christ ever sin while in the flesh? No, Christ is “made sin” through us, through Adam, He “was raised again THROUGH our justification,” while we, the first Adam, are BEING made into “the last Adam… the righteousness of God in Him.” Christ fills us, and we in turn fill Him. It is pivotal and very important to understand these Scriptures:

Eph 1:18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Eph 1:19  And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us- ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Eph 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places],
Eph 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Eph 1:22 And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church,
Eph 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

How can that which is corruptible fill that which is incorruptible? It cannot without a change:

1Co 15:42 So also [is] the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
1Co 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46 Howbeit that [was] not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1Co 15:47 The first man [is] of the earth, earthy: the second man [is] the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48 As [is] the earthy, such [are] they also that are earthy: and as [is] the heavenly, such [are] they also that are heavenly.
1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Flesh and blood may not be at all unaware of what they are, but the truth remains: “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, neither does corruption inherit incorruption”. “Though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.”

What does this all mean for us … it means being “made over”?

Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

2Sa 24:24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy [it] of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So, David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver [grace through faith].

Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness unto God.
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace

1Pe 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
1Pe 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of [his] time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

Summary:

To recap: We distinguish between a sin and trespass offering. Christ and “His Christ” is first a sin offering for what Christ was MADE into and for what we ARE. Christ never claim that His flesh was not “shapen in iniquity, conceived in sin”:

Mat 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Christ knew fully well that He had left His position in heaven to “become sin” by “being made of a woman, [being] made under the law”. Christ was made both “of the holy spirit” and He was also “made of a woman made under the law”.

Gal 4:4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

Christ referred to Himself as “the son of man” twice as many times as He referred to Himself as “the Son of God”. Here is one example of the 85 times:

Mat 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

The “son of man” is the “son of Adam”, and that is who Christ identifies with just as much as He identifies with His Heavenly Father. That is why Christ is a “sin offering”. Without the agency of Christ’s “Body” however, He could not become a trespass offering because He “knew no sin”. That is why God gave Israel two separate offerings. The one is for our sinful “marred in the Potter’s hand” COMPOSITION, and the other is for our sinful ACTIONS. Christ had our composition and was “in all ways tempted like as we are, but by virtue being born of the holy spirit, and the fact that God “gave His Spirit without measure” to Christ, unlike us, He overcame every temptation and subdued the sinful desires of His flesh before “lust could conceive and bring forth” sinful actions or trespasses.

Joh 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Here is how we and Christ are tempted.

Jas 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Jas 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Christ’s Body is YOU and ME, if He is living within us. It is Christ’s Body, His chosen Few, which is GUILTY of trespasses and conceiving lustful thoughts which “bring forth sin” in the form of acts of transgression and trespass. Christ and His Father do not think of Christ without His body. The difference between the sin and trespass offerings, is that the sin offering never refers to any sinful actions, while the trespass offering enumerates those trespasses. What this means is that neither Christ nor His Father ever saw Christ simply as the spotless Lamb which HE IS. Both Christ and His Father, from the beginning, saw mankind as being in and becoming “the Christ”, who would “fill up what is behind of the sufferings of the Christ” (Col 1:24). We are His flesh and bones.

Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Christ is not flesh, and we “do not know Him after the flesh” (2Co 5:16), but He is living His life “in [our] flesh”, and in this way, He IS BEING the trespass offering.

1Jn 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

Our obedience is not of ourselves. It is “Christ in US, the hope of glory” (Col 1:26-27).

We have everything to be grateful for and we are being blessed exceedingly so because we are being used in this high calling, the highest calling ever known to mankind!

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Studies

The Burnt Offering

The Burnt Offering

(notes compiled from various teachings of elders)

All things that happened in the old testament to physical Israel was done for the benefit of God’s Elect who would come along much later.

1Pe 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

1Pe 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

1Pe 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

1Pe 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

The ministration of the prophets, include the prophet Moses and all the rituals that the Lord gave them to perform.  Those things are all just the shadow of the true things to come when the true light Jesus Christ comes into the lives of His Chosen Elect.  All of these things are written in parables and are for our admonition so we best understand and heed the spiritual lesson being taught.

Hos 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

The carnal world teaches these events as a history and outward lesson missing completely the message and meaning that is only gleaned by comparing spiritual to spiritual.

1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

For those with ears to hear and eyes to see, given by the Lord,  the recompiled studies on the Law of the Offerings will be a great refresher and reminder of how we are to serve the Lord in spirit and in truth.

Introduction:

Do you “desire to look into what was testified beforehand [of] the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow?”

If you do desire to “know God and Jesus Christ whom He hath sent,” then to do so is to come to see Christ as the Father Himself sees Christ and the work He is performing on our behalf. The only way to do that is to see Christ through His Word which is full of the proper way to approach God through His Son as revealed in the law of the offerings.

Joh 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

Joh 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Do you want power over all flesh? Do you want eternal/age abiding life? It is through Christ ONLY that anyone can know the Father.

Mat 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

It is through Christ that the Father reveals Himself. And He has chosen to do this through the Law of the Offerings.

The Five Types of Offerings

The offices of Christ are many and varied and by grace THROUGH faith, Christ fulfills all of these various sacrifices.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Here are those five types of sacrifices:  The burnt offering, 2) the meat (meal) offering, 3) the peace offering, 4) the sin offering and 5) the trespass offering.

The five offerings are divided into two distinct categories. The first three are what Scripture refers to as “sweet smelling savor” offerings. The last two are not sweet smelling savor offerings and must be taken without the camp and burnt.

Exo 29:14 But the flesh of the bullock, and his skin, and his dung, shalt thou burn with fire without the camp: it is a sin offering.

It is in our understanding of these five types of offerings that our JOY and our STRENGHTH depend because it is through our knowledge of Christ that we know God, the Father and it is through knowing God and Christ and “His Christ” that we have LIFE/AGE ABIDING.

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Knowledge can and does puff up our flesh in our seasons:

1Co 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

Christ will humble and is humbling us when we are in this state:

Luk 1:51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

Jas 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

These words are also true in the Sum of His Word:

Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

We are to be priests to Christ like the OT shadow illustrates, Joseph being a TYPE of Christ:

Gen 47:22 Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands.

These Egyptian priests were under Joseph, but they were also with Joseph to the point that they were not required to sell him their lands. This typifies those sons of God, who is selling their lands in this “age” while yet in the flesh and now are able with Joseph to rule over Joseph’s brothers. These priests are those (sons of God) who want to know God, the Father and Christ and “His Christ” while in this flesh. The offerings are important to them.

2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

These offerings introduce us to Christ as God, the Father wants us to know Christ. And this is how we GROW in Christ:

Heb 9:6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.

If we want to serve God, we must know what is ordained to accomplish the service of God. Yes, knowledge puffs us up but it is also true that it is necessary to know how God, the Father, sees Christ because as He is so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). It is important to see how the Father sees us, through Christ.

As priests, the shadows of the offerings in the OT, teaches us TODAY, the spiritual REALITY, SERVING the Father through Christ and “His Christ”, as we go about our daily lives reaching out for the high calling as Christ’s kings and priests.

The Burnt Offering:

The Burnt Offering Is Different from all the other Offerings:

1) It is a sweet savor offering, and 2) it was offered for acceptance. In both of these ways it differed from the sin offerings. 3) The burnt offering was the offering of a life, and in this way it differs from the meat (or meal) offering. 4) It was entirely burnt, and in this way it differs from all the other offerings.

The Law of the Burnt Offering:

Let us now look at the shadow of the burnt offering with its three categories.  There are three categories as three in Scripture symbolizes our spiritual progression from a babe in Christ to a mature man.  The Lord symbolizes this progression starting with the most mature (the herd) and going backwards to the Flocks and then to the Fowls.

Lev 1:1 And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,

Lev 1:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock.

There is a big difference in sacrificing a bullock (herd) and a bird (fowl) yet the Lord has provisioned a way for all men to approach Him and worship Him no matter their level of spiritual maturity.

The Herd:

Lev 1:3 If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD.

Lev 1:4 And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.

Lev 1:5 And he shall kill the bullock before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Lev 1:6 And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces.

Lev 1:7  And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire:

Lev 1:8  And the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar:

Lev 1:9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

1) He shall put his hand upon the head. 2) He shall kill the bullock. 3) He shall flay the burnt offering and cut it into its pieces. 4) His inward parts and his legs shall he wash in water.

The Flocks:

Lev 1:10 And if his offering be of the flocks, namely, of the sheep, or of the goats, for a burnt sacrifice; he shall bring it a male without blemish

Lev 1:11 And he shall kill it on the side of the altar northward before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall sprinkle his blood round about upon the altar.

Lev 1:12 And he shall cut it into his pieces, with his head and his fat: and the priest shall lay them in order on the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar:

Lev 1:13 But he shall wash the inwards and the legs with water: and the priest shall bring it all, and burn it upon the altar: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

1) He shall kill it on the north side of the altar. 2) He shall cut it in pieces. 3) He shall wash the inwards and the legs.

The Fowl:

Lev 1:14 And if the burnt sacrifice for his offering to the LORD be of fowls, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves, or of young pigeons.

Lev 1:15  And the priest shall bring it unto the altar, and wring off his head, and burn it on the altar; and the blood thereof shall be wrung out at the side of the altar:

Lev 1:16  And he shall pluck away his crop with his feathers, and cast it beside the altar on the east part, by the place of the ashes:

Lev 1:17  And he shall cleave it with the wings thereof, but shall not divide it asunder: and the priest shall burn it upon the altar, upon the wood that is upon the fire: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

1) He shall pluck away his crop and his feathers. 2) He shall cleave it with the wings. He does not even do the killing. The priest does that for him. He does not place his hands on the head. He does not separate the head and the fat. He does not wash the legs and the inwards with water.

In every grade of this type, the burnt offering, is ALL “a sweet savor unto the Lord.” Sin is not in view. Man is “IN Christ” found pleasing to God. God, the Father, is nourished and satisfied. Neither the priest nor the offerer eat of the burnt offering. In the other sweet smelling oblations, Christ nourishes and feeds the priests, but in this offering it all belongs to the Father. It is all burned upon the brazen altar.

The Old/SHADOW:

Lev 1:9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

Lev 1:13 But he shall wash the inwards and the legs with water: and the priest shall bring it all, and burn it upon the altar: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

Lev 1:17 And he shall cleave it with the wings thereof, but shall not divide it asunder: and the priest shall burn it upon the altar, upon the wood that is upon the fire: it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

The New/REALITY:

2Co 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

Phi 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.

That is the spiritual significance of the burnt offering. It is an APPROACH present. It is a sweet savor with which man pleases God. The spiritual significance of the burnt offering is Christ IN US overcoming and dying daily to sin, pleasing God and smelling sweet to God, the Father, THROUGH Christ.

Sin is NOT in view in this offering. We do NOT see Christ as “sin for us.”

2Co 5:21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Instead we see Christ offered as “a sacrifice to the Father for a sweet smelling savor.” We are being offered and this is a sweet smell to our FATHER.

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.

It is the only offering which is wholly burnt unto the Father.

  2Co 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ,

God’s burnt offering/us, are being cleansed through baptism (washing of water by the Word), we understand that we are being judged from the “north” (burned upon the altar), we understand that we have fellowship with the Father through Christ, and that our ‘head, inward parts and the very best we have to offer, the fat,’ are all God’s and are offered first.

Summary:

It is very important that we know all we possibly can about who Christ and “His Christ” is and what He has accomplished and still accomplishes in us every day if we are His.

2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Eph 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Eph 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

The Father does not want animal offerings and animal sacrifices, the shadows, which points to Christ and “His Christ”. He has and IS preparing a Body for us through Christ and “His Christ”.

Psa 40:6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

Heb 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Heb 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

Heb 10:6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

What is this “Body He is preparing for us?”

Joh 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body.

What is the “temple” of His Body?

1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

“Ye are the temple of God”, and all of the offerings we will be studying are and is being offered by a PRIEST/Son of Aaron, only “where I have placed My Name”, which was only at the tabernacle first and then later at the Temple in Jerusalem.

Lev 2:2 And he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests: and he shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD:

Lev 4:5 And the priest that is anointed shall take of the bullock’s blood, and bring it to the tabernacle of the congregation:

None of this was and IS true before coming out of Egypt/Orthodoxy/Babylon. Everyone “kills his own Passover and eat it in his own home”. In other words, we worship the Father and Christ according to the Law of Moses and being under the Law of the Gentiles, which are the same thing. Having our own ideas about worshipping Christ being under “men” and traditions of this world.

Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Rom 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

Only now, in the Day of the Lord, we are being “given ears to hear and eyes to see”, are we made to know that there is a PRESCRIBED way in which we have to approach the Father, Christ and “His Christ”. Only now are we made to know that it must be through a “priest” within and without and at a certain place where He is placing His Name. Only now are we made aware that we are to present all of our sacrifices at God’s altar (the cross) which is God’s table in a prescribed manner.

Mal 1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? Neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.

Mal 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.

Mal 1:12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.

The altar is God’s table. Now notice this about who can eat at God’s table.

Lev 21:21 No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God.

Lev 21:22 He shall eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy, and of the holy.

Lev 21:23 Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profanes not my sanctuaries: for I the LORD do sanctify them.

2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

“The glory” is “doing the things I say.”

Joh 17:6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

Rev 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

We are the Temple of God individually and collectively as a Body. The Lord has and IS placing His Name/His Word IN us and we eat at His table the pure unadulterated Word of God given by His priests and WALKING OUT HIS DOCTRINE, dying daily overcoming sin, is how the burnt offering IS BEING FULFILLED in us. WE APPROACH GOD, THE FATHER, BY DOING THE THINGS THAT HE SAYS THROUGH CHRIST AND “HIS CHRIST”, a sweet savor to God, Christ IN us, the Hope of Glory!

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

The different grades/varieties in this burnt offering reflect the degree of understanding (OUR MATURITY) which we have of Christ. In the higher grades of the herd and flock, we have a degree of understanding which a mature Christian has of Christ’s thoughts and His mind and His heart.

There is very little understanding of the walk and mind and thoughts of Christ in the grade of the fowl in this season of our walk. It takes time to come to see Christ in His walk and in all of His various and wonderful offices. It takes time to come to see Christ as both the sweet-smelling savor offering and as a non-sweet-smelling savor offering. It takes time to come to see Christ as being “made sin” and at the same time being “without blemish.” It takes time to come to see Christ as all of these five offerings with all of their varieties.

The next offering of the Law of the Offerings will be the Meat offering also known as the  Meal offering.

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