Abraham’s offering before Jehovah entered into a covenant with him shows that there were no offerings given for the purpose of thanksgiving before the law of Moses, only burnt offerings for the purpose of covenantal atonement, or atonement through promise. The promise of a future perfect sacrifice through Jesus Christ

Genesis 14 v

7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.

11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.

12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;

14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

16But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

A thanksgiving offering is a freewill offering and it is obvious that Jehovah is not offering a sacrifice of thanksgiving to himself by commanding Abraham to kill these animals. So this cannot be a thanksgiving offering. First of all the offerings before the law of Moses have to show how atonement is made before sacrifices can be offered which display thanksgiving for the giving of this blessing. This is the logical order. There could not have been thanksgiving offerings to God from the beginning.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The word for “sacrifice” (zebah) first occurs in Gen 31:54, and it has nothing to do with the atonement of sin.
    In Gen 31:54 Jacob sacrifices the animals meant for Peace offering, that is in the ceremony of fellowship between himself and Laban: “he offered a sacrifice there in the hill country and invited his relatives to a meal.”

    Peace offering is offered by a unique way of being burned and being eaten at once. Only a small portion of the animal (not necessary a firstling) or grain brought to the altar is burned, and the rest of the flesh is given back to worshipers, relatives and the needy for eating.
    They may eat the flesh of animals consecrated to God (Lev 3:1-2, Lev 7:11-21), signifying a peaceful fellowship in both relations with God and his people.

    Moreover, the Jewish Passover lamb is by definition a Peace offering signifying the peace between the Jews and God – hence, as the Egyptians lost the peace they received his wrath instead – not for an atonement of sin.
    Here is the logical question: If Passover were an atonement of offenses, why would God designate one other specific offering called “Sin Offering” beside the Passover lambs?

    Genesis doesn’t teach atonement.
    Nowhere does Genesis teach atonement. The term “burnt offering” isn’t always synonymous to the propitiation or atonement of offense. It is absolutely wrong to limit the meanings of the burnt offering to a sin offering.
    – What Abel offers with the firstling flocks is the Firstling offering (Hebrew: Bechorot).
    – What Noah offers and burns after the Flood on the altar is the Firstling offering or Peace offering, signified by equal response of God with the Noachide Covenant for the remnants of people.
    – What Melchizedek offers without sacrifice is the Thanksgiving, that is the priesthood offering with wine and bread (unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes of fine flour, fried mingled with oil) to thank for the victories of Abraham in the war.
    – What Abraham sacrifices in Gen 15:9 is Peace Offering, between himself and God.
    – What Abraham sacrifices in Gen 22:2 is the Firstling offering.
    – What Jacob sacrifices in Gen 31:54 is Peace offering, between people and God.
    – What Jacob sacrifices in Gen 46:1 is Peace offering, between himself and God.
    – What Moses and the Jews do on the Passover eve is Peace offering, and the lamb required for sacrifice and for eating with family in evening is not necessary the firstling lamb.

    The ram’s sacrifice Abraham does – as substitution of Isaac – is burned specifically as the Firstling offering, not as sin offering. Since Isaac is his firstborn son, hence his substitution ram must be equally the firstling as well.
    Here is the logical question: If the ram sacrifice on Mount Moriah were Sin Offering (which is not, since the Sin Offering doesn’t specifically require a firstling flock), why does not God command Abraham to sacrifice his slaves among his households instead?

    In other words, the reason why God commands Abraham to sacrifice his firstborn son is because what he orders is the Firstling sacrifice. Now, since the Firstling offering is what exactly Abraham does on Mount Moriah, it means God doesn’t count Abraham as a sinner.

    In other hands, the Jews are commanded to burn the Sin Offering specifically – beside Peace Offering or Passover, Thanksgiving and Firstling offering – because they were designated to bring forth a group of holy men who officiate the Jewish Prophethood till Jesus.

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