A. Spots are identified by Jude and Peter(Jude.1:12, 2Peter.2:13)
For "there are certain men (spotsJude.1:12)crept in unawares, (settled in alongside, i.e. lodge stealthily "tares" among the wheatMatt.13:24-30, 36-43) who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
1. The word "Spots" a. Used by Jude - a ledge or reef of rock in the sea:—spot [Strong's NT.#4694] b. Used by Peter - a stain or blemish, i.e. (figuratively) defect, disgrace [Strong's NT#4696] 2. Certain men are spots compared to Cain, Balaam and Korah (Core Jude.1:11-12) a. The "way" of Cain is to bring the Meal offering (i.e. meat / food / "fruit of the ground" Lev.2:1-11) and ignored the Sin Offering (Gen.4:1-4, Note:v.7)Review: The 5 Offerings (1) The way of Cain wanting to meeting with God but with the offering that he chose (2) The way of Cain is to be of the wicked one (1John.3:12-16) (3) The way of Cain is to be a "spiritual" murderer because your own works (Meal offering) are evil (1Jon.3:12-16)
The way of Cain is a "spot" and will not be found in in the Glorious Church / Bride / The last Eve (Eph.5:26, 2Cor.6:14-18) Note: Jude.1:5-7 God is going to cleanse His Church (His Sanctuary) of these spots
b. These certain men (spots) ran greedily after "the error of Balaam" (2Peter.2:15)
(1) The "error of Balaam(Num.22:1-6, Note:v.6) Is advocating an unholy alliance with the ungodly and worldliness , and so conforming the ife of the church to the spirit of the flesh. (2) Balaam's counsel caused Israel to trespass / stumbling block (Num.31:16, Rev.2:14)
(a) Some in the Church at Pergamos (Rev.2:14) held the doctrine of Balaam (b) To cast a stumbling block (c) This doctrine drew Israel out of "abiding" in their tents. (Num.24:2, Num.2:1-34, 1Cor.12:18) (d) This caused "the people...to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab (Num.25:1)
(e) Who was Moab? (Gen.19:1-38, Deut.23:2-6 / Neh.13:23) Note: James.4:1-4
(4) Loved thewages of unrighteousness (2Peter.2:17, Num.22:7 / Deut.16:19) (5) Rangreedily after the error of Balaam (Jude.1:11)
c. They shall perished in the gainsaying of Korah (Core) (1) The family of Korah had responsibility of the Ark of the Covenant (Num.3:27-32). (2) However Korah wanted more(Num.16:1-30) (3) Gainsaying (dispute, disobedience:-- contradiction, gainsaying, strife. [Strong's NT# 485}
3. Spots identified by Peter spoke of(2Peter.2:10-13)
There "werefalse prophetsalso among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not." (2Peter.2:1-3)
1. These false prophets and teachers are spots They are a stain or blemish, i.e. (figuratively) defect, disgrace [Strong's NT#4696] In your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, trees whose fruit withereth,, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; a. Feasts of Charity (?) b. feeding themselves without fear: (1Peter.5:7-9 "devour" 2Cor.11:1-15) c. clouds they are without water (Prov.25:14) d. carried about of winds; (Eph.4:14) e. trees whose fruit withereth, (Matt.7:15-20) f. twice dead, (Eph.2:1-2, John.3:6, 2Thes.2:3,9) g. plucked up by the roots; (Col.2:7) h. Forsook the right "way" (2Peter.2:15, 2Thes.2:9) i. Through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise (Ezk.28:11-16) of you: (1) Covetousness - avarice, i.e. (by implication) fraudulency, extortion:—covetous(-ness) practices, greediness. [Strong's NT.#4124] (2) Feigned - moulded, i.e. (by implication) artificial or (figuratively) fictitious (false):—feigned. [Strong's NT.#4112] (3) Make merchandise - to travel in (a country as a pedlar), i.e. (by implication) to trade:—buy and sell, make merchandise.Elijah - there is a time to reveice money Gehazi / Sold his gift
Note: These will be exposed and remove by the washing of the Word (Eph.5:26-27)
B. Blemish in Hebrew and Greek
1. Hebrew according to Strong's / תָּמִים tâmîym, taw-meem'; from H8552; entire (literally, figuratively or morally); also (as noun) integrity, truth:—without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely (-ity), sound, without spot, undefiled, upright(-ly), whole.
2. Greek word according to Greek - †ἄμωμος ámōmos, am'-o-mos; from G1 (as a negative particle) and G3470; unblemished (literally or figuratively):—without blame (blemish, fault, spot), faultless, unblamable.
Jude writes, "I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
1. The angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
2. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. But these speak evil of
those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
Strong's NT.#4512 ῥυτίς rhytís, hroo-tece'; from G4506; a fold (as drawing together), i.e. a wrinkle (especially on the face):—wrinkle. 1. Face(Presence)
a. Sarai dealt hardly with her, "she (Hagar) fled from her face." (Gen.16:6-8) b. When it shall come for my hire "before thy face:.." (Gen.30:33) c. When thou fleddest "from the face of Esau thy brother." (Gen.35:1, 7; 36:6) d. Ye shall "not see my face", except your brother be with you..." (Gen.43:3; 45:7) e. Moses "fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian"(Exodus 2:15) f. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. " (1Cor.13:12) g. From the face of the dragon (Rev.12:) h. Bread of His presence (1Cor.11) E. Holy
This is holiness according to God's standard, not man's standard. (i.e. not fig leaf doctrine") Gen.3:1-7-10) "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." (Heb.4:13)
1. Sin entered the world 2. Adam and Eve knew they needed to cover up their nakedness (Gen.3:7) 3. However when God said (His Word was spoken Psa.19:1-3, 2Chron.16:9) they hid (Psa.139:1-24) themselves because they knew that God would see (Heb.4:13) through their fig leaves (Gen.3:8-11, Heb.4:13, 2Chron.9, 1Peter.3:12) 4. But God who is rich in mercy (Eph.2:4) made them coats of skins and clothes them (Gen.3:21) a. This took the death of an innocent animal b. This took the shedding of blood
This is foreshadowing the standard of Holiness that we must measure up to in Christ Jesus. Not by works (i.e. our "fig leaves) we are saved (born again, redeemed Eph.2:8) F. Without blemish "The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, (without no blemishes) that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; (i.e. being born again) Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until (Gal.3:24) the time of reformation.(i.e. until Christ comes an fulfills them. (Matt.5:17-19, Heb.9:1-10)
Note: It is not destroy them, but fulfill them. (Matt.5:17-19) Because we are a new creature (creation) in Christ (2Cor.5:17) we will do the SAME.Jesus said "every"iota"will be fulfilled. This is the motivation behind this study of the blemishes
1. No blemishes to be found in the sacrifice(Lev.22:21-23)
Whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the Lord to accomplish his vow, or a freewill offering in beeves or sheep, it shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein.
a. No blind animal(Lev.22:21-23) The blemish of "blindness" (2Peter.1:5-9, Matt.13:10-17, Eph.1:18) Some translations use "heart" instead of eyes." This does not change the thought of our lack of understanding is being blind. (Matt.13:16, Luke.24:16, 25-31, 2Cor.3:13-16, Eph.4:18) To offer a "spiritual sacrifice" (i.e. The Sin, Trespass, Burnt, Meal or Peace Offering) devoid of the Word of God is a blemish of blindness, and is robbing God. (Mal.1:8; 3:8) Note: Matt.23:23
b. No broken animal(Lev.22:22-23) Unfaithfulness. (Prov.25:19) To offer any of these five offerings with unfaithfulness in our life towards God is a blemished offering (Eph.5:26-27) and is robbing God.(Mal.1:8; 3:8) Note: Matt.23:23
c.No maimed animal Maimed is to be crippled or damaged. English: is to mutilate, disfigure, or wound seriously. The Hebrew word is to point sharply, i.e. (literally) to wound. To offer any crippled offering is to deprive yourself the of capability for service or of strength, efficiency, or wholeness.
d. No animal having a wen Having an offering that is mutilated, disfigured, or wounded seriously is robbing God. (Mal.1:8; 3:8 / Note: Matt.23:23) Paul spoke of those the "corrupt the Word of God. (2Cor.2:17) Jude wrote, that there were "certain men crept in unawares...turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and or Lord Jesus Christ." (Jude.1:4) These "certain men" were disfiguring the Grace of God.
e. No animal with scurvy Each Offering must not have "scurvy" (Lev.22:22-23) The word "Scurvy" is from an unused root meaning to scratch; [to scrape or rub oneself lightly (as to relieve itching) scurf (from itching) In these "last days," there are those that "heap to themselves teachers itching ears," because they will not "endure sound doctrine." (2Tim.4:3) When we offer our "spiritual" sacrifices with the "scurvy" of the doctrines of men that appease our flesh, it is "robbing" God. (Mal.1:8; 3:8)
f. No animal that is scabbed (Lev.22:22-23) "Scabbed"- is to stick or scrape; scurf [thin dry scales detached from the epidermis especially in an abnormal skin condition; specifically : dandruff] or tetter [any of various vesicular skin diseases (as ringworm, eczema, and herpes) Our "spiritual sacrifice / offering" must be without the blemish of allowing yourself to be infected by the popular opinion, trends, fads that infect the Church world, rather than abiding by the principles and patterns of God's Word. (2Sam.15:24-29./v.17, 1Sam.15:24; 16:7, 2Cor.4:18) To offer a "spiritually sacrifice" that is "scabbed," is a blemished offering and robbing God. (Mal.1:8; 3:8)
You "shall not offer these unto the Lord, nor make an offering by fire of them upon the altar unto the Lord." (Lev.22:21-23, Mal.1:1-14; 2:1-2; 3:7-12)
2. No blemishes to be found in the Priesthood (Lev.21:16-24)
Whosoever he be of thy seed (the high priest) in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach:
a. Blind man(Lev.22:21-23) The blemish of "blindness" (2Peter.1:5-9, Matt.13:10-17, Eph.1:18) Some translations use "heart" instead of eyes." This does not change the thought of our lack of understanding is being blind. (Matt.13:16, Luke.24:16, 25-31, 2Cor.3:13-16, Eph.4:18) To offer a "spiritual sacrifice" (i.e. The Sin, Trespass, Burnt, Meal or Peace Offering) devoid of the Word of God is a blemish of blindness, and is robbing God. (Mal.1:8; 3:8) Note: Matt.23:23
b. A lame(Lev.21:18)
(1) A high priest, having a limb so disabled as to impair freedom of movement, would make him weak or ineffective in his ministry in the Tabernacle. Allowances would have to be made all the time to accommodate his disability. The high priest was to minister unto the Lord, (Exod.28:1,3,4) representing the people (Exod.28:15-29) not to be waited on. Jesus, our High Priest "came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Matt 20:28-29) Those that desire to measure up to the "stature of the fullness of Christ," (Eph.4:13) will do the same.
(2) Note: Even in the offerings being "lame" was refused. If "there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, or blind, or have any ill blemish, thou shalt not sacrifice it unto the Lord thy God." (Deut 15:21-22) This was robbing God. (Mal.3:8, Note: Chapter 1, verses 6-10)
(3) The Hebrews had a "lame" spiritual walk. The Hebrews (approx. 50 yrs. after Pentecost) still needed the milk of the Word, and still needed to be taught the "first principles of the doctrine of Christ." (Heb.5:11-14) Their spiritual walk was "lame." They were weak and ineffective (disabled) and limited in their walk before the Lord.
(a) Our spiritual walk, is our lifestyle. Paul says, "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called." (Eph.4:1, Rom.6:4; 8:1-4: 13:3, 1Cor.3:3; 7:17, 2Cor.5:7; 6:16, Eph.4:17 Heb.12:23)
(b) The priest had to have clean hands (walk) and clean feet. (our walk) "Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein. For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat: When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the Lord: So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not." (Ex 30:18-22) As a "royal priesthood" we also should allow the "water of the Word" washing us. (1Peter.2: 5-9, Eph.5:26-27) Note: The Greek word for "washing" is a bath, Laver. The apostle and "wise master builder" (1Cor.3:10) was reading the blueprint of the Tabernacle and instruct- ing how to build the Church. (Gal.1:11-12, Matt.16:18, Acts.2:42)
(c) The pattern / blueprint reveals the priest was walking or standing There was no place to sit down. (Exod.25:8-Exod.40) There legs needed to be strong! Note: We "rob God" (Mal.1:8; 3:8) when we offer (Rom.12:1-2) ourselves as a "lame" (Lev.22:21-23) "living sacrifice" (Rom.12:1-2 - the fulfillment of the burnt offering) (d) The washing of water by the Word can remove a "lame" blemish. "Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing (i.e. bath or laver.2) of water by the word." (Eph 5:25-26) As a "royal priesthood" (1Peter.2:5-9, Rev.1:6: 5:10) today, we can wash at the true laver, in the true Tabernacle (Heb.8:1-5; 9:1-26) and remove the blemish of being lame.
c. He that hath a flat nose (Lev.21:1-8) "Discernment." Smelling is always used in a discerning sense. Even the unredeemed have the expression that "something doesn't smell right about..." or "I smell a rat."
(1) The smell caused Isaac to think it was Esau Jacob's father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son. And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the Lord hath blessed: (Gen 27:26-27)
(2) There was a smell with the anointing oil And as for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof: it shall be unto thee holy for the Lord. Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall even be cut off from his people. (Exod.30:37-38)
(3) It was the "Sweet savour" / smell that caused God to discern The first mention of a "sweet smelling savor" is when Noah "builded an altar unto the Lord; and the "Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done." (Gen 8:20-22)
(1) All five Offerings required the "Sweet Savour" The "priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt (Sin, Trespass, Meal, Peace) sacrifice, an offering made by fire, for a sweet savour unto the Lord." (Lev 1:9; 2:9; 3:5; 4:31)
(2) House of Israel's false sweet "smelling odors." They had created their own offerings under Jeroboam. (1Kings.11:6-13, 26-40; 12:1-33) God said, "I will not smell in your solemn assemblies." Discernment! (Amos.5:21)
(3) There is "smelling" in the body of Christ. For "as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ." (1 Cor 12:12-13) "If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? (1 Cor 12:17-18)
(a) Christ is the reality of the "sweet smelling savor." "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour." (Eph 5:1-3, 2Cor.2:14-16)
(b) Our offerings are acceptable because of the "savor" of Christ The apostle Peter writes, "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (1Peter.2:5-6) It is Jesus being preeminent in our offering, gives up a sweet smelling savour that is discerned and excepted by God the Father. (John.14:6) Those that reject Christ are like those that followed king Jeroboam. (1Kings.12:25-30, 2Kings.17:22) God will not smell and except your "philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." (Col 2:8-9) Outside of Christ our offering is as "filthy rags," (Isa.64:6) and stinks to high heaven.
d. Or any thing superfluous(Lev.21:18)
"Superfluous"- is to prolong, i.e. (reflex) be deformed by excess of members. Our "spiritual offering must be free of "excess" in our lives. In our walk before the Lord must be in moderation (Phil.4:5 - [appropriate, i.e. (by implication) mild] 1Cor.13:4, Matt.23:12, 1Peter.5:6) or else it is blemished and robbing God. (Mal.1:8; 3:8)
e. Or a man that is brokenfooted (Walk) Unfaithfulness. (Prov.25:19) To offer any of these five offerings with unfaithfulness in our life towards God is a blemished offering (Eph.5:26-27) and is robbing God. (Mal.1:8; 3:8) Note: Matt.23:23
f. Brokenhanded (Works) Unfaithfulness. (Prov.25:19) To offer any of these five offerings with unfaithfulness in our life towards God is a blemished offering (Eph.5:26-27) and is robbing God. (Mal.1:8; 3:8) Note: Matt.23:23
g. Or crookbackt (Lev 21:18-21) A "crookbackt" is a hunch-backed (Humpback) There would have to be many exceptions made for this priest to minister before the Lord in the Tabernacle. The Bride, (Eph.5:21-33) the Church that has come to the full stature of Christ (Eph.4:11-16) will have no spiritual "crookbackt's." There will be no exceptions.
(1) A crookbackt is unable to carry load (burden bearer) Take "my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden (a task or service) is light." (Matt 11:29) i.e. easy. (2) Aaron and his sons had a "service" and a "burden" in the Tabernacle. (Num 4:19) This is ministering (Exod.28:1) unto the Lord, "bearing" the Tabernacle, (Num.1:50) "keeping charge" of the Tabernacle. (Num.3:38) Daily (Morning and Evening) Exod.30:1-8. Yearly (The Day of Atonement). Lev.23:26-44 (3) The Body of Christ has a "burden" (tasks or services) As a "born again" believer we have been "called according to His purpose..to be conformed to the image of His Son..." the High Priest (Heb.3:1, Rom.8:28-29, Eph.4:11-16) with the same "burden" (task / service) This "burden...is light." (easy) The Old Testament prophets spoke of the "burden" of the Word of the Lord that they carried to the people of God. (Zech.9:1; 12:1) Like that of a steward. It was the Spirit of God speaking "by the mouth of..." (Note: Acts.1:16) It is "easy" (light) because we are in Christ, (2Cor.5:17) yoked together with Him. (Matt.11:28)
h. Or a dwarf(Lev 21:18-21) A dwarf, is a person of unusually small stature; especially : one whose bodily proportions are abnormal. Encyclopedia Britannica
(1) The Church is to "grow up into Him." Speaking "the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ." (Eph 4:15-16, Matt.13:30, 1Peter.2:2)
(2) The Eph.4:11 are given to cause us to grow Jesus "gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." (Eph 4:11-14) (a) Rejection of all five will stunt you spiritrual growth Those that refuse these Eph.4:11 ministries will remain spiritual dwarf's (i.e. a person of unusually small stature) It is a "blemish" that can be corrected and removed.
(b) Not growing is not what God intends He wants you to come to the "unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." (Eph.4:11-16)
i. Or that hath a blemish in his eye(Lev 21:18-20) Eyes typify our spiritual understanding "The eyes of your understanding (in God's Word) being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, (to be the last Eve, The Bride of Christ) and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints." (Eph 1:18-19, Luke.24:13-32) (1) Man's wisdom will blind you spiritual Paul says, "my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." (1Cor.2:1-5) This understanding is not in the "wisdom of this world." (1Cor.2:6)
Note: Therefore, all those that exalt the "excellency of speech," (1Cor.2:1) " enticing words of man's wisdom," (1Cor.2:4) and the "wisdom of this world" (1Cor.2:6) will prevent themselves from going through the Vail " because they would profane (pollute) the sanctuary! (Lev.21:23)
Some examples of blemished eyes
(a) The Laodicean Church had a blemished eye. Their understanding had become so corrupt that they had shut Jesus out of the Church. (Rev.3:20) Jesus said, "I counsel thee to...anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see." (Rev 3:18-19)
(b) The House of Judah (the Jews). When Jesus "came unto His own" their understanding (eyes / ears) had "waxed gross" because they had allowed the traditions (wisdom) of men make the Word of God of none effect. (John.1:11, Matt.13:10-17; 15:6, 2Cor.3:14, Rom.11:25)
(c) The two on their way to Emmaus. Their doctrine had given them a blemished eye. They were expecting a natural deliverance from Rome. (Luke.24:13-21) When the "blemish" (so-to-speak) was removed, (Luke.24:31-32) they had understanding that God had promised a spiritual deliverance.
j. Or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken;
No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the Lord made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God. He shall eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy, and of the holy. Only he shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries: for I the Lord do sanctify them." (Lev.21:16-24)
Conclusion: There will be a "glorious church, (last Eve) not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." (Eph.5:21-32) Therefore those like Cain, Balaam and Korah will be removed from the Church. There will be a "cleansing of the Sanctuary," which is the Church