How the redemption plan played out.
Yahweh is smarter than we are, that’s just the way it is. Which is good for us since he knows from the beginning what we will do and what we will need to live. So let’s explore scripture and see if we can follow part of his plan for our salvation.
Gen 3:4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
Yahweh knew from the beginning that we would be beguiled by the lusts of our flesh and then we would try to hide from our Father and cover up our guilt. But our Father in heaven knows all and has a plan for us.
Psa 147:5 Great is our Master, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares Yahweh, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
So our father put into motion the very first part of his redemptive plan for us.
Gen 3:21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
This was the first instance of a animal giving up it’s life to cover our sins. Yahweh covered our inequity with the animal skin which means the animal was sacrificed for this purpose.
Now the beginning of the long road back to fellowship with our Father has begun.
Gen 4:3 In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell.
How many times have we wondered why did Cain’s offering not please Yahweh while Able’s did. Was it a bad attitude on Cain’s part or something more. If we look at the Hebrew behind these verses we can find something deeper to make a little sense of what happened.
The word translated as firstborn here is Strong’s # 1062 Bekowrah which is a feminine form of the Hebrew word Bekore. This means Able’s sacrifice was a female of the first year from his flock.
Lev 4:27 “If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally in doing any one of the things that by Yahweh’s commandments ought not to be done, and realizes his guilt, 28 or the sin which he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring for his offering a goat, a female without blemish, for his sin which he has committed. 29 And he shall lay his hand on the head of the sin offering and kill the sin offering in the place of burnt offering.
Able seemed humble enough to admit his own sin and ask for forgiveness. Cain on the other hand seems to be more proud and wanted Yahweh to accept what he gave without admitting his own sin.
Gen 4:9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”
From the beginning Yahweh has been willing to accept our sacrifice if it is done in accordance with his commandments AND with the right motivation. Now because so few of us were actually doing things according to Yahweh’s instructions he took things to the next level in his plan.
Gen 6:5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”
So how bad do you think things had gotten for a Father to be willing to destroy his children because of their sins.
Deu 21:18 “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them, 19 then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives, 20 and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ 21 Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. So you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear, and fear.
Now of all the people on the earth Yahweh found only one man and his family he was willing to save.
Gen 6:8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of Yahweh. 9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.
Deuteronomy 6: 25 And it shall be righteousness unto us, if we observe to do all this commandment before Yahweh our Elohim, as He hath commanded us.’
So because Noah was obedient to the Commandments of Yahweh he saved his family and the rest of mankind. Now in the story of Noah we see some more interesting things about sacrifice.
Gen 7:2 Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, 3 and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth.
Gen 8:20 Then Noah built an altar to Yahweh and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
Yahweh provided Noah with extra clean animals in the beginning so he could use them to satisfy the need for a clean animal for the thanks giving sacrifice after he was delivered with his family. These little nuances of Yahweh’s plan come to light as we look at the Scriptures with Hebrew eyes.
Ok, so we can see that Yahweh is working with his faithful servants, the ones that follow his instructions, so he can preserve his creation. The next stage of the plan is to create a very special people that will demonstrate Yahweh’s plan to the rest of the world. He does this through a very special man. A man of uncompromising Faith and Obedience.
Gal 3:8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”
Heb 11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
Heb 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son,
Gen 26:4 I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, 5 because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”
Abraham demonstrated something missing in most of us humans. He had a blind faith in God and a willingness to follow his instructions, even when they made no sense to him at the time. Through this man’s offspring all the rest of the world would come to see Yahweh in a way they had forgotten over the centuries since Adam. They would be given the job of demonstrating to everyone around them the blessings, that following Yahweh’s guide for living in his commandments, would bring.
Deuteronomy 4: 5 See, I have taught you statutes and rules, as Yahweh my Elohim commanded me, that you should do them in the land that you are entering to take possession of it.6 Observe therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, that, when they hear all these statutes, shall say: ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ 7 For what great nation is there, that hath Elohim so nigh unto them, as Yahweh our Elohim is whensoever we call upon Him? 8 And what great nation is there, that hath statutes and ordinances so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
They of course failed at this task for the most part, only managing to be instrumental in preserving the instructions in written form so we could all eventually come to know them first hand for ourselves.
Act 7:38 This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us.
Rom 3:1 Then what advantage has the Hebrew? Or what is the value of circumcision? 2 Much in every way. To begin with, the Hebrews were entrusted with the oracles of God.
Because they failed in their other job though, Yahweh had another part of his plan already in place. See He really is smarter that we are. He created a set of instructions that would allow for our salvation. When Yahweh created his appointed times, the Sabbath and the seven feast times, he was giving his people some very important information about his overall plan. All of these Moedim, or appointments,that he set up, also demonstrate a specific part of his plan for our redemption and salvation. The one that is most specific in making it possible for our salvation is the one called Passover.
Exo 12:3 Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household. 4 And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, 6 and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight. 7 “Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.
Exo 12:13 The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. 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.
By combining the sacrificial system with the Passover Moed, Yahweh created a situation that gave us a way to escape the penalty for our disobedience. He gave a way for another perfect lamb to take our penalty onto himself and save us from what we rightly deserve.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Messiah Yeshua our Master.
1Jn 4:10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1Pe 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
Act 2:23 this Yeshua, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.
1Pe 1:18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. :20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you
In all of these things we can see that Yahweh has planned for our salvation even before the world was created, knowing we would fall, knowing we would need a way out of our well deserved penalty, because he loved us he made the Way.
Joh 14:6 Yeshua said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
So the plan was set in motion from before time and has come to fruition in the last days so we would have an opportunity presented to us if we will just reach out and receive it. Make yourself available to receive it by keeping faith and following the Commandments Of Yahweh.
1Pe 1:17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you
Rev 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.