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JEHOVAH COMMANDED NO BLOODY SACRIFICES.
Let us glance for a moment at one phase of misconception caused by the literal reading of what was probably meant in the beginning to be taken symbolically only, namely: the command to slay innocent animals in religious service.
The Kabbalah says (page 91, paragraph 7): “When inferior man descendeth (into this world) like unto the Supernal form there are found two spirits. With respect unto the right side he hath the holy intelligences. With respect to the left side, the animal soul.” Here we may assume was the animal that God expected to be sacrificed upon the altar. Page 316, paragraph 565: “Hence it is written Gen. VIII,
. 21. And JHVH smelled a sweet savor”. It is not written, He smells the odor of sacrifice. What is sweet save rest ? Assuredly the Spirit at rest is the mitigation of the Lords of judgment. When therefore it is said that JHVH smelled the odor of rest, most certainly the odor of sacrificed victims is not meant, but the odor of those mitigations of severity which are referred to the nose of Microprosopus (man).
“From the nose of Microprosopus proceedeth from one nostril smoke and fire, and from the other peace and beneficent Spirits."
We know from history that the Jews actually slaughtered animals in their religious services, using blood as a symbol of the sacrifice man should make of his animal nature, but we do not know when it was first introduced. That it was permitted to go on so long indicates that there must have been some good purpose in it, but when one studies deeply into the spirit of the inner teaching of the Grand Old Book one seems to be justified in assuming that those services must have crept in after the priests had forgotten the real Mystery teaching. This seems especially probable when we consider that the race has outgrown those ideas and have really come to abhor that form of worship while studying the very book that seems to teach it. To be sure we are taught in Christian churches that Jesus died once for all, but the Jew does not believe that, yet he too in this country usually worships without the bloody sacrifice.
We find the first mention of animal sacrifice in Gen. IV, 2. Abel (Spirit) was a shepherd (teacher) and Cain (possessor) was a tiller of the ground (he cultivated his physical propensities). That is, humanity had come into incarnation with dual natures, therefore Cain and Abel are spoken of as twins. The animal instincts are so strong that they kill out the "Abel,'' or Spirit, when it remonstrates. The Spirit would have placed its whole animal nature on the altar, and have offered up the first fruits of its teaching to others willingly, because that was its nature; but Cain, the physical, would offer up anything else rather than its animal nature. Because he chooses the life of animal gratification rather than the true life, Lord Jehovah tells him he has brought the curse upon him; that is, he will have to suffer from the law of cause and effect, and will be a wanderer on the Physical Plane until he learns to offer the "reasonable service," the crucifixion
" of the lower self.
Read literally, Leviticus I seems to make Jehovah the author of animal sacrifice; but read symbolically another story is told. And may it not be that when first given out the true meaning was understood, but in the course of ages, because of the laxity of the priesthood, this was lost, and gradually the lower conception became established ?
This seems to be a reasonable view if we take the testimony of Scripture itself. In Jeremiah VII, 21, we read: “Thus saith Jehovah of Hosts: For I spake not unto your fathers nor commanded them in the day I brought them out of the land of Egypt” (ignorance and sin) "concerning burnt offerings and
? sacrifices.'' This is certainly a plain statement, and with just the same authority that we supposed Leviticus to have.
23. “But this thing I commanded them saying, hearken unto My voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be My people; and walk in all the way I command you that it may be well with you. 24. But they hearkened not nor inclined their ears, but walked in their own councils, and the stubbornness of their evil heart and
went backward and not forward.' (They offered up poor innocent animals instead of their own animal nature.) 25. Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt I have sent all My servants and prophets daily, rising up early and sending them” (symbolic), “yet they hearken not unto Me, nor incline their ear, but make their neck stiff; they did worse than their fathers.
30. For the children of Judah have done that which was evil in My sight, saith Jehovah; they have set their abominations in the house that is called by my name to defile it." (Altars upon which poor animals were offered.)
In Psalms LI, 16, we are told, “For thou delightest not in sacrifice; else would I give it.” (So there must have been a time
" when this was understood. David seems to have understood it.)
“Thou hast no pleasure in burnt offerings." 17. "The sacrifices of God are a broken Spirit, A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise."
In Hosea vi: "For I desire goodness and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God is more than burnt offerings.'
7. “But they like Adam have transgressed the covenant, they have dealt treacherously against Me.”
8. “Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity; it is stained with blood” (of the poor animals slaughtered).
9. “And as troops of robbers wait for a man so the company of priests murder in the way to Shechem. (Shechem was a very fertile valley where many herds grazed, watering at Jacob's well.)
10. “In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing.” (The blood of animals used as a religious rite.)
In Hosea viii, 13: “As for the sacrifices of mine offerings, they sacrifice flesh and eat it; but Jehovah accepteth them not; now will He remember their iniquity."
In the answer of the scribe to Jesus as given us by Mark XII, 32, 'And the scribe said unto Him, Of a truth Teacher, Thou hast well said that He is One; and there is none other but He. 33. And to love Him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is much more than all whole burnt offering and sacrifice. 34. And when Jesus saw that he answered Him discreetly, He said unto him, 'Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.''
In I Sam. xv, 22, we are told that “To obey is better than sacrifice.
Prov. xxi, 3: “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to Jehovah than sacrifice.”
Amos v, 21-22: "I hate, I despise your feasts, and I will take no delight in your solemn assemblies. 23. Yea, though ye offer Me your burnt offerings and your meal offerings, I will not accept them, neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
24. But let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream."
Isaiah 1, 11: 'What unto Me is the multitude of your sacri. fices ? said Jehovah: I have had enough of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts. I delight not in the blood of bullocks or of lambs or of he goats.”
12. “When ye come to appear before Me, who hath required this at your hand? .
13. "Bring no more vain oblations, incense is an abomination to Me." 14. “Your new moons and your appointed feasts My soul hateth; they are a trouble unto Me. I am weary of bearing them. 15. When ye spread forth your hands, I will hide Mine eyes from you; Yea, when ye make many prayers I will not hear, your hands are full of blood.”
16. “Wash you make you clean; put away the evil in your doings from before Mine eyes, cease to do evil. 17. Learn to do well, seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow."
18. “Come now let us reason together, saith Jehovah ; Though your sins be as scarlet they shall be white as snow.” 19. “If ye be willing and obedient ye shall eat of the good of the land.''
Jeremiah vi, 20: Your burnt offerings are not acceptable nor your sacrifices pleasing unto Me."
Malachi 11, 4: “My covenant may be with Levi, saith Jehovah. 5. My covenant was with him of life and peace” (not death and destruction).
6. “The law of truth was in his mouth, and unrighteousness was not found in his lips, he walked with me in peace and uprightness and turned many away from iniquity.
7. “For the priests' lips should keep knowledge” (they should not have lost the knowledge of the Mysteries of their religion so that such abuses could have crept in), "and they should seek law at his mouth; for he is the messenger of Jehovah of Hosts."
8. “But ye tumed aside out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble in the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith Jehovah of Hosts. Malachi
III, 7: “From the days of your fathers ye have turned aside from mine ordinances and have not kept them" (but they kept up their burnt offerings).
8. “Wherein have we robbed thee? The answer is in tithes and heave offerings" (the heaving hearts of the men).
Ezekiel xxxIII, 25: “Wherefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah, Ye eat with the blood, and lift up your eyes unto your idols, and shed blood, and shall ye possess the land ?”
29. “Then shall they know that I am Jehovah when I have made the land a desolation and an astonishment because of all their abominations which they have committed."
Ezekiel xxxvi, 17: “Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their way, and by their doings; their way before me was as the uncleanness of a woman in her impurity.
18. “Wherefore I poured out my wrath upon them” (that is, let them learn the law of cause and effect), “for the blood which they had poured out upon the land because they had defiled it with their idols" (or their worship).
And what is the promise to Israel after the suffering she has brought upon herself has purified her?
Ezekiel xxxvi, 25: “I will sprinkle you with clean waters” (sign of purification) “and ye shall be clean; from all of your filthiness and from all your idols will I cleanse you."
26. “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh” (the heart that could kill poor innocent animals), “and I will give you a heart of flesh.” 27. “And I will put my spirit
29. “And I will save you from all your uncleanness."
Does it not seem probable that the world has had a gross misconception of the teachings of our Sacred Book !
In Psalms XL, 6, we read : “Sacrifice and offerings thou hast no delight in, my ears hast thou opened. Burnt offering and sin