The Subversion of Sacrificial Religion

Both Elijah in the Old Testament and Jesus in the New Testament are recorded as raising the dead sons of two different widows back to life.  Comparing and contrasting these two stories reveals much about the trajectory in Scripture away from sacrificial thinking (the idea that we need to please God through acts of sacrifice).  We also talk about a fascinating subversion of language in the Gospels!  (Don't rely on the law of first mention here!)