Jesus, Our Sacrifice
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 8 Sunday
What do you hear when you hear “Jesus, our Sacrifice”?
Do you still think in concrete terms, and see lambs with their throats slit, bleeding on the ground, having their organs burnt on an altar and their meat eaten by priests?
Even if we don’t think in terms of priests of Baal cutting themselves, do we still have an appeasement mindset when we hear the word, “sacrifice”?
The lesson states: “An overarching theme of the Bible, maybe even the overarching theme, is that of God’s work in saving fallen humanity. From the fall of Adam and Eve in Genesis to the fall of Babylon in Revelation, Scripture in one way or another reveals the work of God in seeking to save “that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).” Is that all that scripture is doing?
Doesn’t Scripture delve in to the how and why God is working to “save that which was lost”?
Does it help to know the context of Man’s fall and needing of a Savior, in cosmic terms, as well?
- It’s a revelation of both God’s character as well as Satan’s character.
- It provides a revelation of the source of evil, as it didn’t start here on earth.
- It provides the source of human and universal suffering
- It draws back the curtain and shows us a bigger reality, its much bigger and broader than a war we can see going on here on earth.
- Although it does show God’s intervention to bridge the gap between Heaven and humanity, it’s much much more than that.
From the lesson:
Peter thus likens Christ’s death to that of a sacrificial animal in the Hebrew Bible. A sinner brought a sheep without blemish to the sanctuary. The sinner then laid his hands on the animal (Lev. 4:32, 33). The animal was slaughtered, and some of its blood was smeared on the altar; the rest was poured at the base (Lev. 4:34). The death of the sacrificial animal provided “atonement” for the one who offered the sacrifice” (Lev. 4:35).
Did the death of the animal provide any atonement? or was it symbolic of a greater reality?
Wasn’t the Levitical sacrificial system a “teaching tool” to get humanity to look forward to the actual “atonement”?
“The multitude of your sacrifices—what are they to me?” says the LORD. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. Isaiah 1:11.
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6.
But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9: 13.
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