Answering The Atheist
September 5, 2004 / Volume 4, Issue 36
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
What is the correct recipe for the new moon sacrifice? Should there be two bullocks, one ram and seven lambs (Numbers 28:11), or should there be one bullock, one ram, and six lambs (Ezekiel 46:6)? Is there a contradiction?
Is there a difference between the new moon sacrifice which is listed in the Torah and what appears in the writing given through Ezekiel the prophet? Absolutely. Does this mean there is a contradiction? Absolutely not.
It is easy to pull two verses from separate contexts, and declare them to be contradictory. It is quite another thing to extensively study the context of said verses, and reasonably conclude that a contradiction is present. The questioner has done the former, not the latter in this case.
The sacrificial system given from 45:18-46:24 contains many differences from that which is revealed in the Torah. These differences do not represent points of contradiction with the Law, but appear rather to be amendments — changes to the form of the sacrifices, which accompanied the new temple (43:10-11). Is God not able to change the sacrificial requirements if He so chooses?
There is no contradiction.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible