An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 7 - Doctrinal Truth - Page 167 of 297
In Psalm 109:6 and Zechariah 3:1 Satan is depicted standing at the
right hand as the 'accuser'.  It is this aspect that gives point to Romans
8:33, 'Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?' for we are
immediately caused to look away to the right hand of God, to see no longer an
Accuser but a Redeemer and Justifier.  The dispensation of the Mystery as
revealed in Ephesians and Colossians (Eph. 1:20; Col. 1:24-27) could not
function apart from an ascended and seated Christ at the right hand of God.
One Old Testament type may be of service here.  Joseph, whose whole
life presents such a wonderful foreshadowing of Christ, was named Joseph by
his mother, for said she, his name shall be Joseph, for 'The Lord shall add
(Heb. yasaph) to me another son' (Gen. 30:24).  The birth of this other son
cost Rachel her life, and as she died she said, call his name Ben-oni 'son of
my sorrow', but this was countermanded by Jacob, who said, his name shall be
Benjamin 'son of the right hand' (Gen. 35:18).  The part that Benjamin plays
in the record is small, but Joseph's typical experiences would be incomplete
without the 'added' type that stresses 'the right hand' (Heb. yamin).
To limit the finished Work of Christ to the Cross, or even to the
Resurrection, is to ignore this fact, and to fail to present the fulness that
is found in Romans, Hebrews and Ephesians.  (See Ascension1).
Sacrifice.  Under other headings such as Atonement6; Redemption (p. 186); and
Cross6 the various and wondrous phases of the Work of Christ are considered.
In this study we are confining ourselves to the actual words translated
'sacrifice'.  The English word is suggestive, sacra indicating that holiness
is ever in the background of every sacrifice mentioned in the Scriptures;
fice from facio 'to make', suggesting that the purpose of God 'that we should
be holy and without blemish' being cut across by the coming in of sin and
death, will be accomplished not only because of God's sovereign elective
will, but by the full recognition of the heinousness of sin and the holiness
that has been so grievously outraged, which is set forth in the Offering of
Jesus Christ.  The Hebrew words translated 'sacrifice' are zebach, chag,
minchah, ishsheh, todah and asah.  The Greek words are thusia, thuo and
eidolothuton.  In addition we have the Hebrew word mizbeach, an 'altar', and
the Greek word thusiasterion, an 'altar', obviously derived from the words
meaning sacrifice.  Zebach is translated 'sacrifice' some 155 times and
'offering' 9 times.  Zebach means 'to slay' (2 Kings 23:20), and every
sacrifice which translates this Hebrew word, involves the death and the
shedding of the blood of the victim.  This too is the significance of
mizbeach the altar, where the victims were offered.
A word with a very different connotation is the Hebrew chag.
Primarily, the word means anything circular, as in Isaiah 40:22, then it was
applied to the regularly recurring feasts of Israel, feasts which 'came
round' in their appointed times.
Chag is translated sacrifice on three occasions, which we will give at
Exodus 23:18 where it will be found in connection with the 'feasts'
which were to be kept 'three times in the year'.
Isaiah 29:1 'Add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices' where the
recurring feasts are again in view, and