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Cletus B
What animals where to be Sacrificed in the Old Testament? And why?
Steve Gillespie
Let me start by saying I thank God, we the church don't have any need for Sacrifices. Our Sacrifice has been made once and for ALL. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:3,4,10 Again I say Thank God for the final Sacrifice, Jesus Christ His Son!
Now to the question at hand. There were numerous sacrifices listed in the Old Testament so here is a list!

Burnt Offering: Leviticus 1; 6:8-13; 8:18-21; 16:24
Bull, ram or bird (dove or young pigeon for the poor); wholly consumed; no defect Voluntary act of worship; atonement for unintentional sin in general; expression of devotion, commitment and complete surrender to God.

Grain Offering (Sorry Not Animal, but Worth Mentioning): Leviticus 2; 6:14-23
Grain, fine flour, olive oil, incense, baked bread (cakes or wafers), salt; no yeast or honey; accompanied burnt offering and peace offering (along with drink offering) Voluntary act of worship; recognition of God's goodness and provisions; devotion to God.

Peace Offering: Leviticus 3; 7:11-34
Any animal without defect from herd or flock; variety of breads Voluntary act of worship; thanksgiving and fellowship (it included a communal meal); included vow offerings, thanksgiving offerings and freewill offerings.

Sin Offering (Probably what you were referring to and the most commonly discussed): Leviticus 4; 5:1-13; 6:24-30; 8:14-17; 16:3-22
1. Young bull: for High Priest and whole congregation. The blood was to be sprinkled in front of the veil and put on the horns of the altar of incense (see notes)
2. Male goat: for leader. The blood was to be put on the horns of the altar of burnt offering
3. Female goat or lamb: for common person. The blood was to be put on the horns of the altar of burnt offering
4. Dove or pigeon: for the poor. The blood was to be put on the horns of the altar of burnt offering
5. 1/10 ephah (ephah: a Hebrew unit of dry measure, equal to about a bushel (35 liters))of fine flour: for the very poor
Mandatory atonement for specific unintentional sin; confession of sin; forgiveness of sin; cleansing from defilement.

Trespass Offering: Leviticus 5:14-19; 6:1-7; 7:1-6
Ram Mandatory atonement for unintentional sin requiring restitution; cleansing from defilement; make restitution; pay 20% fine

Okay so that is the basic list with Biblical references. However the list continues:
Daily the priest offered 1 lamb in the morning service and 1 lamb in the evening service. On a Sabbath, 2 additional lambs were offered after the morning service.
Seven high days are designated in Leviticus 23 (verses 7, 8, 21, 25, 28, 30-32, 35-36). These high days are Sabbaths. They were to be treated like the seventh day Sabbath, even though they could occur on a day other than the seventh day (Saturday) of the week - which was the normal Jewish Sabbath. On a high day, besides the daily regular offerings, the priest offered 2 additional lambs after the morning service, and additional sacrifices for the day. These seven high days were:

Notes - Special Offering on The Day of Atonement
Normally a bull was offered as sin offering for the whole congregation (Leviticus 4:13-14). But once a year on the Day of Atonement, a goat was offered instead. And for the High Priest, a bull was offered as sin offering (Leviticus 16:14-15). Another live goat, or the scapegoat, was to be sent to the wilderness (Leviticus 16:20-22). These were the special offerings during the atonement ceremony.
Besides the regular daily offering and atonement sin offerings, one bull, one ram and seven lambs were also offered (Numbers 29:7-11).

And don't forget the list of sacrifices that went with all of the Jewish Feasts!!

So as I said before; Thank God Jesus came to end all of this and pay the price once and for ALL!!!!

w/Love Pastor Steve

P.S. A really good resource of course The Word of God & http://www3.telus.net/public/kstam/en/default.htm (Even though telus.net is listed as a resource here Calvary Lakeway may not agree with all the content contained within, Thank you)
Steve Gillespie
Let me start by saying I thank God, we the church don't have any need for Sacrifices. Our Sacrifice has been made once and for ALL. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:3,4,10 Again I say Thank God for the final Sacrifice, Jesus Christ His Son!
Now to the question at hand. There were numerous sacrifices listed in the Old Testament so here is a list!

Burnt Offering: Leviticus 1; 6:8-13; 8:18-21; 16:24
Bull, ram or bird (dove or young pigeon for the poor); wholly consumed; no defect Voluntary act of worship; atonement for unintentional sin in general; expression of devotion, commitment and complete surrender to God.

Grain Offering (Sorry Not Animal, but Worth Mentioning): Leviticus 2; 6:14-23
Grain, fine flour, olive oil, incense, baked bread (cakes or wafers), salt; no yeast or honey; accompanied burnt offering and peace offering (along with drink offering) Voluntary act of worship; recognition of God's goodness and provisions; devotion to God.

Peace Offering: Leviticus 3; 7:11-34
Any animal without defect from herd or flock; variety of breads Voluntary act of worship; thanksgiving and fellowship (it included a communal meal); included vow offerings, thanksgiving offerings and freewill offerings.

Sin Offering (Probably what you were referring to and the most commonly discussed): Leviticus 4; 5:1-13; 6:24-30; 8:14-17; 16:3-22
1. Young bull: for High Priest and whole congregation. The blood was to be sprinkled in front of the veil and put on the horns of the altar of incense (see notes)
2. Male goat: for leader. The blood was to be put on the horns of the altar of burnt offering
3. Female goat or lamb: for common person. The blood was to be put on the horns of the altar of burnt offering
4. Dove or pigeon: for the poor. The blood was to be put on the horns of the altar of burnt offering
5. 1/10 ephah (ephah: a Hebrew unit of dry measure, equal to about a bushel (35 liters))of fine flour: for the very poor
Mandatory atonement for specific unintentional sin; confession of sin; forgiveness of sin; cleansing from defilement.

Trespass Offering: Leviticus 5:14-19; 6:1-7; 7:1-6
Ram Mandatory atonement for unintentional sin requiring restitution; cleansing from defilement; make restitution; pay 20% fine

Okay so that is the basic list with Biblical references. However the list continues:
Daily the priest offered 1 lamb in the morning service and 1 lamb in the evening service. On a Sabbath, 2 additional lambs were offered after the morning service.
Seven high days are designated in Leviticus 23 (verses 7, 8, 21, 25, 28, 30-32, 35-36). These high days are Sabbaths. They were to be treated like the seventh day Sabbath, even though they could occur on a day other than the seventh day (Saturday) of the week - which was the normal Jewish Sabbath. On a high day, besides the daily regular offerings, the priest offered 2 additional lambs after the morning service, and additional sacrifices for the day. These seven high days were:

Notes - Special Offering on The Day of Atonement
Normally a bull was offered as sin offering for the whole congregation (Leviticus 4:13-14). But once a year on the Day of Atonement, a goat was offered instead. And for the High Priest, a bull was offered as sin offering (Leviticus 16:14-15). Another live goat, or the scapegoat, was to be sent to the wilderness (Leviticus 16:20-22). These were the special offerings during the atonement ceremony.
Besides the regular daily offering and atonement sin offerings, one bull, one ram and seven lambs were also offered (Numbers 29:7-11).

And don't forget the list of sacrifices that went with all of the Jewish Feasts!!

So as I said before; Thank God Jesus came to end all of this and pay the price once and for ALL!!!!

w/Love Pastor Steve

P.S. A really good resource of course The Word of God & http://www3.telus.net/public/kstam/en/default.htm (Even though telus.net is listed as a resource here Calvary Lakeway may not agree with all the content contained within, Thank you)

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