Gospel 03 – God prepares a temporary solution
This is a series on the gospel of Jesus Christ and the faith that I have that Jesus Christ is my Saviour, please check out the main “gospel” section here. These pages are meant as a basic introduction to the Christian faith.
In part one we saw the perfect world that God created, in part two we saw the fall of man and the separation of God and man. God did not wish to be apart from his creation and after the flood; we see that God allows for a temporary solution to this issue of sin. God allows man to atone for sin.
For me this shows the benevolent heart of God, that regardless of man’s actions towards God, that he is still prepared to make a way for man and God to be reconciled, even if it is just on a temporary basis.
I call this a “temporary solution” because the adherent of the faith had to do this on an annual basis to absolve the sins of his household. We read about this in the Jewish Torah, specifically in the book we Christians call Leviticus.
The book of Leviticus
In the book of Leviticus, we see that the commandments that man has to keep are no longer one, but six hundred and thirteen. As man’s sinful nature has increased, so has the ways and means that he has found to sin. God who always is looking to be in communion with man, has ordained a sacrificial system that allowed for the people who are following Gods will to atone for the wrongdoing.
The key is the heart; you had to come to God with a contrite heart and a willingness to make it right. If I was to list all the rituals that the LORD ordained to purify the hearts temporarily and bring the people back to God then I think that you would not read them all on this website.
You can however read them in the book of Leviticus, which is a vital part of both Jewish (Torah) and Christian (Bible) scriptural writings. The Jewish faith had a day called “Yom Kippur” (The Day of Atonement) where the sins were atoned for and people got their hearts right with God.
This is the important part, not just doing it as a ritual and doing it with a heart to come closer to God. The Jewish faith offered sacrifices all the way up to the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in AD 70 by the Romans.
God’s requirements for an offering
God required a blood offering for sins, people would take whatever animal was required and follow the rules of the letter in Leviticus and follow those commands verbatim. There would be no deviation from these commands and they would do it and measure everything with an exact science and do it as prescribed by the book.
Typically the sacrifice would require an animal (let’s use a lamb as an example) the person offering the sacrifice would usually have to pick a male of the first year, usually without spot or blemish, basically the best of the best to offer top the LORD as a sacrifice, it could not be lame or unusable, but had to be something that was actually a sacrifice to lose.
Is this not a bit Jewish?
Not at all! As a Christian I love the book of Leviticus, it gives a foundation of a system that offered sacrifices to our God and points the way to a Messiah that would not just be temporary but permanent. A salvation that was not bound up in a Moral Law that was impossible to keep for the Jewish people and proselytes to keep, and a salvation for the whole world.
As a Christian I am excited to read books such as the Law of Moses, the sacrificial system, the Torah and the prophets who all point the way to my messiah Jesus Christ. This I guess is the point of this page; those temporary solutions were Gods way of providing a way out of the people’s sin until it was time to send his son.
Temporary solution? Couldn’t God do a bit better than that?
Yes, God can do anything! However, things are done in God’s timing and I for one do not pretend to know what that is.
As you will read in the next section, this was only a temporary solution; God had a permanent plan, a better plan, and one to save the world, please read on to the next installment to see what that was.
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