July 3rd, 2016
The Eternal Sacrifice Has Already Been Given
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, When a bullock, or a sheep, or a goat, is brought forth, then it shall be seven days under the dam; and from the eighth day and thenceforth it shall be accepted for an offering made by fire unto the LORD. And whether it be cow or ewe, ye shall not kill it and her young both in one day. And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the LORD, offer it at your own will. On the same day it shall be eaten up; ye shall leave none of it until the morrow: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 22:26-30 KJV)
There was more than one reason that man brought forth a bullock, sheep, or goat, bird, or other animals in Old Testament times before God.
One reason an animal was brought forth was for the purpose of a sacrifice for their sin. The Bible states an animal could not be used as a sacrifice until it was eight days old. If you have studied the use of number in the Bible you already know the number eight was used to represent a new beginning. A sacrifice was a picture of a new beginning, or a spiritually cleared slate with God. Animals offered as a sacrifice were commanded to be sacrificed by God in relation to a debt of sin. A sacrifice was necessary to fulfill the commandment of God and for mankind remain in a right relationship with Him.
Animals were also used as a free will offering given for thanksgiving unto God. This kind of offering was not given to fulfill a commandment of God, but rather as an individual person was lead. Mankind was free to give an animal offering out of great thanks and it was expected to be eaten entirely in one day.
The ancient system of free will and sacrifices to God was laid out in the Old Testament by God because of the penalty of sin. Mankind is no longer under the Old Testament sacrificial system because it was not sufficient to remove sin. In the New Testament God gave mankind the sacrificial birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which eternally accounted for all sin through faith in the work of Christ at Calvary leaving sacrifices no longer necessary.