When Ye Come To Appear Before Me…
The fulfilling of all Righteousness was the announcement made by Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, when He met with John the Baptist. Just before Jesus was dipped below the surface of the water, Jesus declared…
And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. ~ Matthew 3:15 KJB
We are grateful for this moment. As this moment fulfillment of prophecies, fulfillment of Righteousness, ends some of the sacrifices that were being made during Exodus. The sacrifices at the altar of the Tabernacle of Moses were going everyday, burnt offerings in the morning and again in the evening. Every day. This was to glorify God. We will learn later on that God tells the leaders of Sodom and Gomorrah that God actually hates burnt offerings as they mean nothing to His children.
To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. ~ Isiah 1:11-14 KJB
As the sin of the world increases God becomes hurt so badly by His children, so disrespected and utterly ashamed of what His children have become that God, Himself, can’t even look at His own children. We may see something of this sort in the world today. It’s not just God’s children from days gone by, but the same dishonor is upon our flesh in this day.
We see how the burnt offerings during the Exodus were commanded by God to show reverence for Him, to show our devotion to His Word, to His children and to live in the light of His mercy and love. Once we being moving away from God’s mercy and grace we find ourselves in deep water, in a valley where the sun can’t reach. We make ourselves the offering to God. We make our lives to intertwine with God’s teachings. We longer make animal sacrifices to God as He sent His One and only Son, Jesus Christ to be the sacrifice for us, for our sins. We should love God with all our heart, with all our strength, with our mind and all soul. This is the sacrifice God ask of us. In doing so, we learn to love our neighbor as our self as we develop eyes to see and ears to hear the Great I Am speaking directly to each of us that have a heart open to His voice.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.