Because the sacrifice was to replace an imperfect offender, itself had to be “perfect”, ie. without physical defect. But all this was only symbolic. The sacrifices derived their sense that to the one sacrifice all those sacrifices were seen. The Israelite with understanding would have understood that an animal, how ‘cool’ it also may have been, never would be able to take the place of a human being. Only a perfect human being there would be capable. And so concludes the author of the Letter to the Hebrews:
“3 But in those [sacrifices] there is a remembrance made of sins year by year. 4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.” (Hebrews 10:3-4 ASV)
The author argues that the imperfectness of animal sacrifice is shown by the fact that they had to be repeated over and over again, without having apparently led to a final solution.
“1 For the law having a shadow of the good [things] to come, not the very image of the things, can never with the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect them that draw nigh. 2 Else would they not have ceased to be offered? because the worshippers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins.” (Hebrews 10:1-2 ASV)
To truly “take away” the sins of the sacrificial death was required of a perfect man. And that is the solution that we find in the New Testament, where our life and death of that one, Jesus Christ, are proposed. This solution is fully in line with the teachings of the Old Testament.
Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Verlossing #3 Het onvolmaakte dieroffer
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