Discover His heart: He has reconciled us to Him through the sacrifice of His Son
One of the most valuable commodities in the world today is a pint of AB negative blood, at least it is for those who have this rare blood type. These individuals often have blood taken and stored for their own use should they need it as a result of injury or sickness because less than 1% of the population carries this blood type. Scary thought. No one can live without blood. God said to Moses, “The life of the body is in its blood,” (11) and He would know.
@ Leviticus 17
Leviticus is filled with instructions regarding animal sacrifices and the use of their blood in attaining reconciliation with God, often sharing more detail than I think I would need to know. But what may seem like a preoccupation on the subject was more accurately God’s desire to preserve the honor and integrity of the blood because He was looking forward to Calvary.
Animals could be used for food, clothing and even medicine, but their blood was to be used for only one thing – the atonement for sin. “I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the Lord. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life that makes purification possible. That is why I have said to the people of Israel, ‘You must never eat or drink blood.’” (11-12)
My first thought is why the Israelites would need such instruction. However, this was a practice in their culture because of their idolatrous worship of other gods, such as the sacrificing to goat idols or demons mentioned earlier in the chapter. By drinking the blood of animals in their rituals, they thought they would capture the life force or energy of the creatures. With the most significant force of life, the Source of all energy in the Universe and the Creator of all things guiding them by day and night with a pillar of cloud and fire, it’s impossible for me to understand the attraction of drinking blood. Doing so diluted the symbol of His atonement for their sins, and only the enemy of their souls could entice them in this way.
These scriptures should give us pause to consider our culture’s present fascination with vampires, blood and the like. As believers, should our entertainment include anything that glorifies and focuses on sucking the blood out of people? How could I ever put before my eyes something that dishonors or discredits the only eternal life-giving blood, the blood of Jesus? I believe that only the enemy of my soul could entice me in that way. No, my focus should be on this, “With His own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—He entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.” (Hebrews 9:12) For our bodies, life is in our blood; but for our eternal spirits, life is in His blood.
Moving Forward: Thinking of the old Andre Crouch song, “The blood that Jesus shed for me, way back on Calvary…the blood that gives me strength from day to day, it will never lose its power.” Taking that song with me today.
Tomorrow @ 2 Kings 11-15