Posts Tagged ‘ High Priest ’

The Tabernacle’s Teachings

Jun 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Special Features (click on Article name)

This is the object of the sin-offerings; to release mankind from the dominion of death and restore them to the perfection of being which is essential to perfect happiness and at-one-ment with the Creator. This is the blessing which comes to all the families of the earth through The Seed of Abraham. This is the good news which was preached to Abraham, as we read: “God, foreseeing that He would justify the heathen [all mankind—Gentiles] through faith, preached before the gospel [good tidings] to Abraham, saying, In thee, and in thy seed, shall all nations be blessed [justified]…which Seed is Christ [primarily the head, and secondarily the body]; and if ye be Christ’s [members] then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” referred to—viz.: that these may bless all the families of the earth. (Gal. 3:16,19) But the Seed must be complete before the blessing comes, as shown in the type just considered:—The sin-offering must be ended before all the blessings resulting can flow out.

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Homing the Ark At Jerusalem

Feb 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: Special Features (click on Article name)

Spiritual Israelites must learn this lesson—that in handling the holy things of the divine Word, the divine plan, the services of the Truth, the ministry of the Church of Christ, they are not at liberty to do as they please, merely assuring themselves that their motives are good. It is their duty to note carefully the divine will and to follow out the program in the order of the directions of the divine Word. Furthermore it is for us to learn, too, that God designs that not all the services are to be performed by one or two persons, but that there is a part in the service of God for all of the consecrated and that each is to be granted the opportunity for such service, as the Lord has planned. Some may occupy the priestly service, which others may not enjoy, and some may occupy the Levites’ service, and their opportunities are not to be taken from them. Again another important lesson to be learned by Spiritual Israelites is that God is guiding His own affairs; that He is as much interested in them as we are and more, too, and that He is fully capable of their management. Some of the Lord’s people carry great burdens which do not belong to them and which hinder them from the rest and joy which otherwise might be theirs. Others are so active, so zealous, that they fancy that the work of God would not be accomplished at all unless they did it. The Lord wishes us to learn the important lesson, “In all thy ways acknowledge him,” “and he shall give thee the desires of thy heart.” Only by recognizing the Lord as first in every feature of His work and by recognizing ourselves as honored by Him in every opportunity of service shall we be able to bring blessing to ourselves and to others.

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Acts Chapter 7: Stephen’s Last Witness and Martyrdom

Jan 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Acts, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

The stoning of Stephen took place outside the city walls on Golgotha, where Jesus had been crucified. The signification of being put to death outside the city was that the individual was accursed and apart from God and the holy city. The custom was to first push the person off Golgotha hill and then dispatch (kill) the fallen victim with stones.

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Hebrews Chapter 9: Christian Lessons from the Tabernacle and Sacrifices

Jan 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Hebrews, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Now Paul was going into sacrifices other than those on the Day of Atonement, even though that seemed to be foremost in his mind, generally speaking. “Carnal ordinances” were earthly ordinances. (“Carnal” is based on a Greek word meaning “flesh.”) Since these ordinances were ordained of God, they could in no way be sinful. We should not cast aspersions on the Law, for God instituted it. The Law was perfect, but we are not justified by the deeds of the Law. The Law was imposed on the Jews “until the time of reformation,” that is, until the change to the gospel dispensation, when Christ opened up a new and living way, bringing life and immortality to light. The old Tabernacle was supplanted by a new tabernacle, which, in reality, is spiritual. The three tabernacles, listed in chronological sequence, are (1) the archaic tabernacle, (2) the Mosaic Tabernacle, and (3) the antitypical (or spiritual) tabernacle.

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Zechariah Chapter 6: The Horses, The Branch

Dec 18th, 2009 | By | Category: Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name), Zechariah

“The bay [horses] went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he [the angel] said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they [the bay horses] walked to and fro through the earth.” The Hebrew word amutstsim, translated “bay,” means “strong.” From the standpoint of color, “bay” is a deep red, indicating that this class is deeply stained with sin. Hence those of this class reap a destiny of Second Death, and there are various reasons for such a conclusion. A disquieted class that walks to and fro, these individuals are strong-willed, proud, haughty, and high-minded. The Apostle Jude called the Second Death class “wandering stars” (Jude 13). In fact, Satan himself had the spirit of disquietude, and it worked harm. Although he did not actually, or outwardly, sin until he deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden, he previously entertained wrong thoughts and ambitions.

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Zechariah Chapter 4: The Vision of Olive Trees and Candlestick

Dec 17th, 2009 | By | Category: Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name), Zechariah

However, the next words seem to be extraneous information: “Not by might, nor by power [strength of arms], but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” How are these words related to the candlestick vision in the first four verses of this chapter? The olive oil is the connection, for it signifies God’s Holy Spirit. In other words, the angel wanted Zechariah to focus on the oil, on God’s Holy Spirit. The angel was hinting—or almost teasing Zechariah—as if to say, “Do you want to know the meaning of the olive oil that starts with the trees? The meaning comes not by might or power but by God’s Spirit, which is the olive oil.” Then, in verse 7, the angel said something else that seemed to be completely irrelevant or extraneous.

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Why did the Levites receive the stomach?

Dec 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)

The “maw” included the (first) stomach, or rumen, but additionally pertained inferentially to the mouth, tongue, throat, and esophagus tube that conducts food to the first stomach. Although the emphasis was on the stomach, anything of value as a food or otherwise that was in the passageway to the stomach was included. For example, the first stomach had value as a household container for liquids. The rumen was useful and convenient for carrying fluids such as wine because it was not porous and awkward like a clay jar. The word “maw” seems to be related to the sound that comes from the ox and the sheep. Air from the passage tube produces the sound.

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Question Meeting

Oct 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Character Studies, Miscellanious Topics, Tabernacle or Temple

When discussing the first question we see the proper understanding of the statement and how it harmonizes with being “wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove.” We come to realize our role and how we must have and deal with others with love and respect.

Grieving the holy Spirit is a very comprehensive study of which this meeting only touches the surface. We can grieve the Spirit by willfully putting ourselves in situations that would be harmful to the New Creature, or to avoid a situation or confrontation with another Christian because of fear of man, fear of losing that fellowship instead of fear of losing God’s fellowship. Compromising on principle will grieve the holy Spirit as will procrastination and foolish speaking, or any violation of our conscience.

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Gold Tried in the Fire

Sep 28th, 2009 | By | Category: The Basics (click on Article name)

The Christian course of self-sacrifice cannot be one of ease and continuous smooth-sailing and peace. There may be a calm now and then, but storms and battles are the rule; and he who courts ease and peace at the expense of the principles of truth and righteousness, or who is so indifferent to the value of those principles as not to study to discern them in order to defend them, is not a faithful, overcoming soldier of the cross. “Ne’er think the victory won, nor once at ease sit down; Thine arduous work will not be done till thou hast gained thy crown.”

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Tables of the Law Replaced

Aug 21st, 2009 | By | Category: The Basics (click on Article name)

WHOEVER fails to see that Moses and Israel and the Law were types fails of getting the real lesson out of them. Moses was not merely a type of Jesus; but as St. Peter explains, he was a type of the entire Church of Christ, of which Jesus is the Head—the Church of Glory. St. Peter’s words are, “Moses truly said unto the fathers, A Prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me.”— Acts 3:22,23

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