Within the Bible, the first animal sacrifice was the animal used to make garments for Adam and Eve. Whether this was a religious sacrificial offering is often debated, for there is no conclusive statement that it was appeasement for sin.
- And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins, and clothed them. Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever”— therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:21–24)
- “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may be rich, and white garments to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see. (Revelation 3:15–18)
One thing we do know, according to the Bible, King Herod accepted worship as God and was eaten by worms.
- On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and made an oration to them. And the people shouted, “The voice of a god, and not of man!” Immediately an angel of the Lord smote him, because he did not give God the glory; and he was eaten by worms and died. (Acts 12:21–23)
- For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices which are continually offered year after year, make perfect those who draw near. (Hebrews 10:1)
- But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sin year after year. (Hebrews 10:3)
- When he said above, “Thou hast neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law). (Hebrews 10:8)
- And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. (Hebrews 10:11)
The Jewish system of animal sacrifice was not performed to appease the Creator God’s bloodthirstiness, rather it was created as a viable system of worship that provided instruction for those who sought to understand the truth of existence, and food for those who were to attend to the spiritual needs of the people. Other civilizations may have utilized similar systems for controlling the people bound by the culture, but the rationale for the sacrifices did not contain the truths that are to be found within that which was given by our Heavenly Father to the Israelites. For everything within the Israelite system pointed to Lord Jesus Christ and how people ought to be faithful to one another.
Truths Inherent Within The Sacrificial Offerings Are Overlooked And Misunderstood