What Is a Sacrifice?

by Jefferson David Tant Have you ever given serious thought to what it means to sacrifice something? We are familiar with the Old Testament ritual of the animal sacrifices that were required. OK, so a sheep or a cow was sacrificed. But have you read the accounts of the multiple sacrifices that were offered on…

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Was fornication not a sin under the Old Testament?

Question: Since the Old Testament had no shedding of blood for fornication, could it be considered a sin under the Old Testament? Answer: There were numerous types of offerings given to God depending on the circumstances. A sin-offering was given when the person’s sin did not have restitution included in the punishment. “Now if a…

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Has God ever accepted a defective sacrifice?

Question: Has God ever accepted a spotted, unclean, defiled, blemished, blind, lame, or sick sacrifice? Answer: “Whatever has a defect, you shall not offer, for it will not be accepted for you” (Leviticus 22:20). “But if it has any defect, such as lameness or blindness, or any serious defect, you shall not sacrifice it to…

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Did sacrifices forgive sins?

Question: Good day, Recently the topic of “rolling forward” sins came up in a Sunday School class, and I decided to study the matter. This led me to the following web page: Were sins rolled forward under the Old Law? The compelling part of the argument given is Leviticus 4:20, which states that “the priest…

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Do we still need to redeem our firstborn?

Question: Does the Bible still expect us to redeem our firstborn with offering in the New Testament? Answer: Jesus is the one and only sacrifice in the New Testament. “By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10). There are no other sacrifices…

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Why Blood?

Introduction: Nothing But the Blood of Jesus   I.         Our first question is based on Hebrews 9:22, “And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”                         1.         The question is, “Why blood?”                         2.         If I wanted to clean something, blood is not the first thing that…

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Is it necessary to fast or to give something up for God?

Question: Is it necessary to fast or to give something up for God? For example, I love video games. So does me giving up video games for a week please God? Answer: “Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject…

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Why did Moses accept Aaron’s excuse for not eating the sacrifice?

Question: In Leviticus 10:16-20, I understand that Moses was upset with Eleazar and Ithamar because they didn’t eat the sin offering as they were instructed to.  However, I don’t see why Moses was satisfied when Aaron told him that they did burnt offering and sin offering on the same day and that’s why they didn’t…

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What happens to burnt offerings?

Question: During the dedication of the temple, offerings were brought. What happens to burnt offerings? Are they consumed by the fire, does the high priest eat a portion, is any eaten, or is it all consumed by fire? Answer: The Mosaical Law contained a variety of offerings (Leviticus 7:37). Sin offerings were given when a…

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How were the foreskins disposed of under the Old Law?

Question: I am curious: in the Old Testament, what was done with the piece of foreskin that is a type of putting off of the sins of the flesh (Colossians 2:11) by the circumcision of Christ? We know that Jesus was the sin offering acceptable to God and as such his body of flesh is…

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