Like it or not, the Bible is a bloody book. From beginning to end it revels in blood. Within just the first few chapters of Genesis, a blood sacrifice is implied as God used animals’ skins to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:21). In the deliverance of the Hebrew people from the grip of Egypt, God instructed them to make a blood sacrifice from a spotless lamb and then coat their doorposts with this blood (Ex. 12:13). Then shortly thereafter, God instituted a law requiring a yearly sacrifice of untainted goats and lambs. The blood from this act was of utmost importance. It needed to be sprinkled around the altar by a high priest so that Israel could maintain a relationship with God.
The New Testament reveals that these bloody sacrifices precluded that of Jesus Christ, who came to the earth as an innocent, spotless lamb and endured horrific mutilation on the cross as the final, once-for-all sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. The event was so bloody, in fact, that the Bible describes that Jesus wasn’t even recognizable as a man (Is. 52:14). And just as blood was used in Israel’s deliverance from the bondage of Egypt, the Bible concludes by affirming Christ- followers in their sustained victory over the clutches of Satan through the blood of the Lamb, (Rev. 12:11).
Please understand -- to God, blood isn’t gore. Sin is what has made it gory. When you hear of a murder, often you picture a tragic blood slaughter. Where there’s a car accident, there’s almost always great bloodshed. And so we view blood as the most disgusting representation of all that’s wrong with the world. None of these are God’s original design, but the results of sin.
How are we to be set free from the debt and guilt of sin? Our Lenten studies have focused on the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. It entails SACRIFICE, the giving of oneself. Ultimately, the Shepherd becomes the Lamb who gives His life for the sheep, the wandering and lost sheep. His blood shed for the redemption of the sinners, the ungodly. Rom. 5: 6)
Indeed, sin is what perverted blood and equated it with death. God, however, created blood to represent life. This is what Scripture affirms: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev. 17:11).
More than anything else in the body, blood is essential to life. It’s what carries the fuel and oxygen to the billions of cells in our bodies. Blood supplies the brain and the heart with the necessary nourishment to function. It also carries carbon dioxide and other waste materials to the digestive system, where they are then removed from the body. Without blood we couldn’t keep warm or cool, fight infections, or get rid of our own waste products. Additionally, our very identity—our DNA—is located in our blood. We must understand this: God is so obsessed with blood because He’s so obsessed with life.
Equating blood with life will change the way you read the Bible, and thus, how you think about God. The coverings He provided Adam and Eve after their sin were coverings of life. The blood on the doorposts of the Hebrew people at Passover was the protection of life. The yearly sacrifice God instituted for Israel was intended to restore them with life.
We go through the seasons of the Church Year, remembering Jesus' Birth, His association with humankind, then His Death, burial and Resurrection! HE LIVES!! And because He lives, so shall all who believe in Him live!! Alleluia! GLYSDI, PB