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LIVING SACRIFICE


God never demanded a literal sacrificial death from his servants, but a willingness to be ‘living sacrifice, pleasing to God’, that is, to consciously die for themselves and to live for Him, to be what they were created for. What was required of them was later also required of Christians:

“Therefore, brethren, I earnestly beseech you with the compassion of God to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing God, to serve God …” (Romans 12:1)

“… For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body!” (1 Corinthians 6:20)

The sons of Israel, as adopted sons of God, were redeemed and inscribed in the Book of life. God gave them the Law and commandments they accepted at the cost of their lives:

”Taking the book of the covenant, he (Moses) read it aloud to the people, who answered, “All that the Lord has said, we will hear and do.” (Exodus 24:7)

God accepted their willingness, which had the value of a blood sacrifice, and replaced their sacrifice with the blood sacrifice of a lamb or another animal. We’ll talk about that later.

The God could simply have delivered Jesus from judgement without any ransom, but justice would not have been satisfied. Because of the divine justice that was to be the foundation of human society, Jesus could only be set free at a certain cost. This was the principle of divine righteousness. When we consider God’s way of doing things, we will see that before the birth of the Chosen man, God had to offer a certain ransom price for his chosen covenant people, Israel, whom he considered his firstborn Son (see Exodus 4:22).