The Who? Or what? I am sure that is the first question that will be asked by you, but it is very simple. Deuteronomy 17:11-12 “According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left. And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the Lord thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.” This scripture teaches that the priest is to make judgments, Exodus 12:5
“Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats.” Here the priest is to examine the sacrificial animal to ensure that it is without spot or blemish. We see also that the Priest is acting like both a doctor and a judge but, how was he to do this? This question leads to another – what is anatomizing. Anatomy is the study of the form of the body or the physical features of the body.
In biblical times the priest had to ensure that the animals offered upon the altar had no spot, wrinkles or blemish. How was he to do this? The priest had to know anatomy which as stated previously is the study of the physical structure of the body and he was also required to know Physiology which is how this body functions. He had to do this daily for if the animal offered upon the altar had any blemish it could cost him his life. No defective animal was allowed upon the altar of God and after slaying this animal he had to dissect it removing the fat and inwards. Plus he had to be very meticulous with how he dissected this animal for it had to be placed on the altar in a particular manner. The anatomy came from a Greek word which means to dissect. The word dissect means: to cut (a plant or dead animal) into separate parts in order to study it
- to study or examine (something) closely and carefully
- to divide (something) into part.
“Also thou shalt take of the ram the fat and the rump, and the fat that covereth the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, and the right shoulder; for it is a ram of consecration:” From this verse we see a lot of dissecting taking place and in dissecting the priest had to examine all the parts of the animal to ensure that it was wholesome. Dissecting as seen also means examining the parts of an animal carefully and this examination is done by three methods:
Palpitation: this method of examination is carried out by touching, pressing on on area to see if there is any fluid retention, pain and so forth.
Auscultation: the act of listening to sounds arising within organs (as the lungs) as an aid to diagnosis and treatment.
Percussion: the act or technique of tapping the surface of a body part to learn the condition of the parts beneath by the resultant sound.
Just see the priest looking, pressing, pressing carefully, listening carefully as he taps the different areas of the body such as the lung the heart making his diagnosis before this animal can be placed on the altar to be acceptable by God.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
1 John 1:1-5
- That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
- (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
- That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
- And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
- This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
Likewise from 9/11 we are called, as Seventh Day Adventists to be priests (1 Peter 2:9). “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” This message that was given to us from the Time of the End (1989) is representing no other person than Jesus Christ Himself. Acts 3:19-20, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:”
We were called at 9/11 to examine the word of God and present our bodies as live sacrifices to God. While this first article’s emphasis has been on the spiritual, it is vitally important that the soul prospereth. The emphasis has to be so, for spiritual health is by far the most important treasure we can acquire.