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Confession, Penance & the Old Covenant Sacrificial System: Unlearn the Lies

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From the time of Moses to the death of Christ, Yahweh’s Old Covenant was in effect—a Covenant which the religion of Judaism claims to be based on, although in practice, modern day Judaism is a carnal mess.  During the days of the Old Covenant, there were many special rules about how sin was to be handled, and all Christians should have a basic understanding of what some of those rules were.  But here’s the problem: modern day Christian leaders are doing an abysmal job of educating people about how the Old Covenant worked.  The information we’re about to present to you is information that most of you will never hear taught in any church.  The Old Testament sacrificial system is one of those topics that Christian teachers avoid like a plague.  Why?  Well, most of them don’t understand how it works because they were never taught, and they just don’t care.  Among the few who do understand how the sacrificial system worked, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who wants you to make the connections we’re going to spell out for you in this post.  Why?  Because keeping you in the dark about the sacrificial system is extremely profitable for Christian teachers. Don’t believe it?  When’s the last time you fell for the fat lie that God commands Christians to tithe?  When’s the last time you actually paid some inflated ego money to share his knowledge with you because you were so impressed with the fact that he knew the Bible better than you did?  As long as you think your spiritual leaders have some huge advantage over you, you’ll adore them, obey them, pay them, and follow them.  If you think that kind of thing isn’t addictive, you need to think again (see Shady Shepherd Tactics: Gaining Rank).  Read more of this post

Law vs. Principle Charts: Atonement Sacrifices

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The Old Covenant sacrificial system is very poorly understood by Christians, and this leads to a lot of confusion about how God judges us, and how salvation is acquired.  Let’s now learn about the difference between what the laws that God gives, and the spiritual principles that those laws are promoting. (Click on each image to enlarge.)

Law vs. Principle Chart: Atonement Sacrifices (OT)

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Beyond Atonement: Understanding the True Purpose of the Cross

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Because the Church as a whole downplays the Old Testament—so much so that we often throw it out altogether and publish the New Testament alone—Christians have ended up with a very warped view of the cross. When it comes to answering the question “Why did Jesus die on the cross for our sins?”, the common answer is “Because He loved us.” Well, this answer simply doesn’t work. You see, Jesus has always loved us and as God Almighty, Jesus has been around forever. So why did He all of a sudden decide to show up on earth in human form and go through the whole crucifixion event? Read more of this post

Intercession: Exposing the Lies

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Like tithing, intercession is one of those topics in the Church which a majority of teachers are teaching you wrong about. It’s a big problem when your shepherds lie to you, because lies end up creating problems in your personal relationship with God. Bad teaching about tithing inspires Christians to disrespect God and/or fear that His acceptance of them is not something they can count on. Bad teaching about intercession does major damage as well. Read more of this post

How the Cross Broke the Law

How the Cross Broke the Law

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We Christians like to celebrate Jesus as “the Lamb who took away the sins of the world.”  Yahweh presents Jesus’ death on a cross to us as an act which atoned for the sins of the entire world.  In other words, Jesus was the ultimate sin offering.

Now under Yahweh’s Old Covenant, there were different types of offerings.  Each offering had specific rules and regulations attached to it.  If these rules were not strictly adhered to, the whole offering was considered null and void. Let’s look at some of Yahweh’s requirements for a sin offering. Read more of this post

The Levites’ Inheritance

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There are thirteen tribes in Israel: twelve regular ones plus the priestly tribe of Levi. Yahweh chose the Levites to be His special tribe because they stayed loyal to Him at a time when the rest of the tribes fell away (see Why the Levites?). In return for their loyalty, God decided that special access to Him would be a greater inheritance for the Levites then some silly plot of land. So when the Promised Land was divided up by Joshua, the Levites weren’t given a big piece like everyone else. Instead, each of the other twelve tribes had to give up a certain portion of their cities and land to become the property of the Levites. This way, the Levites would have a place to live, but their priestly influence would also be spread throughout all of Israel instead of just being concentrated in one area. The plan was to disperse the Levitical influence throughout the nation so that everyone would be reminded to keep their focus on Yahweh. Read more of this post

Know Your Bible Lesson 6: The Sacrificial System

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In this lesson, we will continue our study of the four books which comprise the second major time period in the Bible: Slide2Now when you read about the sacrificial system in these books, it’s very easy to get confused and overwhelmed. Leviticus is the book that really gets into the details about how various types of sacrifices were to be processed, and much of the instruction in Leviticus was directed at Levite priests.  Yahweh was quite particular about what kinds of offerings He would accept and about how those sacrifices were to be handled.  Since the goal of this post is to simplify these concepts and help you identify important principles, we’re not going to bog you down with the graphic details of which anatomical parts Yahweh wanted the priests to dig out of various animal carcasses. What you need to understand is that this was very hard, messy work. It required a man to be in good physical condition and it was the kind of job that never let up (see Who should be the spiritual leader in a Christian home?). With Yahweh creating so many reasons for people to have to bring sacrifices and with just one processing center (the Tabernacle) available to service millions of people, the priests were always busy.

In this lesson, we’ll take a brief look at the different kinds of sacrifices Yahweh required. We’re just going to look at the main ones that are going to come up over and over again throughout the rest of the Bible. After we get familiar with these key sacrifices, we’ll learn about how the system of sacrifices was abused by both the people and the priests.

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Know Your Bible Lesson 5: God is Holy

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In our previous lesson, we learned that when Yahweh chose Israel to be His special nation, He wanted her to stand out from the rest of the world in ways that would attract other nations towards her and entice them to know more about the God she worshiped. And when people started asking about the God of Israel, Yahweh wanted to make it clear that He wasn’t just another dumb idol with limited powers who could be manipulated by human beings. Yahweh was the one true God—the Sovereign Authority, the Supreme Power who could pulverize every other idol in existence anytime He wanted to. Having already proved His supremacy over all the gods of Egypt through the ten plagues, it was now time for Yahweh to teach Israel how to revere Him properly. By the middle of Exodus—which our first book in this four book period—God has taken Israel out to a barren wilderness where she will have no other nations around to distract her. And it is in this barren place that He decides to appear to His chosen people in a very personal way.

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Leviticus 9-10: Abihu & Nadab Offer Strange Fire to the Lord

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A tough concept for modern Christians to get their minds around is God’s sacrificial system in the Old Testament. Wading through long chapters of boring, persnickety instructions about what to sacrifice for what and how and when makes us feel fidgety and bored. Why on earth did God order up sacrifices in the first place? The old “it was a metaphor for Jesus” argument really doesn’t work. You don’t have to get this grand just to make the point that people had to die for their sins. The system of sacrifices that God set up was elaborate, time consuming, and tedious. It was hard, hot, messy work. It was a continuous rotation between barbecuing meat and dissecting animals. It was before the days of rubber gloves and plastic aprons. The priest wore tunics, which were basically dresses. Ever try to dissect a bull in a dress with your bare hands? How about draining all its blood and then flinging it onto the sides of an altar? That had to smell nice. Yuck. Why was God being so gross? Read more of this post

Why the Levites? (Exodus 32)

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Why did Yahweh choose the Levites to be the one tribe He set apart for Himself in a special way?  The Levites were the only ones who had permission to transport the Ark of the Covenant, they were the only ones allowed to set up and break down the Tabernacle in the wilderness.  Of the thirteen tribes of Israel, Yahweh chose only one tribe out to draw near to Him in a special way.  Why was this?  Had the Levites done something especially pleasing to God?  Yes, they had. Read more of this post