“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood and without the shedding of blood is no remission.”
The Law of God, given in pattern to Moses and the children of Israel, was an all consuming effort of the part of the participants to find forgiveness in the killing of innocent animals and the shedding of blood. The ground at the door of the tabernacle was stained red from the blood of the sacrifices which began with the morning oblation and ended with the evening sacrifice (II Chr. 13:11). There was no place in the tabernacle where the soles of the feet of the priest walked that was not covered with blood for the blood was the token of the mercy of God.
The blood became known unto the children of Israel while they were in bondage in the ‘great house’. Here the judgment of God was manifested upon the land of Egypt when He turned the waters of the rivers of the land into blood; “and the fish that were in the river died and the river stank and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt” (Ex. 7:21). For seven days the hand of the judgment of Yehovah God was upon the land to harden the hearts of Pharaoh and his magicians while at the same time being a manifest token of the surety of His promise to deliver His people from bondage. God had raised Pharaoh up to the purpose of the evident declaration of His power in Pharaoh and that His name would be proclaimed throughout all the earth. The blood was a curse upon Egypt but was a sign of salvation unto the house of Israel.
As the last plague of Yehovah was to be enacted upon the land of limitations, sieges and entrenchments (Egypt) God sent forth His Messenger of death upon the first born of the land. He instructed those who stood as the type of the election according to grace to kill the Pascal Lamb and strike the blood upon the “two side posts and on the upper door post of the house, wherein they shall eat” (Ex. 12:7). The marking of the earthly tabernacle of the children of the kingdom of God was to appease the required justice of the Messenger of death “and when I see the blood, I will pass over you and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt” (12:13). And so, even though in the handwriting of ordinances almost all things are purged with blood, yet the blood stood, clearly exemplified, before the tablets of stone were written in the mount. The blood of the judgment and the blood of deliverance were shed, applied and executed before the type was set forth.
When God delivered the nation unto the mount where He met with them, He brought forth a people that were rebellious from the beginning. They murmured against God and His anointed from the very day that Moses came into the land to deliver them. They were neither thankful nor happy with the manner and means whereby God had ordained that they should leave the house of the man who was stronger than they. They cried when the task masters told them to make bricks without straw and “ye shall not minish from you bricks of your daily task” (5:19). They did not rejoice and praise His name when the land of Goshen (to draw near) was protected by the hand of God from the effects of the plagues that He sent unto Egypt (9:26, 10:23). They gave no thanks before Yehovah when He gave them grace in the eyes of the people He was tormenting as they “spoiled the Egyptians” (12:36) and brought them forth “at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the host of Yehovah went forth out of the land” (12:41). Instead of singing the songs of deliverance as they journeyed into freedom, they cried out against Moses when they saw the army of Pharaoh riding hard against them. The events of the past few days vanished from their memories “and they said unto Moses, because there were no graves in Egypt you have taken us away to die in the wilderness. Wherefore have you dealt thus with us to carry us forth from Egypt? Is this not the word which we told you in Egypt saying Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians? Better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness” (14:11). And so it is when we are drawn away after the lusts and desires of the flesh, we, in Adam desire the bondage rather than the tribulation.
Even with all this complaining and blind ignorance to the majesty and power of Almighty God as He fought for them and with a mighty hand (Deut. 26:8), like an eagle, delivered them out of their captivity, yet they murmured when there was no water, no meat and no flesh in the wilderness. Time after time the faithfulness of God was revealed to these who “have been rebellious against Yehovah from the day that I knew you” (Deut. 9:24) as His right hand drew them to the foot of the mount. Here He gave them His law whereby “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians and how I bare you on eagles’ wings and brought you unto Myself. Now therefore, if you will obey My voice indeed and keep My covenant, then shall you be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people, for all the earth is Mine”. This stiff-necked and rebellious people said together “All that Yehovah has spoken we will do” (Ex. 19:5-7) as God gave them the handwriting of the ordinances of the ministration of condemnation. They swore before God that they would obey, keep and observe all the ministration of death and stand condemned in everything that they did.
Moses called all the people together, before the work had even begun of the Tabernacle and he, as God had commanded, “took the book of the covenant and read in the audience of the people and they said, ‘All that Yehovah has said will we do and be obedient’. And Moses took the blood and sprinkled on all the people and said, ‘Behold the blood of the covenant which Yehovah has made with you concerning all these words’” (24:7f). The entire congregation of 600,000 people was sprinkled with the “half” blood of the burnt offerings and peace offerings of oxen unto Yehovah. The first half was sprinkled upon the altar to hallow it for the offerings to be laid upon it. Again before any work had begun on the Tabernacle, even before the priesthood of Aaron had been established, the blood was revealed and applied.
How much blood would such a thing require to properly sprinkle 600,000 people? How many animals would need to be killed and how long did this endeavour take? These questions may only be answered in speculation except for the fact that both the quantity and the quality of blood were sufficient for the purpose. There was none left over and there were none of the kindred who had not the stain of blood upon them. There was no basin of blood set by the door for any late-comers who missed the ceremony as the entire house of Israel was sanctified by the blood of the covenant. So it is with the blood of the Lamb of God who came to save His people from their sin. The entire house of the Israel of our God was hallowed by the shed blood of the Lamb who stood as he had been slain from the foundation of the world.
“And these three bear witness in the earth, the Spirit and the water and the blood and these three agree in one” (I John 5:8).
Aaron and his sons with him were brought forth before the congregation of Israel for the consecration of the priesthood. There at the door of the Tabernacle (which is the type of Christ) they removed their common clothing and were washed with water. There they were adorned in the Holy garments of the Priesthood (the type of the imputed righteousness of the saints) for the work in the Tabernacle and anointed with the anointing oil. A bullock (to break or frustrate) was brought forth and slain for the sins of Aaron and his sons after they laid hands upon it signifying the imputation of their sin unto the sacrifice. The blood was put upon the crown of the altar by the finger of Moses and the remainder was poured out by the bottom of the altar. Then the offering was burnt with fire.( Ex. 29:10-14). No one may approach the altar by walking the way of the dust of the earth for around the bottom of the altar was the blood of the sacrifice. The feet of these who approached in order to be obedient unto the commandments of God had their feet polluted with the blood of a dead animal. Even as they offered the sacrifice for sin they stood condemned, covered with blood. But how beautiful upon the mountain are the feet of Him that brings good tidings of great joy and publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good and that published salvation; that proclaims unto Zion, Thy God reigns (Is. 52:7).
The hands of Aaron and his sons were again laid upon a ram (strength) whose blood was sprinkled around about upon the altar before the whole ram was burnt upon the altar. This was to be a sweet savour, and offering made with fire (Ex. 29:15-18). Now with the ‘broken strength’ sacrificed before God Aaron and his sons with him placed their hands on the other ram and the blood of this sacrifice was applied to them. They had been washed in the water, clothed in the Holy garments and now sprinkled with the blood of the sacrifice. These three bear witness in earth, these three agree in one.
This sweet savour of an offering of fire before Yehovah is the type of the Church as the Spirit manifests the life within. They are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved and in them that perish; to the one, the savour of death unto death and to the other the savour of life unto life and who is sufficient for these things (II Cor. 2:15). The flowing river of blood was unto the house of Pharaoh a stench of death but it was a testimony of life to Israel.
The killing of the animals was to the nation of Israel the token of the covenant of God that He alone could forgive sin but not without the shedding of blood. To all around this band of travelers in the wilderness these exploits were foolishness and a waste of good food. The stench of death followed them everywhere as they moved through the wilderness for forty years and the stains upon the earth testified to where they had been. As the years progressed and the sacrifices grew laborious and the services tedious, the heart of the people waxed fat as they despised the types and foreshadows of the precious blood of the Lamb who alone is worthy. They loathed this light bread of Manna, they esteemed the Rock wherein was living water as common, they offered sick and lame animals and turned the ministration of condemnation into merchandise before all the world. Adam’s religion is still this day manifestly declared by these same traits. The testimony of the Spirit is a famine in the land, the washing with water is done by the polluted hands of the flesh with the waters of Egypt while the precious blood of the Lamb is called common and trampled under foot. Even in this the testimony remains as witness of life unto the living and death unto those dead in trespasses and sin.
The children of the kingdom of God are identified with the Father’s seal upon them and they cannot be hurt as the judgment of God is manifested each day (Rev. 7:3). They have been clothed in the garments of the righteousness of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah and have been anointed themselves with His Spirit. They come not before the throne of grace with the boldness of the flesh for their strength has been broken in the sacrifice as the clay pitchers in the hands of the army of Gideon (Jud. 7:20). The glory of Yehovah is seen in the work of His hand as He identifies His Beloved in His righteousness and the unity of His anointing (Ps. 133). Herein is the joy of thy salvation.
“And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering and one ram for a burnt offering” (Lev. 16:5).
Moses instructed the nation of Israel in all that the Lord had commanded him to do. He gave exact and precise instructions for the burnt offering, the peace offering and the trespass offerings. He told them what animal was to be slaughtered, how it was to be slain, the order that the pieces were to be laid upon the altar and what was to be done with the blood. All was to be performed exactly as the pattern showed in the mount for they all were the type of the Messiah who should fulfill the law in all righteousness. Nothing could be deviated from in the pattern so that the testimony would stand sure and firm against all. Even the presumptuous sin of ignorance was covered as an indication of the fact that sin is the nature of Adam which is manifested in his actions. Yet on one particular day, appointed of Yehovah God, the high priest was to take these two animals from the congregation for the express purpose of the type of God’s forgiveness of all the sin of the entire house of His chosen race.
Upon the first goat taken by lot the sins of the entire congregation were imputed by the laying on of the hands of the high priest as he recited the sins of the people. Not one sin was omitted. This ‘scape-goat’ was then taken by the hands of a fit man into an uninhabited land and set free. This was in type of He who knew no sin was made the sin of His people and since He is the only fit man to remove that sin and since therefore there is now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, God has removed the sin of His people as far as the east is from the west never again to call it into account (Ps. 103:12).
Upon the other goat was the enactment of the judgment of God. This judgment was not enacted upon His people for their sin in Adam but He drank the cup of the fury of the wrath of God against the sin He became. He has borne their griefs and carried their sorrow as they esteemed Him strickened, smitten of God and afflicted. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed” (Is. 53:4f). This blood was to be brought into the sanctuary and sprinkled upon the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant. Here the blood stood as the satisfaction of the just demands of the Law of God as it stained the seat that was above the coffin (ark) wherein rested the testimony of condemnation and death, the breads of life and the representation of the resurrection, Aaron’s budding rod. This blood, in type, covered the Holy place because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel and because of their transgressions in all their sins (Lev. 16:16). This was accomplished once a year on the day of the atonement.
“But now once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Heb. 9:26).
The weakness of the law is in the flesh. The observances of the ordinances could never purge the conscience of sin nor make the doer righteous. The blood of bulls and goats stood as symbols of the blood of the perfect sacrifice which could and did save the Israel of our God from the sin and corruption in Adam. This blood was shed before the foundation of the world and made manifest in the end of the world. It is the anti-type of all the sacrifices of the handwriting of ordinances and the testimony of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah is that it is a finished work. There was exactly enough blood for every child of the kingdom to clean them from every sin that was in Adam. He bore all their sin as He endured the contradiction of sin against Himself and as there remains no more sacrifice for sin there also remains no more sin to be atoned for. The leprosy has covered the entire body and there is no place where it may grow and spread. The house has been plagued with leprosy and the blood has been sprinkled seven times; “This is the law of all manner of the plague of leprosy and scab….to teach when it is unclean and when it is clean, this is the law of leprosy” (Lev. 14:54ff). Every child is come out of great tribulation and has washed his robe and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 7:14). They stand sealed with the blood from the judgment of God against all ungodliness having their Father’s name in their forehead because the ‘red heifer’ has been slain.
The “red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish and upon which never came a yoke” (Num. 19:2) is the Son of Man. He is the broken Adam (Red heifer) whose body was broken for His Beloved (I Cor. 11:24). He is the living waters of separation wherein all of His children, who were ordained to be made partakers of flesh and blood and subject to the vanity thereof, have been washed. These could never be made unclean because they are of the incorruptible seed, but by reason of a dead body, “he that touches the dead body shall be unclean for seven days” (Num. 19:11). The clean man, Jesus Christ, sprinkled the waters of separation upon those that are unclean, Adam, “on the third day and on the seventh day” and they are clean. Thus all His dead men, (dead in trespasses and sin), live for they have been quickened together in Him (Eph. 2:5) when in the third day they arose in Him (Hos. 6:2). Every subject of the kingdom of God who dwell in the habitation of the dust (Is. 26:19) have been washed in the waters of separation and the vessels made clean but just as the shanties wherein the children of Israel dwelt in Egypt were not made righteous by the striking of the blood on the door posts, so the vessels are still dust and to the dust they shall return.
“Therefore it was necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these” (Heb. 9:23).
The earthly tabernacle with all its furniture and ceremonies could never provide the pure blood that was needful for the forgiveness of sin. Neither could all the sacrifices with all the shed blood atone for the sin of His people and purge their conscience from sin nor could the services be performed with the corrupt hands of man. Thus the Anointed Servant of Yehovah took the sin of His people upon Himself, entered into a sanctuary not made with hands and there offered the precious blood to keep His Beloved untainted by the world. The kingdom of our God is a kingdom of righteousness in Him. It is a kingdom of unity as all the seed is eternally joined together in Him and a kingdom of joy in the Holy Ghost for by Him we live and move and have our being.
Adam has no part in the matter but as the earthen vessel afore prepared of God he is the passive participant in all that God has ordained him to do. His conduct is not a condition for reward, blessing or chastisement as he walks the path ordained of old for specifically him. God is neither impressed nor disappointed with the deeds of man for they all come to pass according to the good pleasure of His will. He has completed His work in righteousness and His people are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.
Adam has no portion in the matter for he is of the earth, earthly. He was formed from the dust of the earth and to the dust he shall return. He has no memorial in the death, resurrection and life that is in Messiah for he is temporal and shall soon fade away. But and when the tabernacle of this dwelling is dissolved every one of the election according to grace has a tabernacle not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Thus when He shall appear we shall be like Him.
“But the anointing which you have received of Him abides in you and you need not that any man teach you but as the same anointing teaches you all things and is truth and is no lie and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in Him” (I John 2:27).
Almost all things of the old covenant were purged by blood, but indeed everything has been purged in the New Covenant by the precious blood of the Lamb of God. This Lamb stood as He had been slain from before time began and in the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman and made under the law that He might redeem them that were under the law. This was the days of vengeance when all things written were fulfilled.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
September 14, 2014