2017 WT Message Twelve

Crystallization-Study of Leviticus (1)

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Message 12

Enjoying Christ as the Reality of the Peace Offering

at the Lord’s Table to Present

the Total Picture of God’s Economy

Reading the verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

And if his offering is a sacrifice of peace offerings, if he presents it from the herd, whether male or female, he shall present it without blemish before Jehovah. If he presents a lamb for his offering, then he shall present it before Jehovah. And if his offering is a goat, then he shall present it before Jehovah—Lev. 3:1-2;7;12.

Word of Appetizer

The peace offering signifies Christ as our peace with God that we may enjoy Him with God and with man in fellowship and joy; What kind of meeting today primarily fulfills the peace offering?

The peace offering is fulfilled primarily in our enjoying Christ at the Lord’s table in the breaking of bread for the remembrance of Him and in the offering of Christ to the Father for the worship of the Father. At the Lord’s table, the believers enjoy Christ as their peace offering for their fellowship with God and with one another; This enjoyment of the peace offering issues from the burnt offering, the meal offering, the sin offering, and the trespass offering.

Spiritual Burden

The peace offering is the Old Testament type of the Lord’s table; At the Lord’s table, the believers enjoy Christ as their peace offering for their fellowship with God and with one another; they enjoy Christ before God the Father; without the worship of the Father in the Lord’s table meeting, the

presentation of the peace offering to God cannot be completely fulfilled.

In God’s heart and in His desire God would have Christ to be four kinds of offerings to us—the burnt offering, the meal offering, the sin offering, and the trespass offering—that we may enjoy Christ as peace with God in every way; Eventually, the enjoyment of Christ as all the offerings, issuing in the peace offering, will consummate in the New Jerusalem as the ultimate peace offering.

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

The peace offering signifies Christ as our peace with God that we may enjoy Him with God and with man in fellowship and joy.

The peace offering could be of different animals from the herd or from the flock, and it could be either male or female; As our peace offering, Christ is without blemish, without sins and transgressions.

The sprinkling of the blood of the peace offering on and around the altar, where the offerer was standing, indicates that the blood is for peace in the offerer’s conscience, giving him the assurance that his sins have been washed away.

Christ as the peace offering is for the fellowship and enjoyment of five parties: God, the serving priest, all the priests (the priesthood), the offerer, and the congregation of cleansed people.

Not eating the fat signifies that the best part of Christ is for God’s satisfaction; not eating the blood signifies that Christ’s blood shed for our redemption fully satisfies the requirements of God’s righteousness, holiness, and glory.

The peace offering is a kind of burnt offering as food to God for His satisfaction and enjoyment.

The sequence of the five offerings in Leviticus 1:1—6:7 is according to our practical experience, whereas the sequence in 6:8—7:38 is according to the total picture of God’s economy.

The Experience of Life

We who take Christ as our peace offering should offer the excellent part of Christ (the fat) to God for His satisfaction, the loving part of Christ in His resurrection (the breast as a wave offering) and the strong part of Christ in His ascension (the right thigh as a heave offering) being for the serving ones’ enjoyment; in our enjoyment of Christ as the peace offering, God has allotted the loving capacity and the strengthening power of Christ to us, the New Testament priests, as our eternal portion for our enjoyment in serving God.

Practice and Application

If we would enjoy Christ as peace in a practical, daily way, we must first take Him as our burnt offering to satisfy God, and then we must feed on Him as the meal offering, enjoying Him as our food.

We should carry out the Lord’s table meeting in two sections: during the first section of the meeting, all our praises should be addressed to Christ, and we should bless Him with well speaking concerning His person and work. During the second section of the meeting, we should address our praises to God the Father; it is best to leave one-third or two-fifths of the time for the worship of the Father.

Using Key Verses to Have a Bird’s-Eye View over the Whole Outline

Key Verses (1)

And if his offering is a sacrifice of peace offerings, if he presents it from the herd, whether male or female, he shall present it without blemish before Jehovah. And he shall lay his hand on the head of his offering and slaughter it at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall sprinkle the blood on and around the altar—Lev. 3:1~2

Saying, “I will declare Your name to My brothers; in the midst of the church I will sing hymns of praise to You.”—Heb. 2:12

The peace offering signifies Christ as our peace with God; the Lord’s table

The peace offering could be of different animals from the herd or from the flock

As our peace offering, Christ is without blemish

The sprinkling of the blood of the peace offering on and around the altar

I. The peace offering signifies Christ as our peace with God that we may enjoy Him with God and with man in fellowship and joy:

  • The peace offering is fulfilled primarily in our enjoying Christ at the Lord’s table in the breaking of bread for the remembrance of Him and in the offering of Christ to the Father for the worship of the Father.
  • The peace offering is the Old Testament type of the Lord’s table.

II. The peace offering could be of different animals from the herdor from the flock, and it could be either male or female; the different kinds of peace offerings signify the different conditions of the offerersenjoyment of Christ

III. As our peace offering, Christ is without blemish, without sins and transgressions

IV. The sprinkling of the blood of the peace offering on and around the altar , where the offerer was standing, indicates that the blood is for peace in the offerer’s conscience, giving him the

assurance that his sins have been washed away.

Key Verses (2)

And from the sacrifice of peace offerings he shall present an offering by fire to Jehovah, the fat that covers the inward parts and all the fat that is on the inward parts; And the two kidneys and the fat that is on them, which is on the loins; and the appendage on the liver, which he shall remove with the kidneys. And Aaron’s sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt offering, which is on the wood that is on the fire; it is an offering by fire, a satisfying fragrance to Jehovah—Lev. 3:3 ~ 5

If he presents a lamb for his offering, then he shall present it before Jehovah—Lev. 3:7

And if his offering is a goat, then he shall present it before Jehovah—Lev. 3:12

It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places that you shall not eat any fat or any blood—Lev. 3:17

Christ as the peace offering is for the fellowship and enjoyment of five parties

Not eating the fat; not eating the blood

A lamb and a goat

V. Christ as the peace offering is for the fellowship and enjoyment of five parties: God, the serving priest, all the priests (the priesthood), the offerer, and the congregation of cleansed people:

  • The fat and the inward parts of the offering were God’s portion; the four kinds of cakes and the right thigh as a heave offering were the portion of the serving priest ; the breast as a wave offering was for all the priests; the flesh, the meat, of the offering was the portion of the offerer; and the remaining flesh of the cattle, under the condition of cleanness, was for all the congregation.

VI. Not eating the fat signifies that the best part of Christ is for God’s satisfaction; not eating the blood signifies that Christ’s blood shed for our redemption fully satisfies the requirements of God’s righteousness, holiness, and glory.

VII. A lamb signifies that the offerer enjoys Christ in His perfection and beauty, whereas a goat signifies that the offerer enjoys Christ not much in His perfection and beauty but in His being made sin on our behalf.

Key Verses (3)

This is the law of the burnt offering and of the meal offering and of the sin offering and of the trespass offering and of the consecration and of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which Jehovah commanded Moses on Mount Sinai, on the day that He commanded the children of Israel to present their offerings to Jehovah in the wilderness of Sinai—Lev. 7:37-38

The peace offering is a kind of burnt offering as food to God

It is also the issue of the enjoyment of God and man in the meal offering

our practical experience and the total picture of God’s economy

VIII. The peace offering is a kind of burnt offering as food to God for His satisfaction and enjoyment

IX. The peace offering is based upon God’s satisfaction in the burnt offering (6:12); according to the sequence of the offerings presented in Leviticus 1:1—6:7, it is also the issue of the enjoyment of God and man in the meal offering; if we would enjoy Christ as peace in a practical, daily way, we must first take Him as our burnt offering to satisfy God, and then we must feed on Him as our meal offering, enjoying Him as our food.

X. The sequence of the five offerings in Leviticus 1:1—6:7 is according to our practical experience, whereas the sequence in 6:8—7:38 is according to the total picture of God’s economy:

Eventually, the enjoyment of Christ as all the offerings, issuing in the peace offering, will consummate in the New Jerusalem as the ultimate peace offering.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1

T1  The peace offering is fulfilled primarily in our enjoying Christ at the Lord’s table in the breaking of bread for the remembrance of Him.(Matt.26:26-28)

(Please explain that we should carry out the Lord’s table meeting in two sections.)

T2 Christ as the reality of the peace offering that we enjoy at the Lord’s table is for our thanksgiving to the Father and also for a vow to Him. (Lev. 7:12-15; 16-18)

(Please explain that the difference between the peace offering for thanksgiving and the peace offering for a vow.)

D2

T1. There are different kinds of peace offerings.(Lev. 3:1;7;12)

(Please explain that the different kinds of peace offerings signify the different conditions of

the offerers’ enjoyment of Christ.)

T2. the male signifies that the offerer’s enjoyment of Christ is stronger, whereas the female signifies that the offerer’s enjoyment of Christ is weaker.(1 Pet.3:7)

(Please explain that It is not Christ who is either strong or weak; it is we who are either strong or weak. If we are strong, we enjoy a stronger Christ. If we are weak, we enjoy a weaker Chris.)

D3

T1. The blood of the peace offering gives us peace and assurance.(Lev. 3:2; 8; 13)

(Please explain that we see the blood of the peace offering, we have the assurance that our sins have been washed away.)

T2. In the New Testament there are no clergy and no laity.(Rev. 2:6 note 1)

(Please explain that Christ as the peace offering is for the fellowship and enjoyment of five parties.)

D4

T1.In their daily living the sons of Israel should consider God’s food.(Lev. 7:23)

(Please use your experience to illustrate that When we are practicing our priestly service, we are serving God, and we should consider not our own things but God’s things.)

T2. “The breast of the wave offering and the thigh of the heave offering I have taken …… out of the sacrifices of their peace offerings and have given them to Aaron the priest and to his sons.(Lev. 7:34)

(Please explain that what do the breast of the wave offering and the thigh of the heave offering signify?)

D5

T1. You shall not eat any fat or any blood in all your dwelling places.(Lev. 3:17)

(Please explain what it signifies that the fat and the blood of the offering were not to be eaten by the priests ?)

T2. When we take Christ as the burnt offering and as the meal offering, we have peace.(Lev.6:12; 7:37)

(Please explain that the peace offering is based upon God’s satisfaction in the burnt offering and the peace offering is also an issue of the enjoyment of God and man in the meal offering.)

D6

T1. The five offerings, a record according to experience and a record according to God’s economy in its totality.

(Please explain that what is the distinction of the two records of the five offerings in Leviticus 1—7.)

T2. The enjoyment of Christ as all the offerings, issuing in the peace offering.(Rev.21:2)

(Please explain that this will consummate in the New Jerusalem as the ultimate peace offering.)