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Essay #6:

At what price, forgiveness?

A recent Christian television program with minister Jentezen Franklin preaching has described how that in ancient Israel, a newly born donkey was to have it's neck broken unless it were "redeemed" with the blood of a lamb.

The "firstborn" of animals, and the "firstborn" of mankind were "to surely be the Lord's".  In other words, any such firstborn would belong to the Lord and would possibly sooner or later be helped with being holy somehow, although possibly or certainly would eventually be otherwise liable more likely to die somehow, unless it were to be "redeemed" by having a substitutionary lamb die in its place by having the lamb's throat slit so that the lamb would bleed to death instead.

According to Reverend Franklin, this requirement was symbolic of the concept that, in order to serve God, a human being must first be redeemed; that just as in order for a donkey to survive and be put to good use, it needed to be redeemed with a lamb substituting for it.

At first look, this concept seems barbaric and cruel to the animals.  And possibly it was, or possibly it is, or yet is, if it yet occurs, barbaric and cruel to the animals.  Admittedly, this practice was allegedly so that the substitutionary and albeit voluntary self-sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ about 2,000 years ago on the cruel Roman Empire's Cross of Execution; that His paying the price for each and every one of us all for all of our sins could be "symbolized". 

We humankind, and apparently animal kind as well, similarly to the donkeys of ancient Israel, can be likened to the firstborn of ancient Israel in that we supposedly can be forgiven of all our sins and shortcomings and be "redeemed" by the blood of a figurative lamb.  In other words, we can allegedly be forgiven of all our sins and guilt by the substitutionary death of the Lord Jesus Christ, the "Lamb" of God, on our behalf.

Myself, I appreciate the concept that I allegedly can be saved and that I allegedly have been forgiven of all my sins and trespasses by the Lord Jesus Christ dying on the cross for me.

However, to hear of how the animals were murdered in order to provide a symbolism, is dismaying.  I am very much disappointed concerning it.

Nor am I endorsing the murder of any human beings for any similar or other reasons, either.

Neither however, am I overjoyed at the idea of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ having to die, either.

Although, if that dying were voluntary, with His true consent, which the Holy Bible says in at least one verse that it was, where the Lord Jesus says that He is laying down His life of His own free will and that no one is taking it from Him; and if that dying and death and resurrection have already taken place, and if there is no other way to be saved than by accepting that voluntary sacrificial death of His, then possibly so be it. 

Thank you, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; although I sometimes have wished that it weren't necessary at all.

Here are some of those related Bible verses; from the Blue Letter Bible of the Internet; John 10:15 and John 10:17.

 

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As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

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Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

 

  

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And here are John 6:51 and John 10:58.

 

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I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

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And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

 

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