Monthly Archives: July 2015

Salvation in the Old Testament

Before the coming of Christ and His death on the cross for sin, many wonder how those in the Old Testament came to salvation. God killed the animal in the Garden of Eden to cover the sin of Adam and Eve thereby introducing “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin,” (Hebrews 9:22). Later, Moses and the Children of Israel were instructed to construct the Tabernacle in the wilderness wherein sacrifices were to be made daily. Those sacrifices were a picture of the salvation revealed in the coming of the New Covenant, the New Testament, with the coming of Christ and His once-for-all sacrifice for sin.

In Leviticus we read of the Sin Offering that was to be brought to the Tabernacle priest when an individual sinned, either “through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty; or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering.” In acknowledgment of his sin, “the sinner was to bring a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned,” (Leviticus 4:27-28).

After the sinner offered his sin offering in confession of his sin, he offered a Burnt Offering signifying complete surrender, giving all of himself to the LORD. The burnt sacrifice was to be a male “of the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock,” without blemish. It was to be offered “of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD.” The one who had confessed his sin and was now offering his burnt offering to the LORD was to “put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering: and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. It was the repentant sinner who then killed his offering to the LORD, shedding the animal’s blood and cutting it up in pieces to be laid upon the altar by the priests. The burnt offering was to be totally consumed by the fire upon the altar, (Leviticus 1:1-9).

Upon offering his sin offering in acknowledgment of his sin, offering a burnt offering to atone for his sin, the repentant sinner offered a Peace Offering signifying reconciliation had taken place between the sinner and God. The peace offering was to be offered of the herd, either a male or female without blemish. The offering was to be laid upon the burnt offering (sacrifice) “and the priest shall burn it upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire unto the LORD.” The peace offering was then served for food to the priests and the one who offered it, symbolizing the communion one has with God upon his confession of sin, acceptance of God’s provision of atonement, resulting in receiving God’s peace that passes all understanding, (Leviticus 3; Philippians 4:7).

With the coming of Christ’s sacrifice for sin, no longer was the blood of bulls and goats necessary for salvation as it had been in the Old Testament. “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us,” (Hebrews 9:11-12).

The Foolishness of Man

The fool has said in his heart there is no God, but the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament sheweth His handiwork.  (Psalm 14:1; 19:1)

The wicked shall be turned into hell and all nations that forget God, but whosoever believeth in His Son shall not perish but have everlasting life.  (Psalm 9:17; John 3:16)

The soul that sinneth it shall die, but by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of anyone’s works lest man should boast.  (Ezekiel 18:20; Ephesians 2:8-9)

Pride goes before a fall, but God gives grace to the humble.  (Proverbs 16:18; James 4:6)

Man’s days are few and full of trouble, but God promises to never leave His children nor forsake them.  (Job 14:1; Hebrews 13:5)

The preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who perish, but His blood was shed for the remission of sin for all who believe.  (I Corinthians 1:18; Matthew 26:28)

Those who think themselves wise become fools, but the foolishness of God is wiser than man and the weakness of God is stronger than man.  (Romans 1:22; I Corinthians 1:25)

There are those who kill thinking they do God service, but shedding innocent blood is an abomination to the LORD.  (John 16:2; Proverbs 6:16-17)

Hell is prepared for the Devil and his angels, but a place is prepared in His Father’s house for those who believe Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  (Matthew 25:41; John14:2,6)

The way of the wicked is as darkness, but God’s Word shines as a lamp unto man’s feet and a light unto man’s path.  (Proverbs 4:19; Psalm 119:105)

The Ark of Salvation

Noah preached to the population around him for 120 years as he built the Ark. The wickedness of man had reached the apex of God’s forbearance. His longsuffering with them was about to end. His offer of salvation had come to them through Noah’s preaching and they refused to surrender to God’s will, bowing the knee to Him, but instead turned their backs on Him continuing to live their lives in the lust of the flesh, in the lust of the eyes, and in the pride of their lives (I John 2:16). They wanted nothing to do with Noah and the One True God, thinking Noah was a crazy man crying wolf when it had never rained upon the earth since the creation of the world. Unbeknownst to them apart from Noah’s fervent admonition, the day of their salvation was about to pass them by with no hope of rescue (Genesis 6-7).

Noah’s ark is a picture of the safe haven that is found in Christ for all who languish in sin and need a Savior. Just as God called Noah to prepare an ark to the saving of His people, albeit only eight persons out of the whole population of the entire earth at that time, safety is found in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection for our sin. Without Him and His forgiveness of our sin, we are like those who were outside Noah’s ark banging on the door to be let in when the heavens opened up from above pouring rain down upon them and the waters from the deep began to rise up from underground, quickly submerging all who breathed God’s breathe of life.

There is a limit to God’s tolerance of man’s sin when His judgment must fall, for He is the Righteous Judge of all mankind. It is because of His great mercy towards us we are not consumed long before the gavel of His judgment falls (Lamentations 3:22). His provision of His Son to be the propitiation (payment) for our sin is what keeps us from drowning outside the ark of His salvation offered to us through Christ (Romans 3:23-26).

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,

but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16