maintained that Isaiah condemned even that early piece of legislation, it proves too much, for it would make the prophet also condemn the Sabbath as a piece of will-worship. It would even reject prayer as displeasing to God, since in the same connection he says: ?new moon and Sabbath...I cannot away with...when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you? ( <230115>Isaiah 1:13-15). Isaiah was condemning simply heartless sacrifice, else we make him condemn all that went on at the temple.
<330608> Micah 6:8 ? ?what doth Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly?? This does not exclude the offering of sacrifice, for Micah anticipates the time when ?the mountain of Jehovah?s house shall be established on the top of the mountains...And many nations shall go and say, Come ye and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah? ( <330401>Micah 4:1, 2). <280606>Hosea 6:6 ? ?I desire goodness and not sacrifice,? is interpreted by what follows, ?and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.? Compare
<200810> Proverbs 8:10; 17:12; and Samuel?s words: ?to obey is better than sacrifice? ( <091523>1Sam. 15:23). What was the altar from which Isaiah drew his description of God?s theophany and from which was taken the live coal that touched his lips and prepared him to be a prophet? ( <230601>Isaiah 6:1-8). <240722>Jeremiah 7:22 ? ?I spake not...concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices...but this thing... Hearken unto my voice.? Jeremiah Insists only on the worthlessness of sacrifice where there is no heart.
(d) Thus the Old Testament sacrifices, when rightly offered, involved a consciousness of sin on the part of the worshiper, the bringing of a victim to atone for the sin. It involved the laying of the hand of the giver upon the victim?s head, the confession of sin by the giver, the slaying of the beast, the sprinkling or pouring out of the blood upon the altar and the consequent forgiveness of the sin and acceptance of the worshiper. The sin offering and the scapegoat of the great day of atonement symbolized yet more distinctly the two elementary ideas of sacrifice, namely, satisfaction and substitution, together with the consequent removal of guilt from those on whose behalf the sacrifice was offered.
<030104> Leviticus 1:4 ? And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him, to make atonement for him?; 4:20 ? ?Thus shall he do with the bullock; as be did with the bullock of the sin offering, so shall he do with this; and the priest shall make atonement for them, and they shall be forgiven?; so 31 and 35 ? ?and the priest shall make atonement for him as touching his sin that he hath sinned, and he shall be forgiven?; so 5:10,16; 6:7. <031711>Leviticus 17:11 ? ?For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon
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