THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT

(Studies in the Blood of Jesus – Part 1)

Leviticus 17:1-14

(1)”And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

(2)Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them: This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, saying,

(3)What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, or that killeth it out of the camp,

(4)And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering unto the LORD before the tabernacle of the LORD; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people:

(5)To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the LORD.

(6)And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the LORD.

(7)And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.

(8)And thou shalt say unto them, Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers which sojurn among you, that offereth a burnt offering or sacrifice,

(9)And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer it unto the LORD; even that man shall be cut off from among his people.

(10)And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.

(11)For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I give it unto you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the souls.

(12)Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourn among you eat blood.

(13)And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out that blood thereof, and cover it with dust.

(14)For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh, for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosever eateth it shall be cut off.”

The blood of Jesus has to be part of the Christian, and if the blood is denied or rejected it holds serious implications for that person.

In this series we will be doing some Bible Study.

First of all notice the language of this portion in Leviticus: it is set in legalese. The wording is standard for any legal document, so that there can be absolutely no misunderstang of the contents of the document.

Bible Study is necessary for any Christian. No Christian can grow without the taking in and eating, and digesting, of the living Word. Paul told the Thessalonians in 1 Thes 2:13, “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.”

When you believe in Jesus and you accept the Word brought to you, it WORKS in you, it DOES something to you. Jesus told the Pharisees in John 8:37, “You are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word.” I pray that eveyone reading this will make room for the Word of God in your hearts. Before the Word can do anything for you it HAS to enter your heart and spirit.

The first covering by the blood is recorded in Genesis 3:21, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Here we see the first shedding of blood of an animal to cover the sin of man. Cain killed his brother and that is where the real problem began.

In Genesis 8:20-21, we read where Noah built an altar and made an offering unto the Lord. In Genesis 9:3-6, we read of the life in the blood. More of this later in the message.

We read something very interesting in Genesis 9:2, “And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth ……” Up until that time man and beast lived in harmony with each other and moved among each other without fear. Right after the Flood is the first time that man and beast became enemies.

Hebrews 9:20-22 says this, “He [Moses] said, ‘This is the blood of the covenant, which God has COMMANDED you to keep.’ In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in the ceremonies. In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is NO forgiveness of sins.”

Jesus was the FINAL sacrifice. He was the one and only PERFECT sacrifice. In fact He has done away with the sacrificial system. Hebrews 10:10-12, “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (11)And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. (12)But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.”

Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins! (Heb 9:22) If you want forgiveness of your sins, then you HAVE to come under the protection of the blood of Jesus. To be able to understand the full implication of the subject of the Blood of Jesus we have to go right back to the beginning of the Scriptures. Nowhere in the Scriptures is there any single subject that runs right from the beginning to the end, ie, from Genesis right through to Revelation, than the “golden” thread, the red thread of the blood.

In fact, the whole message of the Bible is none other than a message of blood, what blood can do for you. The red line is the vital tie between man and God, and because of this it is imperative that everyone of us get to grips with this subject. There will be sections that you have heard before, but have you got the right perspective? There will also be parts brought to you that you will not have heard before, so listen carefully and prayerfully to this series if you want to partake of the complete blessings of God the Father.

Put into a nutshell, the whole message of the blood is none other than this: The blood separates us from sin. Did you catch what I said? Let me say it again! “The blood SEPARATES us from sin”. The blood comes between us and God. It is the catalyst that allows us to come into the presence of God. To put it very strongly: WITHOUT IT, GOD WILL REJECT YOU OR I. Do you see now that it is very important that we understand the meaning of the blood as well as the application of it to our very lives! The blood is a lifesaver, and without it we will sink below the rough seas of the world’s temptations.

We will now take a look at what the Scriptural meaning of the blood is. But before we do that let us quickly recap some of the important points to really imprint it in our minds. 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. Let’s move on.

That sacrifice heralded the beginning of the New Testament (New Covenant), the Old Testament(Old Covenant) 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. 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 theblood 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.

(To be continued)