Posted by: thaishin | January 1, 2017

Blood sacrifices once again?

Passages used in this post:

Isaiah 65

20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.  -kjv

20 “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.  -niv

20 “No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, Or an old man who does not live out his days; For the youth will die at the age of one hundred And the one who does not reach the age of one hundred Will be thought accursed.  -nasb

Zechariah 6

11 Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest; 12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord: 13 Even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both. 14 And the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the temple of the Lord. 15 And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the Lord, and ye shall know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God.  -kjv

 

Question from openline moody radio listener on Dec 31, 2016:

My bible study teacher is saying that when the new temple is built in Jerusalem, there will be again blood sacrifices, is that true?

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik and his wife Eva Rydelnik:

It is true. If you look at Ezekiel 40-48, it speaks of the restoration of the temple in the Messianic kingdom when the Messiah is reigning on the throne in Jerusalem and it includes animal sacrifices, actual blood sacrifices. It is clear that this is going to happen in Ezekiel but the question is why? The reason is they are memorial sacrifices, just like we have the Lord’s supper today, to remember what the Lord did for us. In the kingdom, there won’t be much death as in Isaish 65 where it says if someone dies at a hundred, he will be considered young. There won’t be much death, the predatory animals, the wolf and the lamb will lay down, not much death and so there will be people born in that kingdom who will need to become followers of Jesus to trust in Him, to become believers and they won’t fully comprehend fully this idea that Jesus died for us and rose again and so in the temple there will be sacrifices, not to provide atonement for the forgiveness of sins but rather there will be memorials to remind us of what Jesus did for us in His death and resurrection and also they will provide ritual cleansing, not cleansing from sin but ritual cleansing so that priest can serve there. But the main thing is that it is a reminder of what the Lord Jesus did for us in his death.

Question from listener:

Why do we need the bible then? That’s our reminder, isn’t it?

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik and Eva Rydelnik:

Yeah, why do we  have the Lord’s supper if the bible is our reminder? Because we need something tangible and even then, in the Messianic kingdom, it appears that the Lord’s supper will be insufficient to teach people who don’t see much death about what’s that talking about. And the bible does not only teach about sacrifices but it teaches about so much else, so we need the whole bible like what we are talking about in the first hour today, to remind us of God’s character, His love for us and what the Messiah’s done. In Zechariah 6, it talks about when the Messiah comes, He will rebuild the temple and what’s the point of the temple but to have sacrifices and He will be the priest king on his throne. It says in Zechariah 6:11-15 and also in Zechariah 14, it describes the Messiah and the nations coming to worship in that temple in Jerusalem, so that it will be a great reminder in the Messianic kingdom of what the Messiah has done for us and so a lot of people think it can’t be but it’s right there in scripture and we have to understand it, they are not there to take away sin but those sacrifices are there to remind us of the one who took away sins through his death and resurrection.

 

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Responses

  1. I totally agree with the comments we need the entire Bible to understand the entire meanings cover to cover. Christian people who never or seldom read from the Bible are like new born babies. They can drink milk but not eat solid food in their condition. We must know how the various chapters of the Bible fit together so we can more easier understand the complete teaching on the Holy Word.


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