Why does God demand sacrifice? The Levitical Law is full or commandments to give sacrificial offerings for sin, guilt, restoration, ect. It also demands many other seemingly odd and arcane liturgical practices. Its important to note that God does NOT demand sacrifice because He is a petty cosmic dictator who likes the smell of burnt animals. Nor it is because God has some kind of insecurity complex that is satisfied by our worship. In fact, God’s demand for sacrifice is not for His benefit AT ALL! The ceremonial Levitical Laws were implemented in order to prepare Israel for the advent of their Redeemer.
If Israel had obeyed the levitical ceremonial Laws, they would have literally been rehearsing the life, death, and resurrection of their Messiah for over 1000 years! And they would have been ready to receive Him when He arrived. But they weren’t
How did they miss an event that should have been culturally ingrained in them for a millennia? Religion!
The Religious leaders in Israel corrupted the Law so thoroughly, that it became unrecognizable! Thus the Redeemer it foretold was unrecognizable to them. So much so that they not only rejected their Messiah, they had Him killed! More proof that religion causes brain damage.
We’ll discuss the ceremonial Laws in this week’s podcast
Divine Dress Rehearsal (blog post)
The Bible says that the entire Old Testament reveals Jesus
Next Podcast – Do Christians Have to Obey the Levitical Law?