SACRIFICE IN THE BIBLE
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SACRIFICE IN THE BIBLE
WHAT DOES SACRIFICE SCRIPTURE MEANING?
Sacrifice ... What a strange word huh?
Let's do a lil research on what the word "Sacrifice" means in the Bible
When you are researching something, you probably learned
back in grade school, that you should find out ... Who, What,
When, Where, Why and How about the subject you're
investigating. But how many times do we seek to learn about
something, and only scratch the surface of what it is truly
Most of the time, because of lack of time, interest or
resources, we only educate ourselves enough to sound like we
know what we're talking about in order to hold a
conversation, so we can comment briefly and give our opinion
without looking ignorant of the topic.
However ... When it comes to spiritual matters ... Matters
that directly affect your soul and your eternal outcome ...
Your grade school instruction was very wise advice. Our Lord
echoes this by asking us to check the fruits and prove all
Sacrifice is one of those topics that requires deep research
as to fully comprehend the depths of itís purpose, cause and
effects. Sacrifice was an important part of life in Biblical
times, and even though things have changed vastly since
then, sacrifice is still an important part of life, only in
a different way. Let's take a look at sacrifice the way it
was then, and how sacrifice applies to our lives today.
When you want the TRUTH about something, the very BEST
reference that you can possibly rely on, is the Bible.So,
let's find out what it says in the Bible about sacrifice
back in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament.
did sacrifice originate?
SACRIFICE SCRIPTURE ORIGINS
SACRIFICE IN THE BIBLE VERSES
Well, the first time you'll find
mention of sacrifice in the Bible was all the way back with
Cain and Abel. In fact, the reason that Cain killed his
brother Abel, was because of Cain's jealousy that God
preferred Abel's sacrifice over his. Now, if we're going to
do more than just scratch the surface, we need to also
observe that the Bible refers to the sacrifices in this
story as "offerings to the Lord".
Genesis 4:3-5, 8
And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain
brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto
the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings
of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had
respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain
and to his offering He had not respect. And Cain was
very wroth, and his countenance fell.
And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to
pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up
against Abel his brother, and slew him.
The next time "offering" is mentioned in the Bible was after
the Great Flood:
And Noah built an altar unto the LORD; and took of
every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and
offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD
smelled a sweet savor; and the LORD said in his heart,
I will not again curse the ground any more for man's
sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from
his youth; neither will I again smite any more every
thing living, as I have done.
Very interesting stuff there. The Lord smelled a sweet savor
and the result was very favorable for the whole world from
that time forth. When a burnt offering was made, the Lord
could smell it. Is that cool or what? That just kind of
gives you a warm feeling, doesn't it ... to imagine the
smoke from the offerings rising from the Earth and wafting
up through the Heavens all the way up to God Himself and His
pleasure in receiving it.
Did you know that prayers of the Saints are stored in Heaven
and have a scent?
And when He had taken the book, the four beasts and
four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb,
having every one of them harps, and golden vials full
of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
Getting back to the origins of Sacrifice ... Sacrifices became
part of the life of a soul that followed God. There was the
time when the Lord asked Abraham to offer Isaac:
And He said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac,
whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah;
and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of
the mountains which I will tell thee of.
Now, in that story the offering gives a little clearer
understanding of the meaning of sacrifice. If you were to
think of the word "offering" and the word "sacrifice" which
grabs your attention more? Are they the same thing? Does one
seem more voluntary than the other? Interestingly enough,
the first time the actual word "sacrifice" is used, appears
in the Bible, it is referred to as being "offered".
Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the
mount, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they
did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.
Let's get back to the origination of sacrifice once again.
SACRIFICE SCRIPTURE PURPOSE
SACRIFICE IN THE BIBLE VERSES STUDY
did people make sacrifice and offerings? At first, it's
apparent that people gave offerings and sacrifice to God, to
show their Love for Him. Kind of like when you love someone,
you naturally like to give them gifts. It not only pleases
but it makes
feel good too.
For the children of Israel, sacrifice became a major part of
the Old Testament, and was used as atonement for sin. That
answers the question of, "WHO
obligated to make sacrifices and offerings?" If you're
interested in researching the laws for offering and
sacrifice of the Old Testament, the book of
Leviticus is where you will find them, however,
keep in mind, that the Old Testament is no longer in effect.
Those sacrifices and offerings were laws and statutes for
the children of Israel during the Time of the Jewish people.
They were the Old Testament, to follow BEFORE the New
Testament was implemented when Jesus died for our sins.
did the children of Israel offer for sacrifices?
Primarily male unblemished lambs of the first year. You get
the ambiance of purity in your mind when you think about a
perfect little baby lamb, don't you? There were also
offerings such as wine and beasts and grain and such,
different offerings for different purposes.
were sacrifices made? Each time a person committed sin, or
wanted to give an offering, or special offerings were given
for Holy Days, they were to bring their sacrifice
to the door of the Tabernacle of the Congregation, and give
it to the priest, who then took it and performed the proper
procedure for that particular kind of sacrifice or offering.
But, there came a time when God no longer wanted animal
sacrifices but rather sacrifices of ourselves.
Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and
the earth is my footstool: where is the house that
ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
For all those things hath mine hand made, and all
those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this
man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a
contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.He that
killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that
sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck;
he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered
swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he
blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own
ways, and their soul delighteth in their
Our time, devotion and Love.
The act of Sacrifice is so very important that God used this
procedure to provide GRACE to those that believe in Jesus.
For God so loved the world, that He GAVE His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should
not perish, but have everlasting life.
Notice that God gave His only Son ... He did this
willingly, not because He had to, or felt like He should out
of obligation, but freely, with love abounding. Paul
confirms that the spirit in which you offer or sacrifice is
directly related to the reward for doing so.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap
also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall
reap also bountifully. Every man according as he
purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not
grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful
Voluntary offering or sacrifice is key, but man must choose.
If an offering is made against a persons will, it has no
But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy
benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but
In fact, the more
precious that which you are sacrificing or offering is to
your heart, the more value it has to God. Perhaps Cain could
have offered fruit in great abundance to God, fruit that
would add up to the weight of three sheep ...
But it isn't
quantity that counts ...
Could Cain possibly
love fruit with more affection than Abel loved that little
SACRIFICE SCRIPTURE NEW COVENANT
SACRIFICE IN THE BIBLE VERSES NEW LAWS
The important thing to know about the sacrifices and
offerings of the Old Testament is that they were a
of things to come, meaning, they were symbolic of the
that would replace the Old Covenant.
Make no mistake, God always knew there would be an Old and
a New Covenant, otherwise, how would one shadow the other so
The New Covenant wasnít like a Plan B, in case
Plan A didnít work.
It was certain and inevitable, and
without one, the other would be meaningless.
Let's talk about the sacrifice of Jesus now and how He
replaced the Old Covenant. The Old Covenant had rules to
follow and a physical Tabernacle, but inside the Tabernacle,
behind the veil, there was the Holy of Holies, which was the
place where the presence of God was. The priest
was allowed to go behind the veil once a year with the blood
of the offerings and sacrifices to cleanse the people and
himself of sin. This was a shadow of the New Covenant and
Jesus entering into Heaven itself to appear in the presence
of God for us.
So, why didn't sacrifice and offering make the people
perfect? Because the law (which included sacrifices and
offerings) was only a shadow ... not the real thing. The
blood of the sacrifices was only a shadow of the blood of
What about that word, "perfect"? There are many people in
the world who want you to believe that if you're not
perfect, you're not going to Heaven. My friend, NOBODY is
perfect, except Jesus Christ. Some people expect people who
are reborn in the Spirit into Christianity to be perfect and
they believe that if you sin after that, you're damned. If
that were the case, none of us would ever achieve Salvation.
What those people don't understand is that the sacrifice
cleanses you from the sin, but it does not erase Original
Sin that is inherent in each and every one of us. In the Old
Testament, people offered sacrifice continually, and the
Lord accepted their continual sacrifices time after time and
time again. In the New Testament, we offer repentance as our
sacrifice, and God forgives us for our sin. We sin again,
and we are repentant again. As long as you don't use God's
Grace as an excuse to sin, and you are sincerely trying to
follow the Christian path, and you are truly repentant and
humbled when you have sinned, then God accepts your
continual repentance. Man has not changed, man will always
sin ... The Covenant, or the means by which we obtain
forgiveness has changed.
Back to that topic of perfection; the spirit of the law, not
the letter, is what's important. When Jesus said,
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is
in Heaven is perfect.
Certainly He didn't expect anyone to be perfect, because He
knows we can't be. But we can strive to be as good as we can
be. If sacrifices purified people ... Or made them perfect
... They wouldn't know
to sin anymore ... Because being perfect would allow us to
resist all temptation. But the blood of lambs and goats, no
matter how many or how often, cannot make people perfect,
that's just impossible.
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give
my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my
body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O
man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of
thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk
humbly with thy God?
While that Old Covenant was still in effect, the way to
enter into the presence of God was not yet opened.
Jesus opened the door once and for all for us to step into
Godís presence, to remove the veil, because by forgiveness
through the ultimate and final sacrifice of His death, we
are now worthy to be called pure, being cleansed by His
blood ... The real thing ... Not the shadow. His sacrifice
of Himself, the most precious sacrifice possible,
permanently replaces the old law.
SACRIFICE SCRIPTURE BLESSING
SACRIFICE IN THE BIBLE VERSES BRINGS FORTH GRACE
Why would God want to break His own covenant and
to sacrifice His Son?
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should
not perish, but have everlasting life.
It is very simple ... Because God loves us so very much and
mankind had done so much bad, that all the sacrificing in
the world would not cleanse away the sin. See, long ago,
sacrifices were needed to cleanse away the sins that mankind
had committed against God. But now ... Jesus is the eternal
Sacrifice. Believing in Jesus, cleanses away OUR past sins.
God loved us so much, that even knowing the only sacrifice
that would suffice, was His own Son ... He decided to do it
anyway as to save His children and be the one and only
sacrifice that would cleanse the sins of man. By Godís will,
we are made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus
Christ once for all.
Another thing to know about the difference between the Old
Covenant and the New Covenant is that in the old way,
people had to
until they made sacrifice in order to reconcile themselves
to God, but in the new way, Godís
is at hand
told us also, beforehand, through
scripture all about the change of covenants.
But this shall be the
covenant that I will make with the house of
Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put
my law in their inward parts, and write it in their
hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my
people. And they shall teach no more every man his
neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the
LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of
them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I
will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their
sin no more.
This scripture passage should be without question, proof
that the Old Testament is obsolete.
Now where there is forgiveness of sins and iniquities, there
is no more offering for sin.
But what about sacrifice today? Are we supposed to sacrifice
something, somehow, for all the Lord has done for us? How
often do we find ourselves feeling selfish about our
sacrifices to God? That's right we
to give sacrifices to God. Not out of obligation but out of
Love. He has said, He does not want us to go out and
slaughter an animal that is already His, just cuz Abel did.
What Abel did he did from his heart. What God wants is for
us to sacrifice our time and to Love one another willingly.
Not much to ask huh?
WHAT DO WE
give you an example.
Christianity Oasis is a Spiritual sacrifice to God. Back in
the day they gave sacrifices of livestock and what have you
but God asks not such things as that all belongs to HIM
my saints together unto me; those that have made a
covenant with me by sacrifice. And the heavens shall
declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself.
Selah. Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel,
and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy
God. I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy
burnt offerings, to have been continually before me. I
will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats
out of thy folds. For every beast of the forest is
mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all
the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the
field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell
thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of
unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most
High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will
deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
would be like me coming over to your house and taking your
blender and going back home and wrapping it up real nice and
adding a bow and returning to your home, ringing the
doorbell and saying hey, just wanted to hook you up with a
lil gift of love and winking at ya.
God seeks LOVE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS and GRACE from us towards
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the
knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
Jesus quotes Hosea and gives us the Spiritual meaning of the
But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have
mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the
righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine
ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering
hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in
the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight
to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my
SACRIFICE SCRIPTURE SUMMARY
SACRIFICE IN THE BIBLE VERSES REVEAL GOD'S LOVE THROUGH JESUS SACRIFICE
It is the LOVE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS and GRACE of the gift that is what it is all
about. The giving of livestock was just a physical symbol of
sacrifice. A shadow of the actual gift of GIVING in LOVE.
For the law having a shadow of good things to come,
and not the very image of the things, can never with
those sacrifices which they offered year by year
continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For
then would they not have ceased to be offered? because
that the worshippers once purged should have had no
more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there
is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it
is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats
should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into
the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou
wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In
burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had
no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of
the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt
offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not,
neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by
the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O
God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish
the second. By the which will we are sanctified
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once
He asks us to sacrifice is our time and devotion to HIM. To
show love, mercy, forgiveness and Grace to His children, our
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