Scripture reading: Leviticus 14:21-23
I am sure you sometimes wonder, “Why was it necessary for the children, all the people of God to be killed?” They were eaten by lions. What an awful death that must have been. They were burned with fire. They were put to the sword. Why was it necessary?
Look at 2 Timothy 4:4, And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
Paul is saying that because of his ministry, because of his stewardship, because of his priesthood, he was “ready to be offered.” Do you know that the priest offered himself first? When he went to the Altar of Incense, he offered himself. The people put their hands on him and they confessed their sins before him: adultery, theft, lying, murder, and he took all of the sins, staggered in before God, and offered up for himself and for the sins of Israel. The fire went up, the smoke went up and God accepted it.
So therefore, there is an offering to take place in our time. An offering that soon will be. But did you know that there were some people who were too poor to give the offering (see Leviticus 14:21-22)? Can you understand what that says? Some people were too poor to make the offering, therefore God said that they should get two doves and the doves would be the offering for that person – Holy Spirit. Yes, the Holy Spirit would come in.
Leviticus 14:10, And on the eighth day he shall take two he lambs without blemish, and one ewe lamb… “On the eighth day.” What is that saying? That is saying that on the new beginning – eight is the number of new beginning – God is going to create an offering.
God Almighty is saying that He is creating a people and you are going to be among those people, in the company of the Lamb. In the morning, Jesus Christ died. Thank God, He gave us His Blood and He saved us from our sins. In the middle of the day, the Church and all those who went towards bringing this Church here – starting with Abraham and going right down through the whole nation of the Jews, bringing forth Jesus Christ, bringing forth life in my soul. Then, we become the next lamb – the last lamb to be offered is the two witness company. Amen.
(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, February 2007, pg. 40-41)
Thought for today: We become the next lamb – the last lamb to be offered is the two witness company.