"Behold, the Lamb of God, which taketh away
the sin of the world"
John 1:29, 36
This statement was made by John the Baptist to reveal that the fulfillment of all that the
law had prophesied of the promised sacrifice for the sins of man was about to take place, for the One
who was promised was there. Why didn't John say behold the "he-goat," or the "bullock," or the "ram,"
or for that matter the "ewe lamb," the "she-goat," the "pigeon," the "turtledove," or the "flour," for these
were also means of atonement for sin?
All of the various offerings may be classified in a few different categories – burnt
offerings, sin offerings, trespass (guilt) offerings, peace (or thanksgiving) offerings. They can also be
divided into two other categories – regular and special. The regular offerings were made at appointed
times of the day, week, months, and years. The special offerings were made as circumstances arose
which called for their use.
All of the mammals used as burnt offerings, regular or special, were to be males. The
regular sin offerings were he-goats only, while the special sin offerings consisted of he-goats, bullocks,
female lambs or goats, pigeons, turtledoves, and, in one instance only, a male "lamb," that being in the
cleansing from leprosy. Leprosy, with its decay and potentially deadly consequences, the suffering
caused by it, and separation from one's fellow man, is truly a symbol of sin, in general, but not of
specific sins. When Jesus died on the cross He did so for the sins of all, in all ages, in general, thus
taking away the sin (the leprosy) of the world.
As marvelous as this is, though, the main ceremonies wherein were revealed the male "Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world" were the daily burnt offerings, which always
included a meal and drink offering. These symbolized the daily unbroken, uninterrupted adoration,
worship, gratitude, and consecration of the nation – the taking away of sin before it occurred, by a
knowledge of the Life shed for the sanctification of all who believe.
What has been a mystery to a great many is that the sin offering for the common
individual (not the congregation at large, nor a priest or ruler) who sins through ignorance was a female (ewe) lamb or goat (Leviticus 4:27-28). A ewe lamb was also the means of atonement for sins involving
the hearing of cursings, touching the uncleanness of mankind, and of taking rash oaths (regardless of
It has been generally understood by the Christian world that all of the ceremonial
offerings of the law of Moses were types of Christ's sacrifice. How do female offerings typify Jesus,
seeing that He is a male? An understanding of a few main points will solve the mystery, and give us a
clear picture as to the love of God in the salvation of man.
The first is "that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not reckoning
unto them their trespasses" 2 Corinthians. 5:19. It wasn't only Jesus who suffered for the sins of the
world. "The Godhead was stirred with pity for the race, and the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
gave Themselves to the working out of the plan of redemption." Counsels on Health, p. 222
The next is,"We need to realize that the Holy Spirit... is as much a person as God is
a person." Evangelism p. 616 The Holy Spirit has a will (1 Corinthians. 12:11), a mind (Romans.
8:27, Acts 15:28), knowledge (1 Corinthians. 2:11), love (Romans. 15:30), communion (2 Corinthians.
13:14), and can be grieved, insulted, tempted, and lied to (Ephesians. 4:30, Hebrews. 10:29, Acts 5:9,
Acts 5:3,4). These characteristics give evidence of something more than a mere influence or power –
by a Person.
The third is that in Hebrew and Aramaic the Holy Spirit is portrayed in the feminine gender. In Genesis 1:2, where it is written, "And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters,"
not only is the word "Spirit" in the feminine gender, but so is the word "moved." Where feminine nouns
are present with feminine verbs and antecedents, then, according to the laws of Hebrew grammar, the
subject spoken of would be feminine – in this case, the Holy Spirit. The same Hebrew word which is
translated "moved" in Genesis 1:2 is translated "fluttereth" in Deuteronomy. 32:11, 12 where it is
written, "As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh
them, beareth them on her wings: So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with
him." Thus this also testifies to its feminine gender there, and when used in relationship to God, the
Holy Spirit when She moved (fluttered) upon the face of the waters.
So, while we have been given much of the truth concerning the male "Lamb" of God,
there still remains a fuller revelation of meaning of the other sacrifices, and in particular, the feminine
ones. Therefore, with humble hearts and minds enlightened by the wisdom of God, may we
Behold the EWE Lamb of God
which taketh away the sin of the world.
"The Spirit also joins in to help our weakness, for we do not know what we should pray
for as we should. But the Spirit Herself pleads on our behalf with groanings too deep for words. And
the One searching the hearts knows what the Spirit is thinking since Her pleadings for the saints
harmonize with God's purposes." (Romans 8:26,27) – a literal translation including the Hebrew and
Aramaic gender usage. Without taking into account the original gender of the Hebrew language the
feminine sacrifices cannot be properly understood. Nor can they be properly discerned without the
understanding that She, the Holy Spirit, is "as much a Person as God is a Person."
"If any man sin, we have an Advocate (Paraclete, in Greek) with the Father, Jesus
Christ the righteous." (1 John 2:1). Jesus said, "I will. pray the Father, and He shall give you another
Comforter (Paraclete)." (John 14:16). Two Paracletes, Advocates, Comforters – one male, one
female – Christ and the Holy Ghost*.
*Note – we have used the term "Holy Ghost" here rather than "Holy
Spirit" to correspond to its usage in the King James version of the New Testament. The
reason for this usage is explained in our study The Real Ghost Story.
"And Gods (the word is plural in Hebrew) said, Let us make man in our image, after
our likeness:... So Gods created man in his own image, in the image of Gods created he him; male
and female created he them." Genesis 1:26, 27. "The invisible things of him from the creation of the
world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and
Godhead..." Romans 1:20
By this verse, by nature, by the gender of the Hebrew words which are used to depict the
Godhead, and by the male and female sacrifices we may clearly see that our creation as gendered beings
is of divine design to teach us eternal truths. Just as males and females each have distinct characteristics,
so does each gender draw from us a different response when they intercede for us. When a father, a
brother, a male friend, or a husband speaks on our behalf, or lays his life on the line for us, our attitude
is different from that when a mother, a sister, a female friend, or a wife does the same.
"Grieve not the Holy Spirit, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."
Our sins "grieve," wound, the Holy Spirit, as they do the whole Godhead, and it requires
that they all pour out their "Life" (symbolized by the blood of the various sacrifices) for our redemption.
"For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement
for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul." (Leviticus 17:11) The
blood of the female offerings symbolizes the "Life" of the Holy Spirit given as an ever-living sacrifice
for our salvation, our restoration.
The intercession of the female lamb or goat for sins done in ignorance was available for
those of the community of Israel, as well as the strangers among them. But under the law of Moses (the
old Covenant), there was no provision for sins done with a "high hand" – presumptuously, in bold
defiance of what is known to be right (Numbers 15:28-31). Under the new Covenant, though, it is
written, "Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but
the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men." Matthew 12:31.
This doesn't mean that now one can now sin with a "high hand" and still receive
forgiveness. But it places the matter on better promises. That is, the old Covenant was based on the
promises of the people, whereas the New Covenant is based on the promises of God through Christ.
When ancient Israel made their promise to God to obey the terms of the covenant, they
were not personally aware that they could not of their own keep the covenant. But under the New
Covenant the terms of the peoples' standing is clearly delineated – "ye must be born again." A good
example of this is in the experience of Nicodemus. He was a leader in Israel, and one who had been
seeking of his own power to keep the covenant. But the words of Jesus awoke a reality within him which
he previously did not understand – his unregenerated earthly nature with which he was born and which
was at enmity with the movings of the Holy Spirit. Though he certainly came to recognize the workings
of his unsanctified heart, he knew of no cure for it until Jesus pointed him to the higher way. Jesus said,
"If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give
you another Comforter, that he [She] may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the
world cannot receive, because it seeth him [Her] not, neither knoweth him [Her]: but ye know
him [Her]; for he [She] dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I
will come to you." John 14:15-18 [the words in brackets are translations from the Hebrew and Aramaic
which Jesus actually spoke to His listeners, rather than from the Greek translation of His words].
Additionally, the word translated "comfortless" means "orphans." In order for Jesus not
to leave us as orphans He would have to send us a parental Guardian. As the words he spoke regarding
the Holy Spirit were feminine, then the One whom He intended to send would be like a comforting,
interceding Mother – "the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father." Romans 8:15.
What was Paul speaking of in that text? Often a father comes home from work and has
his precious little ones run up to him and "cry" papa!, and throw their little arms around him and give
him a big hug. If mamma, has been keeping him in their memories, and letting them know of all of the
blessing he have been providing for her and them, they would naturally have a deep appreciation for his
presence, and cry out to him in joy when he returns. Then after they had rejoiced in their expressions
to "abba," and in his love for them, they would be more thankful to mamma for having kept them in
remembrance of him. As it is in the earthly family, so it is in the heavenly.
In the daily burnt offering of the male lambs which were offered morning and evening
Jesus is revealed in His daily ministration of the intercession of His "Life" (blood) for us – His
righteousness being accepted as a substitute for our unrighteousness – our sins in general. In general,
because there was no confession of specific sins involved with the burnt offering. Thus it is revealed that
by means of His sacrifice and atoning blood His Life is imputed daily to our records whereby we all
may continue living rather than dying immediately for our sins and those of our forefathers and
foremothers (Exodus 34:7). A true realization of the meaning of the daily burnt offerings also provides
the means whereby we may obtain the humility of mind and heart whereby we may avoid sinning. This
happens through an impartation of His life within us – "a well of water springing up into everlasting
life" John 4:14.Yet there is another aspect to this provision of our consecration which is revealed in
other of the typical sacrifices.
Beholding the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, and daily in the heavenly Sanctuary in the
daily burnt offering (male lambs), in antitype, keeps (consecrates) His people from falling by keeping
the cross "fresh" in our memories, thereby taking away the sin of the world. Beholding the female sin
offering, the Holy Ghost (and the blood - the Life given), in antitype, restores one who has had a
specific sin come to mind, or who has fallen into sin ignorantly. It is the Holy Spirit who is first sinned
against when a believer falls. She is the One who keeps the cross of Jesus fresh in the mind of the
believer, and imparts the power to keep one from falling. This is also true of everyone who is born into
this world, for it is written of Jesus that He "was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh
into the world." (John 1:9). It is likewise true that from the innocence of birth "all have sinned, and
come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23). Thus the need for rebirth (John 3:7).
It is this truth that is taught in the feminine sacrifices. When one comes to Christ, and
there receives forgiveness and cleansing, he also receives the Holy Spirit by which to keep from falling.
If he were to fall into sin again, it would first be necessary to push away the influence of the Holy Spirit,
for one cannot sin while abiding in the Spirit. This hurts, wounds, the Holy Spirit, a divine Person.
It is written that one of the purposes of giving us the Holy Spirit is that She may lead us
into "all truth" (John 16:13). In doing this we naturally are regularly newly reminded of the higher
standards to which we may obtain. Thus as we grow we also learn of our need for cleansing from our
old ways. In the regular round of ceremonies, intercession for these periods of growth were supplied in
the ordinances of the observation of the new moons. At these times a regular sin offering was provided
for said purpose. It was at the time of these cyclical events (which are feminine in nature) that the people
were to be brought into contact with the prophets of God (2 Kings 4:22-23) who were to teach them of
the higher things of God as they would be freshly revealed by the Holy Spirit. Thus again we see the
work of our feminine Intercessor and Her manner of leading us into all truth.
In the typical service, the ewe lamb atoned for sins of ignorance committed by any of the common
people, and the male offerings are for sins of ignorance committed by a priest or ruler. But there is no
means of forgiveness in the law of Moses for sins done with a "high hand" – sins done presumptuously.
The Jews said that they "saw" when they did not know that they did not see. They acted
in their blindness. Of some the blindness was intentionally self-inflicted. Of others it was by deception.
Those who later, in humility, realized that they did not truly see were redeemed. Those who clung to
their presumption that they did indeed see were lost. They had sinned in ignorance, but did not later
accept the provided Sacrifice (male or female) to intercede for them when their sin came to their mind.
They did not let the power of the Holy Ghost restore them.
"Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see;
and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard
these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should
have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth." John 9:39-41.
The Jews were not alone in their ignorance and blindness:
"This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other
Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the
life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being
past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the
truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation [manner of life] the old man, which
is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put
on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Ephesians 4:17-24.
How does one "put on the new man?" By the workings of the Holy Spirit – opening the
eyes and washing away the sins done in ignorance. "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on
him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the
truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32. It is the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) who leads us into all truth.
Therefore, grieve not Her (the Holy Ghost) whereby ye are sealed for She says, "He that sinneth against
Me wrongeth his own soul: all that hate Me love death." Proverbs 8:31. Read all of Proverbs 8.
There is more to be said of the female offerings – ewe lambs, female lambs and goats,
the red heifer, and the female bird of the "pair" of birds. There is likewise more which can be said about
the use of the words Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost in the King James version. Most all that is attributed
to Mary by the Catholic Church is a counterfeit of the truth of the Holy Ghost and Her intercession
(comforting) for us. These things are addressed in other of our studies. By the Spirit, seek for the truth
of this yourself and see.