All sacrifice involves offering something
valuable to God, the object offered represents the self-offering
of the worshiper. There are several sorts of sacrifice in the
- burnt offering (Lev 1) of an animal
- cereal offering (Lev 2) of raw or prepared
grain, as a memorial or as sign of the worshiper's faithfulness;
- sacrifice of peace or communion (Lev
3) part of the animal was taken by the priest in the LORD's name,
the rest was eaten by the guests, so producing communion between
humans and their God;
- reparation (Lev 4-5) made for involuntary
- libation (Lev 23.13) spilling of wine
or some other liquid which might accompany other sacrifices.
Jesus' death on the cross is understood
as a sacrifice, made once for all, though linked with the offering
of the Passover lamb.
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