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Why have the Jews stopped animal sacrifice?

Rebecca asks, “When was the last animal sacrifice made, and why did those who reject Jesus as the Son of God stop sacrificing animals?”

For the Christian, we know that animal sacrifices ended at the moment of Jesus’ death, when the temple curtain was torn in two. That moment signified the final, once-for-all sacrifice of the innocent lamb, Jesus Christ, that replaced the need for animal sacrifices at the temple.

In the Old Testament, only a priest could offer sacrifices and they could only be carried out at the temple in Jerusalem. But the apostle Peter encourages us that through Jesus, all believers are “a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).

The question here, however, speaks of Jews who have not accepted Jesus as their Savior, and so they continue to seek redemption through animal sacrifices as they continue to wait for who they believe will be the Messiah.

The reason why animal sacrifices have stopped is because of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by the Romans in the first century. In 70 AD, Titus and the Roman army put Jerusalem to the sword and to the torch, fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus, who said “The days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down” (Luke 21:6).

The Law of Moses commanded that animal sacrifice take place only on the altar of God, near the holy place in the designated house of the Lord. That was the tabernacle, then the temple, but there is no physical house of the Lord today.

Some Jews have begun preparing for animal sacrifice when the temple is restored. Some have even started practicing live animal sacrifices, dressed in priestly garments, to be ready for that day.

With our Great Commission in mind, I pray we can reach Jewish people with the truth of the gospel and show them that their temporary sacrifices are no longer needed, for the Lamb of God has already come!

Comments

gary says:
If Jesus was the Lamb of God who was slain for our sins, doesn't that make him a human sacrifice? How can any modern, educated person participate in a religion founded on the concept of human sacrifice and ritual cannibalism (the Lord's Supper)? Wake up, my friend. Your belief system is irrationally superstitious and highly immoral.
Sheila Bowen says:
Thank you for this explanation. I am a Christian and read/listen to a lot about bible prophesy and was wondering why the Jewish people no longer offer animal sacrifices, especially since they don't consider Jesus as their Savior. I will continue to pray for them, and all others, to accept Jesus as Lord!
Debra Schoppe says:
There is nothing more immoral than to deny and refuse the sacrifice of God's only Son for us in forgiveness of our sins. There is not any cannibalism involved. That notion is the twisting of God's Word to meet the unbeliever's lack of belief in Jesus Christ. Only one God out of all of the gods in the world had so much love, compassion and mercy on His creation that He sacrificed His only Son for us. Communion and wine are sweet to the lips of Believers as God created it to be. That is a fact.
Dwight Osborne says:
With the one permanent and perfect sacrifice Jesus offered as the spotless Lamb of God, there is no other acceptable sacrifice for sin in the Lord's eyes. However, animal sacrifice WILL be reinstated in the Tribulation. It will continue in the millennial kingdom where worship will be from a Jewish distinction rather than from a Christian distinction. Animal sacrifice will be required, but NOT for the purpose of atonement or forgiveness for sin but rather for ceremonial cleansing from sin in order for entrance into the Temple. Those who enter into the kingdom in their mortal bodies still possess a sin nature and will need to be ceremonially clean in order to stand in the presence of God in the Temple.

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