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    Sat, Jun 30th - 12:28AM



    THE LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD

    Before continuing this study, great care must be taken to understand that despite the rebellion of the nation of Israel, including the Levitical priesthood, God has not cast them all off. This does not mean that people can be saved based on their nation of origin. This means that all peoples, including those of the nation of Israel will be saved who believe on the name of Jesus Christ. God has no divided camp between Jew and Gentile, as all who believe in His Son Jesus Christ, are all one in Him.

    2 Cor 3:  12Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: 13And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: 14But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 15But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. The Bible speaks with absolute authority-there is no other name under heaven by which men can be saved:

    Act 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

    Act 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

    Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

    God according to His sovereign will and plan has designated both believers out of  the nation of Israel and believing gentiles together to participate in the work of the gospel and in the end times as well, for His purposes. Nevertheless, it must be kept in mind that all believers are one body in Jesus Christ. All believers are delivered from the Law through faith in Jesus Christ alone. (See Rom 11:23-36).



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    Mon, Jun 25th - 10:01AM



    THE LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD

    We continue to examine this old corrupted Levitical priesthood. Question? Did the Levitical priesthood’s greed for money arise out of the eternal truth that their ministry was programmed by God for termination? Were they trying to lay aside money for when their income derived from tithing to them would end? I do not know and the Bible does not say, so that is where we must end too. But this is true, they were without a single doubt extremely avaricious for money and property too, and they did not care who they took it from.

    The Levitical priesthood was commanded by the Law to give a portion of the tithe to certain indigent persons, such as widows, the fatherless and the poor.

    It is rarely even mentioned by those today among modern day advocates who love commanding a tithe for Christians, that the poor, fatherless and widows are exempt by God from tithing. Instead, those who in error claim the right to receive a tithe use the example of the widow’s mite, to claim “no one is too poor to give”.

    Mar 12:41 - And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.

    Mar 12:42 - And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.

    Mar 12:43 - And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:

    Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:44 - For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

    Jesus did not cite this parable in any way to endorse extracting money from the poor or widows etc., in that He made a scathing condemnation against extracting a tithe from widows and others to the extent that they were made even worse off. Mat 23:14 - Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

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    Sat, Jun 9th - 8:48AM



    THE LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD

    What did the Levitical priesthood know about the coming Messiah and when did they know it? They knew that none received salvation under the Law, as God appointed it to show that all men were abject sinners, but allowed temporary forgiveness only, until the next sin, nevertheless people died in sin as it was impossible for them to keep up with or even remember all the various sins they committed. For this reason, the whole of Israel begged God for a Deliverer, who would save them from all their sins permanently, which the Law never could as ordained by God.

    This Deliverer was known to them by such names not only Deliverer, but Saviour, Messiah, Anointed One or Christ. Therefore, all Israel knew at the very beginning that God had planned the obsolescence of the Levitical priesthood through the promised coming of a new, and better covenant inaugurating a new eternal high priest in the Saviour to come, with a new priesthood under Him that would be for all believers, not just the nation of Israel.



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    Tue, Jun 5th - 8:41AM



    THE LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD

    In this  study we take a hard look at the Levitical priesthood of the Law, given by God to obtain temporary atonement for men through offering of sacrifices for the sins of people who when they confessed them would escape punishment or death by substituting an animal in their place.

    By the time of Malachi, the Levitical priesthood was in open disobedience to the Law. It is true that some were faithful, however God commanded that the whole Levitical priesthood was to be faithful. Instead, the majority of them had become so corrupt and greedy for money that the Bible tells us: Malachi 1: 10Who 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.

    Before this in their greed they were doing many other corrupt things that greatly angered and insulted God,  Mal 1: 6A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? 7Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. 8And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil?

    The Levitical priesthood is promoted in error by some as a great and good  example of faithfulness. The truth is that they were far from it, as they deliberately and openly rebelled against God, and became corrupters of the people by the multitude of their depraved examples.

    Where is the good news in this bad news of the corrupt Levitical priesthood?

    The good news is that the Law does exactly what God purposed; it reveals the eternal truth that all men, even those purported to be the best of men are sinners at heart, have no power over sin, and that neither they nor anyone can ever be made righteous under the Law. The Law establishes that all who violate the Law are all sinners perfectly deserving of its punishment, condemnation and death.

    For this reason, we must beware of false teachers who preach that men can please God or obtain salvation under the Law whether in whole or in part. The only things certain in the Law is that all under It justly receive condemnation, punishment and death.



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    Fri, Jun 1st - 8:01PM



    "To the contrary, 'if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.' Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:20-21

    Joe

    "Yes, because were purchased at the price of his blood, you don’t belong to you anymore. But that is a good thing. The One who now owns you is wiser and more powerful manager of your life than you ever would have been. He cares for you with magnificent grace, incalculable wisdom, and limitless power. Being owned by him means you are in the best of hands. It means that you’re no longer burdened by living for you. A new owner has taken control of your life, and this new owner is more capable than anyone or anything you can give your life to."  Paul Tripp, "New Morning Mercies," May 30th.

     



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