Bible Topic for the Week - The Blood

This the first part in a series of studies focusing on the Blood and its role in the Bible, its centrality in God’s plan of redemption for mankind and its application through Jesus’ sacrifice. We also discover its spiritual and practical application to our lives as Christians not just for redemption and salvation but also for cleansing, protection, breaking curses and releasing power and authority into every aspect of our lives.

We are standing on the threshold of tumultuous times ahead and as Christians we need to know how to be victorious and to overcome every trial or temptation that confronts us. We also need to know how to apply the weapons or tools God has given us through Jesus Christ to defeat the enemy in all areas of our lives.

The first part of this study looks at the Blood as it relates to the payment for sin and redemption from death. So, join me for this powerful study and please don’t forget to leave any comments you may have in the comments section below.

Compensation & Redemption (Part 1)

“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” Leviticus 17: 11.

Blood is vital for life. The life of all creatures on earth is contained in their blood.

This is clearly demonstrated in the medical field for example, when doing a check-up samples of blood are taken as a crucial element in determining the health of an individual, or to determine what sort of disease a person may have contracted as well as the longevity of that person’s life. For surgery, blood bags of a particular blood type are sought after and donated to ensure that person undergoing surgery does not die from loss of blood during the operation.

When we think of blood there is always a direct correlation with life or perhaps with death, depending on the context, but, basically the emphasis here is that it sustains life.

In the particular scripture reference for this study we are taken to the book of Leviticus which was given by God to Moses after the children of Israel were brought out of slavery in Egypt and were wandering in the wilderness for 40 years on their way to the land promised by God to Abraham as part of the covenant He established with him in Genesis 12.

This book was written during the month or month-and-a-half between the completion of the Tabernacle (Exodus 40:17) (God’s dwelling place) and the Israelites' departure from Sinai (Numbers 1:1, 10:11). The Book of Leviticus provides the instructions on how the priests were to make offerings in the Tabernacle and how they were to conduct themselves around the holy tent sanctuary.

The reason it’s important to emphasize this is because this Book deals with the particular process by which the Israelites would make atonement for their sins through a blood sacrifice, which would enable them to maintain a right-standing with God. God is Holy and no one could approach Him without first being made holy (Leviticus 19:2) and righteous in His sight and the only way for this to occur was through animal sacrifice and the shedding of the life blood.

Origin of Sin, Punishment & Sacrifice

All men are born into sin because of the fallen nature inherited from Adam and Eve, when they disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). As the first of God’s children, they were created in His image, with all that pertained to that identity, i.e., eternal life, power and authority in His presence and in the Spirit. However, because of their disobedience, that part which was eternal and incorruptible died (i.e., the spirit man) and death took over. Men was relegated to a lower existence in a physical, corruptible and mortal state on earth. This was the punishment for their disobedience.

This punishment could not be reversed. Once a person has died spiritually, they cannot be restored back to that life without being born again by the Spirit of God who is the only One able to restore them to their original position in God. The issue with this is that sin stands in the way of that. Sin is a barrier between man and God. The price for sin needs to be paid for first before a person is able to receive the Spirit of God and be restored to God.

The price for sin is death (Romans 6:23) and has to be paid for with a life. This was the only form of recompense for sin, as demonstrated in God’s law (Exodus 29:36; Leviticus 4:20; 17:11). A life had to be given and the representation of that life was the shedding of the life blood of that creature as a sacrifice. Someone or something had to give up its life for another to be pardoned from punishment. In the case of the Israelites, it was an animal such as a bull, ox, sheep, lamb or goat.

This sacrifice was sufficient to pay for the sin of the person or people at a given time. However, each subsequent incursion required another blood sacrifice to be made as long as the person or those people lived. This continued from generation to generation as part of the laws, rules and requirements set in place by God for the children of Israel.

For more scriptures on blood sacrifice and its relevance to sin, death or as an atonement for sin please refer to these additional scriptures– Genesis 4:10 - 11; 9:6; 42:22; Exodus 12:13 & 23; 23:18;24:6-8; Leviticus 1:5-15; 3:2 – 17; 4:5-34.

Eternal Redemption & Salvation

This legal system of blood sacrifice as a form of payment for sin continued for almost 1,500 years after the initial instructions were first given to Moses at Sinai, that was until God intervened and designed a far superior and far more permanent way for mankind to not only make payment for their sin, but to be redeemed from it completely, fully restoring them to their original and rightful position with Him.

However, the legal requirement set in place by God could not be altered. A life and the shedding of that life’s blood still needed to be carried out, so although the mode of sacrifice was changed the requirement for the sacrifice itself was not.

That is why Jesus Christ came into the world in the form of man (Matthew 1:23), Emmanuel, God with us. To become that perfect, complete and everlasting sacrifice for us. Jesus has always been and will always be, the Son of God and the second person of the Godhead (Matthew 28:19). He was in the beginning before the world was formed (John 1:1-2) and will be in the end when all things of this world will cease to exist (Revelations 1:8 and 11). Before anything came to be, He was, and all things that exist were created in Him and through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16-20).

The life of God was flowing through Jesus’ blood on the Cross, and when He was broken and pierced and his flesh was ripped from his body through the whipping and scourging, it was God’s blood that flowed out of him. Its’ God’s blood that was shed for our sins, and God’s blood that paid the price for our redemption. That’s why it has all the power and authority in heaven and on earth to pardon or make payment for sins, past, present and future, and for all nature and type of sin. Nothing is too great for His blood (His life) to redeem. Amen!

This is the reason why when we accept Jesus Christ into our hearts, we are not only pardoned from sin now, but redeemed and saved from it’s death hold eternally. It’s not a one-off deal. It’s the entire package both now and forever.

That is why the Blood of Jesus is one of the most powerful attributes we possess as Christians, and one we need to understand and grasp fully in all its various attributes in order to be truly empowered. “And they overcame him (Satan), by the Blood of the Lamb (Jesus) and the word of their testimony.” Revelations 12:11.

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