“All the people of the land shall give this offering for the prince in
Israel. Then it shall be the prince’s part to give burnt offerings, grain offerings, and drink offerings, at the feasts, the New Moons, the Sabbaths, and at all the appointed seasons of the house of Israel. He shall prepare the sin offering, the grain offering, the burnt offering, and the peace offerings to make atonement for the house of
Israel.” Ezekiel 45:16-17 NKJV
I’ve heard it preached the Old Testament is full of things that point to Jesus Christ. But honestly, I could not see that for myself at first. However, the more I read the Bible, the more God revealed to me and my spirit was convinced by God’s Spirit in me what truth really was. Hebrews 8:5 says of the priests of old “who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things”.
In today’s verse, Ezekiel 46:16-17, the Lord is giving instructions regarding the laws that govern the priests. This verse stood out to me and I wanted to share why. Let’s start by examining the verses piece by piece.
V16 “All the people of the land shall give this offering for the prince in
Israel.” Who was this offering for? The prince of Israel, the priest, responsible for making atonement for the people received the offering brought by the people. Who can make permanent atonement for sins? Jesus Christ. Hebrews 7:24 says “because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.” Who is called the Prince of Peace? Jesus Christ. Who is called “priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek”? Jesus Christ.
V17 “Then is shall be the prince’s part to give burnt offerings ….” Only the prince, the priest, can give the burnt offerings. Why was only the prince able to perform this task? God was laying out the picture of what was to come. Only one perfect, sinless man could offer a complete atonement for sin. Hebrew 7:27-28 says of Jesus “who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.”
V17 “at all the appointed seasons for the house of Israel.” Notice how God is a God of order. Everything occurs at the appropriate time, the set time, the time determined by God’s clock. At just the right time, God sent His Son (Galatians 4:4).
V17 “He shall prepare the sin offering…” Notice whose role it is to prepare the offering? Only the prince, the priest, can do it. In the Old Testament it was the God selected and appointed lineage of Levi, who were responsible, but remember they were only a foreshadowing of the real thing to come. In the New Testament, we see Jesus Christ has prepared Himself as the offering, when He chose to die on the cross for us.
This is just one example of how Old Testament laws and rituals pointed to Jesus Christ’s fulfillment of them. Read the Bible for yourself. The more you read, the more God will show you. Another excellent resource for understanding scriptures is to listen to Bible teaching on the radio or on the internet. I’d like to offer three of my favorite resources:
1) Dr. J. Vernon McGee of Thru the Bible offers a radio program (FM 107.9 KWVE) called “The Bible Bus” that teaches the entire Bible verse by verse over a 5 year period.
2) Calvary Chapel pastors are thoroughly trained to teach verse by verse as well. Any time you have a chance to hear a Calvary preacher, by all means listen.
3) Truth for Life Ministries with Pastor Allister Begg, offers a wonderful daily devotion on-line or sent via email. You can also listen to his sermons on line at http://www.truthforlife.org.
I hope you enjoyed this quick study of the Word and you are able to see for yourself how it represents Jesus Christ as our High Priest forever.
Lord, thank you for your Word, the Truth and Your Spirit in us to guide us to You. Give us a desire to read more of Your Word and to apply the lessons we learn in our lives today. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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