Tsvi Jacobson on Hebrews 9:22
In the New Testament book of Hebrews chapter 9:22 we read: “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission” When one reads this it is no wonder that Christian Evangelists and the Missionaries are so busy trying to convert the Jewish people who do not accept Jesus as Messiah or as divinity. If the Missionaries are correct we are in a deep problem. So it is incumbent upon us to examine the Hebrew Scriptures and see if Hebrews 9:22 is right.
We read of the blood sacrifices in the book of Leviticus and nobody would consider stating that they were not efficacious. In fact in Leviticus 17:11 we find that blood is not to be eaten as G-d has given it upon the altar to make atonement for sin. In fact Hebrews 9:22 is said to be based on Leviticus 17:11. There is a problem for the missionaries, Leviticus doesn’t say that without shedding of blood there is no remission. To make matters even worse the book of Hebrews 10:4 then says: “It is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins” ?????? ????? (go figure) There you have two contradictions that the New Testament makes in commenting on our scriptures. With that straightened out I want to give you some examples of remission or forgiveness of sin without blood being involved.
In Leviticus chapter 5 where the trespass offerings are mentioned we find that a lamb or goat is to be brought and if one is not able to bring either of them two turtle doves or two pigeons are to be brought. If in fact one cannot afford these Numbers 5:11 states clearly one is allowed to bring a 10th part of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering….and it further states: “IT IS A SIN OFFERING” Now think carefully when was the last time you saw any blood in a bag of flour you brought home from the super market?
The answer is self-evident.
King David was a holy man of G-d but even holy men sometimes fail. I am sure you know the story of how he lusted after the wife of Uriah and sent Uriah to the front lines where he died in battle. Nathan the Prophet comes to David and with a parable tells David that the sin that he committed was a henous one. David confesses his sin and is truly repentant and in 2 Samuel 12:13 Nathan says to David: “The L-rd has also put away your sin, you shall not die.” There was no blood atonement, not even two turtle doves, nor two pigeons, not even fine flour.
David repented and God forgave.
King Solomon dedicated the Temple and during this said a prayer to G-d in which he stated that if Israel in battle was carried away to another nation and they repented and sought the L-rd and prayed toward the city of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple for G-d to hear their prayer and forgive their sin (1 Kings 8:44-50 In 1 Kings 9:3 G-d says to Solomon: “I have heard your supplication” The ones Solomon was talking about did not offer sacrifice yet they would be heard and they would be forgiven. Again all this without a blood atonement.
Lastly the 10 tribes of Israel were involved in idolatry and Hosea the prophet was sent unto them exhorting them to repent and come back to the God of Israel whose habitation was in Jerusalem. Hear what Hosea said unto them:
“O Israel, return unto the L-rd your G-d; for you have fallen by your iniquity. Take with you WORDS: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so we will render the bullocks of our lips” (Hosea 14:1,2)
Notice in all of these examples the one thing missing is a blood sacrifice. It seems that the New Testament book of Hebrews 9:22 is something that the Hebrew Scriptures knows nothing about.
Thus the real question is why then does a Jew or a non-Jew for that matter need Jesus? Answer: They don’t and neither do you.
(And all scriptures quoted in this paper are from the Christian King James Bible)
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