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Comment by Yoel charan on May 16, 2009 at 6:08am
Human sacrifice in the Bible----
All these passages indicate that human sacrifice is wrong some reference Molach some dont Lev 18.21, Lev 20.2-5, 2 Kings 23.10, Jer 32.35, 2 Kings 16.3, 2 Kings 17.31, 2 Kings 21.6, Jer 7.31, Deut 12.31, Deut 18.10, 2 Kings 23.10, Ezek 20:25-26 and Ezek 20.31.

Deut 12.31: You must not worship the LORD your God in their way, because in worshipping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the LORD hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.

Israelites are commanded to give their firstborn sons to God, along with the firstborn of the cattle and sheep. Later the firstborn children are redeemed by a substitute sacrifice of an animal (Gen 22:13, Ex 13:13, 15, 34:20) In other words, no human sacrifice.

Jesus: The prohibitions against child sacrifice were considered cases of murder. (Psalm 106.34, Ezek 23.37, Jer 19.4), Jesus was not a child and not 'innocent' at the point of punishment (it was justice and not murder) 2 Cor 5.21 & I Pet 2.24, It is a moral goodness to give oneself sacrificially for others, according to Jesus John 15.13: Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends, Jesus saw no contradiction in His affirmations of the Law and his role as the Suffering Sin-bearing Servant of Isaiah (Is 53), Jesus was not a victim; He was the priestly offerer, Jesus was 'unblemished' BEFORE the Cross--it was the only reason He could become a substitute (all sacrifices had to be without defect in the system) Mark 10.45, John 10:11-17

Isaac: Since God's intent never was that Abe complete the sacrifice--had Abraham disobeyed the command by the Angel to stop, and God NOT PUNISHED him--THAT would be an inconsistency with the treatment of the Canaanites, and would have been an endorsement of the practice. But without the actual completion of the sacrifice, there cannot be a true comparison nor 'consistency' issue. Typically, this story is seen as a type and anti-type of the crucifixion (an event happens in the OT that reflects an event in the NT): Isaac is bound, Christ is bound; Isaac gathers the wood, Christ carries His own cross; both taken place on a hill, they are both promised sons, both are innocent yet willing and so on.

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