The Views And Beliefs of All Nations
In this lesson we want to explore the beliefs of Nations. It should be noticed that man is created with the desire to know what he primarily does not know. Hence his quest to go into adventures. For instance, man wants to know what really exists in the moon or space, hence his adventurous journey to the moon. (Remember Genesis 11:4-6).
Man believe that behind all we see (large expanse of water called ocean/sea, sun, moon, stars, high mountains, etc.), there is a being, who is supernatural. And so, in man’s quest to know/see that supernatural being, man holds some views and beliefs.
The view that to know, see or receive from that deity, sacrifices must be made through someone they believe is ordained or approved by that deity to appease the deity himself.
May the Holy Spirit illuminate our minds to have understanding of the spiritual significance of this teaching in Jesus’ name…Amen…
- All Nations Believe In Incarnation: (Acts 17:18, 23; Acts 14:8-18; Dan. 2:11-28, 3:25; 4:8; 5:11; 18)
What is Incarnation? Incarnation in religious context means the descent from heaven of a god, or divine being in human/animal form on earth. All nations truly believe in incarnation.
What is God like? That is a question people have asked throughout history. Listen to Philip, one of Christ’s followers: ‘Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us’ (John 14:8). All nations are curious about God. They would like to see and know what God is really like.
The subject of incarnation look pronounced with the story of Nimrod and Babel. Nimrod, who ‘began to be a mighty one on the earth’ (1Chr. 1:10) was taken as a man deified.
Most of the ancient religions believed in the incarnation of the gods. They also opened their own beings to become incarnate with the spirit of the various gods they worshipped. They know this God to be powerful, so they always wanted to exercise powers like Him.
Such is the case in:
- Athens, where Paul was mistaken by the philosophers to be setting forth strange gods. They thought he was going to add-on to the many demi-gods in Athens (Acts 17:23-32). Paul refused to be incarnated, something any other person would grab (Phil. 2:6)
- Yoruba nation where ancient people had been deified, such as Ogun, Sango Obatala etc. All these are people that had lived, but of their power had been deified as gods.
At least there is a community in every nation of the earth that believes in incarnation.
It seems evident that the truth of God becoming incarnate has its beginning in Gen. 3:15 concerning the seed of the woman. The seed of the woman came, seen and dwelt amongst his people (1John 1:1,2)
John said in John 1:1-14“1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (NKJV); 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (NKJV). Jesus is God incarnated, says the scripture. And the testimony of the scripture is the truth.
- All Nations Believe In Sacrifice: (1 Sam. 6:1-end)
All nations believe in deity. Offering of sacrifice is the sole role of nations to their gods. Sacrifice is the act of offering the life of an animal, person or object to the divine powers. It serves as the best way through which a man maintains an established relationship between himself and the object of worship. Among the tastes of the divinities are sheep, yam, porridge, goat, egg, fowl, rice, pigeon and cow. Sacrifices may be exposed at cross roads, or at market places. The best sacrifice must be given in order to satisfy the divinities. Human sacrifice is the best. In times of drought, flood, calamity, war, people consider it necessary that a man should die to save the whole nation. Just take a look around you, your village and movies on television and you will see in affirmative that all nations believes in sacrifice to a god because the primary approach to the gods is through sacrificial system.
In 1 Sam. 6:3, the Philistines who have and worship various gods deemed it wise not to return the Ark of the God of Israel empty. They believed making sacrifice—trespass offering or restitution offering will be the lasting solution to their severe predicament. The presence of sacrifices and offerings in Israel was not unique in Israel alone. Some types of sacrificial system characterized the many religious methodology that the nations employed in their attempts to honor their gods.
David offered costly sacrifices (2 Sam. 24:18-25). The prophets spoke harshly about the people’s concept of sacrifice (Isaiah 1:10:15; Mic. 6:4-6; Jer. 7:8-10; Mal. 1:7-9). The prophets did not want to abolish the sacrificial system. Rather, they denounced the people’s misuse of it. Sacrificial system is attached to deity and this explains why the practice continued into New Testament. Paul and Barnabas were thought to be gods (Zeus and Hermes) at Lystra (Acts 14). The church at Corinth discussed over whether or not it was permissible for Christians to eat meat offered to idols (1 Cor. 8-10). Paul at Ephesus disrupted the business and worship of the goddess Artemis (Acts 19). Even after creation and till now, all nations believes in sacrifice.
1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. (NKJV).
Propitiation is the act of appeasing or making well-disposed a deity, thus incurring divine favor or avoiding divine retribution. Jesus Christ is the sacrificial lamb that was used to appease God. The final and most complete sacrificial ever made or could ever be made.
- All Nations Believe In Priesthood:
Priesthood is an authorized office for ministering of deity. A priest is an official servant of any divinity. He has been set apart for divine service and has received some kinds of initiation and training for it. The priest occupies an important position in the society.
A priest serves as a link between the worshippers and the object of worship. He takes message from the divinity and delivers them to the people.
The word ‘kohen’ which means ‘priest’ refer not only to the Hebrew word but to Egyptian ‘priests’ (Gen.41:50; Gen. 46:20; Gen. 47:26); priests of Baal (2 Kings 10:19); the Philistine ‘priest’ (1Sam.6:2); the priests of Dagon (1 Sam. 5:5); priests of Chemosh (Jer. 48:7) and priests of the Baallim and Asherim (2Chr. 34:5). Indeed every nation believes in priesthood!
These priests are in charge of sacrifices and offerings at worship places. Priesthood as relate to sacrifices is as old as Abel-the first generation on earth. Noah, Melchizedek, Abraham, and the patriarchs, Jethro, Moses, Aaron, and elders of Israel brought sacrifices to God. Sacrifices cannot be offered without priests.
Even in the times of Jesus Christ, there were priests (Matt. 8:4). The priesthood of His days was uncomfortable with His works which are accompanied with signs and wonders. The priests intends to use Jesus as sacrifice for the Feast of Unleavened Bread (the Passover—Luke 22:1-2, 70-71). It was divinely orchestrated, however, that by the evil intentions of the priests, the Great High Priest (Jesus) was laid as a sacrificial lamb. “And they said, ‘what need we any further witness? For we ourselves have heard of his mouth’” (Luke 22:71) meaning ‘guys, what are we waiting for? Let’s quickly offer Him as a sacrifice.
Though all nations believe in priesthood, however there is a ‘shift in priesthood’ since the time Jesus gave Himself up as a sacrifice, howbeit He is the Great High Priest. Patiently read the parable of the Vineyard in Luke 20:9-16. Here, the vineyard owner (God) sent His beloved son (Jesus), perhaps the husbandmen (priests, scribes and elders– who are charged by God through the laws of Moses) will reverence Him when they sight Him. Greed for the inheritance of the son (priesthood) made them to kill the son. The Lord of the vineyard shall give the vineyard (priesthood) to others (Christians).
- All Nations Believe In A Deliverer To Come:
When man was expelled from the Garden of Peace and Pleasure (Garden of Eden), it was indeed a great loss; he lost peace, and God became distanced from him. In the garden, man needed not labor nor sweat; he had all he could ever wish, until the day of his decision to disobey his creator. And God cursed him! God drove him away into life of hardship, toiling and sweat. Alas!!!
However, in His anger, He was still passionate. Hence the promise of a deliverer, who will come and set things aright bringing man back to his original divine status, reconciling man back to God (Genesis 3:15). Knowingly or unknowingly, man had been on the lookout for the deliverer who will save him (from curse, hardship and suffering which are resultant effects of disobedience).
They saw the opportunity of salvation in Moses. Yes, to some extent. But he was a type of the real deliverer. He led them out of bondage (Egypt) to their promised land (Canaan) which is a type of the promised land man is to occupy (Paradise).
Having waited for a long time, the deliverer came but unfortunately they did not receive Him (John 1:11), because He was so lowly, meekly and rode an oxen. They had thought their deliverer would come, riding a horse with weapons of warfare in his hands. He came, performed a lot of miracles; yet they did not receive Him. They killed Him (their real deliverer). But to them that received Him gave He power to become sons of God (John 1:12).
Till now humanity is still waiting for her deliverer. Yes, indeed, even those who received the real deliverer (Jesus Christ) are also groaning now for their deliverer to return. In Acts 1:6 ‘…they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (NKJV). This is 2015, and surely He comes quickly to deliver His own from this world of evil
I read recently a document on Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that satanic terror organization that they are expecting the return of Prophet Isah who shall come to fight the infidels and reward they (the jihadists). Nothing can be more far from the truth. Yes, Christ Jesus is coming very soon but not to save the murderers and rapists like them (unless they repent of their evil ways and accept Him as their Lord and Saviour now).
Maranatha Come Oh! Lord, Come.
- Blood sacrifices are no longer necessary as the life of Jesus Christ has been used as the last and the best sacrifice.
- As Christians we had been divinely chosen as royal priesthood to offer ourselves as sacrifices unto God.
- The real and perfect Deliverer comes very soon; prepare to meet Him.
- Has God called His children to priesthood? If yes, what is the sacrifice?
- What is the central teaching of the Book of Leviticus? Or what is the ‘one lesson’ you can learn from the entire Book of Leviticus?
- Do the entire nations of the earth have origin from the scattering at Babel? Explain from the Bible and by analyzing the sacrificial system of a god in your area/home state and compare it with sacrificial system of Babylon as explain in the outline.
Pastor Joshua Oladiti