The Blood of The Covenant
(Studies in the Blood of Jesus – Part 2)
Today we will take a look at what the Scriptural meaning of the blood is. Before we do that let us quickly recap some of the important points of the Introduction. We saw that the blood of the offerings was required to cleanse God’s people and that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. Blood separates us from sin, and without the protection of the blood of Jesus over our life, we cannot come into the presence of God.
I pointed out to you some interesting and important facts about the shedding of blood in Adam’s time and also about Cain and Abel. We also heard about the offerings of Noah after the Great Flood. Finally I brought to you that Jesus was the final and only Sacrifice that was necessary for the forgiveness of sins. So much for the recap.
That sacrifice heralded the beginning of the New Testament (New Covenant), the Old Testament (Old Covenant) sacrificial system being made nul and void from then onwards. Jeremiah 31:31-34 confirms this: “‘The time is coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant though I was a husband to them,’ declares the Lord. ‘This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after that time,’ declares the Lord. ‘I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.'”
Any Covenant God made with man has been confirmed and ratified by the shedding of blood. This one last was no different, as God provided the ram in place of Isaac, so God provided the sacrifice – His Son Jesus Christ.
I sincerely urge all of you to have your Bibles with you as we study this very important subject of the blood. Take notes as I bring the messages and also write down all the references I mention, so that you can look them up again and let the Holy Spirit enlighten your mind and your heart as to the significance of the shedding of blood.
In verse 11 we read something very significant as far as the blood offering is concerned. “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 that blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” According to the Bible the soul of life is in the blood,or, put another way, the blood is the carrier of life. Blood is the most important part of the body and without it there can never be any life in the body.
In our reading, a few things emerge that is of
interest to us.
A. THE OFFERING AT THE TABERNACLE ONLY
The offering was to be brought at the Tent of the Meeting, ie, the Tabernacle. Prior to the building of the Tabernacle the offerings were offered anywhere and everywhere. There was no order and everyone did as they pleased and how they pleased. Now God had set a way, a rule as to how the offerings had to be offered, and a place where is had to be offered. Today we do not offer animal sacrifices to God for one reason only. Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself as a final offering that was far superior to the offerings of bulls and goats. He offered Himself once and for all, a perfect offering that never need be offered again. Jesus shed His blood so that we may obtain atonement for our sins. Our offering today is the offering of ourselves, as living stones, in a living temple to God.
B. THE OFFERING AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE TABERNACLE
The sacrifice had to be offered at the entrance to the Tabernacle. Any other place was a reason to be cut off from the nation of Israel. To be cut off often meant to be put to death. Any one today who does not receive the offering that Jesus made on our behalf will also be cut off from the Father in heaven. He will be cut off, ie, he or she will not receive the gift of eternal life.
C. NO SATANIC OR OCCULTIC SACRIFICES
The Israelites had to no longer offer sacrifice to the goat idols. One of the satanic symbols that is often depicted inside the five-pointed star is a goat. God is very adamant that anyone who involves himself in any satanic or occultic practices or worship shall be cut off from Him. There can be no joining together of the darkness with the Light. Many try to do so but no matter how much they try they will still be under the judgment of God, specially those who mislead their flock away from Christ. We are to keep away from any occultic and satanic practices because we will certain fall under the judgment of God if we do. Be very careful not t get involved with the New Age Movement that is currently sweeping through the world, as many of their practices are occultic in nature, and contrary to God’s commands.
D. BLOOD SHED AT THE ENTRANCE
The sacrifices had to be made at the entrance to the Tent of the meeting, ie, the Tabernacle. Just get the picture in your mind of just what was happening here. Animals were slaughtered by the dozens, the blood drained on the ground, and some of it sprinkled on the door posts, etc. It was just blood everywhere you looked! Can you image what would happen if you arrived at your own Churh one day and you were met with blood all over the place. What would you do? As I said last time: the blood was a part of the Old Testament worship. Fortunately, with the ONCE ONLY sacrifice of Jesus, we have a clean way of worshiping. Yet, without the blood of Jesus in our life we are out of the kingdom of God.
E. THE BLOOD MAKE’S ATONEMENT FOR OUR LIFE
We come now to the crux of the message this morning. Verses 11-14 sum up the whole story of the blood. According to the Bible the soul of man is in the blood, or put another way, blood is the carrier of the life of that person. Verse 11, “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.” This is the reason that God commands us not to eat or drink the blood of any person or creature. IF you are one that eats raw meat or eats food that is specifically prepared from blood then you will have to give account to God or what you are involved in. When God says that He will ask accounting of you for someone’s life, then God means that He will ask you to give account of that person’s blood. In what way will God require someone’s blood from us? Listen to what is written in Ezekiel 33:6, “But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.” From this verse we see that to disobey the command of the Great Commission in Matthew 28, that Jesus gave us, is to bring judgment upon ourselves! Read Ezekiel 33:6-9 to get a full picture of what the Lord is telling us about being watchmen. I pray that the Spirit will touch each one of us in this respect.
From the above we see that to God, blood and life are one and the same thing. In Exodus 12:13 and 23, in connection with the Passover, and the exodus from Egypt, we read that blood was a
SIGN to God for those who chose to come under the protection of the blood. The blood is a sign to God, because wherever He sees the blood He will spare the life of that person.
Finally, in Exodus 12:1-2 we read something very interesting. “This month shall be unto you the beginning of the months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.” Hallalujah for the advertising of our Saviour! Whether they like it or not the day will come that they who deny that Jesus is the Christ of God will be forced to acknowledge that Jesus is Lord!
Praise God for the New Testament Lamb of the offering who shed His blood for OUR sake and started a new dispensation of grace and forgiveness. We will continue this series and look at some of the aspects of the Blood and the Covenant.
Seek Jesus today, No one is promised tomorrow!