In a Jewish synagogue, every year Leviticus 1:2 is that portion from the Torah read out loud as an eternal reminder of what types of sacrifices are allowed and forbidden.
“Speak to the people of Israel; say to them,
‘When any of you brings an offering to Adonai,
you may bring your animal offering
either from the herd or from the flock.”
Here’s the thing.
The TORAH forbids Israel from even daring to consider that a human being could be an acceptable sacrifice.
Of course, this touches on Passover.
Christianity teaches the world how Yeshua became a human sacrifice.
They say he was the sinless Passover Lamb slain for the sins of mankind and the lamb of God that was sacrificed just like a any sacrifice that would be sacrificed during the temple services at the altar.
Yet TORAH law requires us to reject this notion.
The truth is Passover has NOTHING to do with Israel making a sin sacrifice.
It was about YHVH marking each family that was willing to trust Him by carrying out what had been commanded through Moses.
The blood of the young lamb was NEVER used in any way that could be interpreted as a covering for sins.
Later when the Passover ceremony became an annual observance, the slain lambs were offered up as a THANK YOU Offering for all of the events that occurred on that first Passover night.
Recall the five different types of sacrifices we studied when we first began our study on Leviticus:
HATTAT: Offered up for purification after committing unintentional sins
ASHAM: Offered up to make amends for damages
OLAH: A devotion or dedication offering
MINCHAH: A grain offering to acknowledge that all material blessings come from HASHEM
ZEVAH: Offered when making a vow, as a Free-will Offering, or as a TODAH or Gratitude Offering.
Out of these five, the Torah specifically calls the Passover sacrifice a ZEVAH!
Practically every English Bible I’ve come across seems to disguise this fact.
For example, the King James Bible says the following:
“And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord‘s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.”-Exodus 12:26-27
Now let’s add in the original Hebrew and see what we get:
“...And you shall say, it is a ZEVAH-PESACH to HASHEM, when He became immobile over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt.“
Did you catch that?
I sure made the letters big enough.
When Passover became an annual observance, it wasn’t a commemoration for some sin sacrifice, but as a ZEVAH-PESACH, in other words a Thank you offering for all that HASHEM had done in rescuing Israel from the Egyptians.
When Passover became an annual observance at the temple, we know for sure it wasn’t a HATTA-AT or sin offering for many reasons.
The fats from the ZEVAH-PESACH were burned on the altar and its blood was thrown (not sprinkled) around the sides of the altar.
Afterwards, the blood was poured out at the base of the altar to make sure it couldn’t be used for any other purpose.
Also note the that the blood was NOT put on the horns of the altar for atonement.
Nor was the blood smeared on the lobe of priest’s right ear, the thumb of his right hand, nor on the big toe of his right foot.
However, the biggest reason we know why the Passover offering was a NOT a sin offering is because the meat of the Passover offering was shared by both the priests and the worshipper.
This is something that WOULD NEVER HAPPEN WITH A HATTA-AT (Sin or Purification Offering).
So what’s the conclusion?
The ZEVAH PESACH COULD NEVER HAVE BEEN A SIN OFFERING!
Christianity has completely twisted and distorted the meaning of what the Passover Sacrifice was about.
First, by connecting it to Yeshua.
Second, by turning Yeshua’s death on the cross as a human HATTA-AT which the ZEVAH most definitely was not!