Old Testament Offerings To God Are No Longer Needed

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Have you ever wondered about the various kinds of offerings found in the Old Testament? Find out more about what God required for people under the old covenant to perform because of sin and why these offerings are no longer needed.

Old Testament Offerings

If you read through the Old Testament Book of Leviticus, you will find the various offerings required for the people of Israel to perform, in order to stay right with God, with rampant sin abounding.

These offerings included:

  • Absolution-Offerings
  • Drink-Offerings
  • Grain-Offerings
  • Freewill-Offerings
  • Fire-Gifts
  • Peace-Offerings
  • Sin Offerings
  • Thanksgiving-Offerings
  • Trespass Offerings
  • Wave-Offerings
  • Whole-Burnt-Offerings

What is Acceptable in an Offering?

Leviticus 22:17-28 is clear about what is allowed in offerings, and what is not.

"The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites and say to them: ‘If any of you—whether an Israelite or a foreigner residing in Israel—presents a gift for a burnt offering to the LORD, either to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering, you must present a male without defect from the cattle, sheep or goats in order that it may be accepted on your behalf. Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf. When anyone brings from the herd or flock a fellowship offering to the LORD to fulfill a special vow or as a freewill offering, it must be without defect or blemish to be acceptable. Do not offer to the LORD the blind, the injured or the maimed, or anything with warts or festering or running sores. Do not place any of these on the altar as a food offering presented to the LORD. You may, however, present as a freewill offering an ox or a sheep that is deformed or stunted, but it will not be accepted in fulfillment of a vow. You must not offer to the LORD an animal whose testicles are bruised, crushed, torn or cut. You must not do this in your own land, and you must not accept such animals from the hand of a foreigner and offer them as the food of your God. They will not be accepted on your behalf, because they are deformed and have defects.’”

The LORD said to Moses, “When a calf, a lamb or a goat is born, it is to remain with its mother for seven days. From the eighth day on, it will be acceptable as a food offering presented to the LORD. Do not slaughter a cow or a sheep and its young on the same day."

Stop and Consider the Context Behind Offerings

When studying the Bible, it is important to understand that both the Old Testament and New Testament are God's Word. Knowing what God required of the Israelites is critical for the Christian to fully understand concepts in the New Testament.

Otherwise, it is easy to lose the context in which the New Testament is immersed.

That being said, the Old Testament is still relevant today to the Christian. After all, Paul wrote many of the New Testament books and his only Bible was comprised of the Old Testament.

Here are a few contextual reasons why we look at the Old Testament offerings:

  1. Sin is a serious rebellion against God.
  2. God is very specific about his requirements to atone for sins.
  3. Failure to follow God's specifc rules result in serious consequences.

Jesus is the New Offering to God for Sins

Hebrews 10:5-18 shares why Old Testament offerings are no longer needed.

"Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, my God.’


First he said, 'Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them'—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, 'Here I am, I have come to do your will.' He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.


Then he adds:
Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.


And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

New Covenant Applied to Our Understanding of Old Testament Offerings

Taking our new understanding about the Old Testament offerings, how do we apply it as Christians under the New Covenant?

  1. Sin is a serious rebellion against God. Christians should take immediate action to get right with God, knowing the Israelite's offering requirements.
  2. God is very specific about his offering requirements to atone for sins. God desires us to get right (ask forgiveness & repent) with Him before giving offerings. He paid an incredible price for the Christian's freedom from sin.
  3. Failure to follow God's specific rules will result in serious consequences. God went to great lengths to atone for the Christian's sins. Not getting right with God is choosing Hell over Heaven.

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This Wikinut article was written to help Christians understand why it is important to know why all scripture is God-breathed and inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

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Read more about why Christians are no longer under the Old Covenant in the Wikinut article: The 4th Commandment Explained: How to Honor the Sabbath

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Zach: Please read my page: "Our Fellow Creatures".
Thank you so much for this page about Jesus rescinding the requirement for sacrifice of animals.

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author avatar kaylar
10th Feb 2012 (#)

The reason why there are no more animal sacrifices is because there is no longer a temple to perform the Sacrifices in.

After the Destruction of the 2nd Temple there was the debate as to whether the sacrifices could be performed outside of the Temple, and for many Jews this was decided as not.
However, a particular group of Ethiopian Jews perform such sacrifices to this day, and they have been in conflict with the Beit Din (Highest Judaic Court) which has ruled that this generation of Priests would be the last...(this is being disobeyed)

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello, Kaytar: Thank you for your response. If I could master the "link thing", I would use it, but I hope you read my page "Our Fellow Creatures", I would like to place you on my 'Followers List", although I think you are already on there - I hope so.

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