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Partakers Bible Thought

25 October 2021

Jesus Christ, You and I

29 ‘This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: on the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves and not do any work – whether native-born or a foreigner residing among you – 30 because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the LORD, you will be clean from all your sins. 31 It is a day of sabbath rest, and you must deny yourselves; it is a lasting ordinance. 32 The priest who is anointed and ordained to succeed his father as high priest is to make atonement. He is to put on the sacred linen garments 33 and make atonement for the Most Holy Place, for the tent of meeting and the altar, and for the priests and all the members of the community.
34 ‘This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.’ And it was done, as the LORD commanded Moses. (Leviticus 16:29-34)

1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming – not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshippers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;
6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.
7 Then I said, “Here I am – it is written about me in the scroll –
I have come to do your will, my God.”’
8 First he said, ‘Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them’– though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, ‘Here I am, I have come to do your will.’ He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:1-10)

 

G’day! Today we continue to look together at Leviticus and Jesus Christ. Come on in and let us look together at Leviticus 16, as we conclude our look upon the Centrepiece of Joy. Together, we started with all that occurred on that great annual event known as the Day of Atonement. Then we looked at how that applied to us today because of the cross of Jesus Christ, who was our atoning sacrifice. We can choose to have a relationship with Almighty God, because of Jesus’ atoning work on the cross, which we celebrate at Easter and remember when we take Holy Communion. Atonement meaning, that we ‘are at one’ with God. All because of God and from His wellsprings of love, grace and mercy. Nothing we can do can earn it, but simply because of His act of love toward us. WOW!

Jesus Christ – unique, majestic, tender, wise, strong, and lovely. This Jesus who is always there to help me, wipe my tears, give me joy, relieve my frustrations, give clarity over confusion and give me peace. Is this also your Jesus? That is my Jesus, whom I seek to serve and obey in every facet of life of every day. I rarely achieve it for more than moments, but I know that when I fail, I can ask for forgiveness and He will grant it from His wellsprings of love, grace and mercy.

It is this Jesus whom I depend upon and personally know to be totally reliable in every way. When people let me down, turn away from me, discourage me, think wrongly off me, incorrectly assume my motives, this Jesus always picks me up, never turns me away, always encourages and embraces me. He comforts me. He challenges me., At the end of each day, I know that all through each day, that Jesus has been dependable, going ahead of me. Amazing that somebody could love me like that. Do you know Him?

If we would call ourselves a Christian, a follower and disciple of the Jesus Christ, we know that we are being transformed into the image of Jesus and will continue to be until Jesus returns once more for us and for His body, the Church. Sometimes this transformation takes comfort and at other times we need to be challenged. Remember, our God challenges us in our comfort and comforts us in our challenges. Or is that just my experience? Do you know Him?

Lastly, if you are not yet a Christian, and you want to turn to God right now, there is no need for delay. He is ready and willing to take you as His own – right now. You only have to ask Him to forgive you and He will! God is calling you by name to be His child and His follower. He is calling you by name to come into relationship with Himself. As we have hopefully seen, being a Christian is a partnership between God and yourself. When you place your faith in Jesus, becoming utterly dependent upon Him, you turn to God.

Together in this podcast we explore questions such as: Who is this Jesus to me? What difference has he made in my life? What differences can Jesus make in your life? How can a person start to follow this Jesus, and have available to them all the riches of His love, grace and mercy? Listen or download the mp3 podcast to find out more about Jesus Christ and following Him as we conclude Leviticus 16.

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24 October 2021

Jesus Christ and Atonement Today Part 2

18 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry for ever but delight to show mercy. 19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. 20 You will be faithful to Jacob, and show love to Abraham, as you pledged on oath to our ancestors in days long ago. (Micah 7:18-20)

21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood – to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished 26 – he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:21-26)

G’day! Today we continue to look together at Jesus Christ, the Day of Atonement of Leviticus and the Atonement that He alone offers. We continue this by to looking together at 3 great Bible words: propitiation, redemption and substitution.

Together we explore questions such as: What do propitiation, redemption and substitution mean? What do propitiation, redemption and substitution have to do with Jesus Christ and Atonement today? With what one word can we sum up those 3 words?

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23 October 2021

Jesus Christ and Atonement Today Part 1

23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:23-28)

G’day! Today we continue to look together at Jesus Christ, the Day of Atonement of Leviticus and the Atonement that He alone offers. We know that the Day of Atonement was held once a year. Atonement as achieved by Jesus Christ, was the unique, the one and only, unrepeatable, Day of Calvary which we celebrate at Easter. It is what we remember when taking the Holy Communion. That is why the bread and wine only symbolize Jesus’ body and blood. If it were more than symbolic, then it would be like a repeat of His death each time. Certainly untenable. There is only one day of Calvary and on that historical day, Jesus’ death was the once and for all atoning and substitutionary sacrifice, which makes amends to God for the sins of the world. Jesus alone, gives life and offers life to the full – a life borne from grace and not from Law. Jesus ushered in the New Covenant, which we looked at recently.

Come on in and let us look together at what we can learn about Jesus Christ and the Atonement that He alone offers. Together we explore questions such as: What is sin? What is atonement and why is it necessary? How is Jesus Christ the atonement required by God? How was the ancient Day of Atonement looking ahead? Listen or download the mp3 podcast to find out more about Jesus Christ, the Day of Atonement of Leviticus and the Atonement that He alone offers

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22 October 2021

Why the need for atonement?

11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, so obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance – now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. (Hebrews 9:11-15)

G’day! Today we continue to look together at Leviticus 16 and why there is a need for atonement In the beginning, God and humanity were in relationship. There was an innate intimacy between God and humanity. However, shortly after their creation, humanity disobeyed God’s clear command. Humanity said: “You know what, God. I love you but I think my way is best, so I am going to go do that.” Humanity went ahead with their own way, and in an act of disobedience, sinned against Almighty God. You can read about that in Genesis 3. The relationship was broken and afterwards there was nothing humanity could do about it, in order to restore that relationship between God and humanity.

That is the story of this broken world. A world which is in a mess. Even a cursory look around will tell you that. God could have just said “Oh well. I will just leave them to it.” But He didn’t do that! Because He is a God of love, God Himself needed to intervene, so that humanity could choose to return to being in an active, dynamic and intimate relationship with God. The Old Testament traces that journey, and that is where we are with the story before us with Moses, Aaron and the people of ancient Israel.

Come on in and let us look together at what we can learn about this need of Atonement. Together we explore questions such as: Why is there the need for atonement? Why was Jesus Christ Himself, a scapegoat? How did God respond to the breakaway of humanity from following Him? Listen or download the mp3 podcast to find out more about this need for atonement between God and humanity.

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21 October 2021

Day of Atonement

29 ‘This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: on the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves and not do any work – whether native-born or a foreigner residing among you – 30 because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the LORD, you will be clean from all your sins. 31 It is a day of sabbath rest, and you must deny yourselves; it is a lasting ordinance. 32 The priest who is anointed and ordained to succeed his father as high priest is to make atonement. He is to put on the sacred linen garments 33 and make atonement for the Most Holy Place, for the tent of meeting and the altar, and for the priests and all the members of the community. 34 ‘This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.’ And it was done, as the LORD commanded Moses. (Leviticus 16:29-34)

G’day! Today we continue to look together at what I call the Centrepiece of Joy, which is Leviticus 16 and the Day of Atonement which was to occur annually on the tenth day of the seventh month. What is this Day of Atonement all about? Leviticus 16:1-10 gives us a summary but you can read the details in the rest of the chapter. To atone means to clean, make amends, and to substitute. Leviticus 16 starts by referring back to the incident we looked at recently, with Abihu and Nadab. Through their death, the Lord God states the fundamental principles for priests – only they could mediate for the nation before Him and they had to be spiritually and ceremonially clean.

Come! Come on in and let us look together at what we can learn about this ancient practise of the Day of Atonement. Together we explore questions such as: What were the 5 different offerings that needed to be done? Why were the offerings done and what had they to do with the Priest and the Tabernacle? What is all this about blood? Why is the life in the blood? What was Aaron’s role and why was he dressed differently on this one day of the year? As for the scapegoat, what is all that about? Listen or download the mp3 podcast to find out more about this one day of the year for the ancient people of Israel, the Day of Atonement.

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