The Sacrifice: Reason for The Elevation
Man would have had no chance to become anything good irrespective of God’s plans, His desire to make man’s life good, His concern for us all, man still would have had no chance to become or experience anything good but for The Sacrifice. It is the sacrifice that effected God’s plans for mankind. It is the sacrifice that manifested the plan for God. It is the sacrifice that has brought man to what he is today, in Christ. It is the sacrifice that has brought the blessing. It is the sacrifice that ensures your elevation.
Man was appointed for destruction until the sacrifice was made. The sacrifice atoned for man’s sins and so the man that was appointed for destruction, became blessed and appointed, for elevation.
This man became elevated.
To be elevated would mean promotion. Besides that, to be elevated would mean coming out of hopelessness and obscurity.
“And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. 5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.”
(Genesis 8:4-5, KJV)
The mountain was totally immersed, hopeless, in a state of obscurity but when the Spirit of the Lord moved, God caused the mountain to be elevated. So, the elevation of the mountain is coming out of hopelessness and obscurity and that is the experience that Israel had while they were in Egypt.
Israel was in obscurity, in a hopeless state and then suddenly God appeared, and God brought them out of that state, that is elevation. They were elevated from being slaves to become Masters, landowners, a people of a nation.
Israel’s story perfectly describes our situation today. Now, when God went to Israel, to deliver them from that state of obscurity, God ordered a sacrifice and we see the kind of sacrifice He ordered for.
The sacrifice they offered pointed to Jesus, the Lamb of God. To better understand and appreciate what Jesus did, the work that went on in the realm of the spirit while Christ was laying down His life for you, then you have got to go back to that sacrifice because it was a true pointer to the sacrifice of the lamb of God.
God ordered the sacrifice in Exodus 12:5. It reads “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:” (KJV)
This, talks of Jesus. He was without sin, stain, shame. He was without stigma. The Bible tells us 1 Cor 5:21, “ For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (KJV)
So, that lamb was pointing to Jesus. It was talking about the kind of sacrifice that God would make for us, in the future, which is now.
Every sacrifice has a purpose and this sacrifice also had a purpose. In Hebrews 10:12-13, “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made His footstool.” (KJV).
After He had done the sacrifice, once and forever, He is sat down at the right hand of God, expecting. That suggests that His sacrifice had a purpose.
As I talk about the sacrifice of Jesus, I am also talking about the sacrifice that God ordered, for the children of Israel to perform, in Egypt. Because the one performed in Egypt is a replica of the one that Jesus has done. So, even that too had a purpose.
The Purpose of the Sacrifice
- God had told them earlier, when you had killed the lamb, how to prepare and eat it. But then He also said, take the blood of the lamb, and spread on the lintel, by your window and “For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.” (Exodus 12:12, KJV)
So, the very first thing the sacrifice achieved, for God’s people was that, their slave masters were destroyed. The devil was disarmed. Satan was incapacitated. The chains of the devil were broken. The gods of Egypt were judged, as we can see from the scripture.
Same way, the devil, which was one master over you has been judged. He has no power, no authority over you anymore.
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