Commentary on Genesis 9:2-4
By Frank and Mary Hoffman - 31 Oct 2009
Thank you for you response.
In Genesis 15:6 we are told that Abram believed God and it was reckoned unto him as righteousness. In other words, he was forgiven without sacrifice. As elsewhere we are told that obedience is better that sacrifice. So, the exiles to Babylon were forgiven if they truly repented. And the same thing applied to people who couldn't come to the Temple. Thus, we don't believe that blood was necessary, it was only a traditional practice that God limited in the Law.
We also agree with you that God sees the intent of the heart, which should include the horror of bloodshed, but has always been able to see the intent even without the blood.
The third temple will most likely be built before Messiah's return, and the sacrifices will end with His return.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary