Thanksgiving in the Kingdom, Part II

“To put it another way, the sacrifices have never brought atonement for sin, nor have the sacrifices alone ever brought God’s people close to Him. It’s the other way around: God’s people present sacrifices and offerings because He has brought them near in spite of themselves. This is the perspective not only of the sacrificial system, but of God’s entire Torah (Law). We do not keep His commandments so we can get close to Him. We keep the commandments because He has brought us near to Himself by providing the only sacrifice that could do so: His very own Son, the Lamb of God.” 

The Barking Fox

The various offerings for guilt, trespass, or sin were important elements of the Temple service, but they were only a small part of the many types of offerings God specified for His table.  (The Sin Offering, Christian Image Source)  The various offerings for guilt, trespass, or sin were important elements of the Temple service, but they were only a small part of the many types of offerings God specified for His table. (The Sin Offering, Christian Image Source)

More Than Just Sin

At the heart of our misunderstanding of the sacrificial system is the assumption that it is all about sin.  Since the blood of the animals foreshadowed the atonement that would come in Messiah’s sacrifice, and since that atonement came to pass through Messiah’s sinless death on the cross, the assumption is that sacrifices are no longer necessary.  Sadly, such reasoning betrays incomprehension of the reason God instituted sacrifices.  Messiah Yeshua did indeed die as the “Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29-34; see also Isaiah 53 and Revelation 5).  His death most certainly provides the only

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