HUMAN SACRIFICE

The L-rd G-d commanded the children of Israel NOT to participate in human sacrifice.

Lev 18:21 Neither shall you give any of your offspring to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your G-d; I am the L-RD.

Deut 18:10-13 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the L-RD; and because of these detestable things the L-RD your G-d will drive them out before you.

G-d's word is very clear. NO HUMAN SACRIFICE!

Some assume that Yeshua was a human sacrifice and therefore do not want anything to do with Him.

Yeshua was not a human sacrifice. The Mashiach was not to be treated like an actual animal sacrifice. The priests did not offer him up, nor did they eat of His flesh after His death, nor did they remove His entrails. His blood was not poured out on the altar. Yeshua willingly offered his life as a righteous martyr making atonement for the sins of the world.

Yeshua's death on the execution stake did not violate this commandment.

On the contrary the Tanakh, the B'rit Hadashah, the Talmud, and the Zohar all teach that the death of a righteous person has atoning power. When Yeshua HaMashiach, the totally righteous one, laid down His life, it was the ultimate act of atonement in human history.

(Note: We do not agree with many of the teachings of the Zohar. However the following passages are very interesting).

The Zohar states, "As long as Israel dwelt in the Holy Land, the rituals and sacrifices they performed [in the Temple] removed all those diseases from the world; now the Messiah removes them from the children of the world. (2:212a).

The Zohar also states, "The children of the world are members of one another, and when the Holy One desires to give healing to the world, He smites one just man amongst them, and for his sake heals all the rest. Whence do we learn this?" From the saying, "He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities [Isaiah 53:5] by the letting of his blood-as when a man bleeds his arm-there was healing for us-for all the members of the body. In general a just person is only smitten in order to procure healing and atonement for a whole generation."

Yesha'yahu (Isaiah) 53:4-6 "In fact it was our diseases He bore, our pains from which He suffered; yet we regarded Him as punished, stricken and afflicted by G-d. But He was wounded because of our crimes, crushed because of our sins; the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him, and by His bruises we are healed. We all, like sheep, went astray; we turned, each one to his own way; yet Adonai laid on Him the guilt of all of us."

He, the Mashiach, became a guilt offering for all of us.

The Talmud teaches, "the death of the righteousness atones" (mitatan shel tsaddiqim mekapperet).

In a well-known discussion (b. Mo'ed Qatan 28a), the Talmud asks why the Book of Numbers records the death of Miriam immediately after the section on the red heifer (Numbers 19:1-20:1) The answer is that just as the red heifer atones, so the death of the righteous atones. And why, the Talmud asks, is the death of Aaron recorded in conjunction with the Torah's reference to the priestly garments (Num 20:25-28)? The answer is, just as the garments of the high priest atone (Ex 28:38), so also the death of the righteous atones.

An interesting passage in the Midrash reads, "Moses said to G-d, 'Will not the time come when Israel shall have neither Tabernacle nor Temple? What will happen then?' The divine reply was, 'I will then take one of their righteous men and keep him as a pledge on their behalf so I may pardon [or atone for] all their sins. (Exodus Rabbah, Terumah 35:4)

We read in Numbers 35 that in the case of unintentional homicide the guilty would be sent to a protected place called the city of refuge. He would remain there until the death of the High Priest.

Numbers 35:28 Because he should have remained in the city of his refuge until the death of the high priest: but after the death of the high priest the slayer shall return into the land of his possession.

Why? Because the death of the High Priest would take the place of the guilty.

Yesha'yahu tells us:

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

In other words no one is righteousness. Even the High Priest needed to offer a bull for His sins.

No one until Yeshua, that is. He was "The Anointed One", our "High Priest". The "Altogether Righteous One" that died to atone for our sins!

Mark 10:45 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

Yesha'yahu (Isaiah) 53:7-12 "Though mistreated, he was submissive-he did not open his mouth. Like a lamb led to be slaughtered, like a sheep silent before its shearers, he did not open his mouth. After forcible arrest and sentencing, he was taken away; and none of his generation protested his being cut off from the land of the living for the crimes of my people, who deserved the punishment themselves. He was given a grave among the wicked; in his death he was with a rich man. Although he had done no violence and said nothing deceptive, yet it pleased Adonai to crush him with illness, to see if he would present himself as a guilt offering. If he does, he will see his offspring; and he will prolong his days; and at his hand Adonai's desire will be accomplished. After this ordeal, he will see satisfaction. "By his knowing [pain and sacrifice], my righteous servant makes many righteous; it is for their sins that he suffers. Therefore I will assign him a share with the great, he will divide the spoil with the mighty, for having exposed himself to death and being counted among the sinners, while actually bearing the sin of many and interceding for the offenders."