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From animal sacrfices to Christ?

Discussion in 'Seeking Jesus' started by MRoe, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. If God is all knowing why did He set up he people to do animal sacrfifes then later, sent His son as the final sacrfice. In otherwords why did He bother with the animal scrfices, and sent his Son earlier?
     
  2. Greetings @MRoe

    I can answer knowingly that God's plans and timing I are always perfect.

    The animal sacrifices foreshadowed the once and for all perfect sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    I will invite a couple of Christian brothers to minister a more comprehensive Biblical response to you @Christ4Ever @Br. Bear
     
  3. Greetings @MRoe

    Thanks to Fragrant Grace I shall endeavor to address your post. However, I am quite sure that there are others besides Christ4Ever and myself who are able and possibly willing to reply to your post.

    Bless you ....><>
     
  4. Greetings again ,

    Looking at your post, one might ask why did God send His Son?

    What was the purpose of sacrifice?

    We read in Romans 12:1
    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

    So what does it all mean?

    Bless you ....><>
     
  5. Greetings again ,

    But aftir that the fulfilling of tyme cam, God sente his sone Galatians 4:4 (Wycliffe)

    John Wycliffe translated the Bible around 1384 and today we can read recent translations which declare the same message. Galatians was written about 1300 years before Wycliffe translated it.

    In the fullness of time ...
    There were ways that the LORD dealt with the children of Israel which were according to the covenant promise with Abraham yet in the words of Jesus,
    O, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
    Matthew 23:37

    Animal sacrifices pointed to Christ Who was yet to come. The sacrifices themselves were not able to fulfil the Law, neither could they replace the Arc of the LORD. However they were part of the keeping of Israel.
    Galatians 3: 23-26
    But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
    But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

    Yet, in the fullness of time ...

    For Thou hast made Him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned Him with glory and honour. Psalm 8:5

    There is also the need for redemption to consider. Not until the time that God appointed could our Redeemer come and purchase our redemption.

    Titus 2:13-14
    Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works

    While I understand your questioning we could also apply the same logic in questioning many things both in and out of Scripture.

    Perhaps this might help,
    When one plants a seed, as keen as they may be to harvest the fruit bourne from that seed, a time of waiting must precede. With the wait must often be a tending to the plant that grows as well as many diverse events and change, usually also seasons, particularly that which ripens the fruit. Insects often must simultaneously be borne through the process peculiar to them, remembering that all insects start off as grubs (like us!) and yet in due time they appear to help with fertilization which must happen before any fruit can set. Or it might be simply a breeze that is required for fertilization but that breeze itself must come from a place which no man knows.
    In the case of trees, often years of pruning is required in order for good yield to be had.
    Imagine if we could simply water seed, wait a moment and then eat ripe fruit!

    And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
    But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
    Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.

    Matthew 9:35-38

    In fullness of time God sent His Son.

    Bless you ....><>
     
  6. @MRoe

    Our friend @Br. Bear has given you some good words, but I will try to go more directly to the heart of your question. Effectively you have asked why God bothered with the type or shadow of animal sacrifices instead of going immediately to the real necessary thing, the sacrifice that really did pay the price.

    God does know all things and that includes,[and has always included], all of the details of His plan for you and me and the other guy. In the scriptures all of the answers needed are present, but not everyone who reads the scriptures will see all of those answers needed immediately. In some cases a person may never see them.

    On the other hand, very possibly God did do just exactly what you suggested as an alternative.

    As an all knowing all powerful God could He not have made all of the types and shadows appear to be reality in order to teach us? I am not saying that is what He did, but how would you or I know if God did not bother to tell us?

    What is God's plan? Why is it that you want to know something that He has only shared in part to many others on this forum and elsewhere since the beginning of man's time? Why should He share all of it with you now?

    What would it take for Him to share it with anyone when we consider His Words in the following verses?

    "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
    For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts" Isaiah 55:8-9

    The only way you or anyone will really understand even in part His plan begins with faith rather than knowledge or understanding. The following verse clarifies that if I have not:

    "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Heb 11:6

    And "...faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Heb 11:1.
     

  7. yes
     
  8. The short answer is because He is God, and we are not; therefore as God He can do things the way He wants too, and no man can put anything to it, nor take anything from it.
    The Lord Jesus Christ, the son of the living God is our example of what to respond to how His Father does things, when He mention how that God decides to hide "these things" namely the Truth from the wise and prudent, and instead reveal them to babes (Matthew 11:25), and Christ's response was "Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight." (Matthew 11:26) And so it should be in the same manner for us.
     
  9. God chose animals to sacrifice because He knew nobody would want a human sacrifice. That price is too high!
    When he requested Abraham to sacrifice his own son Isaac, He knew that would be asking too much because Isaac was the promised son! But Abraham obeyed...it actually was a test, because the angel stopped him and a lamb was sacrficied instead. Abraham actually knew that God would provide a lamb. God was seeing if Abraham would obey.

    The thing is it is actually Satan that comes to steal, kill and destroy. God did not sacrifice Jesus, actually it was Satan and those in his kingdom that wanted Jesus dead. See Jesus, even when he was crucified was raised from the dead God did not keep Him down.

    God requires obedience, not sacrifice. Any sacrifice we make is a living sacrifice, ie. our lives given to Him, and in return He gives us eternal life.

    At Passover, a lamb is sacrificed. Jesus died at passover and represents the lamb of God. He didnt actually want to die but those who didnt believe were baying for his death. So he suffered! But good news is, nothing could keep Him down! Plus, his blood paid for all the sins of man, so that animal sacrifices were not needed anymore...and to this day there are no more sacrifices to be made...Jesus paid it all.
     
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