While listening to Ravi Zacharias on TV yesterday, at the end of the program viewers were encouraged to submit questions to this ministry. And I’m hoping my question falls within this offer.
In the OT, particularly within the books of Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers there are a number of special occasions such as the Passover, Feasts, etc. where God required animal sacrifices for the covering of Israel’s sin, purification, etc. Most of these commands/statutes for animal sacrifices are designated as “perpetual” or “everlasting” or “throughout your generations” depending on the translation. My dilemma is this: I believe that God in His foreknowledge knew that in about 1500 years after He gave these instructions to His People, He was going to introduce His Anointed One, His Lamb without blemish to this fallen world. And this Lamb was going to become the ultimate and final sacrifice for all mankind forever. My question is this: Why would God command these sin sacrifices to continue forever if Jesus’ sacrifice replaced these original animal sacrifices?
A response to clarify this would be greatly appreciated.