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The Intercessor From Zion Draws Near

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Law The Offerings
Sin set up a great wall as a barrier between us and God. Satan was the wall between us and God, not to protect us from wrath, but to keep God away from us. As the representative on earth, He was working as our accuser, not our intercessor. He was trying to widen the chasm between us and God and build a higher wall and a more fortified fortress.
The intercessor is the deliverer who came to break down the separating barrier by smashing the dividing walls, and removing the stones and by cutting Himself in two as the offering. Then He became the representative who defends us before God.
The holy intercessor came to give His life as an offering for the people to bring reconciliation between God and man so that we could draw near to God and God could draw near to us.

Outline: From Gethsemane To Calvary
Leviticus shows the order in which the offering was processed and the oath was kept.
Leviticus Covenant Comment
1-5 The voluntary offering Jesus became the offering Animals can never volunteer, but for the first time the offering volunteered Himself
6-9In the custody of the priests The priests kill the offering Jesus handed Himsef to the priests by not resisting arrest
10Strange fire The fire is kindled The fiery trial. The strange fire that did not burn
11-15Unclean and Untouchable Cleansed from sin The sinners who need cleansing
16The sin offering Atonement Jesus paid the price of sin
17The goat demon Giving the offering to Azazel The offering was given away
18-20Abominations of the wicked Those who reject the offering The sins of Herod, Judas, Pilate and Rome
21-22Priest without defect He remained pure under the worst conditions The efforts to defile the Priest as He gives the offering
23Feast He kept the feasts He is the covenant meal
24The Bread of Life at the table The broken bread The man who cursed God and broke the bread
25Sabbaths and Jubilees Rest and freedom Rest from sin and freedom from the debt of sin
26Blessings and curses Jesus suffered the curses On the cross He suffered the seven last plagues
27Keeping a difficult vow Kept the covenant by Himself He vowed to be our substitute and it cost His life

Lamb The Burnt Offering (Chapter 1). This appears to be the most important offering because it was the first offering mentioned in the Bible before the instructions given on Sinai. It expresses God's intent to provide a substitute for sin.
This offering is different from the other offerings in several ways. The rule is very specific about the places the offering can be presented depending on the type of animal offered and the disposition of the waste is different.

Law The High Priest
The holy intercessor is our High Priest who is preparing us to come closer to God.
The Son. For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9: 6)

Law The Untouchables: An Unclean and Defective People
The perfect intercessor is the Son of Man who came to live as one of the defective people. The intercessor drew near to a quarantined planet filled with a colony of lepers and became one of them.

The Cleansing Of The Woman

Law The Plan of Salvation
The holy intercessor is the perfect gift from God.

Law Summary: The Legal Offering Of God In The Plan Of Salvation
Salvation By Faith (Grace) Salvation By The Works Of God (Redeemed From The Curse)
God's Gift and Blessings Satan's Ransom and Curses
The Continual Survives The Fires The Continual Is Burnt Up
Clean and Undefiled Inside Out Outwardly Defiled and Unclean Undefiled Inside
Bribe Good Offering High Priest Custody Bad Offering Roman Custody
Gethsemane Tent of Meeting Doorway (Sanhedrin) Calvary (Golgotha)
Grain Harvested Matzah Kneaded Matzah Perforated With Holes Matzah Baked
Crushed Grapes Blood of Grapes Vinegar Wine Wine
Crushed By Our Sins Satan Crushed Jesus
Lord's Goat CrushedScapegoat Led By Strongman (Army) Scapegoat Crushed By Satan
Lord's Goat Selected By Priests Lord's Goat ScapeGoatScapegoat led away ScapeGoat Goat Lifted Up ScapeGoat Goat Killed
Blood On The Altar of Incense Blood And Death On The Altar of Sacrifice
PrayerBlood Drops No Rooster TrialScapeGoat Beaten Carry Cross Nailed Darkness Death Hole in side Bury
Signs Burning BushRod on the Ground CrossSnake Snake on the Cross Leper Swallow Snakes
The Fire That Does Not Burn Captured Fiery SnakeCure A Spring Seed
Blood+WaterBlood,sweat,tears Blood+Water Blood and Tears Blood+Water Blood, Sweat and Tears Blood+Water Blood, Water
Body Bread Wine Blood New Covenant Blood Sprinkled on the People Wine Cup of Blood
Veil of His Flesh Opened NaturallyVeil of His Flesh Torn by Roman Whips Sanctuary Veil Torn
Clean Porous VesselSwarming and Crawling Broken Vessel Clean Vessel
Bore SinsPoured Out Himself Poured Out Himself Unto Death Drained Of Water
Sins Laid On Him Blood Poured Out Cross Laid on Him Blood Poured Out
Dove Bird Ox Ox Lamb Lamb Corn Memorial Goat Goat Lamb Lamb Corn Grain
Burnt and Peace Guilt Burnt OfferingGuilt and Sin Grain (Memorial)
Resisting Sin Old SelfSlaves of Sin and Man of Sin Crucified Heal Blood of Peace
Blood for AtonementFat Bribe Ransom Required by Satan (Life) Bribe Ransom Paid
Gift The Gift of God Money The Wages of Sin Gift The Gift of God
Blessings
(Sanctification)
(Substitution)
Obedience
(God Has No Pleasure in Sacrifices) • Curses • (Suffering Outside The Gate)
No Harvest RobbedSiege • Mocked • Cannibalism
Children Taken Serve Enemies Hanging in Doubt • Despair • No Assurance
Flee 7 Ways Slavery and No Rest Terror Destroyed
LambSheep given to enemies Donkey Donkey Torn Away Ox Ox Slaughtered
The Lord's PortionPriests Eat The People Eat Their Portion (Chew, Spit, Swallow)
Life For LifeBurn for Burn Bruise for Bruise Hand for Hand Eye for Eye Wound for Wound
Yoke Placed on Him (Carried the Cross) (Wore/Naied To the Cross)
Altar of EarthStrange Fire NoCut rockWood, Fire
Fire
No Naked No Human Sacrifice
Pores Opened Tied and Bound SkinnedCarcass, Entrails, Dung
Blood of The Living Sprinkled With The Living Blood No Blood of the Dead
BribeWicked Man Bribed NoFalse Witnesses+Charges Burden Donkey No Mob Justice No Innocent Killed
Satan Judas Possessed Satan False Witnesses Satan An Angry Mob May Have Been Possessed
Manna Meat (Quails Sent On The Same Day as Manna)
Voluntary No Involuntary (Arrested) No Involuntary (Forced Labor, Bound, Nailed)
Praying High Priest Silent NoMute Abomination No Sacred Pillar No Asherah
Offering in the Field Eaten NoTorn to Pieces Offering Thrown to the Dogs
Spring of Blood, Sweat And Tears Not Disqualified NoTorn by Wild Animals NoBroken Hands and Feet Spring of Blood and
Spring of Water
Not Disqualified
NoDisfigured face NoDwarfNoLame No Blind
NoCuts, Tattoos NoHunchbackNoDeformed Limbs
NoRaw FleshNoYokeNoTortured to Death
No These actual or symbolic events disqualify the offering Satan Demonic activities No Illegal activities
All events were part of the Plan of Salvation. Some were required by God and others were demanded by Satan.

Jesus paid the debt on the cross. God paid the debt we owed.
It was not to God the Father that this debt was paid, nor to God that Jesus owed. They BOTH paid a sin debt, a terrible ransom, an excahnge to us. We were set free, running back across that ransom bridge. Some even refusing to leave. Others standing there perplexed. Jesus walked alone into his nightmare, back into the custody of Satan.
The exchange was complete.

A man may bring his field sacrifice to God's house (Leviticus 17: 3-9).

Cross The Purpose Of Calvary And The Cross.
I have always learned and believed that Jesus "died on the cross for our sins". After learning the truth about the unacceptability of what happened on the cross I searched for the Bible texts which said that the cross atoned for our sins or paid for our sins and I could not find any.
We have been placing the emphasis on the wrong event! The terrible suffering on the cross did not justify us with the Father, the events were even more disgusting to Him than it is to us. So the truth is that Jesus "died on the cross BECAUSE of our sins" not "FOR our sins". So why should we cherish the old rugged cross?

Cross Idolizing The Cross.
This raises the emotional issue of the importance of the cross versus the importance of Gethsemane. As a group we do not remember Gethsemane, but we adore Calvary. The crucifixion on Calvary was important because Jesus submitted Himself to His arch enemy, a despot who hated Him and hated us. He did this to secure our freedom before the scheduled time of release. Eventually, the laws would return everything to God, but a Hebrew was allowed to buy back the freedom of his relatives before the year of freedom. This is what Jesus did. God rescued us as quickly as possible.
But we are now worshipping the crucifix, kissing it, praying in front of it or wearing it like a good luck charm. God says we should not make the likeness of anything and worship it. So by fixating on the cross we are doing the following.

Blood+Water The Purpose Of Gethsemane And The Blood.
The Blood Makes Atonement. For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes the atonement. (Leviticus 17: 11)
Repeatedly, we are told that it is the blood that atones for sin. Jesus' body broke and blood poured out of His pores in the garden of Gethsemane. Later, after His death on Calvary more blood poured out of His side. On the journey from Gethsemane to calvary, He sprinkled His blood all over Jerusalem and the people.
He reconciled us to God with His blood shed freely in Gethsemane. This blood began to pool and collect in a cup in His body in His chest cavity until it was poured out clean and undefiled as the ransom to Satan on Calvary when the soldier pierced a hole into His cistern.

Removing The Reproach From God.
Gethsemane demonstrated the extraordinary generosity or grace of God. Calvary shows both the cruelty of Satan and the great, courageous love of God. It is a lie that God designed and required the events on Calvary to forgive our sins.

Bread Wine In Memory Of A Loving God.
God had a better way of remembering and celebrating the sacrifice of Jesus in symbols that can be understood for eternity. When we eat the broken bread and wine we are reenacting what we did to Him and what He endured for us better than the cross does. The eating reenacts the humiliation, cursing, gnashing, spitting and brokenness and being swallowed into the grave. The wine points us to the precious blood.

» I Am Responsible! Forgive Me, O God!
These are supposed to be the symbols that commemorate all of the events on that day and reminds us that we share in the responsibility of participating in the sacrifice when we reenact the events. When you participate in this meal it reminds you that you cannibalized Jesus. You spit on Him. You gnashed your teeth at Him and chewed Him and swallowed Him and passed Him out like dung. When you make the bread it reminds you that you pounded on His body and poked holes in Him and baked Him in the fire. When you squeezed the grape to make the wine you are reminded that you crushed the life blood out of Him. You drank His blood.
The cross is an inadequate symbol of all these events.
You cannot stand 2000 years in the future and distance yourself from this atrocity, pretending that you would never have deserted Him or mocked Him or spit on Him or shouted for His execution at the top of your lungs. If you are a sinner, you are guilty. If you live on earth you are guilty. If you were descended from Adam and Eve, you are guilty.

» Bearing or Wearing The Cross. Simply wearing the cross as a necklace or an earring or on a key chain or as a good luck charm or using it as a book mark or a paper weight does not portray our participation or place a burden of shame on us.
The cross simply as a symbol that we look on and cherish and adore cannot reenact the love and generosity or demonstrate our personal responsibility in the events that occurred that day. It can only show the cruelty that God endured. Only when we take up our cross and carry it can we even come close to understanding the cost and the shame. Only when we eat the bread and wine can be truly understand why we are guilty of His humiliation and death.
The Memorial Bread and Wine. For I received from the Lord that which I delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread;
Remember My Brokenness. and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "This is My body which is broken for you; do this in rememberance of Me." In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, do this, as often as you drink of it in rememberance of Me."
(1 Corinthians 11: 23-25)
Jesus has told us how to remember His sacrifice in symbols that do not glorify His shame.
Show Satan that you now understand what he tried to do. He tried to make you believe that the Father was responsible for this horrible torture that occured on the cross. So turn the other cheek and walk the second mile with pride and let us go outside the gate with Him.
"Take up your cross and follow Me", bearing My guilt and shame. Eat the bread and wine to remember My death.
Bear My Shame. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. (Hebrews 13: 12-13)

» An Everlasting Memorial To The Victim. When we build war memorials it always focuses on the exploits, courage and wounds of the hero and never on the enemy. As far as possible we even try not to mention the name of the villain through the process of Damnatio Memoriae or "damnation of memory". All images, statues, inscriptions and name are removed from all public places and records so that even the memory of them in history is erased.
Blotting Out The Wicked. The Lord will not spare him, but then the anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven. (Deuteronomy 29: 20)

Heaven has a permanent reminder and memorial of this sacrifice that focuses on Christ the victim, not on His implement of torture or on His executioners. There are no crosses or nails, only Jesus Christ and His wounds.
Holes In My Hands And Side. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. (John 20: 27)
Even Satan is forgotten and not memorialized in this permanent monument. The wounds were caused by His friends. This is a reminder that sin is so ugly that it can make friends hurt each other. His permanent scars only highlight how much we were loved. It is not a statement of guilt.
Wounded By My Friends. And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. (Zechariah 13: 6)
This is a better memorial and deterrent than one that focuses on the sins of the evil one for eternity.
As I was writing these lessons I heard a preacher say that, "Leviticus is not as inspiring as Romans". I disagree.

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29: 29) Time: 200 minutes
Print: 40 pages
Copyright     First Created : September 2010. Updated:
Credits: All original material taught by the Holy Spirit. Thanks to God who taught me to rewrite the Torah from a new perspective that it has been a priviledge to bear His shame.
Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Patterson (October 2010).