Forgiveness Without Sacrifice – Part 04

Forgiveness Without Sacrifice – Part 04

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We closed our previous discussion on forgiveness without sacrifice with a reference to Isaiah 1:10-21. In these verses we will see that neither sacrifice nor incense brings forgiveness.

10. Hear the word of the LORD,
You rulers of Sodom;
Give ear to the instruction of our God,
You people of Gomorrah.

God is so angry with Israel for turning away from His will and distorting the truth that He is swearing at them by comparing them to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.

11. “What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?”
Says the LORD.
“I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams,
And the fat of fed cattle.
And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs, or goats.

God, through Isaiah, is plainly saying that He doesn’t want any animal sacrifices.

12. “When you come to appear before Me,
Who requires of you this trampling of My courts?

13. “Bring your worthless offerings no longer,
Incense is an abomination to Me.
New moon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies-
I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly.

Here God adds that He also doesn’t want incense offerings either. He just wants their obedience.

14. “I hate your new moon festivals and your appointed feasts,
They have become a burden to Me.
I am weary of bearing them.

15. “So when you spread out your hands in prayer,
I will hide My eyes from you,
Yes, even though you multiply prayers,
I will not listen.
Your hands are covered with blood.

16. “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight.
Cease to do evil,

The Lord is here telling us what He doesn’t want, and then He tells us what He really wants from us in order for us to be forgiven.

17. Learn to do good;
Seek justice,
Reprove the ruthless;
Defend the orphan,
Plead for the widow.

18. “Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the LORD,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.

19. “If you consent and obey,
You will eat the best of the land;

This is indeed forgiveness without sacrifice.

20. “But if you refuse and rebel,
You will be devoured by the sword.”
Truly, the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

21. How the faithful city has become a harlot,
She who was full of justice!
Righteousness once lodged in her,
But now murderers.
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And those who continue to sacrifice animals are considered to be murderers. We believe that those who treat animals so horribly on factory farms and in laboratories are no different. They are all premeditated murderers.

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6 Responses to Forgiveness Without Sacrifice – Part 04

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    Noelene Sanderson February 1, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    I still don’t “get it”!! As God is saying here that He doesn’t want the burning of incense, or our hands covered in blood from the sacrifice of animals offered to Him for our forgiveness, why would He then want our hands covered in the blood of Jesus as the sacrifice leading to Him forgiving us. He says that we are forgiven or “saved” from wrong-doing when we “learn to do good, seek justice….” and so on. (live ‘virtuously’). .Doesn’t this confirm that it is in the following of His Way as shown by Jesus, that we are forgiven for the past, and we are ‘saved’ day by day, insofar as we do that? If we at some time commit cruelty etc., again we have to make up for that by returning to God’s way of harmlessness towards animals and others. i.e we are not saved – forgiven – forever, regardless of behaviour…..

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      flhadmin February 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

      Dear Noelene:

      God never wants our hands covered with blood, which means that we do the killing or are complacent in the killing. Jesus’ situation is completely different. He willingly went to the cross. When we allow the Holy Spirit to enter us and change us into the people He wants us to be, we naturally no longer do the things that are against God’s will, and if we make a mistake and are truly repentant, then we are covered by God’s grace.

      So, if people deliberately go against the will of God, even though they say they are believers, the question remains: “Are they really saved?” This is the basis of the doctrinal differences between those who believe that: once saved – always saved, and those who believe that we can lose our salvation.

      We hope this answers your question.

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    Peter Konopka February 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    I saved your website in OneNote on my laptop. Keep up the good work. See my watercolor website for there are animals on it also……a ram is one with the America eagle also.

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