Mike Morrell has been exploring the atonement lately and I was struck by this statement connecting the image of sacrifice with food. I’m sure I’ll explore this more when I get to the laws about sacrifices.
Jesus’ death can be rightly seen as ‘sacrifice.’ But in the Hebrew faith sacrifice is not centrally about killing; it’s about giving your best – representative of your all. By freely giving a symbolic portion of your sustenance – the very food you eat, grain and meat – God meets the collective people with all that God is, giving away God-as-sustenance. (Which makes sense of Jesus speaking of his death and resurrection as real food & real drink in John 6)
Good stuff Mike!