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By Fran Caffey Sandin

Isn’t it interesting how God gives us previews of coming attractions? When I recently read about the Tamid (pronounced Tahmeed), I wanted to share its significance. In Exodus 29: 38-39 the Lord told Moses. This is what you are to offer on the altar regularly each day: two lambs a year old. Offer one in the morning and the other at twilight (NIV).

Now think about the temple in Jerusalem. At 6:00 a.m. the priest would enter the Lamb Chamber to inspect and select the one-year-old male lamb without blemish. At 9:00 a.m. the morning sacrifice began. Trumpets sounded, the gates opened for people to come and worship, and the chief priest cut the lamb and sprinkled its blood on the altar as a covering for people’s sins. Then he placed the lamb on the fire and its flesh consumed ideally represented the people yielding their hearts and their wills in submission to God. The worship service included reciting the ten commandments, reading from the Psalms and prophets, and music. Just imagine the sights and sounds, not to mention the smells, as all this took place.

One day at 9:00 a.m., outside Jerusalem at a place called the Skull, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ was placed on a cross for crucifixion. His charge read THE KING OF THE JEWS. He was mocked, spat upon, placed between two robbers, and offered a sponge with wine vinegar to drink.

Back in the temple that day the sacrifice continued burning. At 3:00 p.m. the second lamb was inspected and offered like the first and it burned all night long. It was called the twilight sacrifice because the Jewish day began in the evening. It represented the purpose of staying close to God. Darkness fell over the whole land from noon until 3:00 p.m. when, with a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain in the temple was torn from top to bottom, to indicate God was now personally accessible and desired fellowship with mankind.

In those six hours, from the first to the last, Jesus became sin for all. His blood became a covering for every sin, every need, every moment, every problem, and every answer. He became all in all. He is the fulfillment of the Tamid. The Jewish ritual was unending because the two lambs were offered every day and they were considered one sacrifice as they burned continuously for 24 hours. The word, Tamid means continual, daily, perpetual, always, and forever. The reason for the two lambs is because Jesus is the Son of God and Jesus is the Son of Man. Jesus, our Messiah, is the perfect Lamb of God. He is the One who is there for us always, and continually, forever. The blood of animals was temporary. Now when we repent and place our trust in Him, His blood covers our sins once and for all.

But death and the grave could not hold him. Jesus arose!  His RESURRECTION occurred as a single unblemished male lamb was sacrificed in the temple on the day of the Jewish Feast of First Fruits. We can call upon Jesus anytime because He is always near and has given us peace with God. Jesus was truly the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Dear Heavenly Father, our hearts are overflowing with gratitude that You loved us so much You sent your only son to sacrifice Himself, so that His very blood covers our sins when we repent and place our faith and trust in Him. His resurrection means He lives in our hearts today. Amen.

For further study on the Tamid, consider:
Jesus and the Mystery of the Tamid Sacrifice by Michael E. Hunt
The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn