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1)     The Sanctuary and all sacred things within it were first sanctified and anointed with holy oil (see Exodus 40:1-11), then sacrifices were offered and blood spilled, and then the Sanctuary and all things within it could be used.
     It was after this anointing with holy oil that the two stacks of 6 loaves of bread each were placed on the Table of Showbread, the candlestick was lit, incense was burned, water was placed in the laver and then sacrifices and spilt blood occurred at the Altar of Sacrifice before services could begin in the Sanctuary itself (see Exodus 40:22-29).

     What represents this holy anointing oil?  It represents the Holy Spirit being the divine Agency that provides sanctification.  

2)    Why did a sacrificial system become necessary in the first place?

     Once Adam and Eve sinned death was the future destiny of all living things.  Divine love then provided a plan whereby mankind might be redeemed from sin and fully delivered from death.
     “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15.

     As the divine law is as sacred as God Himself, then only One equal with God could make an atonement for its transgression.  This reveals that the seed of the woman could only refer to the Lord God Michael becoming Jesus Christ in human flesh (see Galatians 3:16).  

3)   In order that all mankind might realize the enormity of sin, and its only remedy – the offering up and voluntary sacrificing of the life of the sinless Son of God, a system of sacrifices was made known to Adam and Eve that demanded the life of an innocent victim (see Genesis 4:3-5).  In this they could see more clearly the fact that the death of God’s dear Son was absolutely necessary in order to atone for their sin and meet the claims of the broken law.
     This system of sacrifices required the guilty sinner to bring an innocent lamb, then confess their sins over its head, and then with their own hand take its life and spill its blood, which was a symbol of Christ’s life.  This sin-offering was then burned, symbolizing that all sin, as well as those who cling to it, would be destroyed in the fires of the last day (see Malachi 4:1-3; Revelation 20:9-10, 13-15).  But it also revealed that everyone whose sins were atoned for through the precious blood of Jesus Christ would instead be spared from death.
     The instructions for these sacrificial offerings to God to atone for sin were passed on from Adam and Eve to all their descendants all the way down to faithful and righteous Noah (Genesis 8:20-21).  After the flood, these same sacrificial offerings were practiced by Job (Job 1:5) and by Abraham (Genesis 22:13-14).

4)    “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” Genesis 22:2.

     “Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Genesis 22:7.

     “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.” Genesis 22:8.

     With faith that God knew what He was doing, and that He had a good reason for requiring such a sacrifice, Abraham “bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood” (Genesis 22:9).  Abraham also knew that since God is God then He “was able to raise him up, even from the dead” (Hebrews 11:19) if He chose to, but if not, Abraham was still willing to risk losing his future happiness and the joy of his entire encampment, if Isaac was not raised from the dead.

     It was at the instant of Abraham’s determination to obey God’s command, even though every emotion of his soul seemed to be rebelling against obedience, that “the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven” which stopped Abraham from continuing on with the sacrifice (Genesis 22:11).  The angel said:
     “Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” Genesis 22:11-12.

     Since Isaac was no longer to be the sacrifice, then God indeed would have to provide Himself a sacrifice.  Abraham then looked around and saw “behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns” (Genesis 22:13).  Abraham quickly removed Isaac off from the altar, unbound him, and then took the ram “and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son” (Genesis 22:13).

5)   Since God prevented Abraham from sacrificing his son, then God made it very apparent that He does not require human sacrifices in order to please Him.  This is because He had already provided Himself a more perfect offering through His Son Michael/Jesus Christ.  As the Lord God Michael willingly chose to “put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” and thus “bear the sins of many” and of all who would accept Him as their Saviour so that they could obtain “salvation” (Hebrews 9:26, 28), then all other human sacrifices would be absolutely worthless.

     By God providing that ram as a substitute sacrifice, the purpose of God in requiring animal sacrifices was made extremely plain as well.  All these sacrifices pointed forward to Michael/Jesus Christ being that more perfect sacrifice in order to actually pay the penalty for sin with His spilled blood.  Thus all the animal sacrifices required by God were a solemn symbol of Michael/Christ’s future sacrifice, since “it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins” (Hebrews 10:4).

6)     After Abraham, Jacob continued these same sacrificial services (Genesis 31:54, 46:1), and then Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses (Exodus 18:12).  And then during the final plague against Egypt we find God further exemplifying this truth that these sacrifices pointed forward to Michael being born Jesus Christ who would then provide salvation for all mankind!

     The firstborn of the children of Israel were not exempt from dying in this final plague against the land of Egypt just because they were Israelites, but they were given a specific way of being protected from the general destruction.  God provided them with a plan that called for a substitute dying in their place so that they could live instead.  This substitute was to be a lamb chosen “without blemish, a male of the first year” (Exodus 12:5), and then kept in hold for several days until the set time came for this innocent victim to be killed and sacrificed (Exodus 12:3-4, 6).  Once it had given its life, its spilled blood was then to be put “on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses” (Exodus 12:7), meaning that its blood was on three different entrance areas.  After doing this, then its body, along with “unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs” was to be eaten – not “raw” or boiled “with water”, but roasted “with fire” (Exodus 12:8-9), and whatever remained uneaten was then to be burned with fire (Exodus 12:10).  This was the only way provided for any of the Israelites to be saved from sharing the penalty of death along with the disobedient Egyptians, and they could not be spared from death unless they chose to follow this plan to the letter.

     The sacrifice of this lamb alone was not enough to save any of them.  They had to willingly take and place its blood on the door posts to their houses, separate themselves from the sinful and worldly Egyptians, remain within the shelter and set boundaries of their houses as God commanded, and then eat the flesh of this sacrificed lamb (Exodus 12:21-22).  In following this plan to the letter, and by faith accepting this lamb’s blood and body as their full substitute, “when he seeth the blood...the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses and smite you” (Exodus 12:23).  Thus by a combination of obedience to God and then exercising faith that God would accept this substitute victim in their behalf, the Israelites would instead be allowed to live within this shelter, while all others lacking obedience combined with faith were to be destroyed outside.

     The innocent lamb symbolized Christ’s righteous life of complete obedience to God as a human.  It’s sacrifice and spilled blood symbolized the willing sacrifice of the life of Jesus and the spilling of His blood in order to atone for our sins.  Having its spilled blood placed on three different entrance areas corresponded to the three different colored curtains of the sanctuary which all symbolized Christ offering up His innocent royal life and blood as a substitute Victim in order to save mankind from death and destruction which then allows you and me to be freely justified, sanctified and then to be able to directly communicate and commune with God.  And it’s burnt body symbolized Christ’s voluntary substitution of His righteousness in place of our past unrighteousness so that He could suffer the punishment for our sins and we instead gain eternal life.  All who would willingly take and place Christ’s blood on the door of their sinful hearts; all who would separate themselves from participating with the sinful practices of the world; all who would remain within the shelter and set boundaries of God’s commandments; all who would eat His flesh and thus receive nourishment and strength by allowing Him to be a part of their very lives; and all who would then exercise faith that God would accept Jesus as their full and complete Substitute, would be allowed to live and not be destroyed along with the disobedient and unbelievers living outside of Christ.

     There was no other way provided in which any sinful human being could be saved.  All who decided to comply with these conditions, the Lord Michael/Jesus Christ, the Great I Am, became their “God their saviour” (Psalms 106:21), not only because of the wonders and “great things” He had done in Egypt, but because of His great willing sacrifice and substitution of His innocent righteous life for their guilty sinful life.

7)    After the exodus of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage, God then revealed to Moses a more elaborate sacrificial system, which he then wrote down (Exodus 5:3, 10:25).
     These offerings and sacrifices that were to be made unto the Lord God were to be performed upon an Altar of Sacrifice, and only “the cattle, even of the herd, and of the flock” (Leviticus 1:2) could be used.  But also fowls and even grain flour could be offered at times as substitute sacrifices (Leviticus 1:14, 2:1).

     Of all the different kinds of animals available, only bullocks or oxen, goats and lambs could be offered up as sacrifices (Leviticus 1:5, 10), and they were each to be perfect and “without blemish” or defect (Leviticus 1:3).  Of all the various kinds of the birds, only “turtledoves, or of young pigeons” were allowed (Leviticus 1:14).  Of the offering of the different kinds of grains available, only “wheaten flour” (Exodus 29:2) that was ground “fine” and mixed with olive oil was accepted (Leviticus 2:1).
     This ground wheat offering could either be presented uncooked (Leviticus 2:1), or at times it could be baked “in the oven” (Leviticus 2:4) or “in a pan” (Leviticus 2:5) or even “in the fryingpan” (Leviticus 2:7) as “bread” (Exodus 29:2) formed into “cakes” or “wafers” (Leviticus 2:4).  These wheat flour and bread offerings were further to be all “season[ed] with salt” (Leviticus 2:13), and could not have any other seasonings or condiments added to it, such as “honey” (Leviticus 2:11).  They also had to be completely “unleavened” (Exodus 29:2; Leviticus 2:4-7) and without any kind of agents added to make the baked bread rise up.