22: Foundational Frameworks Part 22

Foundational Truths: The Bible is God's self-revelation.
God is the Eternal, Sovereign Creator; all that He creates is good.
Man is a responsible agent, held to a moral standard.
Sin originates within a person, separating us from God.
God declares one righteous by faith alone, apart from works.

Offerings and altars play a significant role throughout Scripture. in Genesis 3:21, the Lord kills two animals in order to properly cloth Adam and Eve. In Genesis 4:3-5 we see that both Cain and Abel brought offerings to the Lord, one being accepted, one rejected. In Genesis 8:20, Noah builds an altar and worships YHWH with sacrifices. Genesis 12:7-8 records Abram building altars to YHWH. We are told that Abram ”called upon the name of the Lord,” meaning that he worshiped YHWH. Genesis 22:9 involves Abram building an altar to sacrifice his son. These passages demonstrate that worship, offerings, and altars are all connected, expressing the deepest convictions of what one considers as true.

Today, offerings and altars are deeply ingrained into every one of us. We all feel the need to offer something. understanding of good and evil, desiring controlled by the fear of being rejected. Everyone has an inherent to be accepted. When someone and often does something wrong, a sense of guilt shows itself through the conviction of the conscience, the verbalization of an apology, the feeling of remorse, or an act of contrition in order to repay the damage done. We all live according to an altar and we all submit some sort of offering for the sake of acceptance. 

This is what is known as someone's worldview. A worldview involves how one perceives and interprets the world around them. It is the basis for one's convictions about reality. 

While we deal with these concepts on an ethical level, the underlying problem of the matter is actually spiritual. Try asking your neighbor what they believe about life after death. Chances are, you will get some response that considers their good works against their bad works. This is "living by the scales," weighing one's eternity by their actions. But this isn't just true for pagans. Every world religion holds to this concept. When a claim is brought against them, they ultimately appeal to all of the good that they have done in order to gain a "pass" in eternity. They simply are ”not as bad" as other people. Common examples would be ”karma" and Islam. Christians encourage such things as ”keeping the Ten Commandments," they place someone before the scales.

Eternal justice does not work this way. Every person has the penalty of death, the consequences of sin, and debt before the Most High God. This is astronomical in proportion, death. What we have, we don't want! bringing physical and spiritual

In Genesis 22, God provides a substitute in place "perfectly just," God must punish sin. He cannot of Isaac. Being ignore it or dismiss it. God is also perfectly loving, not wishing that any would perish in the Lake of Fire. A substitute punish us. is how God can punish sin, and not God's provided substitute is the Lord Jesus Christ. Because He is perfect, keeping God's Law perfectly, He has no guilt. He is righteous. He takes our sin, law-breaking, and guilt upon Himself and provides or us His guiltless righteousness. He dies as our substitute, taking our sin upon Himself. We live because of His death, and by faith in Him, we are perfect in God's sight, having the very righteousness of Christ. What we desperately provided freely.

Front-Loading- Requiring a portion of personal payment in order for one to be accepted before God. i.e. Christ is not enough.

Back-Loading- One's performance will evidence or prove that the payment was truly made. i.e. We aren't sure until we see change.

Colossians 2:13-14, shows that the offering of Christ has cleared the sin debt, penalty of sin, and consequences of being without grace of God is found in the power of the cross.

Additional Resources

Leviticus 17:11