Monthly Archives: October 2014

BAPTISM: IT’S ORIGIN…THE TORAH

 

For most Christians, baptism originated with John the Baptist. The question is…where did John get the idea? As it turns out its origin can be found in the Torah.  In Lev. 16: 1-6, 24 we find that Aaron’s sons have died…but how and why? In Lev. 10:1-3 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu disobeyed Yahveh while in his presence.  In doing so, they were consumed with fire before the Lord. These verses indicate that God is Holy and no one can sin in His presence or appear before him in a state of sin. So in the 16th chapter of Leviticus God begins to deal with the sin problem. In verse 4 we see before the priest puts on his sacred garments before he commences with the sin and burnt offering he must bathe and then he offers the sin offering to make atonement for him and his household. Verse 24 recalls that the priest must wash again after soiling his sacred garments with the blood of atonement. As we transition to 1 Peter 2:9-10 we learn that the gentile believers in Messiah are chosen to become a royal priesthood and a holy nation. These Jews and Gentiles from many earthly nations have become a new nation, the people of God, but also a royal priesthood. Peter did this to show that the priesthood continued in the New Covenant, not as the Levitical priesthood but as a more perfect one that commenced before the time of Moses. Continue reading

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