A comment today on this blog by Followers is so frequently expressed by Christians I meet that I usually do not stop to think how very odd it is.
They all tend to use this kind of language about Jesus of Nazareth:
‘To give his life a ransom for many he put on flesh and was the perfect sacrificial lamb to pay for the sins of the world for the last and final time.’
So it is claimed that Jesus was the “perfect sacrificial lamb”.
But was he?
Here is an outline of what typical man looks like
Note that he has two legs and two arms and he walks upright. The suit tends to be optional.
Here is an outline of what a typical lamb looks like. The wooly coat is a natural feature (not usually optional)
Note that it has four legs, lots of wool and walks on all four legs.
I am told by experts that they are two quite different species. So the man is not a lamb – and visa versa. Tradition tells us that Jesus possessed two arms, two legs and walked upright. Jesus therefore was not a lamb. He was a man. This can be definitively proven.
According to the Jewish Scriptures a lamb could be offered in the temple. Exodus 29:38:
“These are the sacrifices you are to offer regularly on the altar. Each day, offer two lambs that are a year old”
Christians when challenged about this discrepancy tell me that of course Jesus was not literally a lamb, he was a “metaphorical lamb”. But did God authorise a human being to be sacrificed in the Temple? Where in the Torah is there explicit provision for a non-literal metaphorical sheep (in reality an actual two-legged man) to be sacrificed to God?
It gets worse. God it seems rules out human sacrifice, even if you call the man a sheep, goat or bull. God is not fooled. He can tell the difference between a man and a lamb even if Christians confuse the two.
See: Leviticus 18:21; Deuteronomy 12:31; 2 Kings 21:6; Deuteronomy 18:10; Leviticus 20:2.
So the next time a Christian tells you that Jesus was a lamb you might want to show them the helpful illustrations above and ask them where did God permit in the Temple a man to be offered as a sacrifice to God?