10-21-2023 Leviticus & the Cleansing
I’ve mentioned a Spiritual Explosion in which we are currently in the beginning stages.
It’s a time where the Holy Ghost will truly rise up in God’s Children and be evidenced in the world, more so than in a very long time.
Let’s draw a connection here for what we are going to present. Jesus asks us a question: Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and that the Father is in Me? The words I speak are the Father’s, who dwells in Me and it is He who does the works. Believe that I am in the Father and that He is in Me, or at least, believe because of the works. Believe Me, that he who believes in Me shall do the same works that I have done and greater because I go to My Father (John 14:10-12). So what did Jesus do? He healed a leper (Matt. 8:1-3), Peter’s mother-in-law from a fever (Matt. 8:14-15),the man with palsy(Matt. 9:1-7) or the woman with the issue of blood (Matt. 9:20-22). He raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead (Mark 5:22-24, 35-43) as well as Lazarus (John 11:34-44. He even cast out demons from those possessed as with the wild man in Gadarenes (Luke 26:39) or the man with the unclean spirit in the synagogue (Mark 1:23-26). These is just some of what Jesus did. So what about us? Jesus sent out His apostles and disciples giving them power to heal the sick and diseased, raise the dead and cast out devils (Matt. 10:1-8, Luk3 10:10-17). Consider Peter and John and the lame man at the beautiful gate (Acts 3:1-10) or even Paul’s healing from the bite of a poisonous snake (Acts 28:1-6) or the man with the bloody flux (dusenteria G 1420 - yep, the bowels)(Acts 28:8-9). Peter raises Dorcas from the dead (Acts 9:36-41) and Paul raised Eutichus, who died from a fall (Acts 20: 9-12). And devils? Paul cast out a spirit of divination from a damsel who was ‘pestering’ him (Acts 16:16-18) or Philip (this Philip was most likely one of the seven men appointed to handle affairs Acts 6:1-4) in Samaria (Acts 8:5-7).
Jesus sent out His apostles, then His disciples. What this means to us is that not only do apostles have authority over the enemy, but so do all disciples. All of us who believe on Jesus are disciples, not just the likes of Ken Copelands, Joyce Meyer or Benny Hinn, as well as all the other ministers of healing but we all can do what Jesus did. It’s a matter of faith! I’m talking about the ‘average Joe’, like us! Jesus said that if we believe in Him, even we can do what He did! And this will be evidenced as this Spiritual Explosion progresses!
For us to experience this, we need to be living and operating in God’s love – AGAPE – love! Agape (G26), that is to hold affection or benevolence for or be totally engulfed with charity for others, to care for in a social and moral sense. This includes to ‘be kind’ and do good’. To consider another person’s well-being. The apostle Paul suggests that we can do this by blessing and edifying those around us (1 Thess. 5:11-15).
Now, as we abide and grow in Christ Jesus, these things will come to pass. It is our Christian growth. The closer we walk with our Lord, the more we desire to read His Word (the bible) so we can learn how to walk even closer with Him. This also includes better quality as our prayer times also grow. But in order for these things to happen we need to take care of basics first.
As with Job, we need to understand just who God is, who we are and what that relationship with Him can and should be. Job declares that he knew about God, but came to know Him (Job 42:5).
When we first accepted Jesus into our heart, He cleansed us from all our unrighteousness, our iniquity, our sin (1 John 1:7-10). That is He freed us from that nature of sin into which we were born (thank you Adam and Eve). However, our prayer for salvation is just the beginning of our relationship with our creator.
The greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, then our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:29-31). Jesus tells us that if we love Him, we’ll keep His commandments (John 14:15). The apostle John tells us that if we say that we love God and don’t love our neighbor, we are lying (1 John 4:20) for we reflect the love of God, who dwells in us (1 John 4:8-11). So we love because God first loved us.
Staying clean then means confessing our sin as soon as we realized that we have sinned. Leviticus tells that if we are unaware of any wrong doing, as soon as we realize it, we ‘take care of business’ (Lev. 5:2-4). Remember Nathan and David. Nathan reminded David of his sin with Bathsheba and that’s when David repented his sin (2 Sam. 12:1-14). As we walk in His light, we have fellowship with one another because the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). If we say we have no sin, the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8) but when we confess our sins, Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us those sins and our unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Jesus stands the gap for us and becomes our advocate with the Father (1 John 2:2) so we don’t have to face eternal separation, but our life in Jesus has been restored.
Jesus didn’t come to destroy (get rid of) the law but He has fulfilled the Law (Matt. 5:17).
So let’s see what Leviticus means to us – if anything.
Before entering the Holy of Holies, the high priest had to go through a cleansing process (Lev. 16:3-4) so they would be pure and clean before the Lord.
Let’s look at what Aaron did before entering the Holy of Holies. First, he takes two goats, one for a sin offering (Lev. 16:9) and the other goat is freed into the wilderness as atonement (Lev. 16:10), carrying sins away. For all offerings for the sin of the people, the sacrifices are slain. There is an allowance for this sacrifice to be grain. The sacrifice is then prepared for the sacrifice by fire. Blood from the sacrifice is put on each horn on the four corners of the altar. Then the priest would dip his finger in the blood and shake his finger seven times over the people for their sins (cleansed through the blood). Read Leviticus and note that blood is essential for each sacrifice to cleanse everything involved. Not just the people. Before entering the Holy of Holies, the priest must then wash himself with water, put on a linen coat and britches (pants to cover the hip area), a linen girdle (belt) and a linen miter (hat or head covering)(Lev. 16:4). The priest has to cleanse himself as well as purify himself (Lev. 4:3-12). Then the priest can enter the Holy of Holies, ministering for the people, before the Lord.
Okay, so how does this apply to us today? Every time we approach Father, we too need to be clean. Remember that no one comes unto the Father but through Jesus (John 14:6). We know that the veil to the Holy of Holies was torn the moment Jesus died on the cross (Matt. 27:50-51). This gives us direct access to the Father through Jesus Christ. Note, that in the Old Testament, the people had to go through the high priest for none were allowed into the second tabernacle (Holy of Holies). Only the high priest (Heb. 9:7). The high priest interceded for the people then and Jesus intercedes for us now, giving us a more perfect access to the Father (Heb. 4:14-16).
We are a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), so as followers of Jesus Christ we have that direct access with the Father through Jesus. Jesus replaced the temple with Himself and the need for further blood sacrifices by shedding His blood on Calvary for you and me.
So when we pray – in our closet or in the congregation – we cleanse ourselves first. That is examine ourselves for any unconfessed sin. Then repent of that sin(s) (H5162 nacham repent G3840 pantothen thoroughly turn about repent), that is turn away from what we had been doing and then press forward, keeping our eye on the goal (Phil. 3:14). And our goal is eternal fellowship with the God Almighty (John 5:24).
When we truly repent, God forgives us our sin and puts them behind His back (Isa. 38:17) and lets them slide OFF into the sea of forgetfulness (Micah 7:18-19). So, as we repent, we determine not to do ‘whatever’ WE DID again. And we need to remember that when we pray, we pray with all out heart (Jer. 29:13, Col. 3:23). That is to be sincere in our repentance.
Whenever we go before the Lord, it is good to make sure our heart is clean (no open sin). In past times, people had to take bulls, sheep or goats and go to the high priest and let him offer sacrifices for sin. But today we have that High Priest to whom we can go for cleansing of our sin (Heb. 2:9-18). It was Jesus who gave His life shedding His blood on Calvary for us so that we can approach Father, through Him (Jesus). Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness (Heb. 9:22). Thank You Jesus!
I pray seeing some things from Leviticus help us understand better what Jesus has done for us.
So, again. What can we learn from Leviticus? Instead of making physical sacrifices (works) we are cleansed from our sin through Jesus (faith). Yet, faith without works is dead (James 2:1-26). Because of our faith, we bless and edify those around us.
And, yet, our task is to always be clean before our Lord, Jesus Christ
Again, for those who may not be familiar with my Greek & Hebrew references, I use ‘Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance’. Neither am I nor do I claim to be a scholar in Greek and Hebrew so I do rely on Strong’s to help me to understand word meanings.