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Joseph Esquivel

True Sacrifices to God

  • The Epistle of Barnabas

    Chap. 2 verse 2


    2. Since, then, the days are evil and the one who is at work holds sway, we should commit ourselves to seeking after the righteous acts of the Lord.

      2 Reverential awe and endurance assist our faith, and patience and self -restraint do battle on our side.

      3 And so while these things remain in a holy state before the Lord. wisdom, understanding, perception, and knowledge rejoice together with them.  

      4 For through all the prophets he has shown us that he has no need of sacrifices, whole burnt offerings, or regular offerings. For he says in one place,

      5 “What is the multitude of your sacrifice to me? says the Lord. I am sated with whole burnt offerings, and have no desire for the fat of lambs, the blood of bulls and goats--- not even if you should come to appear before me. For who sought these things from your hands? Trample my court no longer. If you bring fine flour, it is futile; incense is loathsome to me. I cannot stand your new moons and sabbaths.” 2

    2 Isa. 1:11-13. LXX Esaias I.11-14.

    Isa. 1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

    Isa. 1:12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?

    Isa. 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.

    Isa. 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.      

      6 And so he nullified these things that a new Law of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is without the yoke of compulsion, should provide an offering not made by humans.

      7 And again he says to them, “Did I command your fathers who came out from the land of Egypt to offer whole burnt offerings and sacrifice to me?” 3

    3 Jer. 7:22. LXX Jer. VII.22.

    Jer. 7:22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:

      8 “No, this is what I commanded them: Let non of you bear a grudge against your neighbor in your heart, and do not love a false oath.”4

    4 Zech 8:17. LXX Zach. VIII.17

    Zech. 8:17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.

      9 And so since we are not ignorant, we should perceive the good intention of our father. For he is speaking to us, wanting us to seek how to make a offering to him without being deceive like them.

      10 And so he says to us: “A sacrifice to the Lord is a crushed heart that; a sweet fragrance to the Lord is a heart that glorifies the one who made it.”5 And so, brothers, we ought to learn clearly about our salvation, to keep the Evil One from hurling us away from our life after bringing error in through the backdoor. 5 Ps. 51:17

    Ps. 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.