Today you should read: Leviticus 17
My family went to the Cincinnati Zoo the other day and I was reminded how squeamish people get around blood. We happened to be in the bat exhibit when my son Liam pointed out the bowl of blood that the bats drink and my daughter started gagging to herself. Soon after, other kids were looking away from the exhibit saying “Eeewww” as their parents stared at me and my 3 year old son sitting on my shoulders with a look that communicated, “Thanks for pointing that out to my kids.”
The talk of blood makes people a bit uncomfortable and there’s usually something wrong if you’re dealing with a lot of it. Outside of a good medium rare steak, blood is meant to stay in the body, which keeps us and other living things alive. Blood is best kept in the body unless you see the purpose of it in the temporary sacrificial system that was used to atone for Israel’s sins. That purpose can be summed up in v. 11 in Leviticus 7, which reads as:
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.
The temporary animal blood that made temporary atonement for their souls and gave them life would point to an eternal sacrifice by Jesus who shed His blood to atone for our sin once and for all and give us eternal life.
For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. –Matthew 26:28
How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. –Hebrews 9:14
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. -1 John 1:7
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, -Ephesians 1:7
My daughter may still get squeamish around a little blood like most other children do, but she knows the power and forgiveness we receive in Jesus’ blood and I’m grateful that her little face lights up when we talk about what that means for her and every person who needs to receive it.
Are you grateful for the blood that was shed on the cross for you?
Posted by: Erik Koliser