Ancient Israel: The Old Testament

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The Old Testament is filled with the history of ancient Israel. It relates to us stories and facts of what the people of Israel endured, as well as what their way of life was like. In Genesis we find out the lifestyles of many people. For example, we read about Abraham and Sarahs hospitality, the Sodomites and Gomorites, who did not please God, as well as how to people acted in the times of Noah. The book of Exodus is filled with the history of Israel when they were slaves in Egypt, and led to freedom by Moses. During this time a enslavement, God reveals to Moses how His people are ought to worship him. in Exodus 20:22-26, God tells Moses to make Him an altar and to sacrifice their whole burnt offerings on it. About 2,000 years later, after …show more content…
Before Israel 's’ exodus from Egypt, Moses explained to the people the steps they needed to take in order for the Lord to pass by their house without striking the first born. He orders them to sacrifice a male lamb without blemish at their doorstep, and then they were to put blood on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses, which prefigured a cross. After he mentions that they should take it down and eat it, he tells them that “Nor shall you break a bone of it”. This passage prefigures Christ as the sacrificial lamb. When we look in the book of John, he mentions that Christ gave up his spirit at the exact time that the Passover lambs were being slain in the temple. Further down, it states that when they “came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs fulfilling the prophecy. Just as the plague of death would not touch Israel because of the blood, Christ’s blood destroyed death and delivers His Church from the same. The author of Hebrews explains to us that Christ takes the place of both the High priest and the sacrifice of the Old Testament. Since every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, Christ gifts us the remission of sins through His sacrificial blood. He further explains that the High priest would enter into the Holy of Holies once a year with the sacrificial blood which he offered for himself and for the people 's sins …show more content…
These two groups of people also acknowledge some of the same religious figures of the Old Testament, such as Adam, Abraham, Moses, Noah, and many more people. Since the early Christians adopted the Old testament as their own, there are many similarities between them and the ancient Israelites. Some similarities between them could be found in the role of the sacrifice, or offering, in both religions, in physical similarities, and lastly between Christ and the Passover lamb. These three points all revolve around the eucharist for the Christians, which is the center of the Christian

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