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Summary: To show that JESUS (Aleph-Tav) is the Burnt offering and JESUS (symbolized by Joshua) is the offerer. GOD will destroy our enemies forever.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you the burnt offering? No, JESUS is the burnt offering, I am the Living Sacrifice.

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that JESUS (Aleph-Tav) is the Burnt offering and JESUS (symbolized by Joshua) is the offerer. GOD will destroy our enemies forever.

IV. TEXT:

Joshua 8:28 (Amplified Bible)

8:28 So Joshua burned Ai and made it a heap of ruins for ever, even a desolation to this day.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You are my burnt offering and I am the living sacrifice before You. You are my Strength and You are my Weakness.

VI. TITLE:

JESUS is our burnt offering

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Joshua (uncertain)

B. Key Thought: How to be successful in the battle of life? (Joshua 1:8-9)

Joshua 1:8-9 (NLT)

8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

C. Leading Topic: Conquest and Division of the land of Canaan

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. JESUS is our burnt offering

"So Joshua burned"

People thought they were burning Ai alone but they forgot the real burnt offering is JESUS.

Exodus 29:14 (Amplified Bible)

29:14 But the flesh of the bull, its hide, and the contents of its entrails you shall burn with fire outside the camp; it is a sin offering.

Hebrews 13:11-13 (Amplified Bible)

13:11 For when the blood of animals is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin, the victims’ bodies are burned outside the limits of the camp.

13:12 Therefore Jesus also suffered and died outside the [city’s] gate in order that He might purify and consecrate the people through [the shedding of] His own blood and set them apart as holy [for God].

13:13 Let us then go forth [from all that would prevent us] to Him outside the camp [at Calvary], bearing the contempt and abuse and shame with Him.

CHRIST's sufferings is the burnt offering for us. In His body, He was full of pain, sorrows as if He was burned alive with His wounds and strife. In the little, ignored things CHRIST is there. At the time of Moses and Joshua, death penalty is by stoning and burning, while in the time of JESUS' death penalty is by crucifixion. Hence, CHRIST needed to die as sin through death penalty by the cross. We are talking about death penalty at different times.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (Amplified Bible)

5:21 For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].

Psalms 118:22 (Amplified Bible)

118:22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

Ephesians 2:20 (Amplified Bible)

2:20 You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone.

Zechariah 10:4 (Amplified Bible)

10:4 Out of him [Judah] shall come forth the Cornerstone, out of him the tent peg, out of him the battle bow; every ruler shall proceed from him.

The Aleph-Tav signature of the LORD JESUS CHRIST looks like a tent peg. The tent peg is the Cornerstone. The tent is our bodies.

What are little and insignificant here in the world are the most important in Heaven.

The tent peg is nothing compared to the tent. But the tent peg is JESUS and the tent is our bodies. Hence, our bodies are made alive because JESUS allows it to stand upright.

Proverbs 14:11 (Amplified Bible)

14:11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown, but the tent of the upright shall flourish.

1 Corinthians 1:28 (Amplified Bible)

1:28 And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowborn and insignificant and branded and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are,

James 4:10 (Amplified Bible)

4:10 Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].

Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego are insignificant people, and they treated themselves as insignificant but GOD raised them up and made them popular because of the fourth man in the fire, - the real burnt offering - the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Daniel 3:25 (King James Version)

3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

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