Jesus the disciples High Priest today!

The New Testament uses the language of the priesthood to speak of Jesus Who relates to the Leviticus priest in 3 ways:

[1] The priests offered sacrifices for sin, and Jesus offered up the perfect sacrifice for sin–His own body one time forever [Hebrews 7:27; 9:12, 24-28; 10:1-2, 10, 12, 14; 13:12).

[2] The priests helped the people draw closer to God, and Jesus is the one way for us to have an eternal relationship with God [John 1:4, 3:16, 4:14, 10:9, 11:25,14:6, Hebrews 2:17-18, 6:19-20; 10:19-22, 1 John 5:20].

[3] The priests were intermediaries between the people and God, and Jesus is our High Priest and mediator providing access to the Father on our behalf [1 John 2:1-2, Romans 8:34; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 7:25].

I hope you will spend time meditating on the passages above and be thankful for Jesus as Savior, and your High Priest. He guarantees His disciples access to God all the time.

Lift your prayer up to God and thank Him for His Son Jesus as our High Priest.

Henry Luke 11/15/2017

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Aaron Blessed the People

Leviticus 9:22-24.. 22 Then Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them, and he stepped down after making the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings. A 23 Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting. When they came out and blessed the people, the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. 24 Then fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the portions of fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.

After Aaron made the sin, burnt and peace offerings to God that symbolized cleansing of God’s people from their sins, he blessed the people. Aaron and Moses then entered the tent of meeting. We don’t know what happened while Aaron and Moses were before the Lord. But we do know that when they came out, they blessed the people, and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people.

V.24 Fire came from the Lord and consumed the burnt offering on the altar. When the people saw it, they shouted and fell facedown and worshiped God. Today believers can enjoy the blessing of being in God’s presence through the constant presence of the Holy Spirit in our body. B True worship happens when we come humbly before God in confession and repentance and then rise up in joyful praise and worship to Him.

Under inspiration from God John said “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them”. B  Down through time from 1445 BC to 30 AD the Holy Spirit and Glory of God came and departed from individuals. But after Pentecost we have the continuous presence of the Holy Spirit within the disciple C and the glory of God. In light of this tremendous reality how can we not live holy lives? Disciples today have the constant presence of the Holy Spirit and glory of God.

If you were asked to describe the blessings of living a holy life, how would you respond?

Notes: A- Click here for sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings. B- John 17: 22a, for “The Glory of God” click here and “Where is the glory of God now?” click here ; C- 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20, Romans 8:9-10 ;

Henry Luke 11/14/2017

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Sacrifices presented for the Israelite People

Leviticus 9:15-24..15 Then he presented the people’s offering, and took the goat of the sin offering which was for the people, and slaughtered it and offered it for sin, like the first. 16 He also presented the burnt offering, and offered it according to the ordinance. 17 Next he presented the grain offering, and filled his hand with some of it and offered it up in smoke on the altar, besides the burnt offering of the morning. 18 Then he slaughtered the ox and the ram, the sacrifice of peace offerings which was for the people; and Aaron’s sons handed the blood to him and he sprinkled it around on the altar.

Aaron took a male goat and made a sin offering v.15; followed by the burnt offering in v.16 and the grain offering in v. 17. Aaron offered an ox and a ram as a peace offering for God’s people vv.18-21. The 7th animal sacrificed that day. When they were faithful to make these sacrifices to Him with a humble and repentant heart, He was faithful to forgive and cleanse them of their sins.

With the coming of Jesus, the need for priests to continually offer sacrifices on the altar came to an end.A B By the single offering of Himself He exhausted the wrath of God for the sins of people. C E

Do you think the Israelites or the priests every started presenting their sacrifices as a ritual sacrifices and offerings to God rather than with a holy, humble and repentant heart? Is that a risk for disciples today as we present our selves as a living sacrifice? We are to be holy in our conduct! G

“Holiness– God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are 100% devoted to each other in faithfulness and loyalty and trust.  The separation of holiness for disciples is having complete devotion to God and being separated from a world that disregards God. Human holiness has to do with moral purity as a result of the primary focus, our devotion to God. Moral purity and separation from sin is not the meaning of word holy but the result of being devoted to God.” H

We are to keep short accounts with God daily. F

Notes: A- 2 Corinthians 5:21; B- John 1:29; C- Hebrews 9:11-12 ; D- Hebrews 8:1; E- Hebrews 4:16; F- Click for Self-examination ; G- 1 Peter 1:15-16 ; H- From “A Theology of Biblical Counseling” by Dr Heath Lambert, Footnote 11 at bottom page 124.

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Aaron and his Sons Consecrated as Priests

Leviticus 8: 1Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take Aaron and his sons with him,…Moses said to the congregation, “This is the thing which the Lord has commanded to do.”

The priests did not consecrate themselves, all was done by another, in this instance Moses, acting for the Lord. The priests simply presented their bodies in the sense of the sacrifice of our bodies today as “a living holy sacrifice”. A

The High Priest Aaron was first clothed B with articles prepared as described as the Lord commanded Moses. C

The Tabernacle was anointed and Aaron was anointed as High Priest with anointing oil. D

A bull was the sin offering for Aaron and his sons. E

A ram was the burnt offering for Aaron and his sons. F

The second ram, the ram of ordination was offered. G

Various other parts of the consecration service. H

All of this was “just as the Lord had commanded Moses”. This phrase occurs 8 times in Leviticus 8.

This was a bloody ceremony. As Aaron and his sons are being consecrated as mediators between God and His people, the animals are being slain symbolizing the covering of their sin. According to the scripture the priests must continue offering sacrifices for themselves just as they did for the people every day for 1,476 years; until Jesus died on the cross one time for the sins of every person.

The resurrected Jesus at the right hand of God “does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.” I   As His disciples High Priest, He stands ready today by grace and mercy to meditate and intercede on our behalf with God.

Who or what do you trust as a replacement for Jesus? Can you identify things in your life that you depend upon besides Jesus? What would move you toward sole dependence on Jesus?

Thank God for Jesus, Who was perfectly sinless and therefore able to pay for your sin because He accomplished your eternal salvation on the Cross. For how to be saved for eternity  click here.

Notes: A- Romans 12:1 ;  B- Leviticus 8:7-9 ; C- Exodus 39:1-31 ; D- Leviticus 8:10-12 ; E- Leviticus 8:14-17 ; F- Leviticus 8:18-21 ; G- Leviticus 8:22-26 ; H- Leviticus 8:13, 27-36 ; I- Hebrews 7:27

Henry Luke 11/12/2017

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Summary/application Sacrifices Leviticus 1-3 

Warren Wiersbe said: “Happiness, not holiness, is the chief pursuit of most people today, including many professed Christians. They want Jesus to solve their problems and carry their burdens, but they don’t want Him to control their lives and change their character. It doesn’t disturb them that eight times in the Bible, God said to His people, “Be holy, for I am holy,” and He means it. Have you ever thought of personal holiness— likeness to Jesus Christ—as the most important thing in the world?

The book of Leviticus itself is quoted or referred to over 100 times in the New Testament. Leviticus tells New Testament Christians how to appreciate holiness and appropriate it into their everyday lives. The word holy is used 91 times in Leviticus, and words connected with cleansing are used 71 times. References to uncleanness number 128. There’s no question what this book is all about.

The key verses of Leviticus-“Be holy, for I am holy”  A are applied to the New Testament church in 1 Peter 1:15-16.” For 8 verses with “Be holy, for I am holy” click here.

  1. The bloody nature of the millions of animal sacrifices is a jarring picture of the cost of redemption. This imagery helps our understanding of the seriousness of sin and the cost of the sacrifice of Jesus for the sin of every person who ever lives on earth?
  2. Sacrificing our entire lives to God results when we are thankful for the sacrifice of Jesus for our sin?
  3. Do I have the peace of God because I have peace with God?
  4. Disciples have the opportunity and command to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus to the nations beginning in the city where we live.
  5. The activity in the sacrifices of Leviticus occurs at the entrance to the Tabernacle and in the Court of the Tabernacle where all Israelites could go. The sacrifices were made on the Brazen Altar and the Priests constantly used the Brazen Laver to keep themselves clean, but only the High Priest could go into the Holy of Holiness into the presence of God and then only one time a year. However, today disciples have constant access to God through the Bible, Holy Spirit and Jesus our High Priest.
  6. Scripture memory- 1 Peter 1:15-16.. 15 But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy. CSB

Notes: A-  Leviticus 11:44-45

Henry Luke 11/11/2017

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God’s work in Jesus is greater than our sin

 2 Corinthians 5:21 “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

The scripture above promises sinners the opportunity to exchange their sin for God’s righteousness through the sacrifice of Jesus. It is sobering to think about how deadly and destructive sin is and how seductive Satan is. The consequence of sin is death, but Satan lies to keep people from believing in Jesus and disciples from trusting Jesus. A Sin kills the soul, separates us from God, destroys relationships, disrupts families, and warps society and culture. Consider these statements about His wrath from the New Testament written by inspiration of God.

Paul said “dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,B

Jesus said “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;  

Jude spoke of ungodly men “for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.”  D

Paul said “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness”,  E

Paul said; apart from Jesus Christ we are “children under wrath.” F

Paul saidTherefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, G

Paul said “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” H

This is why the sacrifice of Jesus is so necessary. For as great as our sin problem is, the sacrifice of Jesus is even greater. The good news of Jesus is that God has come to us on a rescue mission. He gave His life as a sacrifice for our sin. The good news is all sinners who repent and believe in Jesus will have their sins forgiven and receive eternal life. I Jesus is the only way to God the Father, J

Disciples have the opportunity and command to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus to the nations beginning in the city where we live. K                     

Notes: A- Romans 6:23 ; B- 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; C- Matthew 25:41  D-  Jude 1:13 ; E- Romans 1:18 ; F- Ephesians 2:2-3 ; G- Colossians 3:5-6 ; H- Revelations 20:15 ; I- John 3:16 , Romans 3:10, 6:23, 5:8, 10:17, 10:9,13; Ephesians 2:8 ; J- Acts 4:12 ; K- Matthew 28:18-20, Acts1:8

Henry Luke 11/10/2017

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Wealth and the Christian Life Parts 1 & 2 Dr Heath Lambert

Henry Luke 11/9/2017

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