Jesus Is The First Fruit of Many “Sons of God”

At this time of Passover and Resurrection Sunday that we celebrate today, there is also a week long feast God instituted being observed, the Feast of First Fruits. As an observance of this feast, all yeast, leaven, (sin) was removed from the homes. Some observant Jews still today do rituals of looking high and low throughout the home to make sure NO leaven is hiding somewhere.

Ridiculous? Not so much if you apply it to sin. Just how much is too much soul searching of our hearts and minds during the time we remember that Jesus suffered and died, shedding His Precious, Spotless, Sinless Blood for the remission of our sins.

Hebrew 9:22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

While some Christians want to distance themselves, even divorce themselves from the Old Testament and  Feasts of God the Bible tells us this,

Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

Everywhere in scripture, even the Old Testament, we should look for the representation and promise of Yeshua Jesus to be the fulfillment of Father God’s Feasts and principles to live by. Jesus said this plainly Himself,

John 5:39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.

In today’s devotional reading from Tecarta Bible app, DailyPlan : one-year-tract : 2020-04-12 #Bible https://www.mydailybible.org/dp/esv/one-year-tract/2020-04-12.htm

Leviticus 16:5-10  And he shall take from the congregation of the people of Israel two male goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.

6 “Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin offering for himself and shall make atonement for himself and for his house. 7 Then he shall take the two goats and set them before the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 8 And Aaron shall cast lots over the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other lot for Azazel. 9 And Aaron shall present the goat on which the lot fell for the Lord and use it as a sin offering, 10 but the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the Lord to make atonement over it, that it may be sent away into the wilderness to Azazel.

The Feast of God that is being observed here is the “Day of Atonement.” AS Christians, we know that our day of Atonement occured on Passover or Good Friday when Jesus shed His Blood for our sins, once and for all.

The Devotional for today from Leviticus begins with a “Never Forget” reminder,

Leviticus 16:1 The Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they drew near before the Lord and died,

God allowed only one day per year and to only the one high priest the privilege and “Risk” of coming into His Presence on the Day of Atonement. Some commentaries say that the reasons Aaron’s two sons were killed by God was, they enter His Presence on the Wrong Day, they Came Together, neither of them was the “high priest,” they brought fire other than the Holy Fire God sent from heaven to consumed the offering that consecrated the tabernacle with and even that they were intoxicated and careless.

Whatever the reason that God killed Aaron’s two sons it reminds me of an old song called “Fools Rush In,”

Fools rush in
Where angels fear to tread
And so I come to you my love
My heart above my head
Though I see
The danger there
If there’s a chance for me
Then I don’t care
Fools rush in
Where wise men never go
But wise men never fall in love…

I don’t want to focus too much on how some people forget about the Holiness of God and “Come Boldly Unto the Throne of Grace” (Hebrew 4:16) without searching their heart and repenting of known sin, kind of like what the Feast of First Fruits and ALL the blood shed to cover sin on the Day of Atonement hint of. In this dispensation of God’s Grace many are not consumed who play games with God while the Holy Spirit attempts to draw them into a more truthful and sincere relationship with God.

I want to take a closer look at the two goats of Leviticus verses 7 & 8. One was sacrificed but the other was set free. At the fulfillment, one is Christ, who is the other?

Scapegoat

Matthew 27:15-18, 20-22 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished. 16 And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy.

20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”

They said, “Barabbas!”

22 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”

And so it was, The Son of God, Yeshua Jesus Christ was crucified, shedding His Sinless Blood to Atone for the Sins of All who have faith and trust in the sacrifice He made for them. But what about this Barabbas.

“And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Mark 1:11
“While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” Matthew 17:5
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

Barabbas is a type of me. I deserved to die, be consumed by a Holy and Just God for my sins many times but only by God’s Great Compassion, Mercy and Grace am I here to tell you of His Great LOVE. He “So Loved the World, and me” and in doing it God made me a Barabbas. You see, there were TWO sons of a father up for consideration to be killed the day Jesus died.

Barabbas – Strong’s G912 – son of Abba

The Aramaic term abba (אבא,Hebrew: אב‎ (ab), “father”) appears in traditional Jewish liturgy and Jewish prayers to God. A transliteration of the Aramaic term abba also appears three times in the Greek New Testament of The Bible. Each time the term appears in transliteration it is followed immediately by the translation ho pater in Greek, which literally means “the father.” In each case it is used with reference to God. Mark records that Jesus used the term when praying in Gethsemane shortly before his death, saying: “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you; remove this cup from me. Yet not what I want, but what you want.” (Mark 14:36) The two other occurrences are in Paul’s letters, at Romans 8:15 and Galatians 4:6. It seems evident from these texts that, in apostolic times, the Christians made use of the term ’Abba in their prayers to God.

Only Because of the Blood of Atonement Yeshua Jesus shed for me can I now live the life of  a “Son of God.” As time passes a certain scripture that pertains ONLY to the Blood of Jesus becomes more and more Real to me. I pray sometimes and ask God to help me forget the wickedly sinful things I did in the past but to let me remember the consequences so I don’t ever repeat them. Over time I see it happening. God’s Word and the Blood of Yeshua Jesus are Life, Living and Powerful.

Hebrew 10:1-4, 19-23  For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.

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19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Yes, He Is!!!

Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Brethren – H251 – a brother … resemblance (like H1– ab, father)
G80 – a brother (much like [H1]): – brother

 

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