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If I were to ask you the question: “If you were to die right now, are you 100% sure that you would go to heaven?” What would be your reply?
Many have said: “No one knows for sure.” or “I’m 95-99% sure.” “I don’t know.” I run into a few who say with surety: “I am sure I would go to heaven.”
I would like to share with you, from the Bible, God’s Word, how you can be 100% sure.
I John 5:13 says: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God”. Notice the word “know.” When you know something you are 100% sure.
Now, how can you know? To simply determine this, one must know what the Bible says in regard to salvation. Some believe that their religion will save them …. But they are not sure of heaven either. Many will say that “I must do the best I can.” Others: “Keep the 10 commandments.” This all amounts to a system of good works.
I submit to you, that if our religion or good works would save our souls – then why did Jesus die on the cross? Let’s see what the Bible says about our good works.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”.
Galatians 3:1-3 “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”
In Romans 11:6 we read: “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work”.
Now, I realize that if I put all of the verses on works from the Bible in this post – it would be very lengthy. Would you read it all? The verses above basically teach us that our good deeds do not save us – we cannot save ourselves – we need the salvation that the Lord provides for us.
Galatians 3:24-25 regarding the Law – reads as follows: “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster”.
Here we read that the Law was given to show us what sin is. The Law was our teacher, to teach us right from wrong. Why? So we could be saved by faith.
One day, someone took their Bible and shared with me how to be sure of heaven. Allow me to share it with you. It changed my life and my destiny.
First of all – in the Book of Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”
Vserse 12 reads: “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one”. Then verse 23: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” I thought “I’m in a bad spot. If I am not good or righteous and am a sinner, I have no hope. What will I do?”
The person went on to share with me the following. Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He explained that God loved me so much that He sent Jesus to die for me. Jesus Christ paid for all my sins, He took the punishment for me, so that I wouldn’t have to.
The, he went to Romans 6:23 which reads: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. Hmmmm I’m going to die one day, where will I go?
Being a sinner, I would surely go to hell. But I read and was told that God has a gift for me. That gift is eternal life and it comes from Jesus Christ. God’s gift does not come through me or my goodness or my keeping the 10 Commandments, but it is a GIFT.
O.K. How do I get God’s gift? Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” God’s gift is received by us when we acknowledge that we are a sinner;
and then we receive Christ into our hearts and lives.
Verse 13 reads: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Whosoever means ANYBODY can be saved and it by faith in what God did for us. Whosover means YOU.
In II Peter 3:9 we are told that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. You see, God’s will is for folks to be saved and NOT to perisy = spend eternity in hell. My friend, God loves us so much that He made a plan for mankind. That plan was for us to have eternal life – to be saved – to go to heaven. That plan was for God to come to this world as Jesus Christ – God’s “only begotten son.” He went to the Cross paying the price for every sin that you and I ever committed. He arose the third day, conquering death, hell and the grave fou you and for me. He offers us salvation, a FREE GIFT – forgiveness of sins and a home in heaven. He says that if we believe and receive, we shall be saved.
My friend, would you, now receive Jesus Gift of salvation? If so, the following prayer can be of a help to you. It is not just reciting some words, but it is belief in your heart.
“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me of all my sins. I now ask Jesus Christ to come into my heart and save my soul. In Jesus name, A-men”.
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Introduction: The Book of Ruth is one of two Books of the Bible that has the name of a woman: Esther is the other one. Ruth is about a kind woman; a a Moabite, Gentile, that marries a Hebrew. This story takes place during the Judges. The timeline for Ruth is about the time of Judges chapter 3 and 4.
Ruth is the widow of Mahlon, the son of Elimelech Naomi.
What does Ruth represent? Ruth 4:17 & 22 – she symbolically brings all non Jews (gentiles) into the line of Messiah – Matthew 1:5. This means that the Gospel is for ALL people, not just a certain group of people.
CENTRAL MESSAGE: The Kinsman Redeemer
Divisions of the Book of Ruth
A. Choice – chap. 1
B. Response – chap. 2
C. Request – chap. 3
D. Reward – chap. 4
The reward of love: Ruth received a reward for her Godly love towards her mother in law. The reward was the kinsman redeemer: Boaz whois a picture or a type of Christ, our kinsman redeemer.
I. Requirement Of The Kinsman Redeemer
A. He MUST be willing; Lev. 25:25 – Galatians 4:4-5
B. He MUST have the RIGHT to redeem; Lev. 25:48-49
C. He MUST have the POWER to redeem; Ruth 4:4-6 – John 10:15-18
II. Application To Christ
A. The unnamed kinsman; Ruth 4:6 represents the Law – it is just and right but shows no
love nor mercy
B. The kinsman redeemer represents Christ – the expression of God’s love and mercy
Gal. 3:13-14 – Gal. 4:4-5
C. Christ was the only one willing and had the right and power to redeem us – both Jews and
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Introduction: This Book gets its name from the men that were raised up to deliver Israel after the death of Joshua. Judges continues the story of Israel after the death of Joshua just as the Book of Joshua continues the story of Israel after the death of Moses. The Nation of Israel suffers defeat and disgrace . They go in a repeating cycle of deserting God – repenting – deserting God etc. When Israel deserted God, they turned to and worshiped the heathen gods.
The key verse is Judges 17:6 & 21:25. Two facts stand out in this Book: (1) the failure and defeat of Israel and (2) the never ending grace of Jehovah God. This Book records seven apostasies: seven servitude’s to seven nations; seven times of deliverance by God.
God allowed Israel to suffer at the hands of the Canaanites. This suffering made Israel turn back to God for help. God sent a deliverer – when he died, Israel went back to the old pattern of apostasy. These events cover a period of 305 years.
A Brief outline of this Book:
I. The Apostasy – chaps. 1-2:5
II. The Period Of The Judges – chaps. 2:6-16:31
III. The Appendices – chaps. 17-21
I. The Apostasy – Chapter 1-2:5
A. Israel did not drive out their enemies
B. Israel brought judgment upon themselves
C. The result of being out of the will of God 2:1-5
D. What or who are our enemies?
1. the devil – I Peter 5:8
2. death – I Cor. 15:26
a. enemy is: opponent; arch enemy; something that opposes us; an enemy tries to defeat
b. An enemy hates you. – Luke 1:71
3. Colossians 1:21 – enemies in your mind
E. If we do not get rid of our enemies – they will defeat us
II. The Period Of The Judges – 2:6-16:31
A. Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord & served Baalim – 2:11
B. They forsook the Lord for other gods – vs 12
C. They forsook the Lord for Baal and Ashtaroth – vs 13
The Book of Judges
The key verse is Judges 17:6 & 21:25
These events cover a period of 305 years
Human Writer: Traditionally, Samuel has been considered the human writer.
Central message: Failure through compromise
D. The Book of Judges is a warning of the consequences of compromise
1. the same problem exists today among Christians
2. a person gets saved – experiences battles and victories through the power of God in their
3. just as Israel became “settled” into their new land, the Christian becomes “settled” in
their new life in Christ. Complacency about the things of God begins to set in
4. when they need God – they call upon Him – then they don’t need Him for a while and
turn back to their old ways. Perhaps, to some, they look at God as if He were a “genie.”
They let the genie out of the bottle for a “wish” when they need help. Then … they put
Him back into the bottle until they need Him again.
5. this cycle of backsliding, tribulation and deliverance is too often the norm.
6. it was that way in the Nation of Israel and it is so in the lives of many Christians today.
There are 12 Judges listed
Othniel – Ehud -Shamgar – Deborah and Barak – Gideon – Tola – Jair – Jephthah – Ibzan
Elon – Abdon – and Samson
There were seven apostasies
each with the phrase “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.”
As a Bible Survey – we will cover the highlights of this Book and the Judges
III. The First Apostasy
A. Chapter 3 vs 5-8
B. Intermarriage among the ungodly
C. They worshipped the false gods of those they lived among and married into
D. God was angry and sold them to their enemy for 8 years
IV. The First Judge – Othniel – vs 9-11
A. God people – Israel – cried to the Lord for deliverance – God’s mercy and grace delivered
B. The land had rest for 40 years.
C. Israel again becomes apostate and serves an enemy – this time – 18 years
D. They cry unto the Lord again – Judges 3:15 – God, again, raises up a deliverer.
Gideon – The 6th Judge – Judges 6:11-17 & 34-40
V. Knowing God’s Will For Your Life
A. Israel falls into sin: vs 1; their 4th apostasy vs 6-10
B. God raises up Gideon as a Judge; Vs 11-13
a. God chose the weak to confound the mighty – I Cor. 1:26-31
b. Gideon was the son of a farmer – threshed wheat vs 11 (Judges 6)
C. Gideon is reluctant to accept God’s call vs 15
a. God says that He will use Gideon & reaffirms God’s calling
b. Gideon wants to make sure – he ask for a sign vs 17
c. God never calls anyone to a special task without giving you a special grace to perform
it. God will be there and stand by in the time of need vs 16
d. sometimes we may be reluctant to follow God’s will
1. we may be afraid of the outcome
2. we may not be sure that it is God’s will for us
D. Gideon’s Certainty or He made sure it was God’s will for him – the sign of vs 17
a. vs 36-40 – the fleece
b. Gideon seeks God’s perfect will
c. I don’t believe he is trying to get out of this job, but he wants to be 100% sure that he is
doing God’s will. If it is Gideon’s will, he will pay a big price.
VI. God’s Will for Gideon Judges 6:25-32
A. Destroy the altars of Baal & cut down the grove
a. spiritual apostasy brought national humiliation to Israel
b. the distress could not be relieved until the sin is destroyed – this had to be done 1st
in order to receive deliverance
c. it is useless to treat the symptoms if the disease is untouched
B. Vs 26 – erect an altar to God & sacrifice to God on it
a. take the evil & destroy it and then take that same place & build something great for God
b. destroying the altars to Baal was only ½ the job
c. the Baal worship had to be replaced with worship of the true God
1. one can repent of sin – to be sorry for it – turn from it: what will they turn to?
2. Example: the drunkard can turn from booze – that’s good, but that doesn’t mean he is
saved simply by the act of quitting booze
3. Matthew 12:43-45 – it is vain to cast out the evil spirit (sin) unless we fill its place
with a better spirit. Conviction of sin must be followed by repentance and the
creation of a new heart.
Conclusion: Israel’s continual problem was that they did not totally destroy their enemies. They lived among them and became like them. Israel brought defeat to themselves, they became their own worst enemy.
The same with a Christian, we must remove/destroy our enemies; the sin that defeats us. It may be ingratitude, unforgiveness, pride, disobedience, or any of a hundred different things.
If we do not remove them/destroy them, they will come back to “haunt” you and destroy you.
Gideon sought God’s will. Make sure that your life is in the perfect will of God & not in your own perfect will.
Intro: Vs 1, Jerubbaal is another name of Gideon. It means let Baal contend or plead. In this chapter, we have the preparation for the battle. Gideon leading Israel against their enemy, the Midianites. In the last chapter, we found that Gideon made sure that he was following the Lord; doing God’s will and not his own will. Gideon put out a fleece before the Lord, he wanted to be certain. We also found that God showed Gideon what he must do. He was to destroy the altars of Baal and replace them with an altar to God. Gideon’s job was a huge task; not an easy one. Remember, it was God who destroyed the altars of Baal by using a willing Gideon. But the battle is not over yet.
VII. Trust In The Lord Vs 1-3
A. The people did not follow Gideon because of the fleece that he put out before the Lord,
but because of his obedience to God
B. God reduced Gideon’s army, why?
1. God didn’t want the people to believe that they won the victory. Their strength could
not win the battle.
2. God wanted the people to learn to trust in Him, realizing that nothing can stop the
sovereign hand of God
3. also, many want the sweet taste of victory, but are not willing to fight for it
VIII. God Uses Faithful People Vs 4-8
A. Many are called but few are chosen
1. Gideon was to use only the most faithful, alert soldiers
2. God does not use unfit, unprepared folks to use
B. God’s plan
1. to reduce the amount of men to do the job
2. with less men, God wins the victory. It shows God power
3. Gideon and the men had to put total faith in God to win the victory
II Timothy 2:1-4
4. I Corinthians 1:18, 2529
5. Romans 8:31 (if God be for us …) You may sometimes face insurmountable odds in
some battle that you may face, God’s plan for you may not sometimes make sense to
you, but have faith in God and His Word and let Him win the victory through you.
6. God’s ways always work
IX.. Some Christians Miss Opportunities To Be Called Into God’s Army
A. Not only calls but He equips – Ephesians 6:12-17 (amour of God)
B. God cannot use those who fail to put on the whole armor of God
1. shows lack of faith
2. shows lack of obedience
3. He tells us to “return home” as in the parable of the laborers Matt. 20:16
(many are called/few chosen).
X . Gideon
1. Doubt and lack of faith – grieving the Holy Spirit
2. Gideon overcame them with God’s help. Gideon had the same faults all of us have,
the answer is trusting in God and His Word … believing and acting upon that belief.
3. God’s ways always work
1. Gideon had courage and strong leadership
2. Gideon was obedient to God
XI. The Battle Is The Lord’s Vs 21-25
A. God used only 300 men
1. blew trumpets & broke pitchers – vs 19
2. cried “Sword of the Lord and of Gideon” vs 20
B. The enemy vs 12
1. their number was great “like grasshoppers”
2. they greatly out numbered Israel and were ready to devour them just as “grasshoppers’
devour a crop
3. your problems may loom over you in such a way that may seem impossible for you to
win. They may seem ready to devour you.
4. the answer is to trust in the Lord and in His Word. God’s ways always work.
C. this may seem like a strange way to fight a battle
1. God chose this way
2. God will win the victory
D. Every Christian is given a Sword to fight with; Hebrews 4:12
1. it is a “lamp and a light” Psalms 119:105
2. break open the Word of God and let God go before you, leading the way to victory
E. There are many victories to be won
1. answered prayers
2. salvation of souls
3. overcoming temptation
4. overcoming discouragement and defeat
5. winning over the old man
6. I John 5:4; our faith
7. victory over self
9. being made useful for God’s service
10. victory over the devil
God uses faithful obedient people. He used Gideon, a farm boy. God uses the unlovely, the likely and the unloved. No battle or struggle is to big for God. He can win and wants to use you to win. The KEY: our obedience and complete faith and trust in God and in His Word.
1. God chose the meek to confound the mighty – I Cor. 1:26-29
2. When God calls a person to a special task or job, He will give special grace to perform it.
3. God will stand by in the time of need – Judges 6:16
4. Gideon’s job was to raise an army to destroy the altars of baal and erect an altar to God –
then sacrifice to God. Gideon raised an army of 300 men.
5. To destroy baal’s altars would show true repentance and revival among the Israelites
6. Destroying the altars was only ½ the job; the other half is replacing that with the things of the
7. Conviction of sin must be followed by the creation of a new heart.
Example: you may confess your sins to God, but don’t replace that sin with: reading your
Bible on a regular basis; prayer; going to church etc. Result, you don’t get the victory that God
has for you. Example: you may confess your sins, but don’t get rid of them, continue on in
them – result, you don’t get the victory that God has for you.
8. Gideon overcame doubt, fear, lack of faith, grieving the Spirit. He received, in it’s place,
courage, obedience to God, strong leadership qualities.
False gods – Judges 10:6-8
A. Vs 6 – baalim / baal: lascivious ceremonies – human sacrifices
B. Vs 6 – ashtaroth – plural form of Canaanite goddess of fertility – ashtoreth. Lewd rites of
worship – represented by idols I Kings 11:5 II Kings 23:13. Her male escort was baal.
They remained for more than 3 ½ centuries till Joash demolished them.
Sometimes connected with Venus, the goddess of love.
C. Vs 6 – gods of ammon was molech – gruesome orgies – sacrificed little children.
An image of the god was heated and bodies of slain children were placed in its arms.
D. Vs 6 – gods of the Philistines – dagon – the fish god. A human figure terminating in a fish.
E. Vs 6 – gods of Moab – chemosh – offered human sacrifices. Identified by historians with baal,
zebub, mars, saturn, as a star of ill omen. Judges 11:24 Numbers 21:29
F. Vs 6 – gods of Syria – bel and saturn, jupiter and astarte . Worshipped many gods. Chief
god was asshur, founded by a man named Asshur who build Nineveh.
G. Vs 6 – gods of Zidon – ashtaroth – same as “B” above
Vs 6 – They replaced worship of God with something else.
Vs 7 – God was angry – sold them into the hands of their enemy – 18 years.
Sin always has a price tag. Sin owns you, enslaves you and rules you. Here, – Philistines;
lived on the West of the Israelites, and the children of Ammon on the East –
Surrounded by their enemies.
Vs 14 – When trouble & trials comes – call unto your gods.
Vs 15-16 – They had to repent and put away their sins and serve the Lord God before God would
Samson -13th Judge
Background: Israel was 40 years captive to the Philistines because of their sin. Chapter 2 gives the events of the birth of Samson.
Nazarite vow – taken by Samson, Samuel, John the Baptist.
Distinguishing traits: 3 principal marks
1. Renunciation of wine Numbers 6:2 – Judges 13:4, 7,14
2. Not to use a razor Numbers 6:5. I Cor. 11:14 – long hair is a reproach to a man. The
separated one was willing to bear rejection for the Lord.
3. Avoiding contact with a dead body Numbers 6:6. He was not expected to withdraw from
society, be celibate or be like a monk.These things are an outward symbol of yieldedness
which finds joy in the Lord.
Reasons for assuming the vow
1. Before the birth of the child
2. By one in distress or in trouble
3. By women suspected by their husband of unfaithfulness in marriage – until the suspicion is
4. Women and slaves could take the vow only if the husband or master sanctioned it.
Time period of the vow – anywhere from 30 days to a life time.
It was for one wholly separated unto the Lord.
New Testament verses for Christian separation: II Cor. 6:14-17 – I Thess. 5:22 – I Peter 1:15-16
I Peter 2:11- Romans 6:13-16 – separation in desire, motive and act
Compromise is not necessarily from contact with evil in this world, but from complicity with, and conformity to the sin / evil.
God cannot fully use and bless His children who are in compromise with sin.
God rewards the separated Christian: I Timothy 2:19-21.
Judges 14 – Samson – The 13th Judge – A Type Of Carnal Believer
I. Compromise of Samson
A. Vs 6 & 8 Samson violates his vow – Avoiding contact with a dead body: Numbers 6:6
B. Compromise leads to weakness in our spiritual lives. Samson begins a long road to
C. Samson’s riddle – the pride of life: I John 2:16
1. vs 12 – he gambles / bets
2. vs 14 – they can’t guess his riddle
3. vs 15 – the enemy entices his wife to reveal the riddle – the devil can uses others to cause
4. vs 20 – 15:1-2 Samson’s wife given to someone else
5. 15:4-6 Samson is angry – sets 300 fox’s on fire
6. vs 12-16 – Philistines go after Samson
7. Judges 15 vs 6-15 – after repeated efforts, Samson reveals his secret
8. vs 17-19 – Samson’s last vow is broken
9. Judges 16:20 – Samson had lost the power of God on his life – because of compromise
II. The Chastening Of Samson
A. Judges 16:21-27 – he pays for his sin of compromise
B. God chastens those He loves – Hebrews 12:6
1. this involves God’s principle of sowing and reaping – Galatians 6:7
2. Samson’s love for the world – got him into trouble
3. as a result of Samson’s sin, Israel is not delivered during this time
4. we go on in this Book to read of confusion in civil and religious matters 17:6 & 21:25
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The Book of Joshua
Introduction: Joshua records Israel’s completion of redemption out of Egypt and entrance into the Promised Land. The first five Books of Moses lead the Nation of Israel to the door of the Land of Canaan. Joshua complements these Books by leading Israel into Canaan.
Joshua covers a period of about 25 years and he records one of the greatest conquests in the history of mankind. The occupation of this small strip of land, which is barely larger than Wales, had molded the moral and religious history of the world.
Central message: The Victory of Faith. The Book of Joshua is in sharp contrast to the Book of Numbers, where we see many failures of unbelief: the failure to enter (Numbers 14:2-4); failure to overcome, (Num. 14:44-45), failure to occupy, (Num. 14:28-34).
Key thought: Entering; occupying; overcoming.
Type of Canaan: Many of our songs and hymns represent Canaan as Heaven and the Jordan River as death. Crossing the Jordan (death) and entering Canaan (Heaven). IF Jordan were death and Canaan were Heaven, then it would follow that our entire Christian life, up to death, corresponds to the wilderness that the Israelites wandered in for 40 years.
Canaan Land was a place of fighting, conquest (victory), settlement and rest. All of this was done in the power of God. Israel never completely occupied all of the Promised Land.
Canaan cannot be a type of Heaven for a few reasons: Canaan was a place of conquest through conflict. Little fighting occurred in the wilderness, but to enter Canaan, Israel had to fight; enemies must be destroyed. How could Canaan typify the calm restfulness of the ultimate inheritance of Heaven.
Another reason was that eventually, because of idolatry, disobedience and other sins, Israel was ejected from Canaan Land. We can never be ejected from Heaven. For these reasons, we cannot equate Canaan with a type of Heaven.
Characteristics: First – Canaan was Israel’s promised Rest. There was a home for the Israelites. Second – Canaan was a place of Bounty. It was a Land “flowing with milk and honey;” Exodus 3:8. A land of “corn and wine, kissed with the dews of Heaven,” Deut. 33:28. A land of olives and vines, firs and cedars, rich fruits etc. Lev. 26:5
Third – Canaan was a place of Triumph. There were enemies in the Land, but they were a defeated people before Israel fought their first battle. God had already defeated them for the Nation of Israel, Deut. 7:1.
Israel was to remember what God had done for them; what God had done to Pharaoh and Egypt.
I. The Commission Given To Joshua Chap. 1:1-9
- God will be with Joshua – vs 5
- Be strong etc. vs 6 John 16:33
- He will divide the inheritance – vs 6
- Obey God’s Laws – obedience; vs 7-8 and II Cor. 10:5-6
- The commission is from God – vs 9
II. Rahab And The Spies; Chap.
A. Two spies are sent out – vs 1
- They enter Rahab the harlot’s house
- The King of Jericho calls for them – vs 2
- She hides them: vs 4
- The testimony of the power of God – vs 10 “For we have heard …”
- There is a big difference between believing and presuming. To make God’s promises an excuse for not taking reasonable precautions, is to tempt God.
- God uses the unlikely; here, God used Rahab: she believed B. Lessons from this chapter 1. We will have crisis in our lives. Here, the two spies had a crisis – someone was after them. We must have faith and dependence upon God.
- Every person has a crisis of salvation a. Do I exercise faith and receive Jesus as Saviour? b. Do I fail to exercise faith and remain unsaved bound for hell? a. Every person has a crisis of obedience after salvation b. Will I follow the Lord in baptism, being obedient to the Word of God c. Will I refuse to obey the Lord in baptism? Do we have the faith to believe in and trust the Word of God in these matters? d. Will I have the faith to tell others how to be saved? e. Will I lack in the faith and not tell my neighbor, perhaps resulting in their not hearing the Gospel and leave them headed for hell? d. Will I have the faith to tithe on my income? Will I lack the faith to believe in and obey God’s Word in this and other matters?
- Every time a Christian faces a crisis and comes through it by faith, the begin to have a
victorious Christian life. Every time we fail, by disobedience (lack of faith) we
experience a defeat in our Christian life. The root problem is always lack of faith.
- We read of Israel’s failure to enter Canaan; “Giants in the land.” a. We may say: “Why didn’t they just believe God’s Word, follow it, believe it, act upon it, do it … and gain the victory that God had waiting for them?” b. Are we not guilty of the same things, only in other areas of our lives? Where is your faith? Faith to believe; faith to act; faith to do?
III. Chapter 3-5 A. Don’t get ahead of the Lord chap. 3 – vs 3-5
- Vs 4 – leave a space; stay behind and follow
- Israel had not “passed this way heretofore;” a. vs 4 for the greater respect, because the presence of the ark was the symbol and pledge of the Divine presence. b. the ark was to be their pilot over these waters B. Memorial stones 4:5-7 & vs 21-24
- this was done to remind the Israelites of what God did for them
- today, we may use a monument; a plaque etc. as a reminder
- we, too, should remember and be reminded what the Lord has done for us both, as individual Christians and as a local church.
- Circumcision: chapter 5 vs 2-8
- this is a sign of the Abrahamic Covenant – Genesis 17:7-14 & Romans 4:11-16 C. spiritually, or in typology, this is putting to death the deeds of the body through the Spirit: Colossians 2:11-13 & 3:5-10 D. The “unseen Captain;” 5:13-15
IV. Chapters 6-12
- The conquest of Jericho chapter 6
- God’s plan was to show His power and glory and not man’s
- Rahab and her family spared vs 25
- The sin of Achan; 7:1
- the sin of disobedience; covetousness; sinful pride
- this is also love of the world and “disagreeing” with God’s Word
- “pay day” comes to all vs 12 – Israel pays for the sin of Achan
- Three campaigns
- The Central Campaign 6:6-8:29
- includes the battle of Jericho
- the defeat at Ai, because of Achan’s sin, the victory was in the second battle
- The Southern Campaign: 9:1-10:43
- The treaty with Gibeah
- destruction of the Amorite coalition
- The Northern Campaign 11:1-15
Summary of the conquest: 11:16-23. The list of the defeated Kings are in chapter 12.
Lessons: One: Just as the Lord led Israel into the Promised Land, likewise, the Lord Jesus Christ, our Commander in Chief, leads us into the promised Land of the Christian life by way of our salvation through faith in Jesus Christ; Hebrews 2:9-10.
Two: Jesus Christ is the one who leads us to become victorious overcomers once we have entered into the Promised Land of our Christian life; I John 5:4-5.
Three: Through the three campaigns of this section of Joshua, we learn that obedience brings victory by the power of God through our faith in Him.
Our sin, (example in Joshua, sin of Achan) breaks the flow of power from God and we defeat ourselves (battle of Ai). When the sin problem is dealt with, we can experience victory in exactly the same situation as we had previously experienced defeat. We also learn that our sin can cause defeat for those around us also; I Cor, 12:25-26.
Four: We learn that it is the power of God and not our own power and might, that gives us the victory. V. The Occupation chapters 12-24
- The Lord instructs Joshua about the division of the Land 13:1-7
- A portion for Caleb chap 14
- this fulfills the promise God made through Moses
- the promise was that Caleb and his descendants would inherit the land that his feet walked on when he entered the land.
- The portion to the Tribe of Judah chap. 15
- The portion to the Tribe of Joseph chap. 16-17
- The portion to the seven remaining Tribes chaps 18-19
- Cities of refuge and the Cities of the Levites chaps 20-21:42
- The portion to the Levites chap 21
VI. Joshua’s Last Counsels To The People chap. 23 – 24
A. Farewell address by Joshua chap 23
B. Joshua rehearses the past and renews God’s Covenant with the people chap. 24
C. Death of Joshua and Eleazer the High Priest 24:29-33
Summary: Genesis is the Book of beginnings. Exodus is the leading out of God’s people and their redemption. Leviticus shows us the story of Atonement and Holiness that God expected of the people. Numbers showed the consequences of unbelief and the cleansing and purifying of the nation in the wilderness; their eventual victory according to God’s will. Deuteronomy shows a faithful God and His love as God prepared the new generation to receive the promise that was rejected by the old generation. Deut. 6:23 “He brought us out … that He might bring us in …” Joshua shows us God’s fulfillment of His promises to bring the people into the Land by His power and might. This is the same power that brought them out. He divides the Land to give each Tribe the inheritance that he promised to them.
Not all of the Tribes would take the inheritance that was offered to them. This sin delayed the victories that God had awaiting them. God offers to us the victorious Christian life, but He will not force us to take it. It is our choice to obey; get rid of our sin and properly use what He offers to us.
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The Book Of Deuteronomy
Introduction: Deuteronomy means: Second Law. It is the Fifth Book of Moses; it doesn’t really give a “Second Law” but rather gives the same Law in more detail. The Hebrew name for this Book was Haddebharim meaning “The Words.” This name is taken from the opening verse of the Book: “These be the words …”
It is also a Book of transitions and it marks them in a four fold way.
First: Transition to a new generation, with the exception of Joshua, Caleb and Moses.
Second: Transition to a new possession or to a new land.
Third: Transition to a new way of life; a new experience – living in houses instead of tents. A settled life instead of wandering; milk and honey, the corn and wine of Caanan instead of the diet of the wilderness.
Fourth: Transition to a new revelation from God – His love. From Genesis to Numbers, the love of God is never spoken of. In Deuteronomy 4:37 we read the wonderful words of God’s love to Israel.
The Central Message of the Book – Divine Faithfulness
The Basic Fact of the Book – Chapter 6:4-5
The Basic Truth – Chapter 6:23 There is a three – fold statement of this Truth:
- The fact – “He brought us out”
- The purpose behind the fact – “that He might bring us in.” We see the Grace of God here.
God was to bring them to a land “flowing with milk and honey.”
- The reason behind both the fact and the purpose – “he sware unto our fathers.” Here, we see
the faithfulness of God: He was true to His Covenant.
The Basic requirement – Chapter 10:12-13. In the New Testament we read: Matt. 22:37,
Mark 12:30 and Luke 10:27
The word fear in this Deut. 10:12, means: In the Hebrew: yare’, yaw-ray’ a primitive root; to fear; morally, to revere; reverential trust with a hatred of evil.
The word require means – “to demand”
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 deals with loving obedience that flows from the heart of the child of God; a God who is glorious and faithful. Obedience is the “key note” of almost every chapter.
The word “do” occurs over 50 times. Jehovah God is to be obeyed because of (1) what He has done for them (2) what He is in Himself (3) the perfection of His Law.
Moses is the human writer of this Book and Jesus also attested to that fact in Luke 24:44
The Divisions of the Book
1. Looking to the past – chaps. 1-11 2. Looking to the future – chaps. 12-34
Theological Themes of the Book of Deuteronomy
- The Faithfulness of God 6. The Grace of God
- The Word of God 7. The coming Great Prophet of God
- The Person of God 8. The Will of God
- The Love of God 9. The Kings of God
- The Glory of God 10. The Israel of God
God’s dealings did not begin with the Covenant at Sinai and they did not end there.
Israel entered Canaan under the Sinaitic Covenant – a broken Covenant. They broke it with the Golden Calf and they continually broke it in the wilderness.
Once they entered into the Promised Land, they still continue to break God’s Covenant. That is why they never took possession of the Promised Land – continued disobedience.
God’s first dealings were before He met with Moses on Mt. Sinai. They were with the Abrahamic Covenant in Genesis 15.
It was confirmed with the oath of God with blood and is unconditional to Abraham and his descendants; it is an everlasting Covenant: Genesis 17:5-8.
Look at Romans 4:13-25 and see how it applies to Christians today.
The Covenant on Sinai pointed toward a place – Sinai.
The Abrahamic Covenant pointed toward a Person – Christ – Galatians 3:16-17
The Law came 430 years AFTER Abraham.
By the Abrahamic Covenant, God can and will still bless Israel in spite of their breaking the Law of Sinai.
God can also bless today’s Christians through Abraham’s seed – Jesus Christ.
Lessons to be learned from the Book of Deuteronomy – Reviewing The Wanderings
- Chapter 1:1-3 – Unbelief can doom a person’s life to aimless wanderings. An 11 day journey
became 40 years of wandering
- The mistake of thinking we can carry our burden’s alone. Moses forgot that God was carrying the burden of Israel. Chap. 1:9 & 12. In his frustration, Moses appoints a council of 70 which later became the Sanhedren; the council that sentenced Christ to death.
- The mistake of appointing a board to decide if they should obey God. Chap. 1:20-23; 30 & 32
- Faith in action leads to blessings from God. Only Joshua & Caleb believed and were allowed to enter the Promised Land. They were not swayed by the majority who died because of their unbelief. Chap. 1:34-38
5. Don’t use your family for an excuse to be disobedient. The Israelites used their children for an
excuse; God allowed the “little ones” to go in but not the disobedient parents. They died in
the wilderness. Chap. 1:39
- Be careful to not run in circles when you serve the Lord. Disobedience causes procrastination.
We put off doing what God’s Word tells us to do; our disobedience causes us to run in circles
or – as we may say – running around like a chicken with her head cut off. Chap. 2:1-3
One of the Great Differences Between The Old Testament and the New
In the Old Testament – the emphasis is upon a Place
- A place of sacrifice 2. A place of worship
This emphasis upon a place gave focus to the religious life of the Nation of Israel; it fostered a sense of National unity. To the Hebrew, a nearness to Jerusalem; to the Temple came to mean nearness to the presence of God.
In the New Testament – the emphasis is upon a Person
The emphasis is transferred from a place to a person. The Gospel went to the Gentiles and local churches were started all around the known world. There is no longer a central location to be near God. In Acts 8, in the account of the Ethiopian eunuch, the man had been to the right place – Jerusalem. He had been there for the right purpose – worship. He was reading the right Book – the Scripture. We read where he is returning home unsatisfied – what he needed was a new emphasis – on the Person – Jesus Christ. God sent Philip his way and Philip preached unto him, Jesus. The man receives Christ as Saviour.
Looking To The Future Chaps. 12-34
In the first part of this Book, Moses reiterates the Law – a review. He reminds them of how God had given it to Israel. Moses tells them of the consequences of their breaking of God’s Law and yet the faithfulness of God to keep His promises to bring Israel into the promised Land. Now, the focus changes from their past to their future in the Promised Land.
The Law Interpreted For Their Future Land chaps. 12-26
Here it deals with consecration – apostasy – judicial matters – governmental righteousness – guarantees of justice – authority of the sanctuary and the home – sanctity of the Divine order including: labor, marriage, the congregation, protection for the weak and the sanctity of the individual.
Sanctions – Chapters 27-30
We find what God approves of and what he does not approve of. Chapter 30 tells us of God’s promise of restoration.
The Passing Of The Torch Chapters 31-34
Chap. 31 – The charge of Moses to Joshua and the Levites. Verse 23, Moses words to Joshua.
Verses 24-30 Moses instructs the Levites
Chap. 33 – The blessing of the Tribes of Israel
Chap. 34 – The death of Moses
- Moses could see the land but not enter into it vs 4
- Moses was 120 years old – vs 7
- The human writer of chapter 34 is Moses. He writes of his death as it was given to him by God in the same way God gave any prophecy to any prophet.
- Moses is the only man that God buried – vs 6
This ends the writing of the Pentateuch – also called by the Jews the Torah – the First Five Books Of Moses
Brief Summary of Moses’ Life
- He spent 40 years in Egypt
- He spent 40 years in Midian
- He spent 40 years leading the Children of Israel He was a man of faith – Hebrews 11:23-29
- He appeared with Christ and Elijah (Elias) on the Mount of transfiguration – Matthew 17:3; Mark 9:4, Luke 9:30
- He was Israel’s greatest prophet – Numbers 34:10
- Moses is an outstanding type of Christ a. Moses was born and was sought to be put to death by Pharaoh – Jesus was born and sought to be put to death by King Herod b. Moses appointed by God to deliver Israel out of bondage – Christ was sent to deliver all Israel and all who would believe, from the bondage of sin c. Moses was sent to lead Israel towards Caanan – Jesus came to lead us to heaven. Moses lead them to see the Promised Land – Jesus takes us into Heaven d. Moses gave the Law – Jesus fulfilled the Law and gave the Gospel e. Moses was the mediator of the first covenant – Jesus is the mediator of the second covenant f. Moses did many wonderful miracles – Jesus did many wonderful miracles. Both were by the power of God and to show His power and glory and confirm His doctrine g. Moses instituted the Passover – Jesus is the Passover h. Moses was a faithful servant – Jesus was faithful in all thing i. Moses fasted 40 days and nights in the wilderness before delivering the Law- Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness before preaching the Gospel
- No man knows where he grave is Numbers 34:6 – somewhere in the land of Moab
- The devil and Michael the Archangel disputed or contended about his body Jude vs 9
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The Book Of Numbers
Introduction: This fourth Book of the Law, was named due to the fact that it records the numbering or census of the Nation of Israel. Historically, the Book of Numbers begins where the Book of Exodus leaves off.
This is also a book of wilderness wanderings of the redeemed Israelites and their failure to enter the Promised Land at Kadesh – barnea.
Genesis – is a Book of creation and fall
Exodus – is a book of redemption
Leviticus – is a book of worship and fellowship
Numbers – is a book of service and walk
From Sinai to Kadesh-barnea was approximately 150-200 miles; a trip of about 11 days. Yet, the Children of Israel took 40 years to cover the same ground. As a result of their wandering, they learned many lessons. The Nation was purified by weeding out the rebellious generation and they were molded by God into a nation ready to obey God and then enter into the Promised Land.
The human writer was Moses. Jesus attested to that fact in the New Testament; Luke 24:44.
The author is the Holy Spirit; II Peter 1:21.
The value of the Book of Numbers as well as the entire Old testament – I Corinthians 10:1-11. They were (vs 6 & 11) written for “ensamples” or types; examples for us).
The focus of this Book – their failures; unbelief; disobedience; chastisement; and their eventual victory by God; His divine guidance and His sovereign will.
I. The Preparation To Depart From Sinai Or The Order Of The Host chapters 1-10
- The numbering of the fighting men chap. #1
note: vs 47-50
- Arrangement of the camp chap #2
note: numbering of fighting men and arrangement of the camp was for military purposes.
This is to protect the Tabernacle of God
- The duties of the Levites and their families chapters 3-4
note: the priestly tribe was given charge of moving the Tabernacle
- Priestly instructions chapters 5-10
- chapter 5 deals with purity – segregation of lepers for health reasons; trespass or sins; adultery; jealousy
- chapter 6:1-21 the Nazarite vow
Note: this is for one wholly separated unto the Lord; voluntarily done
Sampson and John the Baptist are examples of men who took the Nazarite vow
Many have thought that Jesus took this vow; He did not. He is
referred to as “Jesus of Nazareth” which is a city, not a vow.
chapters 7-8 deal with Free – will offerings and consecration of the Levites
The Keeping of the Passover Chapter 9
- vs 1 & 5= April 14th
- In the New Testament, for Christians, we observe the Lord’s Supper
- The silver trumpets chapter 10
- vs 1-2 – for calling assembly; to journey or march; also to sound
- alarm for war
- silver is a typology of redemption
II. From Sinai To The Wilderness – chap. 10:11 – chap. 14
- The people complained after only 3 days journey 10:33
- chap 11:1 God gets angry when His people complain
- vs 5-6 the self pity of the Israelites
- vs 10-15 Moses gets discouraged
- Israel gets what they want – flesh to eat
- Numbers 11:4 – they ask for flesh to eat
- vs 5 they long for Egypt – they place where they were enslaved; the place that God
- had delivered them out of
- the sin was not in wanting some meat to eat – but in the fact of their murmuring and
complaining against God and against God’s man
- Numbers 11:18-20 God gives them flesh to eat
- vs 20 – “… until … it be loathsome unto you, … ”
- vs 20- they despised the Lord – Why did we come out of Egypt?
- They are second guessing the Lord; questioning Him.
- Israel pays the price of complaining and murmuring
- Numbers 11:3 – fire
- Numbers 11:31-35 – vs 33 – a “very great plague.”
NOTES: Be careful of what we ask for; how we ask for it. Be careful of our attitudes;
Be careful of griping, complaining and murmuring against God and God’s man.
- God gives them another opportunity to receive His blessings – chap 13-14
- 12 spies were sent out to check out the land that God had promised to Israel 13:1 & 17
- 10 came back with an evil report and incited a rebellion among God’s people
vs 26-33 & 14:1-2 – this is the problem with committees
NOTES: God gives them a tremendous blessing; instead of receiving the blessing, they
have to “check it out.” “Do we want God’s blessing?” “What is God doing to us?”
“God’s blessing just won’t work.” “We don’t like it; we don’t agree with it.”
Many Christians today do the same with what God’s Word compels us to do.
The question here is: OBEDIENCE to God’s Word – God’s way or man’s way –
which will it be.
- The Israelites unknowingly proclaimed their own curse 14:2b
- Joshua and Caleb were the 2 spies who said: vs 8-9
- The congregation reacted vs 10
- Notice what Moses tells them vs 11 – they forgot the power of God and what He had already done for them
- the price to be paid for murmuring Numbers 14:26-33
- when we are out of God’s will, there is a price to be paid
- when we do not obey God and His Word, there is a price to be paid
- when we murmur and complain, there is a price to be paid
- Numbers 14:44-45 – God allows their enemies to bring a catastrophe against Israel
III. In The Wilderness For 38 Years – chapters 15- 25
- Chapters 15-19 God gives various instructions
- chap 15-19 – Second set of priestly instructions
- chap 16 – instructions about offerings
- chap 17 – instructions about Aaron & family being chosen as the priestly family
- chap 18 – confirmation of Levites and priestly family of Aaron
- chap 19 – instructions concerning the red heifer and water of purification
- The rebellion of Korah – chap 16
- Vs 1-3 – Korah says that Moses and Aaron are doing too much & that he and his followers are led by God just as much as Moses is
- Moses replies – vs 8-11
- vs 9 – hmmmm … out of ALL of the congregation, God picked you to lead the congregation?
- vs 10 – do you want to be a priest also?
- vs 11 – Korah caused the people in his following to go against the Lord
- God deals with rebellion vs 19-21 & 29-35 Num. 26:10
- vs 36 God speaks to Moses – God always calls and uses a particular man to lead a congregation
- 16:49 – 14,700 died in the plague + those that died with Korah vs 35 – 250 men The sin of Moses
1. vs 8 – God said to “speak” unto the rock
2. vs 11 – Moses smote or beat / hit the rock 2 X’s
3. Moses did God’s will Moses way
4. Moses punishment for his sin vs 12
5. The serpent of brass chap 21
Vs 5-9 – Israel still complaining. Why? They are out of God’s will
when God’s people are out of God’s will, they murmur and complain
it is never God’s will for His people to murmur and complain
Philippians 2:14 “Do all things without murmurings and disputings.”
John 3:14 – this is a type of Christ.
NOTES: Among the Jews, the brazen serpent was considered a type of the resurrection-through it the dying lived; and so, by the voice of God, they that were dead shall be raised to life. As the serpent was raised up, so shall Christ be lifted up: as they who were stung by the fiery serpents were restored by looking up to the brazen serpent, so those who are infected with and dying through sin are healed and saved, by looking up to and believing in Christ crucified. These are all the analogies which we can legitimately trace between the lifting up of the brazen serpent, and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The lifting up of the Son of man may refer to his mediatorial office at the right hand of God.
- Preparations For Entering The Land Chaps. 26-36
- Taking a census of the new generation Chap. 26
- The old generation is dead or about to die
- verses 1- 4 the census is taken of those 20 years old & older
- Chap. 27 – The law of inheritance and Joshua appointed to succeed Moses
- Num. 27:12-13
- vs 18-22 Joshua appointed by God to replace Moses to lead the congregation of Israel
- More priestly instructions chaps. 28-30 Laws concerning women’s vows chap. 30
- man’s vow is always binding 30:1-2
- women’s vows can be annulled by her father or husband if married 30:5-8
- this shows the responsibility given by God to the man as the leader of his home and to protect his wife / daughter
The judgment of Midian chap. 31
they sinned by not destroying all of the enemy
this was a repeat of their previous sin vs 16
Gad & Reuben refuse to help their brothers fight the battle 32:6
they are punished for their sin vs 11-15
they fall into sin later on also I Chronicles 5:25-26
A summary of Israel’s journey’s from Egypt to Jordan chap. 33:1-49
Law of the possession of the land 33:50-56
God sets the borders for the Land of Canaan chap 34
The cities of refuge chap. 35
The inheritance chap. 36
In the Book of Numbers, we see the consequences of unbelief; disobedience and the cleansing or purging of the Nation of Israel. The Nation of Israel was purified in the wilderness so that they could receive their eventual victory which was God’s will for them.
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The Book Of Leviticus
Introduction: This is the third Book Of Moses; the third Book of the Law. The “Key Word” of this Book is HOLINESS. This word occurs 87 times in this Book.; the “Key Verse” is Leviticus 19:2.
This Book deals with:
1. The offerings
2. The Law of the offerings
4. A warning example
5. A Holy God requires a clean, Holy people
7. Relationships of God’s people
8. Feasts of Jehovah
The Book of Exodus covers a time period of about 216 years while Leviticus covers a time period of a year or less. In Exodus, God speaks from the Mount to Moses; the Children of Israel were forbidden to go there. In Leviticus, God speaks from the Tabernacle where He dwells in the midst of His people, Israel.
the offering was to come to God’s House – here, the Tabernacle
Moses is instructed by God to tell the Children of Israel
Directions concerning burnt-offerings chapter 1
A bullock, vs 1-9
A sheep, goat, lamb, or kid, vs 10-13
A turtle dove, or young pigeon, vs 14-17
Sweet Savor offerings chapter 2-3
Non sweet savor offerings chapter 4-5
Trespass offering chapter 6:7
The Law Of The Offerings chapter 6:8-7:38
Moses received instructions to be delivered to the priests respecting their official duties,
and first the burnt offering – Hebrew, “a sacrifice,
This is the ceremony which ought to be observed in the offerings
The Law Of The Offerings chapter 6:8-7:38
Leviticus is beneficial to us as a “shadow” of things concerning our High Priest, Jesus Christ 8:1, 7-9, 30,
His sacrifice of Himself – by Himself – for Us Hebrews 10:1-3, 10-12 unholy vs 8-11
A Warning Example chapter 10
Strange fire vs 1
The sin of Nadab and Abihu was doing without seeking the mind of God before acting
It typifies any use of carnality to promote the fire of devotion and praise.
There is a difference between the Holy and the profane
Holy God Requires A Clean, Holy People chapter 11-15
A. laws regarding what can be eaten of touched chapter 11
B. Laws regarding childbirth chapter 12
C. Laws regarding leprosy chapters 13-14
D. Laws concerning sexual purity chapter 15
The Day Of Atonement chapter 16
A. This is one of the most powerful Jewish religious days
1. Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement
2. vs 29-31 the date is October 10th
B. Atonement for the sins of the nation
C. This is the only time of the year when the high priest was allowed to enter into the Holy
of Holies to offer the blood upon the altar for the sins of the people
D. Vs 33 – 34 What Atonement was to be made for
Relationships Of God’s People chapters 18-22
A. In order to walk with a Holy God, God’s people must be holy 19:1-2
1. holy means: sacred – set apart
2. the word “sanctification” has the basic same meaning
B. Things to keep away from or not to touch 19:26-32
1. I Thessalonians 5:22
2. Lev. 18 deals with incest – adultery – homosexuality – beastiality – nakedness
C. Punishments for impurity chapter 20
1. idolatry = death
2. consorting with witches or being a witch = death
3. cursing mother or father = death 20:9
4. incest = death
5. homosexuality = death 20:13
6. beastiality = death 20:15-16
7. adultery = death 20:10
8. unclean and improper sexual practices = childlessness
Christ In Leviticus
1:3 without blemish Eph. 5:2; Heb. 9:14; I Peter 1:19
1:4 atonement Romans 5:11
1:5 priests Hebrews 10:11
4:12 without the camp Hebrews 13:11-12
4:16 the priests Hebrews 9:12-14
8:33-34 commanded Hebrews 7:16
9:7 atonement for all Heb. 5:1-5; 7:27; 9:7-12
9:15 the peoples offering Hebrews 2:17; 5:3
14:7 cleansing by blood Hebrews 9:13-14
16:3 into the Holy Place Hebrews 9:7; 12; 24-25
16:14 blood Hebrews 9:13-14; 10:4, & 10
16:15 offering for the people Heb. 2:17; 5:2; 9:7, & 28
16:16 Atonement for holy place Hebrews 9:22-23
16:17 Atonement for the altar Hebrews 9:12-23
16:30 Cleansing by blood Hebrews 9:13-14; I John 1: 7-9
16:22 The scapegoat John 1:29; Heb. 9:28; I Peter 2:24
17:11 Blood Atonement Matt. 26:28; Mark 14:24; Eph. 1:7;
Col. 1:20; Hebrews 13:12
25:49 Kinsman redeemer Luke 1:68; 24:21; Romans 8:29; Gal. 3:13;
Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 1:14; II Thess. 2:13;
Titus 2:13-14; I Peter 1:18
NOTE: These are just a few of the many, many references to Christ found in the Book of Leviticus. The major portion of this Book points directly to Jesus Christ. The Book of Hebrews is the most profitable Book in the New Testament to help you to understand the Book of Leviticus.
Hebrews 10:1 tells us that the Law was a shadow of what would come. With Jesus, it was fulfilled.
Hebrews 9:12 – “once” vs 28 “once” Hebrews 10:10 “once for all” vs 12 -“one sacrifice”
vs 11 the priests “sacrifices” or sacraments, can NEVER take away sins.
Genesis is the Book of Beginnings; also a book where God called His people out of Egypt. In Exodus, we see the redemption of God’s people where they left of Egypt. In the Book of Leviticus, we see the Atonement; a code of Holiness that God expects His people to follow; sacrifices as a symbol.