THE MYSTERY OF THE "SELFSAME DAY" (Continued)
Leviticus 23:14 And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: [it shall be] a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
Leviticus 23:21 And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, [that] it may be an holy convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work [therein: it shall be] a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.
Continuing our theme of uses in Scripture of the term "selfsame day," the above verses are extracted from God’s instructions for a new meat offering unto Himself. The timetable was the fiftieth day after Passover or Pentecost. No eating of bread, parched corn, nor green ears until the meat offering was brought unto God and no servile work was done. Christ our Passover had finished the work. In other words, there was to be no self-satisfaction for the inner man is now foremost and joined to the Lord as one spirit.
Our Hebrew brethren of the Temple Institute online provide great insight to the true meaning of this meat offering or sacrifice. The word used for offering is the Hebrew word korban. Its root means "to come near, to approach. . . . to become closely involved in a relationship with someone." The believer must grasp that this is meant to be the essence of the experience which the bearer of the sacrifice undergoes. Unfortunately, there is no English word that adequately renders the idea behind the Hebrew word korban. The word "sacrifice" is supplied for lack of a better word; however, it falls far short of conveying the true meaning. When one considers the word sacrifice or offering, generally the concept of a gift or present comes to mind. The Temple Institute further explain that a sacrifice or offering implies giving up something of value for another's benefit, or going without something of value to oneself for the benefit of that other. Think about it for a moment. Does God really need anything from us?
The Temple Institute further punctuates the fact that none of the gift-giving idea is present in the idea of the korban. Korban never carries a connotation of a present or gift, and is used exclusively by the Bible in the context of man's relationship with God. Let us come near to our God today and become closely involved with Him.