Doctrine of Satisfaction

Since the fall, our midweek service has been a teaching on the Tabernacle of Moses by Kelley Varner. (Brother Varner was a good friend of our pastor and our church. He passed away last June.) Last Thursday’s teaching was by my pastor’s son, Stephen.

He spoke on what Brother Varner called “The Doctrine of Satisfaction.” He writes, “The Doctrine of Satisfaction deals with man’s initial approach unto God. The Cross was the ONLY place where SATISFACTION was made with regard to the HOLINESS of God, Who justly demands that SIN be JUDGED and atoned for.”

The Doctrine of Satisfaction is about the sin offering of the Old Testament AND the offering of Jesus at the Cross. When the Israelites would bring their offerings to the brazen altar, they are to:

  1. Bring an animal from the herd or flock
  2. It is to be a male without blemish or defect
  3. He must present it at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting so that it will be acceptable to the Lord
  4. Lay his hand on its head (here he is transferring his sin to the animal)
  5. Then he is to slaughter the animal himself & the Levites are to sprinkle the blood on the altar
  6. He is to skin the animal & cut it into pieces & the priests are to arrange the pieces (the head and fat are to be put on the fire first)
  7. Before the inner parts and legs go on the altar, he is to wash them {Leviticus 1:2-9}

This is “an aroma pleasing to the Lord.” God enjoys the smell of burning flesh – of burning sin.

God is satisfied with the offering. The only catch is – the one who sinned has to supply the offering, kill it, skin it and wash it. The priest can not do it for him or God will not accept the offering.

The main point I got out of this teaching was this:

We can not bring our sin to our {insert your clergyman’s title here} and expect them to bring it to the brazen altar for us. They can not kill our sin for us. We must do that.

As a child of God, I must take responsibility for the things to say/do, how I act, my attitude toward situations, repent (which we all know means more than saying, “I’m sorry”. It means we must acknowledge our actions, be HONESTLY remorseful for them and then actively and purposefully make changes to our life. Ok, enough of that. I know I can be harsh sometimes) and make meaningful changes to become more like Him. God is always satisfied when we bring to Him the sweet savor, a pleasing aroma, of the death of our flesh, our sin.

I know I didn’t get it all in here. I’m just going by the notes I took during service.

If you want to see Brother Stephen’s teaching go here and then click on Multimedia and look for the video titled “Satisfaction Thursday 2-11-10” (about halfway down the page). (This past Sunday’s service will immediately start to play but just push the pause button to stop it.) Then come back and let me know what you think.


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