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April 2011 ri Volume 6 #4 Volume 6 #4

Wading River Baptist Church


P.O. Box 438, 1635 Wading River-Manorville Road, Wading River, NY 11792 (631) 929-3512; 929-6022 www.wrbc.us office@wrbc.us

The Blood in the New Testament


. . . in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7).
Every year in the season we call Easter, we remember the death of the Lord Jesus Christ and celebrate His resurrection. Evangelical Christians know that apart from the death and resurrection of Christ, there could be no salvation. He died to forgive our sins, save us, and take us to heaven some day. For many of us, however, that is where our understanding stops. Rarely do we bother to ask how His death could accomplish this. The Apostle Paul, however, tells us in no uncertain terms: it is through the blood of the Lord Jesus that we have salvation. Ever since its beginning, Christian theology has been ridiculed as a bloody religion. The doctrine of the blood of Christ has been so offensive to so many people that many of the churchs theologians and preachers downplayed it until, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, theological liberals (also called Modernists) essentially wrote it out of their system of belief as a relic of a less civilized view of Christianity. Most conspicuously was the deletion of scores of hymns and Gospel songs mentioning the blood from the churchs traditional hymnals by the increasingly liberal Protestant denominations. However, occasionally even within evangelical circles, confusion and controversy over the doctrine of the blood of Christ has erupted; in recent years, most notably through the views of John MacArthur who has explained the blood of Christ as a metonymy (substitute word) for the death of Christ, and in the opinion of many has, in the process, undermined the orthodox Christian view of the centrality of the blood. Because the blood of Christ has been the occasion of so much disagreement and dissension, it is imperative that we understand its significance. The doctrine of the blood is the scarlet thread that runs from the beginning of biblical revelation to its end. Peter Albrechts article in this issue traces that thread through the Old Testament. The purpose of this article, therefore, is to examine the New Testament teaching. The Lord Jesus Christ lived and ministered under the Mosaic economy, and thus the perspective of the gospels with regard to sacrificial blood is thoroughly Old Testament (in fact, it is hardly mentioned at all). Where the shift occurs, however, is in the Upper Room, as the Lord Jesus prepares His disciples for His impending death and explains what it will mean for the future. His explanation is as vivid as it is simple, contained in the imagery of the Lords Table which He establishes there. After the Passover meal, when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Fathers kingdom (Mt 26:27-29). Our Lord contrasts His blood of the new covenant (see Lk 22:20; 1 Cor 11:25) with the blood of the old (Mosaic) covenant. That blood was the blood of sacrificial animals, offered daily in the temple by the ministrations of the Levitical priests. There was something strikingly new and different about Christs blood, and yet something that maintained a continuity with the sacrificial blood of the old covenant. That continuity is easily explained. The blood of the sacrifices under the ordinances of the Old Testament was a type (a prophetic symbol) of the blood that would be offered by the perfect sacrifice (the antitype); and that perfect sacrifice was the Lord Jesus Christ himself. This relationship between the old and the new is discussed comprehensively in Hebrews chapters 9 and 10. In the Book of Acts, the blood of the Lord Jesus is declared to be the purchase price of the church (Acts 20:28). It is not until the New Testament epistles, however, that we have a full explanation of the value of Christs shed blood. Here are seven truths that provide that explanation. 1. The blood of Christ is the price of our redemption. Redemption is that work of Christ by which He purchased our salvation, and the cost to Him was His blood. Peter tells us that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ (1 Pet 1:18-19). Thus Paul writes, In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace (Eph 1:7). 2. The blood of Christ is central to the work of propitiation. Romans 3:2425. Justification is the work of God the Father in declaring guilty sinners to be righteous. It is an acquittal based on the satisfaction of the demands of His percontinued on page 2

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fect justice by our Substitute, the Lord Jesus. After reminding the Romans that there is not a single righteous person who has ever livedall are sinners, Paul writes that we who believe are justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith (Rom 3:2425a). Propitiation is the act in which the Lord Jesus intervened as our Substitute between His impeccably holy Father and us guilty sinners to take the full force of the Fathers righteous wrath against our sins. That which provided this satisfaction was His shed blood. In the Old Testament, blood sacrifice provided an atonement (a covering for sins), but only until the One came who could remove those sins. That One was the Lord Jesus and His act of removing those sins through the shedding of His blood was propitiation. This is why the New Testament never mentions atonement as an element of Gods saving grace. Our sins are not covered, they are absolved! 3. The blood of Christ is indispensable to Gods act of forgiveness. Forgiveness is the remission (lit., the sending way) of our sins such that they are no longer imputed to us (or posted to our account). Again, Scripture reminds us that forgiveness requires the shedding of blood: without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness (Heb 9:22). Under the Law that meant the slaughtering of an animal; now, however, it means faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ: In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses (Eph 1:7). According to Revelation 1:5, Jesus Christ loves us and released us from our sins by His blood.

4. The blood of Christ is the basis of our justification. The effectual work of justification itself is also ascribed to the blood of Christ: Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him (Rom 5:9). Justification does not come merely through our Lords death, but specifically through His blood. 5. The blood of Christ is behind our reconciliation and subsequent peace with God. Because Gods wrath and justice have been satisfied, we who were guilty sinners under the sentence of condemnation are now at peace with God. That is because we who were formerly enemies have been reconciled to God through Christ; it was the Fathers good pleasure to reconcile all things to himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross (Col 1:20). Note, not through His death, but through the blood of His cross! 6. The blood of Christ was necessary for the purging of our consciences. The effectual power of the blood of Christ extends beyond the judicial acts involved in expiation (the washing away of our sins), to the renovation of our souls, formerly in bondage to sin. If the blood of sacrificial animals was effective for cleansing under the regime of the Law, then how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Heb 9:14). The blood of Christ is therefore central to the internal cleansing which is a prerequisite for serving the Lord. 7. The blood of Christ is the foundation of a righteous life. Because in

spite of our righteous standing in Christ, we still commit sins (1 Jn 1:8), we need the means of a continual cleansing in order that we might live in constant fellowship with the Lord. That resource is nothing less than the continuing efficacy of Christs blood: if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood [not death] of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin (1 Jn 1:7). Therefore, would it have sufficed if all the events of our Lords crucifixion were as they are recorded in the gospel records, except for one? Could our Lord have effectually died for the sins of mankind had He been hanged? Could He have been our Savior had He been stoned? No, because Scripture is clear that there is no propitiation, justification, redemption, reconciliation, or forgiveness without the shedding of blood. Consequently, although the Lord Jesus had to die, His blood was required to be spilled in the process. Thats why the scourge, the crown of thorns, the nails, and the spear were the indispensable instruments of our redemption, and why we can still sing those grand old hymns of the blood, even in our enlightened 21st century! Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness, My beauty are, my glorious dress; Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed, With joy shall I lift up my head. Lord I believe Thy precious blood, Which at the mercy seat of God Forever doth for sinners plead, For me, een for my soul, was shed. Pastor Ron Glass

Getting Acquainted with Bob Drummond


The zoo can be a source of intense fascination for a young child; but as this child matures and becomes busy with life, the visits to the zoo sort of disappear from his or her life. Whether it is because the fascination is gone, or that there is simply not enough time for the zoo, visits to the zoo will be relatively limited. One exception would be the parent or grandparent who shares in the young childs enthusiasm. However, there is one individual, Bob Drummond, who has hung on to the wonderful childlike love of the zoo or anything resembling a zoo. It could be an aquarium, nature trails, or even a museum. Maybe because he was born in Queens and raised in the Bronx for 26 years (living close to the Bronx Zoo) that Bobs love of animals became so strong. Bob Drummond was born on December 5, 1952, at the St. Albans Naval Hospital in Queens. His father, Jim Drummond, was a plumber and his mother, Anna Drummond, was a housewife and mother of three children: Jimmy, Bobs older brother; Barbara Ann, his younger sister; and Bob. Once the three children were grown, Anna entered the workforce as a salesperson for Alexanders Department Store. Bob attended Evander Childs High School in the Bronx. During his senior year, Bob completed two courses in zoology (the sciencea branch of biologythat deals with animals, their life, structure, growth, classification, etc.). As he began to focus on his love of animals and in some sense contradict the image of a city-raised boy, some of his classmates saw him as a nerd. Now we all know that this is not an accurate label; nevertheless, Bob earned As in both classes and his teachers recognized his potential. Not surprisingly, Bobs first job was at the Bronx Zoo as an assistant animal keeper. It was here that Bob matured in his responsibilities and developed a sense of humor that was strengthened by his fellow workers. One coworker in particular, Blake Barnes, was responsible for teaching Bob a great deal about zoology; this informal, on-the-job education motivated Bob to learn and study on his own. After high school, Bob pursued further education at Suffolk Community College, where he earned an Associate Degree in business administration. A reality check brought Bob out of the employment that he loved and he began working at jobs that were not connected to his love of animals. He was a mail clerk/invoice coordinator, a dry cleaning assistant, a factory worker, a QA-QC (Quality Assurance and Quality Control) inspector, and a machine operator. Presently, he is employed at NBTY, a company that makes nutritional supplements and vitamins for Natures Bounty, Vitamin World, and Puritan Pride (just to name a few). Internet dating has become quite revolutionary and a fairly common occurrence now in the 21st century. Years ago, before the personal computer, the only resources available for dating in a similar way were personal ads in either newspapers or magazines. For Bob, this was a valid option. So he took out a personal ad; the outcome of Bobs ad was a successful one in that he found his wife, Marlene. After a few months of letter writing, some train rides out from the city to meet her on weekends, and 14 months of dating, Bob and Marlene married on May 26, 1979. When Bob was a young teenager, he bought two False Map turtles, a male and a female, in response to his love of animals, especially reptiles. He named them Stills and Nash. It was a good memory for Bob which commenced when he was a freshman in high school. Not too many statistics are known concerning False Map turtles; however, if one reaches 35 years of age in captivity it is considered a remarkable accomplishment. Bobs female lived to be 20, but the male easily lived to be 36 years olda credit to Bob and his caretaking abilities. As for his spiritual life, he was raised Catholic and took religious instruction on Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. It was not until 1976 that he
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gave himself to the Lord after reading Dr. Peales book, The Power of Positive Thinking. Bob and his wife began to attend WRBC in 2006 when the escalating gas prices forced them to find a church closer to home. But they continued to attend because of the Biblical truths being preached. Bobs life has not always been easy and now in these poor economic times, he struggles with health issues and work issues. Despite challenging circumstances, he continually returns to Psalm 34:4, his favorite Scripture verse: I sought the Lord and He heard me, and

delivered me from all my fears. This might explain how Bob is able to remain calm and cool throughout his trials. Bobs heart is full of love for animalsa quality he never lost as he aged. He is like a child when it comes to feeding the neighbors cat, or taking nature walks in hope of seeing the animals he so admires. Bobs interests and hobbies are inclined to bring him closer to nature in one way or another. Bob loves photographing animals; the walls of his home are decorated with numerous photographs of Gods exquisite creatures.

To relax, Bob likes to listen to a variety of old music or to read a good science-fiction novel. Occasionally, Bob will be the one in the kitchen cooking; you may also find him dabbling in some gardeningraising tropical plants, for example. In putting aside the personal hardships he has had to deal with as he continues with cancer treatments, Bob remains steadfast in his caring ways, demonstrating a perseverance that his wife, Marlene, can attest to. Joan Tyska

A Month in Review
It has been another month of continued blessings which has brought us one month closer to our Lords return. So as we review and count our blessings, may we reflect on those on the other side of the world that have suffered beyond our comprehension? The images remain embedded deeply within our minds of the massive earthquake and the tsunami that ravenously destroyed towns, villages, and farmlands in Japan. May we not forget the 80 Conservative Baptist (CB) churches, the majority of which are located in the Northeast region of Japan, where the disaster happened. They need both our prayer and our financial assistance; the latter can be addressed to: CB America; 3686 Stagecoach Road Unit F; Longmont, CO 80504. A new weekly Bible study of Ephesians began on February 27th, with Chris Hallstrom as the study leader. The small group will be meeting every Sunday evening between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM at the Hallstroms home (with occasional cancellations due to other priorities, namely the musical program during the month of April). At least a dozen individuals gathered around the fireplace for the first meeting. A brief snack time was made available by the host; in addition, Marge Kurthy surprised everyone with a tray of tea sandwiches and perhaps established a precedent for future Bible studies. Since the first meeting, the attendance has grown and the fellowship has strengthened; the group has shared profitable times of Bible study along with challenging discussions afterwards over a cup of coffee and some snacks. The study will resume on May 1. The WRBC Moving Van Volunteers came together once again on Thursday, March 3rd, to move Cheryl Sunderland from her basement apartment in Mattituck to the home of Joe and Martie Best in Manorville. Joe and Martie most recently moved into their new home and were not completely unpacked themselves when they made the offer to Cheryl to move into a beautiful roomfreshly painted and decoratedwithin their new home. The Sound of Music is ever so strong at the WRBC as the worship in music grows to new and greater levels. The WRBC Choral Ensemble (led by George Ehmann) will be teaming up with the Lynbrook Baptist Church for a combined choral presentation of the cantata I Am at WRBC on the Lords Day evening, April 10th, at 6:00 PM. Then the following Lords Day, April 17th (Palm Sunday), they will sing the same program at Lynbrook. The Beacon is giving you advance notice so that you can plan to attend and also invite your friends, family members, coworkers, and neighbors to be our guests for this special concert of worship. WRBC now has a small group of skilled volunteers that have combined their talents to do some redecorating and refurbishing in areas of the church in need of it. The WRBC Interior Decorators tackled the task of updating Pastors study and turning the small room at the front of the church into a conference room (complete with a conference table). Pastor Glass together with Sarah and Carl Chapman and Reeva and Vic Bellard have done an outstanding job in painting, repairing, sewing, and selecting just the right rug pattern and items of furniture. It has been on the to do list for quite a while. We thank you, volunteers, for a job well done. Following a short winter break, AWANA resumed meeting on Friday nights for Scripture memorization, the teaching of Gods Word, and games that promote teamwork. Most unique was the Backwards Night on March 18th when the boys and girls wore their clothes backwards just to share in some comical moments. Most impressive was Carl Chapman, one of the leaders, turning his shirt around to be one of the guys. The participation and attainments of several children were recognized with awards. Guiding Light was the theme of the Senior Saints luncheon held March 19th; at least two dozen seniors were present in the Fellowship Hall. Although

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lighthouses dominated the decorations, there was a slight undertone of St. Patricks Day with the serving of the traditional corned beef and cabbage on tables clad in green. And what a joy it is to have Diane Pandolfini back in the midst, keeping us smiling with comical outfits corresponding to the theme. Helen Bryan and Ruth Kerr were recognized for the wearing of the most green. Also keeping with the theme was Pastor Glass, who led devotions through which he shared his wise perspective on the Biblical truths concerning light. As always, the food was plentiful, the fellowship relaxing, and the spiritual leadership quite inspiring.

March 20th was one more chance to get together to eat and fellowship at a coffee hour following the Sunday worship service. It provided a format for WRBC to thank Bonnie Heuzey for a job well done as she leaves the position of chairperson of the Deaconess Committee. It also allows everyone to get to know each other better, and what better place than over a cup of coffee. With this in mind, new visitors Bill and Barbara Hutter were welcomed into the fellowship as they begin their journey with the WRBC. Although Rob and Sarah

Shanley and their two children, Zachary and Breanna, have been attending a bit longer, they were also surrounded with the binding love of the WRBC; prayers were extended in their behalf in light of Sarahs surgery scheduled on the following day. It truly has been another month of blessings as we continue to serve and wait on the Lord. Joan Tyska

The Blood in the Old Testament


For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement (Leviticus 17:11).
In the cover article of this months edition of The Beacon, Pastor Glass unfolds the New Testament teaching concerning the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. As Pastor Glass pointed out in the introduction of his article, the doctrine of the blood is the scarlet thread that spans the entirety of Gods written revelation to mankind. In the Old Testament, the word blood (dam in the Hebrew language) first appears in the fourth chapter of Genesis: He [God] said, What have you [Cain] done? The voice of your brothers [Abels] blood is crying to Me from the ground (Gen 4:10). In fact, the concept of sacrificial blood emerged in the previous chapter when the LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them after they had sinned (Gen 3:21). The shedding of the blood of an animal is also suggested by the nature of Abels offering: Abel, on his part also brought the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and for his offering (Gen 4:4). In the New Testament, the final occurrence of the word blood (haima in the Greek language) is in the nineteenth chapter of Revelation: He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God (Rev 19:13). In Hebrews 9:13-14, we encounter a comparison between the blood of the animals sacrificed by the Levitical priests and the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ: For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? In verse 14, Christs blood is set forth as better because it has the power to effect a spiritual cleansing; on the other hand, the sacrificial blood of goats and bulls sufficed only for a ceremonial purification. The Word of God declares the inferiority of the blood of the Old Testament sacrifices to that of the Lord Jesus: But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins (Heb 10:3-4). The writer of Hebrews goes on to explain that every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He [Christ], having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD (Heb 10:11-12). Nevertheless, we must not neglect the diligent study of the shadow of the good things to come (Heb 10:1); in this case, the doctrine of the sacrificial blood in the Old Testament. With the aim of unfolding this significant doctrine, I would submit to you the following seven truths. 1. The blood of Abel was the grounds on which Cain was cursed and dismissed from the presence of the LORD. After Cain, the religious, murderous, and unrepentant apostate, responded defiantly to God when questioned about the location of his younger brother, Abel (Gen 4:9), God responded: What have you done? The voice of your brothers blood is crying to Me from the ground. Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brothers blood from your hand. When you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you; you will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth (Gen 4:10-12). The Lord Jesus imputed to the scribes and Pharisees of His own day the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah (Mt 23:35). God Himself heard Abels righteous blood (Gen 4:10); in Hebrews 11:4 we are told that Abel is not silent even to this very day: By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks. In the next chapter of Hebrews, we learn of the more favorable testimony of the blood of the Lord Jesus: and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel (Heb 12:24). Abels blood served to exclude man from Gods presence (Gen 4:12, 14, 16); Christs blood serves to invite the saved sinner back into that very presence: We have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh (Heb 10:19-20). It was not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, [that] He entered continued on page 6

continued from page 5 the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption (Heb 9:12); by virtue of the believers identification with Christ, we dwell in the Holy of Holies with Him. 2. The blood of a man or an animal is intimately associated with its life. After Noah offered clean animals on the altar as burnt offerings unto the LORD upon his exit from the ark (Gen 8:20) and was told that he could now eat animals for food (Gen 9:3), God revealed to him this prohibition: Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood (Gen 9:4). The word translated life is nephesh, which is more commonly rendered as soul in our NASB translation. A different Hebrew word for life is chayyim; both are used in the account of Adams creation: Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (chayyim), and man became a living being (nephesh) (Gen 2:7). The prohibition against eating bloodand the equation of blood with lifeis also found in Deuteronomy: Only be sure not to eat the blood, for the blood is the life, and you shall not eat the life with the flesh (Dt 12:23; cf. Lev 7:26-27; 17:10, 12-14; 19:26; Dt 12:16; 15:23). Sauls army, in their weariness and hunger, [sinned] against the LORD by eating with the blood (1 Sam 14:33). Moreover, the Jerusalem Council which convened in the early years of the Church Age forbad Gentile believers from eating blood (Acts 15:20, 29; 21:25). 3. The blood of an unblemished male lamb that was slain served to deliver Israel from the tenth plague upon Egypt (the death of the firstborn). As recorded in Exodus 12, Moses and Aaron were given specific directions from God as to how the Passover was to be observed. Included in these instructions were the kind of animal that was to be sacrificed, and what was to be done with its shed blood: Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight. Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it (Ex 12:5-7). Later in that same chapter, we learn that full compliance was essential in order to be spared from the destruction of the tenth plague; we discover why the lamb had to be slain and then its blood correctly applied: The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt (Ex 12:13). In the New Testament, we are told that Moses adherence to the Passover ritual as prescribed by God was an act of faith: By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them (Heb 11:28). 4. The blood of sacrificial animals was required to inaugurate the Old (Mosaic) Covenant. At the foot of Mount Sinai, the delivered Israelites promised that they would be obedient to the Law that God had revealed to Moses: Then Moses came and recounted to the people all the words of the LORD and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice and said, All the words which the LORD has spoken we will do! (Ex 24:3-4). Moses sacrificed young bulls (v. 5) and took half of the blood and put it in basins, and the other half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar (v. 6). Moses then read the Law which he had written down to the people, and the nation of Israel once again declared its allegiance (v. 7). With the blood that he had reserved in basins, Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words (v. 8). In the ninth chapter of Hebrews, we find a divine commentary on the formal beginning of the Mosaic covenant as recorded in Exodus 24: Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood. For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, THIS IS THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT WHICH GOD COMMANDED YOU (Heb 9:18-20). 5. The blood of sacrificial animals played an essential part in the Levitical burnt, peace, sin, and guilt offerings. If the burnt offering was a bull (from the herd, Lev 1:3), the Israelite man was required to first slay the young bull before the LORD; and Aarons sons the priests shall offer up the blood and sprinkle the blood around on the altar that is at the doorway of the tent of meeting (v. 5). If instead the burnt offering came from the flock, of the sheep or of the goats (v. 10), its blood was also to be sprinkled around on the altar (v. 11). The sprinkling of sacrificial blood was also a component of peace offerings (Lev 3:2, 8, 13) and guilt offerings (Lev 5:9). Instructions concerning blood were also followed when atonement needed to be made by means of a sin offering in behalf of an anointed priest (Lev 4:5-7), the whole congregation (vv. 16-18), a leader (v. 25), or a common Israelite (vv. 30, 34). 6. The blood of sacrificial animals was applied to the bodies of Aaron and his sons to consecrate them for their priestly ministry. The blood of the ram of ordination was applied to three locations on the body: the lobe of the right ear, the thumb of the right hand, and the big toe of the right foot (Lev 8:23-24). The Aaronic priesthood was to be Holy to the LORD (Ex 28:36-38); a priest was to be reverent in his conversation, in the work he performed with his hands, and in his walk (manner of life). 7. The blood of sacrificial animals is what atoned for (covered) the sins of the nation of Israel. The relationship between the blood of a sacrificial animal and the atonement for the sins of guilty human beings is explained in the seventeenth chapter of Leviticus: For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement (Lev 17:11). The Day of Atonement for the nation of Israel was in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month (Lev 16:29). Only on this day could Aaron, the high priest, enter the Holy of Holies: The Lord said to Moses: Tell your brother Aaron that he shall not enter any time into the holy place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, or he will die; for I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat (Lev 16:2). On the Day of Atonement, Aaron would sprinkle the blood of sacrificial animals on the mercy seat over the ark of the covenant to cover the sins of himself, his own household, and the people of Israel (Lev 16:14-16). In Hebrews 9, we have an inspired commentary on the Day of Atonement: The priests are continually entering the outer tabernacle performing the divine worship, but into the second, only the high priest enters once a year, not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance (Heb 9:6-7). Our Great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ, who has put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb 9:26), does not need to perform this annual ritual: nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood that is not his own (Heb 9:25).
Not all the blood of beasts, On Jewish altars slain, Could give the guilty conscience peace, Or wash away its stain. But Christ, the heavenly Lamb, Takes all our sins away; A sacrifice of nobler name, And richer blood than they.

Peter Albrecht

April Bible Quiz Questions


1) What does the time of Jacobs trouble [distress] refer to? 2) Where in the Bible is Satan referred to as the ruler of this world? 3) Which angel stands watch over the people of Israel? 4) Which of the twelve tribes of Israel did the Apostle Paul belong to? 5) Where was it prophesied about Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey? Bonus: How many times does the word millennium appear in the Bible? Felix Acerra
Submit the answers and Bible references to: office@wrbc.us

March Bible Quiz Answers


1) Baal-zebub, the Philistine god worshiped in the city of Ekron (2 Kings 1:2). 2) Ezekiel (Ezekiel 4:4-5). 3) Jeremiah 31:31-34. 4) Isaiah 41:4; 44:6; 48:12. 5) True (Romans 16:7). Bonus: Psalm 136.

The Birthday Corner


April 8th Tom Kelleher April 12th Herb Mencke April 22nd Victor Perez April 25th Victor Bellard April 29th Laura Heuzey April 30th Stephen Heuzey

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11:00 AM Resurrection Morning Worship

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8:00 AM Ladies Prayer 7:00 PM Prayer Meeting and Exposition of Psalms

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6:30 PM AWANA

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PO Box 438 Wading River, NY 11792

Wading River Baptist Church

Our Purpose
1. To glorify God through sharing the good news of salvation by Gods sovereign grace through faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. 2. To nurture believers through a strong program of Christian education, youth ministries, and expository Biblical preaching. 3. To provide an opportunity for Biblical worship, service, and fellowship. 4. To extend our ministry throughout America and around the world through participation in home and foreign missions. WRBC is affiliated with the Conservative Baptist Association of America and the Conservative Baptist Mission to the Northeast.

For the Exaltation of God in All Things For the Proclamation of Faith in Christ For the Transformation of Gods People