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Christianity Oasis Ministry provides this Sacrifice Bible study sharing Sacrifice Bible verses from Biblical sacrifice Scripture which bring forth truth, understanding and peace within.

Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Christian Walk Bible study program. This is our thought provoking and extremely intriguing Sacrifice Bible study taking an in depth look into the Sacrifice Bible verses from various Biblical sacrifice Scripture locations experiencing the absolutely awesome message within the Biblical Sacrifice Scripture and discussing how it affects your YOU-nique Christian walk.

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Sacrifice ... What a strange word huh? Let's do a little research on what the word "Sacrifice" means according to Sacrifice Bible verses in the Bible shall we? 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 all about?

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 things.

Sacrifice is one of those topics that requires deep research as to fully comprehend the depths of it's 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.

When did sacrifice originate?

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

3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.
4 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:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering He had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
8 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:

Genesis 8:20-21

20 And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
21 And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; 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.

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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?

Revelation 5:8

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:

Genesis 22:2

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."

Genesis 31:54

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.

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Let's get back to the origination of sacrifice once again.

Why 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 them, but it makes you 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 was 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.

What 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.

How 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 (Where?) 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.

Isaiah 66:1-3

1 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?
2 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.
3 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 abominations.

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The act of Sacrifice is so very important that God used this procedure to provide Grace to those that believe in Jesus.

John 3:16

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.

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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

6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Voluntary offering or sacrifice is key, but man must choose. If an offering is made against a persons will, it has no benefit.

Philemon 1:14

But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.

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 is not quantity that counts, it is quality. Could Cain possibly love fruit he found here and there with more affection than Abel loved that little lamb that he cared for and then gave it to God? Highly Doubtful. The important thing to know about the sacrifices and offerings of the Old Testament is that they were simply a shadow of things to come, meaning, they were symbolic of the sacrifice required in the New Covenant 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 perfectly? The New Covenant wasn't like a Plan B, in case Plan A didn't work. It was certain and inevitable, and without one, the other would be meaningless. The New Covenant is a Covenant with Grace as it's foundation.

Let's talk about the Biblical 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 only 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.

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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 Christ.

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.

Matthew 5:48

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 not be. But we can strive to be as good as we can be. If sacrifices purified people, or made them perfect ... They would not know how 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.

Micah 6:7-8

7 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?
8 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 God's 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.

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Why would God want to break His own Covenant and choose to sacrifice His Son?

John 3:16

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 God's 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 wait until they made sacrifice in order to reconcile themselves to God, but in the new way, God's Grace is at hand immediately through repentance.

The Holy Spirit told us also, beforehand, through scripture all about the change of covenants.

Jeremiah 31:33-34

33 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.
34 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.

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This Sacrifice 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 Biblical sacrifice to be performed 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 are 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 because 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 Sacrifice? I will give you an example;

Christianity Oasis Ministry 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 already.

Psalms 50:5-15

5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a Covenant with me by sacrifice.
6 And the heavens shall declare His righteousness: for God is judge Himself. Selah.
7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.
8 I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.
9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

It 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 little gift of love and winking at you.

God seeks Love, Mercy, Forgiveness and Grace from us towards others.

Hosea 6:6

For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

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Jesus quotes the Word delivered through Hosea and gives us the Spiritual meaning of the Words.

Matthew 9:13

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.

Psalms 40:6-8

6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

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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.

Hebrews 10:1-10

1 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.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5 Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8 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;
9 Then said He, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

What He asks us to sacrifice is our time and devotion to Him. To show love, mercy, forgiveness and Grace to His children, our fellow brethren.

There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.

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