The prophecy of the Lord Jesus for our consideration and edification, written centuries prior to His earthly existence is
|His sacrifice a sweet smelling savor unto God|
|Old Testament Prophecy|
|“Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When any one of you brings an offering to the LORD, you shall bring your offering of livestock from the herd or from the flock.|
“If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish. He shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the LORD.
He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.
Then he shall kill the bull before the LORD, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall bring the blood and throw the blood against the sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting.
Then he shall flay the burnt offering and cut it into pieces,
and the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire.
And Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, the head, and the fat, on the wood that is on the fire on the altar;
but its entrails and its legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall burn all of it on the altar, as a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the LORD.
|New Testament Fullfillment|
|And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.|
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3 thoughts on “Old Testament Messianic Prophecies – Prophecy #30”
The atoning work of bloods and goats which represents the work of the anticipated Messiah has always been for all the nations (see the Abrahamic covenant Gen Ch 12, 15, Gal 3:16 etc etc). All the covenant promises are specifically given to Messiah because He alone fulfills all the covenant duties, and because ALL the elect are IN CHRIST (saved) they are heirs of all the covenant promises. What is meant by ALL the nations in Genesis is that the inheritance of all the covenant promises (which includes salvation) has always been for Jew and Gentile elect believers who drew near to the atonement. Heir to the covenant promises was NOT only for the Jews (this is covered in what we call “covenant theology”). This OT sacrifice was very specific to the Jew and the gentile proselytes who drew near by faith believing that the sacrifice was on their behalf (personally and corporately). No OT saint or believer would understand that the atoning sacrifice was for anyone that was not drawing near. In other words it would never cross their minds that the atonement was for the wicked unbelieving nations who were following after false gods. They would never understand the atonement to cover the sins of the Philistines, or any other ungodly nation etc. Those who drew near would never even understand the sacrifice to be for any Jew who wasn’t drawing near by faith.
In the same way, no believer would ever associate the cross of Messiah to be an atonement for every person who’s ever lived, is living now, or ever will live the way the Arminian falsely understands the cross. It would be blasphemous for anyone to preach such heresy and would be considered a false prophet/teacher/preacher. Doe anyone to teach or believe that the atonement is for those burning in hell is a most blasphemous satanic doctrine of demons.
What a wonderful reminder of Messiah’s atoning work accomplished on behalf of the elect.
I have a question Carl.
Does this OT atoning work cover the sins of everyone living in the world? Or do you see it as a very specific atoning work for ALL who drew near both Jew and Gentile prosylite believers? Or maybe you understand it as covering the sins of everyone who has lived, is living now, and ever will live- I don’t know how you understand this so I’m asking.
Comment: “He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.”
Did this atonement extend to the other nations besides the people of Israel? If it didn’t extend to the other nations, would this parallel to the NT atonement of Christ?
Would this parallel and mean the atonement of Jesus Christ didn’t extend to all without exception?