Blood of the atonement part 1
: The law of blood is an eternal law that will forever bind us together and is the very essence of God’s eternal love for his people.
Throughout God’s holy word there is a common thread which connects old and New Testament and leaves no doubt concerning the reality of God’s love. In fact, God himself instituted this law before the foundation of the world because he knew man would fall. Consequently, God had a plan already in place concerning man’s redemption, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
Our precious Lord knew that blood would have to be shed for the life of man. A life would be required (someone would have to die) for the life of another to be saved. The very first person to institute sacrifice was God himself. In Genesis (the beginning) God came regularly to visit with Adam and talk with him, however, during one of his visits God noticed something different. “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou? And he said I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Genesis 3:8
This is a consciousness of guilt on the part of Adam and God killed an animal to cover Adam and Eve from their shame and nakedness. The blood of that animal was presumable still present on the skins that covered them. They needed a covering or atonement for their shame. In the dispensation of the innocence of man God’s glory had been their covering. They have gone from the highest designated order of life to being clothed with the skins of an animal. The cost of sin always greater than the benefits of its temporal pleasures and leads all to suffer great loss. I am thinking about the life of Samson a mighty man of value. He was anointed and blessed of God, and he had victory over the enemies of the people of God. Yet he could not master the temptations of Delilah and he paid the ultimate price. Samson was stripped of his eye sight and his life and work was short lived, he never lived out his full days. He cried out to God to restore his strength and God gave him victory over his enemies. He killed more in his death than in all the days of his life the bible says.
Adam and Eve violated God’s law and lost their innocence and fellowship with God. Sin entered into the world and the plan of redemption through the law of blood was in force. [Lev 17:14] “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” The Word of God is very explicit in connecting life with blood.
When man became a living soul, the blood in man was quickened as God breathed into the man the breath of life. In the Old Testament laws, we see many kinds of sacrifices that were required for sin. Each kind of sin required a specific sacrifice to remedy that person from their sin. The entire law of blood and sacrifice is relevant because it is a type and shadow of that which was to come. It was pointing to the supreme sacrifice of the son of man, Jesus Christ. The use of blood in the Old Testament was always God’s way for the people to atone for their sin. The law of blood commands that we respect blood by not eating it or shedding the blood. He declared that a life was required for man’s redemption. This type and shadow are best seen in the life of Abraham. God never said kill your son, but rather offer him up as a sacrifice. Then as Abraham was obedient God knew he could trust him, and that Abraham loved God more than anything. He said, “my son God will provide himself a lamb” Even today he says to you and I offer up you as a sacrifice to God, which is a holy and acceptable thing
When we say atonement it literally means “covering” or “to cover” and when we say blood this means life and without the shedding of blood them could no remission:
In Exodus we see a clear picture of the Passover. As God pronounced the final judgment on the Egyptian people, he protected his people from the angel of death that struck the entire first born in Egypt. The angel would pass through the land and strike every household with death. God called for a ‘lamb’ for a house, a ‘lamb’ for every family. He said for each one of to kill the lamb and take the blood and sprinkle it on the door posts of each home as a covering. When the angel is passing through the land, he will see the blood and Passover the home with the blood upon the door posts. [Exodus 12:1-13]
There was the ratifying of God’s covenant with his people both old and new. The bible says that Moses took blood and sprinkled in on the people and said, “behold the blood of the covenant with the Lord has made with you.” [Exodus 24:8] Therefore the old covenant was instituted by blood and the New Testament likewise. The Father has made it a spiritual law from the foundation of the world that blood would be the currency to redeem us back to God. It is the medium of exchange in heaven. I would like to examine the atonement very closely because we have all heard the story in Sunday school class but now more than at any other time it is time to understand it. In this past it has been relegated to a nice story in the annals of history. However, it is much more than just a story. It is a very real account of God’s eternal love for his people. Can you imagine the God of the universe giving the best gift for your life to be saved from eternal death? Out of all he could have given he chose the blood of his only son to save you. Not only did he give his best but at a time when you were in your worst state as a measure of the great love wherein, he loved us. Think about it, there were many sacrifices required in the old covenant of law. They had stinky animals to contend with and all the laws under the old covenant they were required to obey. Yet in one sacrifice Christ paid for our full atonement. Not many sacrifices but once he died as our great Passover lamb of the new covenant for all families, and all nations, for all time. Praise Him forever!