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Jack H May 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Hello, Pastor Jack! I must say, this is an interesting article yet again! There is still one thing that I am confused about, though. If Jesus Christ hadn’t sacrificed himself yet in the ancient times, how were men & women of God saved? Was it through animal sacrifices? If so, which ones counted? Thanks, Jack H 😀

Jack Wellman May 30, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Thanks Jack…another great question my friend. Animal sacrifices only “covered” sins but never took them away. Roman’s 4:1-5 tells us that “What then shall we say was gained by[a] Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness.” and in Rom 4:22-25 “That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”

As for animal sacrifices, Hebrews 9:11-14 will help as the author or authors state “But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come,then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”

Heb 10:1-4 “For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? 3 But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”

Does this help? I have no answers but the Bible always does and unlike me, it is always right!

DocReits May 31, 2014 at 1:28 am

Well said Pastor Jack!

You hit on such an important point in that God no longer “covers” our sins, as in OT times, but that He “takes them away”.

We no longer have to hide from God, peaking out from under the covering of the blood of animals. We can approach boldly into the presence of God, because our sins are gone for those who trust in Christ.

This is such a misunderstood point for many Christians and you have beautifully explained it. Thank you!

DocReits

Jack Wellman May 31, 2014 at 9:53 am

Doc my brother…always the encourager, or should I call you Barnabas for that reason for that is what he does. I thank God for you Doc. This line you wrote “We no longer have to hide from God, peaking out from under the covering of the blood of animals” is brilliant. So well said sir.

Gene Aptaker June 2, 2014 at 10:12 am

Thanks for this well-done post, Jack. It’s good for believers to call to remembrance such foundational truths as these and remind ourselves of God’s awesome goodness toward us.

I also wanted to thank you for visiting and commenting on my new website. That really meant a great deal to me.

Jack Wellman June 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Thanks Gene…and I appreciate what you have done and look forward in some way in working with you brother for the Kingdom and Jesus’ glory sake.

Mr Anthony Cotton June 7, 2014 at 5:35 pm

When someone preys they nearly all prey to the Blessed Virgin Mary,and next comes Jesus but God he is too mighty and in my experience when I was a catholic it was alway the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Mary was the soft one,and to be quite honest I was afraid to talk to God.
Not now I am afraid yes but the reality is he is the God that forgives you which I find very difficult still,but now I know that`s what Jesus died for.
I am always thinking of God when I face Him,and he asks what have you done with your life to please Him.
To me I have done nothing but moan and I am relying on his great forgiveness to get into heaven.
This is what scares me when that day comes.
I don`t think I would walk boldly to face Him I am a coward,and I am terrified when that day comes.

Jack Wellman June 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Anthony, I am just like you. I will fall on my face and none of us are as profitable of a servant that we can be. You may be physically limited from preaching the gospel in the streets and attending church regularly or since no Bible-centered ones are near you, and you may be financially unable to give offerings to churches or ministries due to your restrictions, but you can do this one thing and it is the most important of all I believe….pray, pray, and then pray some more. Pray for me that I might be able to be a bold witness for Christ, that my church will draw lost souls to Christ for His glory, that we might seek those who are lost and have a broken heart for the perishing. Prayer is not the least you can do my brother…it is the very most. That is something I would say that you can most give us. Make sense?

Henry June 28, 2014 at 5:54 am

Hi Jack…

Great Article…
Thank you for all the research you have done…

It’s a pity that most Christians don’t even acknowledge this historic event and ignore it totally.
Imagine if all the Christians all over the world honour and glorify Yeshua on this very sacred day.

It makes me think of the time when Yeshua rode into Jerusalem.
They failed to recognise the day…and the significance of what is happening.
Luk 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
Luk 19:42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

But this will change. In future we shall honour Him… we shall once again keep the appointed times… even the Sabbath.

Isa 66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
Isa 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

Shalom my friend in Yeshua

Jack Wellman June 28, 2014 at 9:56 am

Thank you sir, once again for your contribution to this website and to this article. Amen to our great God and His only begotten Son Yeshua…and Shalom (may God’s peace be upon you my friend).

Henry June 28, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Thank you Jack… and thank you for all the hours that you devote on this ministry.

I shall visit regularly to learn from you.

May the peace of Yeshua be upon you.

Tony October 31, 2014 at 11:49 am

Hi, Jack –

I really appreciated this article –
One quick question: when you said “the animal skin was all that remained and the skin was worn by the priest which reflects that we are clothed in His righteousness and when God the Father sees us, He actually sees Jesus’ own righteousness (2 Cor 5:21). ” Where did you find this practice noted? Any information or direction or quote that I can use to back this up would be greatly appreciated.

I assume the priest would wear the skin “off-duty” during personal time rather than during any priestly duties.

Again I really appreciated the article and information. Any direction you can give would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Tony

Jack Wellman October 31, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Great question Tony and I believe you are righ that this was worn “off-duty” but I will try to retrace my source and I apologize sir, I should have cited that source. I believe it may have been my Biblical Encyclopedia of the Old Testament or A Survey of the Old Testament so I’ll try to pin it down sir. In the meantime, thank you for your kind words and your patience with me Tony.

Jack Wellman October 31, 2014 at 10:40 pm

Tony, I have looked and looked and my work desk is a disaster. I tried searching thru my archives and notations and just can’t find it. I read something like that in Lev 7:9 but that wasn’t it. I looked in my Old Testament files and found this under Israelite Garments: which were called ‘ezor, ḥagor I know that the earliest and most basic garment was the ‘ezor, or ḥagor,an apron around the hips or loins, that in primitive times was made from the skins of animals. It was a simple piece of cloth worn in various modifications, but always worn next to the skin. Priests wore an ‘ezor of linen known as a ‘ephodh. If worn for mourning, it was called a saḳ so your point that it might have been worn “off duty” is, I believe, very accurate. My apologies for not inserting the notations in this article. That was an oversight on my part and for that, I owe you and the readers an apology.

Tony October 31, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Jack,
Thank you for getting back to me so quickly.
Don’t worry about it – just if you do run across the source I’d appreciate knowing what it is for my own personal study.

The concept again is very meaningful and very fitting to the whole picture of Christ and the importance of having (depending on, being clothed in) His righteousness not just initially but constantly.

I think there is a connection to Genesis 3(?) where the covering (of leaves) A&E made for themselves was not adequate and God made a covering of skin instead – which may have been the first blood sacrifice pointing to Christ.

Thank you again for the great information.

Tony

Jack Wellman November 1, 2014 at 8:28 am

Thank you sir for your patience with me. I think that Gen 3 is a good connection to that. Having more and more senior moments all the time my friend.

Paul Penn January 3, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Can you give me a reference source for the skins that the priest would wear?

Jack Wellman January 3, 2018 at 1:33 pm

Hello Mr. Penn. It is Lev 7:8. It is assumed the priest would never wear any animal skin during his priestly duties. There is nothing in the article that says the priest wore animal skins during his priestly duties but I have made it more specific. Thank you sir. Nice catch.





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