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Offender, offenders, offense, offenses… forgiveness, forgiver…forgiving freely…
“Not one of them can by any means redeem even a brother . . . that he should still live forever.”—PSALM 49:7, 9 [49:8, 10, TNK].
Could anyone today offer the sacrifices required by the Law?
Since the temple and priesthood no longer exist, it is not possible to offer the sacrifices required by the Law for the atonement of sins. But God has not left us without hope. The Scriptures point to a permanent solution, “a new covenant,” by means of which Jehovah promises: “I shall forgive their error, and their sin I shall remember no more.” By means of this “new covenant,” God provides the basis for forgiving all of our sins forever.—Jeremiah 31:31-34.
A common progenitor…”Adam”
How did Adam’s sin affect us?
When Adam rebelled against God, he lost the prospect of endless life. (Genesis 3:17-19 “ And to Adam*(Meaning “Earthling Man; Mankind; Humankind.”) he said: “Because you listened to your wife’s voice and ate from the tree concerning which I gave you this command, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground on your account. In pain you will eat its produce all the days of your life. 18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you, and you must eat the vegetation of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you will eat bread*(or food) until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.” ) As our common progenitor, Adam could pass on to us only imperfection and death. In effect, he is responsible for the death of all his children.
If a criminal deliberately murdered someone you love, could he satisfy justice by sacrificing a bull?
The Law did not permit making an animal sacrifice for willful murder. (Numbers 35:31 “You must take no ransom for the life(*”soul”) of a murderer who is deserving to die, for he should be put to death without fail. ) No animal’s life is worth as much as a man’s. The sinner would have to pay with his own life.
So, then, what kind of sacrifice could cover Adam’s sin so that Jehovah (God/Yahweh) could forgive people and ‘remember their sins no more’?
An equal exchange is required—‘soul for soul,’ that is, life for life. (Deuteronomy 19:21) Nothing less than a perfect human life—like Adam’s life before he sinned—could balance the scales of justice. Only someone with such a perfect life, uncontaminated by sin inherited from Adam, could provide the atoning sacrifice. (Psalm 49:7-9 “None of them can redeem a brother Or give to God a ransom for him, 8 (The ransom* (redemption) price for their life*(or “soul”) is so precious That it is always beyond their reach); 9 That he should live forever and not see the pit. *(“grave”)[49:8-10, TNK]) Only God could produce such a perfect life, without a human father, as He did when he created Adam.—Genesis 2:7.
Who alone could present himself as an atoning sacrifice?
Only the Messiah could be the atoning sacrifice. He will indeed come as a Deliverer. (Genesis 3:15 15 And I will put enmity*(“hostility”) between you and the woman and between your offspring*(lit. “seed”) and her offspring.*(lit. “seed”) He will crush*(Or “bruise; strike.”) your head, and you will strike*(Or “bruise; strike.”) him in the heel.” ; Psalm 2:2, 8 “ 2 The kings of the earth take their stand And high officials gather together*(Or “take counsel together.”) as one) 8 Ask of me, and I will give nations as your inheritance.” But first, he must provide a perfect “guilt offering”—a complete covering for our sins, both inherited and committed.—Leviticus 7:1 “‘This is the law of the guilt offering: It is something most holy. ; Isaiah 53:6, 10 6 Like sheep we have all wandered about, Each has turned his own way, And Jehovah has caused the error of us all to meet up with him.” 10 But it was Jehovah’s will*(Or “But Jehovah took delight.”) to crush him, and he let him become sick. If you will present his life*(Or “soul.”) as a guilt offering, He will see his offspring,*(lit. “seed”) he will prolong his days, And through him the delight*(Or “will; good pleasure.”) of Jehovah will have success.”
[excerpted reading: How Can You Have a Happy Life? Section 14 Why Do We Need a Better Sacrifice?]
In summary, all of us humans have a common progenitor… father… Adam, we were suppose to inherit not big money from our fore-father… but BIG LIFE aka perfect life eternal … He selfishly chose to do what was good for him and this resulted in us inheriting death/misery instead, yikes!! We are mess-ups and mess- makers cause our first father made a mess of things… forfeited/lost Eden.
However, not all is eternally lost… the Holy Writings/Sacred Scriptures speak of a “spiritual” paradise…(oh, and spiritual “Israelites” too)…
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(draft 11/17/17) 11/20/17 @ 7:27 p.m. edited /published @7:31 p.m.