Sacrifice and Atonement in the Bible

Sacrifice and Atonement


Even though the Bible stretches on for pages and pages, it tells a consistent story. For example, the Israelites used the sacrificial system to atone for their sins, but Jesus put an end to those rituals when He died. This video from The Bible Project provides an overview of the theme of sacrifice and atonement in the Bible. The goal of this post is to help you see how this overarching theme contributes to the story of the Bible, understand the implications of this theme, and apply this theme to your daily life. 




As the video pointed out, the theme of sacrifice and atonement runs through the Old Testament into the New Testament. When we understand the themes of Scripture, we can use them when we interpret and apply specific passages. Use these questions to deepen your understanding of sacrifice and atonement.


What are sacrifice and atonement? How did the video define this theme?
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How do sacrifice and atonement play out in the Old Testament? How does it develop in the New Testament? In what ways does this theme bridge the gap between the Old and New Testaments?
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Why are sacrifice and atonement important? What does it teach us about God and humanity? What is its significance in the biblical story?
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What does the theme of sacrifice and atonement change about your perspective of God and others? How does the theme of sacrifice and atonement apply to your life? What could you do to put this theme into action in your life this week?
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God’s Word tells an amazing, unified story, woven together through its themes. As you read the Bible this week, keep what you learned through this video at the back of your mind. Notice when the theme of sacrifice and atonement pops up in a passage and incorporate the principles from this video as you interpret Scripture.



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