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Sin Offering - A Hertic Doctrine of Russelites

Sin Offering - A Hertic Doctrine of Russelites

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Reasoning the Scriptures Reasoning the Scriptures Reasoning the Scriptures Reasoning the Scriptures Jesus, the Church and the Sin Offering Jesus, the Church and the Sin Offering Jesus, the Church and the Sin Offering Jesus, the Church and the Sin Offering 
Jesus, the Church and the Sin Offering
 By M.S.Mariadas and Y.R.Dinakaran Bible Students, M.B.S.A
 We agree on Practicalities!
efore any examination of differing viewpoints of the sin offering we would like to state that there exists total agreement about the church's role in theKingdom. There is no basis for concluding that because one doesn't agree that thechurch is represented in the animals that the church can not be Priests and Kingsin the Millennial age. We want to make this point clearly. The church's rolealways has been and always will be vital in the administration of the anti-typicalofferings. We generally agree that the church is represented in the sons of Aaron.It can be easily verified that the bulk of the offerings of the people were taken not by Aaron but by his sons. In other words it can be stated "The church's role
thesin offering (process)" instead of "The church is represented in the animals." Without the church, the ministry of reconciliation is void of meaning both in thegospel age as well as the millennial age.
The other commonly misconstrued idea is if you don't believe that thechurch is represented in the animals "then the church has no sufferings." I'm noteven sure how this conclusion is drawn. Every Christian believes that suffering will come upon those who follow Jesus. I personally use the phrase "priestly training experience" instead of "a sin offering experience." I hope this helpsclarify what is and isn't meant by those who believe similarly.
I. How do Bible Students conclude that the church isrepresented in the animals?Laying on of hands
One of the ways to draw a conclusion on what/who the animals in thetabernacle types represent is the act of laying on of hands. This concept is someaningful and yet it's significance is buried today. Even more surprising is thatin biblical times it was such a simple and elemental concept that the writer to theHebrews said that it should be understood by those on the milk of the word.HEB 6:1 - Therefore, leaving the first principles of the doctrine of the Anointed one, we should progress towards maturity: not again layingdown a foundation for reformation from works causing death, and of faith in God: for the doctrines of immersions, and of the imposition(laying on) of hands...
Reasoning the Scriptures Reasoning the Scriptures Reasoning the Scriptures Reasoning the Scriptures Jesus, the Church and the Sin Offering Jesus, the Church and the Sin Offering Jesus, the Church and the Sin Offering Jesus, the Church and the Sin Offering 
 One reason why laying on of hands is not understood by Bible Students isthat no explanation is given in the tabernacle shadows, where it really needs tohave been."Other features of the same consecration wereshown by the two rams mentioned in verses 18 and22. The first mentioned was the ram for the burnt-offering. Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon itshead, thus indicating that it represented them..."Tabernacle Shadows, Pg. 42However, no rationale is offered as to it's logic nor are any scriptures given tosupport it, so we should have biblically investigated this conclusion ourselves.One of the first instances for laying on of hands can be found in Genesis48:14. In this case Jacob is imparting the blessing to Joseph's sons Ephraim andManasseh. He crossed his hands and knowingly blesses the younger brotherEphraim. When Joseph objects, Jacob responds, "I know it my son, I know." Nodoubt that Jacob had learned well the principle of God choosing the younger overthe older as God had with Isaac over his older brother Ishmael as well as hischoosing Jacob over Esau. As he blessed Joseph's sons
he acknowledged 
thechoice of God 
over the natural choice. Another instance is the passing on of power from Moses to Joshua (NUM27:19). The Lord commands Moses to take Joshua before the priest and thecongregation (in the sight of all) to put him in charge. Joshua was the choice of the Lord, and the people needed to see Moses acknowledge this not just mentally  but physically with the imposition of hands. Notice that in most instances of thisact, the Lord spoke directly, indicating his decision on the matter at hand. Again,
he acknowledged 
the choice of God 
 by laying on of hands.The strongest case however against "this represents me/us" is in LEV 24:10-23. And the son of an Israelite woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went outamong the children of Israel: and this son of the Israelite woman and a manof Israel strove together in the camp; And the Israelite woman's son blasphemed the name of the Lord, and cursed. And they brought him untoMoses: (and his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of thetribe of Dan:)...Bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp;
and let all that heard him
lay their hands upon his head 
, and let all thecongregation stone him
....And Moses spake to the children of Israel, thatthey should bring forth him that had cursed out of the camp, and stone him with stones. And the children of Israel did as the LORD commanded Moses.Once again this can only mean that those who laid hands upon his head were acknowledging the choice of God that had been told to them. If this act truly 
Reasoning the Scriptures Reasoning the Scriptures Reasoning the Scriptures Reasoning the Scriptures Jesus, the Church and the Sin Offering Jesus, the Church and the Sin Offering Jesus, the Church and the Sin Offering Jesus, the Church and the Sin Offering 
means that "this represents us" then the witnesses must be considered as stoningthemselves.The last example is in the thirteenth chapter of Acts, where Paul,Barnabas, and the leading members from Antioch had gathered to pray, fast, andminister unto the Lord. ACT 13:1-4 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certainprophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger,and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up withHerod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted,the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work  whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and
laid their hands
on them, they sent them away. So they,
being sent forthby the Holy Ghost 
, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailedto Cyprus.The Holy Spirit chooses Barnabas and Saul to execute a specific work. Those whogathered laid on hands to confirm the certain choice of the Holy Spirit. In thisand other cases, laying on of hands is the act of acknowledging or corroboratingthe choice that God had previously made. This action shows
complete conformity
 rather than just simply making a mental agreement as would normally berequired.Having investigated this we can accurately reexamine these actions in thetabernacle. When the High Priest, the son of the High Priest, or an Israelite laidtheir hands on an animal it should take on a different meaning. These people brought sin offering (or other animal offerings) and agreed with God
that theanimal bore and took away their sin
. They were physically and mentally confirming before God, the priest, and any other onlookers, that this animal isGod's choice to placate their sin.Finally let us try to use the analogy of "this represents us" in differenttabernacle settings regarding laying on of hands. The following chart helpsillustrate the inconsistency "this represents us" as taught in the TabernacleShadows of the Better Sacrifices.

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