- Direct parallels exist between the Old Testament sacrificial system and modern worship.
- As Israel was to come before Yahweh, we are to appear in worship before Him now.
- Bible commentators have pointed out that Yahweh took only six days to create this world, but took 30 days to reveal to mankind His prescribed and proper worship.
Ex. 40:17 And it came to pass in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was reared up.
Num. 1:1 And Yahweh spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying,
- The worship Yahweh expects and desires of us is very precise.
- Even getting His attention is prescribed for us in His word.
Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to Elohim must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
The Corban OfferingLev. 1:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto Yahweh, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock.
- This voluntary offering is known as the corban, an admittance or approach offering.
- It is often referred to as the face-offering.
- After the corban was accepted and admittance gained, then the real offering or present was given.
- Ancient Israel was to present an offering of cattle or sheep, an animal or creature with which Yahweh had already blessed His people.
- Wildlife such as a deer or a wild fowl was not acceptable.
- The people’s sacrifice was to come from what they had raised and earned.
- These animal sacrifices indicate something deeper, and carry a profound spiritual lesson for those who accept Yahshua as Savior.
- Sacrifices are still with us in the New Testament, but take on a deeper and more personal spiritual meaning in our worship and daily walk.
- In the New Covenant era, we do not bring an animal to be sacrificed at the Temple .
- There is no longer a functioning priesthood.
- These animal sacrifices pointed to the atoning work of Yahshua the Messiah.
- Who as the perfect sacrifice paid the ransom price for the sins of all mankind.
- The Book of Hebrews reveals that sacrifices of animals is no longer done because of the change in the priesthood from the Levitical to that of Melchisedek.
- Chapter seven of Hebrews points out that Yahshua the Messiah is our High Priest of the order of Melchisedek.
- Yahshua is the firstborn from the dead, and is referred to as our Elder Brother.
- As the firstborn son, He also became the priest of the family.
- We are a type of the firstborn, or firstfruits.
A Deeper, Spiritual Meaning
James. 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Rev. 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto Elohim and to the Lamb.
The Calves of Our Lips.Hebrews. 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to Elohim continually, that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
Hosea. 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to Yahweh: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.
- Thus, instead of presenting the corban offering, we enter into the presence of Yahweh with songs of praise
Ps. 100:2 Serve Yahweh with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
1Pet. 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to Elohim by Yahshua Messiah.
- The offering was just the beginning step of pure worship, a gift to get Yahweh’s attention.
Our Bodies A Spiritual Sacrifice
Rom. 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Elohim, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto Elohim, which is your reasonable service. 12:2 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 Elohim.
- We come to worship Yahweh on the Sabbath.
- He Himself has set aside for us to worship Him. With songs of praise and thanks.
Ps. 68:4 Sing unto Elohim, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name YAH, and rejoice before him.
- He clearly tells us to sing praises to His Name, which we know is Yahweh.
- We are not to follow the rebellious who substitute another name or title.
- Singing is first mentioned when the joyful Israelites crossed over the Red Sea in Exodus 15.
- They were no longer in Egypt and were now free of bondage.
- It was King David who appointed certain of the Levites to minister before Yahweh and to thank and praise Him with instruments and song as the ark of the Covenant was brought to Jerusalem
- Some Psalms command us to use musical instruments to accompany the singers. Praise Yahweh with harp sing unto Him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings; sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.
- When assembling on the Sabbath in obedience to Yahweh’s will, the earthly human gathering joyfully directs their praises to our Heavenly Father.
- The moderator of the Assembly is simply the coordinator of the gathering as he guides us along in harmony to praise and give thanks to Yahweh in the heavens.
- We are the performers, Yahweh is the audience.