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利未记总览七Leviticus Overview Part 7 – 我要在会幕与你们相会,和你们说话There (Tabernacle) I will meet you and speak to you

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(乐龄事工Elderly Ministry 11 June 2010)

I originally intended to move on to Leviticus, but since Aunt Suzie is joining, plus the trip to Malaysia tomorrow, God has inkling to make me do a re-cap on the past few messages in Leviticus.

** 开始的话 **

Leviticus – is it about priesthood? No, it is not about priesthood. Leviticus is "of priesthood".

It does not sound correct saying that Leviticus is "about priesthood" for it does not project "I cannot be but a priest", and therefore, "I am already a priest".

《彼前2:9惟有你们是被拣选的族类,是有君尊的祭司,是圣洁的国度,是属神的子民,要叫你们宣扬那召你们出黑暗入奇妙光明者的美德。

<1Pe 2:9> But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Therefore, the message of Leviticus is "prayers". Of course, I understand where it is coming from, and I am not trying to play with words, but the main concern of a priest is "praying right" and "praying through" to meet God, reach God, touch God, and then let Him meet you, reach you, and touch you!

Even if we talk about "set apart to be holy to walk with God" in Leviticus, it is to bring the focus back to "prayers". Offering prayers has to be done for self first and at the end. It is not selfish, indulgent nor cheap, but it is the final and most expensive loving purpose of God. Understanding "prayers" in this way is not enough, but it has to move on and make one understand "Ohh! In this case, I am already a priest then! This did not come from me, but even my understanding of this faith comes from God!" This priesthood identity is not my zealous pursuit, but from God Who forced this unto me by His great plan in the whole history of mankind, so that He shows me grace from heaven to the earth". Okay, until now, you may have gotten very close to the crux of the message of Leviticus. The only thing to go further is seeing the very intentions of God fulfilled in your all of your life = Emmanuel.

To go all the way into Emmanuel (24 hours and in all things), offering prayers as a sacrifice has also to go into "I desire Mercy not Sacrifice". What I mean is that, the main focal point of doing prayers is not for show or not even ‘for God’, but we do prayers to set ourselves free to be able to see enter the Most Holy Place with God’s original intention, then we can become a mediator like Jesus Christ Himself in interceding for others (priesthood), and all these so that we can be anointed to still go back to finding that it is all the glory of God for us to be able to intercede for others = we must see the smiling face of God and smile back to God, smile at our timetable, and smile with a big heart at all peoples, especially the ones you find the hardest to live side-by-side with.

How to meet God and converse with Him? [Life] Chapters 1-17 (Re-cap)

宗教都是要除罪的,但就是不能洗净罪。只有基督信仰才能叫人遇见神而得着释放。因为人已经在泥潭里了,没有基督帮我们,叫我们得着神原来的样子,我们绝对不能从泥潭中出来。

会幕的形状、装饰、内容、设立都“是照耶和华所吩咐他的”《出40:16,19,21,23,25,29,30》

信仰思想体系Belief System《出40:1-33》

神充满而喜悦“是照耶和华所吩咐他的”设立起来的会幕《出40:34-35》

生活运作原理 Lifestyle System《出40:36-38》= 移动的会幕

=> 在这会幕

-> 献流血的祭《出29:42a》“这要在耶和华面前、会幕门口,作你们世世代代常献的燔祭。”

-> 交通:《出29:42b》“我要在那里与你们相会,和你们说话。”

 

1) To meet God through the 5 offerings <Chapter 1-7>
1)借着"五祭"遇见神《1-7章》

被主拣选、呼召、爱的理由要得着(我们已经遇见神、已经是蒙恩之子的)三个理由/证据

1)有流血的祭(崇拜、祷告)= 豫表耶稣基督 = 死而 = 舍己顺从(生命、目的、内容、方法)
(1) The Sacrifice of the shedding of blood (Worship, Prayer) = pre-figured Jesus Christ = Die and Resurrect = sacrifice self and submit (life, purpose, content, method)

流血的祭的‘流’是进行时态的(’Shedding’ is a continuous tense)

献流血的祭的理由就是要打破咒诅 = 反复不能解决的问题。(不要小看咒诅的势力)

2进入至圣所与神交通的深度:院子 -> 圣所 -> 至圣所 -> 约柜(赎罪所=施恩座)
(2) Enter the Most Holy Place — The depth of communicating with God: Courtyard -> Holy Place -> Most Holy Place -> Ark of Covenant (The Mercy Seat = The Atonement Cover)

这时代的基督徒有没有进到至圣所?有几次,但有没有天天进入至圣所?若问我,正常的基督徒是会一天好几次进入至圣所,发现神与他的条件里所约过的事(至圣所的中心就是约柜)。

3与神和睦、在交通里的状态与神交通的程序:赎罪(赎罪祭、赎愆祭) -> 分别(燔祭、素祭) -> 交通(平安祭)
(3) Made peace with God, in conversational mode with God — The Sequence of communicating with God: Atonement (Sin offering, Guilt offering) -> Set Apart (Burnt offering, Grain offering) -> Communication (fellowship offering)

祷告的理由不是要‘做信仰’,乃是要遇见神。神赐很多条律、给那么多吩咐、仪式,是为了叫我们明白属灵的原意。祷告是为了遇见神,然后进入‘与神交通’的状态。

 

2)藉着“祭司长”遇见神《8-10章》=> 祭司长 = 耶稣基督 = /我们
2) To meet God through "The High Priest" <Chapters 8-10> => High Priest = Jesus Christ = Me/Us

若找得到前面三个证据,你大可说:“我是时代、家庭的主角”。

有资格吗?资格是神所定的,所以若有了三个以上的证据,就是说,你羡慕那“是照耶和华所吩咐他的”会幕。神,必宇宙万有还要大的,都进来你的生命了,做祭司长是太小了。

《彼前2:9惟有你们是被拣选的族类,是有君尊的祭司,是圣洁的国度,是属神的子民,要叫你们宣扬那召你们出黑暗入奇妙光明者的美德。

<1Pe 2:9> But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

3)先得"洁净"之后、遇见神《11-17章》=> 得着洁净:笑脸
3) To meet God after being ‘cleansed’ <Chapters 11-17> => Acquire Cleanliness: Smiling Face

为自己、家庭、教会、时代赎罪、洁净,来看见神的笑脸。祷告必定要看见神对你笑。这个的意思,就是要得着“啊!神真的向我说祂真的是活的了!”

Aunt Suzie’s remark, "Ah! So scary! God has become so alive to me!" when she tried 4D on baptism date and won third prize, but she promised never to do it again.

** 结束的话 **

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