Friday, June 02, 2006

The Law of Sacrifice

The lesser is always sacrificed to the greater. This Law is more absolute than gravity and cannot be broken. Sacrifice is the action that confirms our priorities.

Hebrews 7:7 comments on an encounter between Melchizedek and Abraham that happened in Genesis 14, "[W]ithout any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater." Melchizedek must have been greater than Abraham because Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of some loot he won in a recent battle.

In sacrifice, we give up what we have for what we want more. It is a kind of spiritual/emotional free market. I have a stone, but I would rather have your dollar. Therefore I sacrifice/exchange my stone in return for your dollar. In the Old testament, a bull was sacrificed to God and in exchange God forgave sin. For the sacrifice to occur they must value peace with God more than the bull. Otherwise, they would have kept the bull.

Once understood, the Law of Sacrifice is disturbing and enlightening. This Law is not just an interesting theory. It must always be considered in our dealings with people.


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