(For the record, Barnabas is the writer of the book of Hebrews. Not Saul of Tarsus.)
Barnabas tells us in Hebrews 9:22:
> “In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.”
New Living Translation
> “And almost all things are purified with blood according to the Law, and apart from blood-shedding there is no forgiveness.”
Berean Literal Bible
> “The Law says that almost everything must be sprinkled with blood, and no sins can be forgiven unless blood is offered.”
Contemporary English Version
> “According to the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Well… Guess what? According to “the law” the shedding of blood is NOT the only atonement for forgiveness of sins. In Hebrews 9:22, brother Barnabas is telling a smoking hot, Bold Faced Lie. Now, before I even get started, right away Christian preachers are QUICK to say “atonement for sin” and “remission of sin” are not the same thing. <— Well, don’t tell me. Tell that to Barnabas. HE’S the one who said, “Almost all things are by the [LAW] purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” For starters, Barnabas drug the [LAW] into his lie, so I’m more than happy to discuss the law with our dear brother Barnabas since HE brought it up. Secondly, Barnabas said “almost all things are by the law PURGED (cleansed, purified, etc) with blood. So, whether Christian preachers agree that atonement for sin is the same thing as remission of sin or not, makes ABSOLUTELY NO DIFFERENCE TO ME WHATSOEVER. And I’ll explain why in a moment. But for what it’s worth, I’m taking what Barnabas said at face value, point blank, period. And before you turn your nose up at everything else I have to say on this subject, don’t forget what beloved apostle Paul said about atonement:
“And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” Romans 5:11
☝️☝️☝️So, if you feel “atonement for sin” and “remission of sin” are not the same thing, don’t tell me. Tell beloved apostle Paul. Because in Romans 5:11, he called the man from Galilee, “the atonement,” which means chances are good apostle Paul considers atonement and remission to be the same thing. Again, if you disagree with me on this, don’t tell me. Tell Paul and Barnabas. Moving on…
In Leviticus 5:6,7,11 we find that a person can bring flour for a sin offering. Yes. You read that correctly. FLOUR.
Lev 5:6 – And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD for his sin which he hath sinned, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats, for a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his sin.
Lev 5:7 – And if he be not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring for his trespass, which he hath committed, two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, unto the LORD; one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering.
Lev 5:11 – But if he be not able to bring two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, then he that sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of an ephah of fine [FLOUR] for a sin offering; he shall put no oil upon it, neither shall he put any frankincense thereon: FOR IT IS A SIN OFFERING. <—
☝️☝️☝️ The above Torah testifies AGAINST Barnabas. In Hebrews 9:22, Barnabas said, “Without shedding of blood, there is no remission,” <— but Leviticus 5:11 has determined THAT IS A LIE.
In Exodus 30:15,16 we find that a person can offer MONEY as an atonement for forgiveness of sin. Yes. What you just read is NOT a typo.
Ex 30:15 – The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than HALF A SHEKEL, when they give an offering unto the LORD, to make an atonement [atonement: Hebrew Strong’s entry 3722] for your souls.
Ex 30:16 – And thou shalt take the atonement [atonement: Hebrew Strong’s entry 3722] MONEY of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.
☝️☝️☝️Exodus 30:15,16 testifies against Barnabas. In Hebrews 9:22, Barnabas said, “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins,” but Exodus 30:15,16 has determined, THAT IS A LIE.
In Numbers 31:48-52, we find that JEWELRY can be offered as an atonement for forgiveness of sin. YES. JEWELRY.
Numbers 31:50 We have therefore brought an oblation (offering) for the LORD, what every man hath gotten, of jewels of gold, chains, and bracelets, rings, earrings, and tablets, to make [atonement: Hebrew Strong’s 3722] for our souls before the LORD.
Numbers 31:51 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of them, even all wrought jewels.
Numbers 31:52 And all the gold of the offering that they offered up to the LORD, of the captains of thousands, and of the captains of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty shekels.
☝️☝️☝️In Exodus 30:15,16 and Numbers 31:50, the Hebrew Strong’s Concordance defines “atonement” [entry 3722] as “propitiation.”
Google defines propitiation as:
the action of propitiating or appeasing a god, spirit, or person.
“he lifted his hands in propitiation”
atonement, especially that of Jesus Christ.
Interesting! The word “propitiation” sounds a lot like an offering for the forgiveness of sins. If my memory serves me correctly, I remember apostle Paul saying something about propitiation:
Romans 3:25 “Whom God hath set forth to be a PROPITIATION through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins.”
I also found some passages where the writer of 1 John also uses the word, propitiation:
1 John 2:2 And he is the PROPITIATION for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 4:10 – Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the PROPITIATION for our sins.
Great! I just wanted to make sure I was using the word ‘propitiation’ correctly. You never can be too careful. And according to apostle Paul, and the writer of 1 John, I am indeed using the word, propitiation, correctly.
Well, what have we learned today? Flour, money, and even jewelry can all be offered up as a atonements/propitiations [Hebrew Strong’s entry 3722] for the forgiveness of sins. Remember earlier I said, “Whether Christian preachers agree that atonement for sin is the same thing as remission of sin or not, makes ABSOLUTELY NO DIFFERENCE TO ME WHATSOEVER?” Well, now you see why. Because atonement and remission essentially serve the SAME PURPOSE. Whether or not they share the same description. They BOTH get the job done. Whether you put out a fire with a fire extinguisher or a wet blanket, all that matters is that the fire is put out. SO, whether you say potato or po-tah-toe; tomato or to-mah-toe; remission or atonement; at the end of the day, Barnabas said, “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins,” and Leviticus 5:11, Exodus 30:15,16 and Numbers 31:48-52 have all determined THAT was a LIE.
Now, suppose you’re extremely poor. You have no lamb, no bull, no ram, no turtle doves, no money, no flour, and no jewelry. Suppose you have literally NOTHING to offer as an atonement (propitiation) for forgiveness of your sins. Is there anything you can do? Or are you simply out of luck? Yes. There’s something you can do.
“Take with you [WORDS], and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.” – Hosea 14:2
You can render unto The Most High the calves of your lips. Repent. And then ask Him to forgive you. You can say, “Create in me a clean heart, O Elohim; and renew a right spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10
Barnabas said, “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. But, Hosea 14:2 has determined, THAT IS A LIE.