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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Frequently Asked Question


Question:
What is the importance of the five animals (i.e., heifer, goat ram, turtledove, and a pigeon) used in the covenant ceremony in Genesis 15?

Answer:
Each of these was later to be designated as animals to be sacrificed. See Exodus 29:15; Numbers 15:27; 19:2 and Deut. 21:3. I suggest you study each of the offerings required by the law of Moses and their purpose. The turtle dove and young pigeon were also required by the Law of Moses (See Lev. 1:14; Luke 2:24). As you will note, this was the sacrifice offered for Jesus by his parents. Wordsworth said the three animals -- heifer, she-goat and ram -- represented the triune nature of the Godhead, but that is a little too speculative. It has been pointed out that at 3 years the animals would be in full maturity.

The Pulpit Commentary points out that "these were afterwards prescribed in the Mosaic legislation, which was itself a shadow of good things to come, to be employed as propitiatory offerings, it is impossible not to regard them, though not necessarily understood as such by Abram, as types (not of Israel, Abraham's seed after the flesh simply, nor of the Church of God generally, i.e. Abram's seed according to the spirit, though perhaps neither of these should be excluded, but) of Abram's greater Seed, whose perfect, Divinely-appointed, and substitutionary sacrifice alone constitutes the basis of the everlasting covenant."

You should read closely Hebrews chapters nine and ten.


H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email: had@worldnet.att.net
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
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