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ATONEMENT (Covering, Payment, Sacrifice)
« on: June 10, 2017, 12:02:33 AM »
The Handbook of Bible Application Neil S. Wilson, Editor

ATONEMENT (Covering, Payment, Sacrifice)
What did the Old Testament sacrifices mean?
BIBLE READING: Leviticus 17:10-14
KEY BIBLE VERSE: The life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for oneís life. (Leviticus 17:11 , niv)
Blood meant an exchange of one life for another. How does blood make atonement for sin? When offered with the right attitude, the sacrifice and the blood shed from it made forgiveness of sin possible. On the one hand, blood represented the sinnerís life, infected by his sin and headed for death. On the other hand, the blood represented the innocent life of the animal that was sacrificed in place of the guilty person making the offering. The death of the animal (of which the blood was proof) fulfilled the penalty of death. God therefore granted forgiveness to the sinner. It is God who forgives based on the faith of the one sacrificing.
How does Jesusí death offer atonement for our sin?
BIBLE READING: Romans 3:21-31
KEY BIBLE VERSE: God presented [Christ Jesus] as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished. (Romans 3:25 , niv)
In his death Jesus took upon himself our punishment. After all this bad news about our sinfulness and Godís condemnation, Paul now gives the wonderful news. There is a way to be declared not guiltyóby trusting Jesus Christ to take away our sins. Trusting means putting our confidence in him to forgive our sins, to make us right with God, and to empower us to live the way he taught us. Godís solution is available to all of us regardless of our background or past behavior.
BIBLE READING: Hebrews 7:11-28
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Unlike the other high priests, [Jesus] does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. (Hebrews 7:27 , niv)
Jesusí death secured forgiveness for us. In Old Testament times when animals were sacrificed, they were cut into pieces, the parts were washed, the fat was burned, the blood was sprinkled, and the meat was boiled. Blood was demanded as atonement for sins, and God accepted animal blood to cover the peopleís sins (Leviticus 17:11 ). Because of the sacrificial system, the Israelites were generally aware that sin costs and that they themselves were sinful. Many people take Christís work on the cross for granted. They donít realize how costly it was for Jesus to secure our forgivenessóit cost him his life (1 Peter 1:18-19 ).
These verses help explain why Jesus had to die. As we better understand the Jewish sacrificial system, we see that Jesusí death served as the perfect atonement for our sins. His death brings us eternal life. How callous, how cold, how stubborn it would be to refuse Godís greatest gift.

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Re: ATONEMENT (Covering, Payment, Sacrifice)
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2017, 11:56:09 PM »
Since there's no Temple for sacrifices, does anybody know exactly what the Jews do for atonement in this age? When is the going to hit them that God has made the extreme sacrifice on their behalf and that the Temple is no longer needed for the atonement offering? There must be some reasoning in their minds right now on how they are accomplishing the atonement for their sins.

Does anyone have an answer for me? Just curious.



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Re: ATONEMENT (Covering, Payment, Sacrifice)
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2017, 10:44:52 AM »
Since there's no Temple for sacrifices, does anybody know exactly what the Jews do for atonement in this age? When is the going to hit them that God has made the extreme sacrifice on their behalf and that the Temple is no longer needed for the atonement offering? There must be some reasoning in their minds right now on how they are accomplishing the atonement for their sins.

Does anyone have an answer for me? Just curious.



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I don't know how they spin it, but as far as I can tell they're stuck with the law.That is a death sentence because they can't keep the law.