Love and Shalom to all . . .
With the first of the Spring Appointed Times of ELohim (Almighty) approaching next month, many are getting their lamb’s ready for the slaughter.
SHOULD we still sacrifice a Lamb for Pesach/Passover?
Allow SCRIPTURE to guide you, NOT the traditions or beliefs of man . . .
Even though the motives and intentions of those who still sacrifice a Lamb for Passover might be true, there is NO SCRIPTURAL support confirming their belief. This brief study aims to present to all those guarding the commands (Torah) of Almighty Yahuah (YHUH/YHWH) evidence from Scripture to guide you to making an informed decision!
By Scriptural command, the first Passover sacrifices performed in Mitsrayim (Egypt) as the precursor to the Plague of the Firstborn were carried out in a vastly different manner than the subsequent Passover sacrifices were. This provides a vital link that is missed by those who currently believe that we should kill a Passover lamb each year. If we read the instructions for keeping that very first Passover (Shemoth/Exo chapter 12), we will notice that each household was instructed to keep the lamb until the 14th day. They weren’t given instructions about [where] to kill the lamb for that very first Passover observance. However, once the Yisraelites departed Mitsrayim (Egypt), an instruction was given pertaining to any sacrifices performed by the Yisraelites. That directive is found in Wayyiqra (Lev) 17 . . .
Lev 17:2-9 “Speak to Aharon, to his sons, and to all the children of Yisra’ĕl, and say to them, ‘This is the word which YHUH יהוה has commanded, saying, “Any man from the house of Yisra’ĕl who slaughters a bull or a [lamb] or a goat in the camp, or who slaughters it outside the camp, and does not bring it to the [door of the Tent of Meeting], to bring an offering to YHUH יהוה before the [Dwelling Place of YHUH יהוה], blood-guilt is reckoned to that man. He has shed blood, and that man shall be [cut off] from among his people, in order that the [children of Yisra’ĕl] bring their slaughterings which they slaughter in the open field. And they shall bring them to YHUH יהוה at the door of the Tent of meeting, to the priest, and slaughter them as peace offerings to YHUH יהוה. “And the priest shall sprinkle the blood on the altar of YHUH יהוה at the door of the Tent of Meeting, and shall burn the fat for a sweet fragrance to YHUH יהוה. “And let them no longer slaughter their slaughterings to demons, after whom they whored. This is a law forever for them throughout their generations.” ’ “And say to them, ‘Any man of the [house of Yisra’ĕl], or of [the strangers who sojourn among you], who offers a [burnt offering or slaughtering], and does [not bring it to the door of the Tent of Meeting], to do it to YHUH יהוה, that man shall be [cut off from among his people].
Lev 17:11 ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to [make atonement] for your lives, for it is [the blood that makes atonement for the life].’
The instructions in Lev 17 were given during the Yisraelites’ first year of having departed Egypt. This passage makes it clear that any sacrifices performed by the Yisraelites going forward were to be brought to the door of the Tent of Meeting. When the tabernacle was eventually replaced by the temple, the sacrifices were to be brought to that location. No mention is made of what to do if you happened to be “too far” from the tabernacle, or later, too far from the temple. No provision was made for offering sacrifices in distant lands.
See FURTHER EVIDENCE that slaughtering sacrifices were to be taken to the [Tent of Meeting] and not just any place . . .
Lev 12:6 ‘And when the days of her cleansing are completed, for a son or for a daughter, she brings to the priest [a lamb] a year old, as a [burnt offering], and a young pigeon or a turtledove as a sin offering, to the [door of the Tent of Meeting].
Lev 9:3-5 “And speak to the [children of Yisra’ĕl], saying, ‘Take a male goat as a sin offering, and a calf and a [lamb], both a year old, perfect ones, as a [burnt offering], and a bull and a ram as peace offerings, to slaughter before YHUH יהוה, and a grain offering mixed with oil. For today YHUH יהוה shall appear to you.’ ” And they took what Mosheh commanded before [the Tent of Meeting], and all the congregation drew near and stood before YHUH יהוה.
Exod 29:42 a continual burnt offering for your generations at [the door of the Tent of Meeting] before YHUH יהוה, where I shall meet with you to speak with you.
Can the Passover Lamb be slaughtered at any place?
Deut 16:5-6 “You are NOT ALLOWED to slaughter the Passover within any of your gates which YHUH יהוה your Elohim gives you, but [at the place where YHUH יהוה your Elohim chooses to make His Name dwell], there you slaughter the Passover in the evening, at the going down of the sun, at the appointed time you came out of Mitsrayim.
WHERE did Almighty Yahuah (YHUH/YHWH) choose to make His Name dwell?
In Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) [See 1Kin 11:36; 2Kin 21:4, 23:7; 2Cron 6:6, 33:4; Rev 3:12) – the SAME city where Messiah will rule and reign with His set-apart ones for a thousand years.
Where in Scripture are we ever told, “If you are too far from the place where Yahuah has chosen to place His name, keep the festival where you live”?
The command to kill a Passover lamb applies to those living in the land of Yisra’el and also requires that there be a temple. Since there is no current temple in existence, even for those living in the land, the instructions for killing a Passover lamb cannot currently be carried out in accordance with how Torah instructs it to be done. Moreover, since there are no approved Scriptural examples of any believers killing a Passover lamb anywhere outside of Jerusalem, it seems to be quite presumptuous on our part to do such a thing.
WHO was supposed to bring atonement for the sins of the Yisraelites (before Messiah’s death and resurrection) through sacrifices of animals?
Lev 5:7-10 ‘And if he is unable to bring [a lamb], then he shall bring to YHUH יהוה, he who has sinned, two turtledoves or two young pigeons, one for a [sin offering] and the other for a [burnt offering]. ‘And he shall [bring them to the priest], who shall bring near that which is for the sin offering first, and wring off its head from its neck, but not sever it. ‘And he shall sprinkle some of the [blood] of the [sin offering] on the side of the [altar], and the rest of the blood shall be drained out at the base of the altar. It is a [sin offering]. ‘And he shall prepare the second as a burnt offering according to the right-ruling, and [the priest] shall [make atonement] for him, for his sin which he has sinned, and it shall be forgiven him.
Lev 4:35 ‘Then he removes all its fat, as the fat of the [lamb] is removed from the [slaughtering] of the peace offering. And [the priest] shall burn it on [the altar], [according to the offerings made by fire] to YHUH יהוה. So [the priest shall make atonement for his sin] that he has sinned, and it shall be forgiven him.
Lev 3:7-8 ‘If he is bringing [a lamb as his offering], then he shall bring it before YHUH יהוה, and shall lay his hand on the head of his offering, and slaughter it in front of the [Tent of Meeting], and the [sons of Aharon] (priests/Levites) shall [sprinkle its blood] (as atonement) on the altar round about.
Exod 12:43-44 And YHUH יהוה said to Mosheh and Aharon, “This is the [law of the Passover]: No son of a stranger is to eat of it, but any servant a man has bought for silver, when you have [circumcised] him, [then let him eat of it].
In all the Scriptures above, we see that [the priest] was to bring the sacrifice to Yahuah, NOT just anyone.
Who is our high Priest today according to Scriptural evidence?
Heb 3:1 Therefore, set-apart brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, closely consider the Emissary and High Priest of our confession, Messiah Yahusha יהושע.
Heb 7:26-27 For it was fitting that we should have such a High Priest – kind, innocent, undefiled, having been separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens, who does not need, as those high priests, to offer up slaughter [offerings] day by day, first for His own sins and then for those of the people, for this He did [once for all] when He offered up Himself.
Heb 8:1-2 Now the summary of what we are saying is: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Greatness in the heavens, and who serves in the set-apart place and of the true Tent, which YHUH יהוה set up, and not man.
Heb 9:11 But Messiah, having become a High Priest of the coming good [matters], through the greater and more perfect Tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.
We are given a foreshadow of HOW Almighty Yahuah would PRESENT a PERFECT LAMB to REDEEM His people from their sins . . .
Gen 22:7-8 And Yitsḥaq (Isaac) spoke to Aḇraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “See, the fire and the wood! But [where is the lamb] for a [burnt offering]?” And Aḇraham said, “My son, [Elohim does provide for Himself the lamb] for a burnt offering.” And the two of them went together.
WHO is the Lamb that ELohim provided to TAKE AWAY the SINS of the world – to ATONE for man’s disobedience and lawlessness (sin) to His Torah?
Didn’t The Father provide the PERFECT LAMB – His Son, to ATONE for His people’s sins and their rebellion to His Torah?
Isn’t the BLOOD of Mashiach (Messiah) Yahusha – the ONLY SON of The Almighty (Yahuah) far SUPERIOR to the blood of any other lamb?
Hebrews chapter 10 not only presents the Messiah as the offering for our sins, but He is presented as having offered Himself as “one sacrifice for sins for ever” (Heb 10:12). If Yahusha’s sacrifice is considered as “one sacrifice for sins for ever,” then why should we continue offering a Passover lamb year after year? As we ponder the significance of this reasoning, study Hebrews 10 verses 1-25.
Heb 10:10 By that desire we have been set apart through the [offering of the body] of Yahusha יהושע Messiah [once for all].
Heb 10:12 But He, having offered one slaughter [offering] for sins for [all time], sat down at the right hand of Elohim.
Heb 10:18 Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer a slaughter [offering] for sin.
1Cor 5:7 Therefore cleanse out the old leaven, so that you are a new lump, as you are unleavened. For also [Messiah our Passover] was [offered] for us.
If we can understand and acknowledge that Yahusha’s fulfilment of the Passover sacrifice simultaneously fulfilled all the sin offerings … once for all … then why should we need to repeat killing a Passover lamb each year? Not only do we miss the mark by arbitrarily deciding “where” Yahuah’s Name is to be placed, and not only do we ignore the mandate that this offering must be brought to the door of the Tent of Meeting, but we also seem to overlook the fact that when Yahusha offered Himself as that Passover offering, He offered that one sacrifice for sins for ever.
What does Scriptures teach about those who disregard the Messiah?
2Pet 1:17-18 For when He received respect and esteem from Elohim the Father, such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Esteem, “This is My Son, the Beloved in whom I did delight.” And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the set-apart mountain.
1Yohn 2:22-24 Who is the liar, except the one denying that Yahusha יהושע is the Messiah? This is the anti-messiah, the one denying the Father and the Son. No one denying the Son has the Father. The one confessing the Son has the Father as well. As for you, let that stay in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning stays in you, you also shall stay in the Son and in the Father.