Daily Sacrifices

Exodus 29:38-46

Once the consecration of the altar has been described, the Torah goes on to tell us what it will be used for in the future. Two lambs are to be offered on the altar daily, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The lamb offering will be accompanied by a flour offering mixed with oil and a wine offering.

 

If the offerings are maintained consistently, God says, He will meet with the Children of Israel in the Tabernacle and sanctify it with His glory. He will dwell among the people and they will know that He is the one who brought them out of the bondage of Egypt that they may serve Him.

 

Virtual Classroom Discussion

In a discussion between Sages about the most important verse in the Torah, one Rabbi Ben Pazzi identified Exodus 29:39, “The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at dusk,” which appears in this section, as the all-encompassing concept of the Torah. Why do you think he chose this verse?

 

Comments ( 7 )

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  • I think this verse is important as it teaches us continual repentance (Teshuvah), I think like Herman said, symbolic of self sacrifice — we are lambs in ourselves, we have the nature of lambs, for instance, we go astray without a shepherd.

  • 1. It might be a sign of Massiach (a male lamb) twice to enforce its meaning. He will come and give His All for our people. [when I would have been a christian I would have said He has given and will dedicate his blood for his people]?????
    2. It might also be a sign of giving one’s all (your whole life) all day for the service of HaShem. In the blood is life so you give all (your life, your heart) for being in His presence, for serving HaShem as long as you live.

  • Diana Brown

    The Lord God is available to all who call upon Him 24/7. The sacrificial lambs remind us of the whole chapter in Leviticus 17 which talks about the sanctity of Blood. I also look to King David who was a man after God’s own heart. He talks of repentance, atonement, in many psalms. Like Moses, King David understood the Love of God in special ways. Some through the fire, some through the flood, some through great trials….but all through the Blood is a favorite hymn of my childhood.

    • Diana Brown

      Please forgive, I forgot to give you the title of the hymn. It is called, “God Leads His Dear Children Along.” Beav Shea sings this really well. Here it is if you want to listen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOXs8FOkBzU

  • Perhaps the daily sacrifices represent routine; it’s easy to thank God for miracles, but when we see Him in the everyday we elevate the mundane. As well, another idea I heard is that sacrifices combine the spiritual with the physical, therefore they represent the blending of both in God’s world and in service to Him.

  • Kenneth Osterman

    If I understand the timing, the 1st lamb was slain at 9am and the 2nd lamb at 3pm. These lambs perhaps represent the continual (daily) sacrifice.
    But as concerns the law covenant, the very first sacrifice was the Passover lamb which was the 1st aspect of the law. Jeremiah speaks of another law covenant in Jeremiah 31:27-34. Perhaps that 2nd lamb is a reference to a yet greater deliverance from the bondage of SIN and a covenant that does not require a human priesthood.
    Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

  • Stephanie

    Perhaps because one or maybe the main reason for bringing offerings is to draw near to God and following the scripture about the two lambs He says there I will meet with you and talk with and sanctify the tent and the altar and the priests and that He will be our God. And that’s what it’s all about that He would dwell among and within His people.

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