Suffering the Reproach with Christ!
Read Hebrews 13:9-16, Leviticus 4:1-12
This is truly a picture to be seen and worth a thousand words. These Hebrew children lost their temple, priesthood and sacrifices only to gain Christ, which is far greater. You will recall that Christ rejected the temple and called it a den of thieves (Mathew 21:13). He also rejected Jerusalem because He was crucified outside the gate (John 19:20). This tells us that Hebrews was written before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D, because Jesus was outside the camp. Here we see the comparison of the Old Testament sacrifices made by the priests with the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, since both suffered outside the camp.
Leviticus 16:27, “And the bullock for the sin offering, and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall one carry forth without the camp; and they shall burn in the fire their skins, and their flesh, and their dung.” Read Leviticus 4:12, 21. The Hebrews were being tempted to go back to their old sacrifices and ritualism of Judaism, but, Paul gives an adamant “no” and tells them to go without the camp and suffer the reproach with Christ.
Luke 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. 1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
Hebrews 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. 13:13, Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. This is a wonderful message to us: as we go “within the veil,” we have fellowship with Christ Himself. And as we go “without the camp” we become witnesses for Christ.
Here is an important lesson for us: As the Old Testament Christians gave their sacrifices, so too must we offer our spiritual sacrifices for Jesus. Continued tomorrow!
Read Song of Solomon 7-8, Proverbs 26. Write down everything you can remember from the Sunday night sermon. Complete___
Review yesterday’s devotion
1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Not the bloody offerings they offered such as the blood of lambs and bullocks, but those that are the offerings of the heart, such as the sacrifices of prayer and praise. Look at verse 15. These sacrifices were not designed to make peace or friendship with God, but to preserve it.
Burnt offerings, sin offerings, and trespass offerings, were all on account of sin, and were designed to remove or cover the transgression. But their peace offerings were regarded as friendship with God, and the oblation was a sign of a thankful confession for blessings in the past.
Now, here is a thought: I believe they gave these offerings so that future blessings, favors and friendship with God can be assured. It also tells us that our praise is such a sacrifice to assure blessings, favor and friendship with God. Wow!
Read Leviticus 4:1-12. The blood is all about the Blood of Christ. Only Jesus has this blood, so we ought never to quit preaching or talking about it. The fat pictures prosperity, goodness and righteousness. Jesus is all of these. So this is talking about Jesus Christ. The Kidney is a picture of the purity of the Blood of Christ.
They were to take the Bullock out of the camp where it is clean and then burn it there. Burn all the fat – picturing our own abilities, talents or gifts. Burn them up because God wants us and not our talents. When you burn there will be a bad odor and that is a picture of our condition in the world. They do not like the sweet savor-smell of God in the world.
Here is another thought: good Christians will never smell good to the world. In other words, good Christians will never be in favor with or be loved by the world. To be a living sacrifice for Christ does mean exactly that and we must be ready to lose friends, get hurt, be troubled and even to give our body as a living sacrifice for Jesus. Continued tomorrow!
Read Revelation 18-22, Proverbs 27. Spend a few extra moments tonight in prayer for God’s power on next Sunday’s services. Complete___
A Daily Spiritual Growth Assistant
Review the last 2 days
God’s way is not only the best and only way, but it is always the right way; though it may not always be the easy way. Ephesians 5:18-19, And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Psalm 27:6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. 69:30-31, I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
SPIRITUAL SACRIFICE OF OUR BODIES
Romans 12:1-2, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The story is told that Cyrus, the founder of the Persian Empire, once had captured a prince and his family. When they came before him, the monarch asked the prisoner, “What will you give me if I release you?” “The half of my wealth,” was his reply. “And if I release your children?” “Everything I possess.” “And if I release your wife?” “Your Majesty, I will give myself.” Cyrus was so moved by his devotion that he freed them all. As they returned home, the prince said to his wife, “Wasn’t Cyrus a handsome man!” With a look of deep love for her husband, she said to him, “I didn’t notice. I could only keep my eyes on you, the one who was willing to give himself for me.” “It is said that on his retreat from Greece after his great military expedition there, King Xerxes boarded a Phoenician ship along with a number of his Persian troops. But a fearful storm came up, and the captain told Xerxes there was no hope unless the ship’s load was substantially lightened. The king turned to his fellow Persians on deck and said, “It is on you that my safety depends. Now let some of you show your regard for your king.” A number of the men bowed to Xerxes and threw themselves overboard! Lightened of its load, the ship made it safely to harbor. Xerxes immediately ordered that a golden crown be given to the pilot for preserving the king’s life — then ordered the man beheaded for causing the loss of so many Persian lives!” Today in the Word, July 11, 1993. Continued tomorrow!
Read Acts 27-28, Proverbs 28, Complete___
Review the last 3 days
SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES OF BALANCED PRAYER
Psalm 141:2-3, Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
He means the passion he used in prayer: referring to the sacrifices by God’s commandment offered in the old law. Incense was offered every morning and evening before the Lord, on the golden altar, before the veil of the sanctuary. He appears to have been at a distance from the sanctuary, and therefore could not perform the Divine worship in the way prescribed by the law.
What could he do? If he could not worship according to the letter of the law, he will do it according to the spirit; then prayer is accepted in the place of incense, and the lifting up of his hands, in gratitude and self-dedication to God, is accepted in the place of the evening sacrifices.
THE SPIRITUAL SACRIFICE OF A BROKEN HEART
Psalm 51:17, The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. These words are very expressive. They signify exactly the same as: to break into pieces, to reduce into splinters, to pound out thin, such as the beating of metal into thin plates. So, the spirit and the heart are broken all to pieces, or stamped and beaten out, these are the sacrifices which God requires and these thou wilt not despise.
THE SPIRITUAL SACRIFICE OF BRINGING A SOUL TO CHRIST
Romans 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering (sacrificing) up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
Read Jude, Proverbs 29
It is our prayer that these last few days have been a help and blessing. What a way to close out the year, by having a greater understanding of the Suffering of Christ and the Christian and the blessing that follows.