Many have taught that Jesus made the levitical sacrifices obsolete. Is that true? Let’s look at what the Bible has to say.
The levitical sacrifices are instructed in Leviticus chapters 1 through 7. There are 5 basic offerings explained:
1.) Olah —- translated Burnt Offering —– from the Hebrew root “ascend”
2.) Mincha —- translated Grain Offering —– from the Hebrew root “to bestow””
3.) Shelami —- translated Peace Offering —– from the Hebrew root “being in covenant”
4.) Chatat —– translated Sin Offering —– from the Hebrew root “to purify”
5.) Asham —– translated Guilt Offering —– from the Hebrew root “to acknowledged offense””
By their Hebrew meaning and the procedures associated with doing the offering we can see that the sacrifices are a serious act of worship and the prescribed way to approach YeHoVaH. The long and precise preparation was very beneficial to turn the mind and heart of a serious worshiper towards our heavenly Father.
This is why YeHoVaH speaks through the prophets later on that he hates the sacrifices, because people had turned it into a routine without putting their heart into it.
The general Hebrew word for Offering is “Korban”, which means “to draw near”.
The Torah DOES NOT say that the sacrifice takes away the sin, but it does say that confession plus repentance, making reparation leads to receiving forgiveness.
Yeshua was described as the “Lamb that takes away the sin”, but he did not fulfill the requirements for the levitical sacrifice. He was not slaughtered, his blood was not poured at the altar, he was not offered on the altar, etc. Therefore Yeshua could not have died in replacement of the sacrifices.
The sacrifices did not take away the sin. If Yeshua replaced the sacrifices he only saved animals from dying but not humans.
More detail can be found in the book “What about the Sacrifices”from D. Thomas Lancaster. It can be obtained from First Fruits of Zion. www.ffoz.org