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About Sacrifices

“About Sacrifices” is part 6 of our Nazarene Israel Scripture Studies. If you have ever wondered what the animal sacrifical system symbolically represents, how animal sacrifices are relative to our faith today, and how they will be relevant to our faith in the future, join us for this video study.

Are animal sacrifices ‘done away with’?

Many scholars teach that because Yeshua died for our sins, the animal sacrifices written about in the Torah are now done away with. Others question this, pointing out how Yeshua said that none of the commandments in the Torah (the Laws of Moses) would pass away so long as heaven and earth still exist.

Mattithyahu (Matthew) 5:17-19
17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill (i.e., in fulfillment of part of them).
18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Torah till all is fulfilled.
19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

Questions about sacrifices

There are many questions about animal sacrifices. Some of the questions we will talk about in this video are:

  1. If Yeshua tells us that the Torah is still in force, what should we do about the animal sacrifices that Israel was told to offer daily in the Tabernacle (or temple)?
  2. Should we be offering them today, since the temple is no longer standing?
  3. Should we wait until the temple is rebuilt, as prophesied in Ezekiel chapters 40-46? 
  4. Will we even be allowed to offer animal sacrifices then, since Yeshua died for our sins?

The subject of animal sacrifices is highly charged, and many people have strong convictions. However, let us recognize that Yahweh’s word is the ultimate authority and that we need to believe what it says. 

Biblical history of animal sacrifice

With that in mind, we will survey the history of animal sacrifices because it will show us some important things. We will talk about:

  1. Sacrifices and burnt offerings sacrificed prior to the building of a temple or tabernacle.
  2. Why Yahweh accepted Havel’s (Abel’s) sacrifice, but rejected Qayin’s (Cain’s).
  3. Different types of sacrifices and offerings.
  4. What Yeshua’s disciples did in the first century, post resurrection.

First century animal sacrifice post resurrection

  1. How we know that the Apostle Shaul (Paul) made animal sacrifice in the first century, post resurrection, in accordance with the Nazirite vow.
  2. Why the disciples continued animal sacrifice after Yeshua’s resurrection.
  3. The true purpose of animal sacrifice vs the misunderstood purpose in Christian theology.
  4. The real definition of sin and the Torah.

True purpose for animal sacrifice

We will cover all these topics, as well as explain misunderstood Scripture passages about animal sacrifices. We will explain why, while the Christian church uses such passages as alleged ‘proof test’ that Yeshua came to do away with the animal sacrifical system; in reality, the opposite is true.

Israel is operationally defined as those who strive to keep Yahweh’s Instructions or His (Torah). Those who do not strive to keep Yahweh’s Instructions are supposed to leave the camp (one way or another), so that the camp remains pure, and the next generation of children can grow up straight and undefiled.

Ivrim (Hebrews) 10:3-4
3 But in these offerings is (only) a reminder of sins year by year;
4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Since all of Israel is supposed to fear Yahweh, all of Israel is supposed to strive to stay in His good graces. And by the end of this study, we hope to show that animal sacrifice was never meant to take away sins. Rather, the purpose of animal sacrifices is to lead the sinner to repentance, and to hasten to correct himself, lest he be cut off from Israel.

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