WHAT ABOUT THE 
SACRIFICES?

It is often taught that sacrifices are not done today, because sacrifices are part of the law and the law has been abolished. This is then supported by the explanation that scripture says the law has been fulfilled, and that fulfilled means completed, finished, ended. Not so!

As used in the scriptures, "fulfill" means: [Strongs 4137] to make complete, nothing missing, "to bring to perfection." It does not mean to end, to abolish, or to destroy. As an example, you might think of a car engine that is tuned so that it can perform better, not so that it can be turned off.

The Greek word translated as "fulfill", above, is pleroo [#4137]. It is the same word for "fulfill" used in the following verse: Certainly, Matt 3:15 cannot mean that righteousness will be brought to an end or abolished. In both verses "fulfill" means "to bring to perfection" (perfect condition and function) so that nothing shall be wanting.

The whole sacrificial system has been brought to perfection (fulfilled) by Messiah Yahshua's atoning death. Yet, the sacrificial system still exists in order for that perfect sacrifice to be our link to Yahweh. Without accepting that sacrifice for our atonement, there is no salvation. We must identify with Yahshua as our sacrifice in order to receive atonement; just as the Old Testament believer had to put his hand on the head of the animal being sacrificed, to identify with it in order to receive the atonement.

Since there is no longer a need for the animal sacrifices to be made, those laws concerning how to make the sacrifices, fall into disuse and are set aside:

Why is it so important to understand that the Law is not abolished and nothing has been erased; that the laws for animal sacrifice are still "on the books," but have fallen into disuse due to the Messiah's perfect sacrifice?

The Law (Torah) is still in effect, since heaven and earth have not passed away. Indeed, not one jot or tittle has passed from the Law.

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