I just finished reading "Not Without Blood". My question is about the boiling and roasting. I don't know a whole lot about the Jewish sacrifices. But if I understand right, your saying that they sacrificed bulls and goats through boiling and roasting and not blood sacrifice as in cutting them up.
[Pastor Vitale's Response:] yes
Also what does the lamb mean then. Because Jesus came as the lamb of God,
[Pastor Vitale's Response:] the term “lamb” signifies an animal with a peaceful nature. The natural state of fallen adam and his animal nature is violent. “The lamb” signifies the violent nature of mortal humanity changed into the peaceful nature of God and was a sheep that went to be slaughtered.
[Pastor Vitale's Response:] Rom 8:36
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. KJV
BOTH “AS” AND “LIKE” ARE TRANSLATIONS OF STRONG’S 5613 WHICH MEANS “IN THAT MANNER.” THIS IS A METAPHOR WHICH DESCRIBES JESUS’ LACK OF RESISTANCE TO THE FATE THE LORD HAD ORDAINED FOR HIM. IT DOES NOT DESCRIBE A METHOD OF EXECUTION.
ALSO, THE OT VERSE THAT THE NEW TESTAMENT VERSION IS TAKEN FROM HAS A DIFFERENT SHADE OF MEANING. THE ENGLISH IS ALMOST WORD FOR WORD, THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BEING “ACCOUNTED” (NT) AND “COUNTED” (OT).
22 Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter. KJV
THE GREEK WORD TRANSLATED “ACCOUNTED” IN THE NT MEANS “TO TAKE AN INVENTORY” OR “ESTIMATE.” IT MEANS TO BE “INCLUDED AS A PART OF.” THE HEBREW WORD TRANSLATED “COUNTED” MEANS TO BE “BRAIDED” OR “WOVEN TOGETHER WITH.”
WHENEVER THERE IS DISCREPANCY BETWEEN AN OLD TESTAMENT VERSE AND ITS NT COUNTERPART, THE OT HEBREW PREVAILS. HERE IS THE MEANING OF THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB:
The psalmist is crying out to God saying, why is this happening to us? Have we forgotten your Name or stretched out our hand to a foreign god (verse 20)? Doesn’t God search out the truth? Doesn’t He know what is in men’s hearts (verse 21)? [i.e., if God does know what is in men’s hearts, He will know the truth of what is in my heart – and this is the truth ….]
(verse 22) Everything this is happening to us is for [Christ’s] sake. Our animal nature smites us with deadly intent all the day long because [Christ in us] is woven together with [the Serpent’s Carnal Mind] which is destined to be butchered [i.e., cut away from Leviathan who connects us to the Serpent’s world).
I think I'll stop there and wait for a response before I ask any other questions.
God bless you,
Sheila R. Vitale,
Pastor, Teacher & Founder
Living Epistles Ministries