It's Day 42 and we're in Ephesians 1.Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 19 - I want to see that "incomparably great power" at work in my life. Pour it on, Father.
If you want to read the chapter online, here's a link.
If you have a question or comment, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Questions and Comments:
- “'Solomon offered a sacrifice of fellowship offerings to the Lord: twenty-two thousand cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So the king and all the Israelites dedicated the temple of the Lord.' 1 Kings 8:63 NIV. So stuff like this pops up a lot in the Old Testament, but what exactly is a sacrifice? Is it the killing of the animals because that seems like a very high number of animals to just kill? We’re they shared and eaten? 142k animals seems like a big amount to just kill and let go to waste or to kill at one time. Looking at Leviticus 7:11-22 it seems like it must be ate the day of the sacrifice or burnt." - This was an unusual situation with a higher number of sacrifices than typical because it was the dedication of the Temple. In general, the animals were not wasted, but instead there were provisions for much of the animal to be eaten. With the massive numbers sacrificed here, it would have been too many for just the priests to have eaten, so perhaps the large crowd present for this historic occasion also ate (perhaps as part of the 14 days of celebration they had for this moment). As to your first question on the nature of a sacrifice, it was an expression of the seriousness of the sin that was being atoned for. It was a way for God to emphasize to Israel that their sinfulness was serious enough that it required a blood sacrifice. This, of course, foreshadowed the sacrifice that Christ would make for us once and for all.
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