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In Genesis 22:5 why did Abraham say "We shall return" before sacrificing Isaac?

Abraham told his servants that He and Isaac would return because He knew that God could raise Isaac from the dead. Heb. 11:17-19, "17 By faith Abraham hath offered up Isaac, being tried, and the ...
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In Genesis 22:5 why did Abraham say "We shall return" before sacrificing Isaac?

The answer is simple: Abraham was hiding his true intentions from Isaac - were he to know what he was trying to do with him he would surely protest. This is evident from verses 7-9: The fire and ...
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Leviticus says animal sacrifice will cleanse you from your sins. Hebrews says it's impossible. What does "clean" mean?

'Clean' (טָהֵר) in Leviticus 16 The Hebrew verb טָהֵר / taher is used consistently throughout the Hebrew Bible in terms of cleansing or purifying, and so in the context of Leviticus 16 the stated ...
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In Ephesians 2:15 exactly what part of the Law has been abolished?

Although Paul does not use the same word for 'abolish' as Jesus in Matthew 5:17, I think it helpful to bear that verse in mind, as Paul did not intend to contradict what Jesus says: 17“Do not think ...
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Does Numbers 18:15-16 permit child sacrifice?

In short, the verses are not talking about sacrificing (putting to death in offering) human children, but passing over of the firstborn to the service of God. The Keil and Delitzsch Biblical ...
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Why did God accept Abel's offering but reject Cain's?

Jews reject the argument that Cain's sacrifice was insufficient because it did not involve blood, and they have some good arguments. Leviticus clearly spells out various "grain offerings," and there ...
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What is the significance of cooking the passover lamb by fire rather than boiling?

They were to eat the lamb roasted over fire because it was quick: the same reason they were to eat it with their cloak tucked into their belt, their sandals on their feet and their staff in their ...
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In Job 1:5, does Job offer sacrifices to atone for the sins of others, i.e. his sons?

Job lived 140 years (Job 42:16), a long life, similar to the patriarchs. For that reason it is said that he lived during the period of the patriarchs. During the patriarchal age, the head of the ...
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Why would Mary and Joseph offer "turtle doves" in Luke 2:24?

The wisemen were not at the manger and Jesus' birth. They came later and found Mary and the baby in a home. At the time of his presentation at the temple, Mary and Joseph had not received the gift ...
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In Judges 11:39-40 did Jephthah actually sacrifice his daughter?

In addition to Soldarnal's point I would like to add that there is evidence that Jephthah's dagheter's request to "mourn her virginity" was an ancient cultic rite associated with the cult of Anath and ...
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Why did God accept Abel's offering but reject Cain's?

The writer of Hebrews analyses why Abel's sacrifice was accepted and Cain's wasn't. Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness ...
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Are we made holy or consecrated by the sacrifice of Jesus? What is the difference?

In Greek, the stem carries the meaning and the suffix is usually the part of speech. In the example you quote we have: ἁγιάζω (hagiazó) is the verb meaning to hallow, sanctify, make holy etc. That ...
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In Genesis 22:5 why did Abraham say "We shall return" before sacrificing Isaac?

While I like various points from a number of highly upvoted answers here, I do not feel any one of them captures the whole picture, so I'll offer a compilation of what I see as the primary points to ...
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Why did God accept Abel's offering but reject Cain's?

Restatement of the Question: Why was Abel's sacrifice considered 'greater', 'more', or 'above' Cain's? Was it because they were different types of sacrifice, or was there something else at work? ...
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What was the significance of the daily decrease of the number of bulls offered during Tabernacles in Numbers 29:12-32?

According to Jewish tradition, the total number of bull sacrifices were 70 (13+12+11+10+9+8+7) to represent the 70 nations of the world - beyond Israel, and to protect those nations. Sukkot is also ...
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Is there an Old Testament basis for Hebrews 10:3?

Is there an Old Testament basis for Hebrews 10:3? "But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year."- Hebrews 10:3. Is there an Old Testament basis for Hebrews 10:3? Yes Paul, was ...
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Psalm 37:20 verse differs because the NASB uses the term "the glory of the pastures" while the KJV uses "the fat of lambs"

The phrase in question is כִּיקַר כָּרִים (kiqar karim). As it stands it means either "like the preciousness of young rams" or "like the preciousness of pastures". (See the standard lexicons such as BDB,...
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Are we made holy or consecrated by the sacrifice of Jesus? What is the difference?

As to 'holy' or 'consecrated' I would say yes, both. Both holiness (being set apart) and consecration (being dedicated to a purpose) are expressed in the New Testament writings in different words, ...
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What sacrificial animals would be detestable to the Egyptians?

Sacrifice of rams, sheep & goats was detestable to the Egyptians, because Egyptians worshiped a false ram-idol named Khnum thought to be the creator of humanity by molding humans from clay. In ...
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Why did David not just make a sacrifice for his sins ? (Psalm 25:11,18) Why did he seek pardon directly from God?

David does the same thing in his prayer of Ps 32 and Ps 51. The sacrifices were only ever a symbol, a reminder, to seek pardon from God. Ps 51:16, 17 - For You do not delight in sacrifice, or I ...
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In Ephesians 2:15 exactly what part of the Law has been abolished?

The law given to Moses at Sinai was abrogated with the advent of the new covenant. To put it a better way: The entirety of the Mosaic Covenant was fulfilled in Christ. The law of Moses no longer ...
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Why must animals from the flock be slaughtered on the north side?

Heaven's in the North Psalms 48:2 > beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King. Isaiah 14:13 > You said ...
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Why must animals from the flock be slaughtered on the north side?

Why must animals from the flock be slaughtered on the north side? Because practically this is the most sensible side to sacrifice on due to the layout of the courtyard North: Animal sacrifice ...
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According to Hebrews 9:12, did the Lord Jesus Christ offer his blood in heaven?

Background Info As other answers here show, to even begin to answer this from Scripture, one has to piece together other Scriptures, as the wording of Heb 9:12 is not distinct enough by grammar alone ...
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In Hebrews 9:22, How Should "Almost" be Interpreted, and What does it Apply to?

The Idea in Brief The apparent reading is that blood cleanses from sin, but that water provides complete cleansing in respect to the removal of death (covenant separation). In the Hebrew Bible, ...
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What is the significance of cooking the passover lamb by fire rather than boiling?

The lamb was to be roasted with fire not eaten raw or boiled. The lamb was to be proportioned between households so that everything would be eaten: …every man shall take a lamb according to their ...
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