The Family Altar
64 God, full of mercy and grace, when man had sinned, as I said, took a substitute, an animal. Let’s imagine just a minute. Let’s imagine a real sincere Jew back in the Old Testament. He recognizes he’s out of fellowship as long as there’s no blood for him. Now, he takes a real good selected animal from his herd. It must be a real good animal. It cannot be an infected animal, because the priest must examine it first. And it must be, on the sin offering, a lamb without a blemish must be kept up and tried, it’s a sin offering, like Jesus was tested in all things.
65 But this priest…Going walking down the road, a Jew bringing his sin offering up, bringing his offering for his sin, and he presents it to his priest with all sincerity. He recognizes he’s sinned. And he knows he’s wrong. And he takes this animal, presents it to the priest. Then when he does that, he lays his hands upon the sacrifice. What’s he doing? He’s connecting himself with his sacrifice. You know what I mean? Then the blood is shed, and the man, Jew, can walk away feeling justified, because he’s met Jehovah’s requirements.
66 And the only way that the Christian, today, can ever correctly be forgiven of his sins is to walk to Calvary with his Sacrifice, connect hisself with Him, and then accept the shed Blood. There is not a creed in the world can do that. There is not a educational system in the world can do it. There is not a scientific way can do it. It only comes through the accepting of the shed Blood, his Substitute.
67 Now, he goes away, this done, he’s done Jehovah’s bidding, so he goes away feeling justified, because he’s answered Jehovah’s request. He’s done what Jehovah said do. Then he feels that he’s, by faith, he took God at His Word, and now, listen close now, he took God at His Word, he was sincere in doing what he did, he did it sincerely with…by the Word, no matter who laughed at him, he did it anyhow, because it was God’s requirement, and now, that was wonderful, that he knowed he was justified. He could feel that way because he had met the requirements of Jehovah, that would be the Word, met the requirements of what the Word of God required him to do for his justification.
68 Finally…Now, that was wonderful to begin with. But finally, it become a family tradition. I’m sure you know what I mean. He went…The Jew would go offer his sacrifice just because that, well, the family did it, and well, it was a tradition. And when he walked up, he said, “Wait a minute. I believe I sinned. I see. That’s all right. Well, I’ll get me a lamb, go up and…”
69 See, there was no godly sorrow for his sin. It was only a ritual, just a ritualistic form of taking his animal for offering. He never got nothing out of it, because he never put nothing in it. Yet, he was obeying the commission of God by His Word, but he didn’t come in the real meaning of His Word. He was obeying it as far as being fundamentally, he obeyed it, but sincerely, he didn’t obey it. Therefore, it was just a ritual, following a tradition.
62-1124E - All Things
Rev. William Marrion Branham