THE BLOOD OF JESUS (1)

This subject is very important, as it is a fundamental element of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, having a clear understanding of it would help us build a solid Christian foundation without which we would experience instability, or probably live as non-Christians. What is Blood?
We’ll begin our study by clarifying some very basic things; the first being: What is blood? To understand the blood of Jesus, this needs to be clarified, because we need to determine whether in referring to the blood of Jesus, the Bible is speaking in generic terminology, or if it’s referring to something specific. Is it dealing figuratively, or is it being specific of a particular substance?
Scientifically, blood is defined as the fluid consisting of plasma, blood cells and platelets that is circulated by the heart through a vertebrate’s vascular system, carrying oxygen and nutrients to, and waste materials away from all body tissues. Functionally, a similar fluid in animals, other than vertebrates, is also called blood. It means we’re dealing with a substance: the fluid in our bodies and in animals, often red in colour. This is simple to understand because it’s something common to every one of us. So, when we talk about the blood of Jesus, we are talking about this fluid that goes through the body. Now, how important is the blood and what does the Bible really say about it?
We would begin from the book of Genesis: Genesis 9:1 – 4: “And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.” At that time, God had taken action against the world and destroyed it; all of mankind was destroyed except Noah and his family; and the Lord blessed them after they came out of the Ark. This blessing was very similar to the blessings and instruction He gave Adam at the beginning. He gave them every moving thing as meat, and every green herb; however, He said in verse 4, that they couldn’t eat ‘flesh with the life thereof, which is blood. God gave us a very definite understanding there, that as far as He was concerned, the blood is the life of the flesh. This understanding in verse 4 above, was unveiled before the law of Moses was introduced.
Now under the law, in Leviticus 17:11, the Bible says: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. This is remarkable! In Genesis, He made it clear that the blood is the life of the flesh. Now, coming to the law, He brings in the subject of atonement, saying, the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I’ve given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls. Atonement means appeasement; propitiation; to satisfy the claims of
justice. This refers to compensation for wrongdoing. He was telling them that if they did wrong, they had no way of satisfying the claims of justice, or the divine claims, so, He gave them blood as the atonement for their souls – the blood of the animal upon the altar. This meant with the blood of an animal, God could overlook what they had done and look at the blood as their representative. But this was going to be a definite animal chosen by God, and it was to be carried out in His prescribed manner. Moreover, there were only to offer sacrifices in altars designated by the Lord.
The first sin in the world was committed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The Bible records that after they sinned, they hid themselves and tried to flee from God, but God called out, ‘Adam where art thou’. His response to God, was that He was hiding, because he was naked. But God said, ‘who told you that you were naked? Have you done what I told you not to do?’ Of course he had done something wrong, and he and his wife covered themselves with leaves (Genesis 3:8-11). However, God did something: He called them and killed an animal, spilled the blood of that animal, and used the skin of the animal to cover their nakedness, instead of the leaves they had used. Observe that He killed an animal, spilled the blood of that animal and made atonement for them (Genesis 3:21; Hebrews 9:22).
As we progress on this study, always remember what God did right there in Genesis, from the very beginning. The first time man sinned, God killed an animal, sacrificed the blood of that animal and covered their nakedness with the skin of that animal. In our next issue, we will continue in this study considering the spiritual law of atonement through the blood.
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Shalom!

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