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The Animals in the Sacrifices of the Tabernacle


The bullock or ox (male or female) represents the patient and enduring servant, obedient unto death.


Philippians 2:8

“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.”


Hebrews 12:2

“Let us fix our eye’s on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of God. Consider Hid who endured such opposition from sinful men so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”


His offering of His character was substitution, for we are not like this.


           The sheep or Lamb represents or shows Christ in un-resiting self surrender to death          


Isaiah 53:12

“He poured out His life unto death and was numbered with the transgressors”


       The goat depicts the sinner, and became the sinners substitute



Matthew 25:32-34

“He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left.”


Isaiah 53:13

“He was numbered with the transgressors and He bare the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors.”


Galatians 3:13

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, by becoming a curse for us.”


2 Corinthians 5:21

“He who knew no sin, was made sin for us”


The pigeon or turtledove symbolise mourning, innocence and poverty.


Isaiah 59:11

“We moan mournfully like doves, we look for justice, but find none; for deliverance, but it is far away.”


2 Corinthians 8:9

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that through His poverty, we might become rich”


Rev C.I Schofield D.D


The sacrifice of the poor man becomes the poor mans sacrifice

Luke 2:24

Joseph offered a pair of doves or two young pigeons for Jesus Christ, as He was their first-born Son. His parents were not rich.


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