Liberty University Reflection Paper Theology

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Introduction: The law of sacrifice was given to man to help them look to the redeeming sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Offering sacrifice helped man to know the master that was to redeem us from the effects of the fall and sin on man. However being just redeemed is not the end goal of God. Not only did he want us to be saved from sin and death he also wanted us to become one with him. He therefore sanctifies us through the process of receiving a broken heart. Theological Definition: Law of Sacrifice The Law of Sacrifice is introduced to man as a way of looking forward to the sacrifice and crucifixion of Jesus Christ as a means of redemption and sanctification. Man needed redemption and sanctification due to the effects of Adams transgression and the individual sins of man. Biblical Foundation: Sacrifice is introduced There is evidence that the law of sacrifice is introduced to Adam and Eve and their posterity shortly after they are cast out of the Garden. For we read about Cain and Able both offering sacrifices to the Lord. (See Genesis 4: 3-7). Noah likewise offered sacrifices of burnt offerings. (See Genesis 8:20). It is introduced with greater understanding with Abraham and the request by God to sacrifice his son Isaac. (See Genesis 22:2-13). We can actually read this law being given to the Israelites once they have been freed from Egypt in Exodus 20:24-25. Then throughout Leviticus we read extensively about the intricate details surrounding the different kinds of sacrifices required of God. Sacrifice of the Old Testament is a similitude of the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. In Hebrews 10 Paul explains that the sacrifices of the Old Testament are a shadow of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and that Christ being the perfect sacrifice

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