Point of Salvation 5

Posted: December 26, 2013 in Point of Salvation
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In Point of Salvation 1-4 we established that all have sinned and the wages of sin is death (separation from a
Holy God).

Now let’s read how God can make man pure and sinless.  First, how were people saved before the time of Jesus?

Most people are familiar with the life of Moses.  He and Aaron, by the power of God, freed the Israelite slaves
from Egypt.  After the twelve Israelite tribes were freed, God gave them a blood ritual to perform.

Leviticus 16:34  “This is to be a lasting ordinance for you.  Atonement is to be made once a year for all the
sins of the Israelites.”  And it was done, as the Lord commanded Moses.

Leviticus 17:11  For the life of a creature is in the blood. and I have given it to you to make atonement for your-
selves on the altar;  it is the blood that makes atonement for ones life.

2 Chronicles 29:24  The priests then slaughtered the goats and presented their blood on the altar for a
sin offering to atone for Israel.

An animal without blemish was symbolic of purity and was to be slaughtered.  The animal took the
death that was due sinful man (Israelites).  This was an atonement or making amends for the
Israelites sin.

I want to briefly explain why the people of God before the time of Jesus were the Israelites.  In the early history
of man, the people were known through their family lineage or tribes.  The tribe that believed in a singular God
who created the world began with ADAM and EVE.  Through 9 generations there was NOAH and the Ark.  Through
10 more generations was ABRAHAM.  Through 2 more generations was JACOB who wrestled with an Angel.  From
this encounter he was renamed ISRAEL.  Israel gave birth to 12 boys that gained favor with the Pharaoh King of
Egypt.  One of the boys was Joseph.  The descendants of these 12 boys were the 12 tribes of Israel.
Eventually, the 12 tribes grew so large in numbers that the new Pharoah saw them as a threat to Egypt.  He en-
slaved them.  After many years of slavery, God called MOSES to lead them out of bondage.

Next week, we will continue to read about the blood sacrifice as atonement for sinful man (Israelites) before the
time of Jesus.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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