Animal sacrifices cannot take away man’s sins

2015-09-30 06:00

WHEN God spoke to Abraham it was a test to him personally whether Abraham believed God’s word when God made him a promise that if Abraham could count the number of stars in the heavens, so shall his descendants be.

Abraham believed God and God recognised Abraham as righteous because of his belief in God’s word.

The birth of Isaac was miraculous as present day medical science, with all its expertise, cannot declare that a 90-year-old man could impregnate his wife and have a child.

When God tested Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, the promised son, as a burnt offering, Abraham obeyed without a shadow of doubt. It was instant obedience because Abraham witnessed the miracle with his own eyes the birth of his son Isaac.

Abraham knew that God will keep his word true as to the reference of his descendants being as many as the stars in heaven. The evidence of Abraham’s belief in God’s word is twofold - firstly when Abraham told his young men, who were accompanying him to Mount Moriah, that they should remain behind as he and the lad will go up and worship God, and he uses the term “and we will come back and return to you”, implying that he and the lad will come back.

To make that statement was awesome, all because of the great faith Abraham had in God.

Secondly, when Isaac asked Abraham the question of where the lamb for the burnt offering is, because they had all the items required for a burnt sacrifice, but without the lamb, Abraham replies that God will provide a lamb for the burnt offering. God is always our provider. There is no record that Abraham kept this sacrifice of burnt offering nor is there any record that God commanded Abraham to do so after the testing.

God had commanded Moses to perform the sacrifice of annual atonement. This was for the remission of the sins of the people. The high priest was only allowed to perform this atonement sacrifice specifically at the doorway of the prayer place. This took place over many years and God was eventually not pleased with this form of sacrifice as innocent animals were being slaughtered for the sins of humanity and man still was guilty of sin by their sinful way of life.

God gives life and has given life to animals also. Why? Must innocent animals be killed for man’s sins? Animals do feel pain and we cannot as humans inflict the pain of death on them without cause. Therefore to rectify this unfair killing of animals God has provided (just as Abraham declared that God will provide a lamb for the sacrifice) that will atone mankind of all sins by offering His son Jesus Christ to be killed so that the blood and the body of Jesus Christ is the only sacrifice that is acceptable to God to cleanse mankind of all sins.

Animal sacrifices cannot take away man’s sins.

kersa pillay

Orient Heights

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