The Ceremonial Law

“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

John 1:29

“We have such an High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; a Minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.”

Heb. 8:1-2

“…and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.  And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the Lord out of all nations… and I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the Lord.”

Isa. 66:19-21



Order of Contents

The Change of the Ceremonial Laws  1
The Sabbatical & Jubilee Years in History  1



The Change of the Ceremonial Laws

That the 1st Century Jews Expected the Laws to Change with the Coming of the Messiah

Edersheim, Alfred – ‘The Law in Messianic Times  Buy  1883, 4 paragraphs, being Appendix 14 to his The Life and Times of Jesus Christ the Messiah 



The Sabbatical & Jubilee Years in History

The Sabbatical Year, where all of Israel was to rest and cease from normal labor for a year, was to happen every seven years according to Leviticus.  The Jubilee year is when Hebrew slaves were to be set free, debts cancelled, and the people were to rest, every 50 years.

Though these years were never fully celebrated in Israel before the Babylonian captivity (586 BC), according to Scripture’s testimony, yet the below will be of significant interest.  To see that James Ussher, the 1600’s puritan, was fundamentally correct in his approach to chronology, see our page Bible Chronology.



Larry Pierce, ‘Appendix E – Some Objections Considered’ in this document, p. 40

Josephus [a 1st century Jewish historian] records a Sabbatical year in 163 BC and 37 BC.  This agrees with the start of the first Sabbatical year as deduced from the Bible by Ussher of 1445 BC and the resulting cycles…  

Ussher noted some very interesting Jubilee years in history:

[Old Testament]

a) When Solomon finished the temple in the eighth month (about November) of 1005 BC, he waited until the seventh month (about October) of the following year to dedicate this multi-billion dollar building—the seventh month of 1004 BC was the start of a Jubilee.

b) The seventh month of the same year of Hezekiah’s deliverance from the Assyrians in 710 BC, was the start of a Jubilee.

c) The Jubilee year in 563/562 BC marked the year when Nebuchadnezzar was freed from his insanity and Jeconiah was freed from his imprisonment.

[New Testament]

d) The last Jubilee in biblical history heralded the start of the ministry of John the Baptist in the fall of 26 AD.

[Note that Jesus’ public ministry started 6 months after that of John’s, and Jesus opened his public ministry by preaching on the Messianic text of Isa. 61:1 about the Jubilee Year (Lk. 4:16-21).]




“The ceremonies are Christ veiled: Christ wrapped in swaddling-cloths, Christ the Son of righteousness shining through a cloud.  Christ was implicitly revealed in them all.”

Francis Roberts, 1675




Related Pages

The Mosaic Covenant

The Covenant of Grace

The Civil Law