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by Wayne Blank
"Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood"
Heifers were among the animals specified for sacrifices from early times, such as this example that The Lord instructed Abraham (see also Abraham And The "Tradition Trap") to make at the time that He declared that Abraham's descendants would inherit the land of Israel before Abraham's grandson Israel, Jacob, was even born. Note also that The Lord spoke to Abraham of the future Exodus of Abraham's descendants before Abraham had any children:
"And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me Thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. And, behold, the word of The Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir."
After the Exodus, red heifers were part of the sacrifices given unto the Levites to perform:
"And The Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, This is the ordinance of the law which The Lord hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke" (Numbers 19:1-2 KJV)
By the time of the New Testament, after the Sacrifice of the Messiah, the symbolic purpose of the animal sacrifices was revealed:
"Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation."
Fact Finder: The verses above plainly explain that the "dead works of the law" that were made obsolete by the Sacrifice of the Christ were the animal sacrifices that merely symbolized the coming Lamb of God. What does the Word of God have to say to those who claim that observing the Ten Commandments are also "dead works" that were likewise made obsolete by Christ's sacrifice?