The cross of Christ is essential to the Christian faith. No question about it (1 Corinthians 1:18). But there’s another aspect of the Christian faith that is as essential as the cross. So essential in fact, the work of Jesus upon the cross depends upon it as much as it depends upon the work of Jesus on the cross. What is it? (More …)
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God commanded Moses “On the first day of the first month you shall set up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting” (Exodus 40:2 NKJV). This first “Rosh Hashanah” began Jewish religious worship obeying Moses’ Law. The New Testament teaches: “It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience– concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation” (Hebrews 9:9-11 NKJV). Everyone celebrating “Rosh Hashanah” today is celebrating a people, worship, and law that Jesus Christ has removed. “Rosh Hashanah” denies the Priesthood of Jesus Christ!
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While reading in Num 35, an interesting thought occurred to me. It may not be new to you, but it is new to me (so I’ll share).
The OT cities of refuge were places where the manslayers (i.e., those who killed someone else accidentally) could flee for protection. One stipulation was that they had to remain in one of those cities of safety until the high priest died. That part always struck me as odd–what did the death of the HP have to do with it?
And then today the light bulb turned on and I’m left wondering: could it have something to do with typology? Under the NT, there is only one place of refuge: one must be IN CHRIST. And, as Hebrews points out so well, our HP never dies! Thus, as one living in the Christian dispensation if I want to remain safe from the consequences of my sins (from the avenger of blood, if you will) I must continually remain in the place of refuge (i.e., faithful in Christ). I can NEVER leave if I want to be saved (Rev. 2:10; Matt. 10:22). There won’t be a new HP coming along to “reset the clock” so to speak.
I know the conclusion is not new or surprising, but the typology here is to me. Granted, we must be careful not to imagine typology where revelation doesn’t explicitly reveal it. What do you think?