|Section 4: Key Beliefs Re-examined, Article 6
What About Sacrifices and Offerings?
Those “that join themselves to Yehuveh, to serve Him,
and to love the name of Yehuveh, to be His servants,
every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it,
and taketh hold of My covenant;
even them will I bring to My holy mountain,
and make them joyful in My house of prayer:
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
shall be accepted upon Mine altar; for Mine house
shall be called an house of prayer for all people.”
|ome twenty miles farther from town than my childhood country home were several huge sheep ranches. Every February during “lambing” my parents would take a Sabbath afternoon drive along the narrow, winding country road that had long before been part of the original Oregon Trail, and we|
|would go watch the newborn lambs play. The flocks would be moved to mountain grazing within a month of the births, so we had only two or three Sabbath’s each spring to see the adorable and lively spindly-legged lambs.
Because we were “regulars,” a few of the ranch-hands had gotten to know us and would take a few minutes to show us around or discuss how much my sister and I had grown. We’d stand for an hour or more with our arms on an old split-rail of the fence and watch the lambs nurse, play tag, or wonder about bleating for their “lost” mothers. When we finally wearied of the repetition, a ranch hand would motion our family toward the “bummer lambs” enclosure.
Occasionally a ewe would die during birthing and the lamb would be orphaned. The ranch hands called these unfortunate babies “bum or bummer lambs” and they told us such lambs rarely survived more than a few days. Unlike cats and dogs who will adopt orphans, neither a ewe nor a lamb will normally accept any family except those bearing their own scent. While I’ve heard of eastern shepherds who would skin a still-born lamb and tie its skin over a “bummer lamb” to induce the “bereaved” mother into believing the orphan was her own, these huge ranches simply considered these ill-fated lambs as collateral and gave them to anyone who wanted to try raising them. The ranch hands were always quite clear in stating that, “Such lambs rarely survive without their mothers and you can expect it to die within a week, but you’re welcome to try.”
We had successfully bottle-fed several goat kids when our “nanny goats” had triplets, so my sister and I usually succeeded in convincing our parents to let us bring a couple of “bummer lambs” home with us every year. Even though we never saved even one of the lambs, each spring was new and every year we would try again.
Originally Written: 15 October 2008
Latest Update: 4 June 2010
Complete Study Guide to Article 6
What is a Sacrifice? What is an Offering? = anything yielded to Yehuveh for any reason
What are altars? = any place of surrender Who are priests? = spiritual instructors
Whole burnt offerings = entire consecration to Yehuveh Lambs = rising leadership self-direction
Sin offerings = surrender of our harmful patterns of life Goats = mature leadership qualities
Guilt offerings = entire repentance for wrongs done Rams = correcting wrong acts
Peace offerings = spontaneous surrender to Yehuveh Kids = spontaneous surrender of anything
Meat (grain, meal, cereal) offerings = yielding possession Bullocks = lifestyle and possessions
Drink offerings = surrender of our fluid thinking Turtledoves = organized plan
Young Pigeons = constructive activity
Cain and Abel’s offerings Abraham’s alleged sacrifice of Isaac Passover blood on doorposts
Details of offerings (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers): Dedication of priests, Birth of a child, Nazarite vow
David’s threshing floor sacrifice Elijah on Mount Carmel Ezekiel’s “sacrifices” in a restored temple
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