Blood Of Life
Offering up of sacrifices is regarded as divine and came from God. This was acceptable in his eyes in The Old Testament, to partly address the problem of our sinful ways. Sacrifice comes from the Latin word Sacrifice or to make sacred.
It means to transfer an offering to be made sacred to the divine above, it’s a symbol or gift given to please God. Burnt offerings pleased the Lord.
13 “But he shall wash the entrails and the legs with water. Then the priest shall bring it all and burn it on the altar; it is a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the Lord.”
Blood for blood Life is in the blood. Of cause in The Old Testament they did not know initially about the ultimate blood sacrifice of Jesus God had everything preplanned to strengthen a separated relationship, trying to repair our disobedience from the fall of Adam and Eve. Jesus was the final remission for our sins.
28 For this is My blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
5 “And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.”
The Lord gave us animals initially for our enjoyment not to sacrifice. Animals became a substitute until Jesus fulfilled the ultimate sacrifice by shedding his blood on the cross and dying for us. The creator could not have sacrificed man because we are made in his image and were the jewel of his creation. Animals became a substitute after Adam and Eve sinned. We are described as looking like God and have a divine consciousness. God put eternity in our hearts not in animals. After the flood God gave us permission to eat animal flesh. Original diet for man was vegetarian only seeing as animals were made for our enjoyment. Animals were part of the very good creation, but I am sure mankind broke the law and killed animals for food. One thing is certain after the flood a vastly different relationship existed between mankind and animals. Fear developed inside them all trust was gone. Then we were permitted to eat animal flesh for food by God.
11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.”
God gave Mankind dominion over all animals not to initially mistreat them, kill or sacrifice. Mankind is still God’s sons and needed a way to partially atone for sin the Lord promised only humans eternal life.
We were given far greater gifts than animals to express yourself through our minds, and Spirit. We are all spirit based beings as God is a Spirit. Remember God made animals for enjoyment as an expression of his love for his sons like he made flowers for us to enjoy. Beauty comes from God no scientist can say where beauty comes from and helps to unlock the divine nature and character we all possess.
You may think we mistreat animals in modern times and you are right we do. But you forget one thing God gave us stewardship over all animals and we ourselves are to blame for this. We are also to blame for animal sacrifice in The Old Testament if we had not sinned God would not have demanded a substitute.
26 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
We were created first off to be almost like Kings of a Kingdom and have power over animals but not to make them suffer. We are not the same as animals as we were crafted by the Potter in his image.
1 Corinthians 15:39-50
10 A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
Animal sacrifice could not deliver conscience from the wrath of God, this is why they were only a temporary solution. Sacrifice in principle without blood there is no forgiveness of sins. God justifies this in Romans:
9 “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”
God wants peace with us, after all, he created us. He loves us and expresses this in so many ways.
13 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
Jesus walks in our shoes intercedes taking on humility as a man. He is God in human flesh humble and modest, able to feel pain, experiences all what we go through. Jesus suffered, humiliated in the most awful and painful way. Crucifixion was a statement to everyone to follow the state laws, if you offend the state you will be made the lowest of the lowest. Ask yourself how are your sins forgiven?
Grace has always existed and salvation is given by the grace of God.
Another key point is God didn’t sacrifice Jesus. Jesus as God incarnate sacrificed himself willingly fulfilling the law.
18 “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”
Blood symbolised cleansing, forgiveness and life. Blood was not meant to be consumed because it was a representation of the blood and death of Jesus Christ.
The first death in heaven was Eve she spiritually died. Eve had the seed of doubt placed in her mind, Adam did not he just followed his wife.
1 Timothy 2:14
God was the first person to kill animals. He had to do this to cloth Adam and Eve who now knew they were naked having gained information from The Tree Of Knowledge and the ability to do good and evil. The almighty could have killed Adam and Eve but he loved them being made in his image and wanted lasting forgiveness. Animals can not forgive as it has no conception of what is right and wrong, God put morals in mankind’s heart. If you tell a dog to stop doing something it might stop but repeat the same thing the next day. They learn from command not what is inside their heart. Many animals today need management and human intervention just to survive.
10 “For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.”
God teaches us through animal slaughter that sin kills. God’s grace is through the shedding of blood people had to see it, and feel it in their hearts, as we are a broken spirit. To have blood of life on their hands Of cause they didn’t enjoy it but the law had to be done.
16 “For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.
18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.”
Let’s take a look at blood itself what does it do?
Blood delivers substances like nutrients and oxygen to cells, and also transports metabolic waste away. 7-8% of human body weight consists of blood. It is crucial in our immune system, and has 4000 different components. Most important are red cells, white cells, platelets and plasma. Red blood cells transport oxygen around the body while white cells work as defence for our immune system. God design us with a remarkable fluid like some cells help us to stop bleeding, or how blood regulates our body temperature. Blood also transports hormones around which give us messages and regulates acid levels. Sexual functions like a male erection, and the swelling of a females clitoris are all amazing jobs blood delivers.
In the New Testament, there is a verse in Acts that divides the opinion.
But it is unwise to accuse Paul of doing anything to compromise the law or to sin. This verse at the time may have been to appease restless spirits for the greater good, to unify the Jew and gentile relations. In The New testament Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice but Paul in Acts participates in an offering ritual which some say breaks the law of God as Jesus was the final act.
26 “Then Paul took the men, and the next day, having been purified with them, entered the temple to announce the expiration of the days of purification, at which time an offering should be made for each one of them.”
Bull, sheep, or goat, bird, dove pigeon. The whole animal was burnt and destroyed in the altar. Symbol of Christ offering himself without spot to God with passion even in death. A substitute, patient, enduring servant.
4 “Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.”
The Heavenly Sanctuary
11 “But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
This was an offering of fine flour, or unleavened baked goods, mixed with olive oil. Some were burned with incense, rest went to the priests.
A herd or flock animal could be used (fat, kidneys and part of the liver were burned. Most were eaten and given to the priests and the offerer. This was used for feasting.
Sin offering-purification offering
Female goat or lamb. If poor birds were accepted, very poor could use a grain offering. Animals innards were burned, rest of the animal was sometimes eaten by the priests, or sometimes burnt.Turtledove or pigeon is a symbol of innocence. And when splayed out the wings are open as a symbol of Jesus on the cross.
14 Like a crane or a swallow, so I chattered;
I mourned like a dove;
My eyes fail from looking upward.
O Lord, I am oppressed;
Undertake for me!
7 “If he is not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring to the Lord, for his trespass which he has committed, two turtledoves or two young pigeons: one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering.”
Flock animal, as with the well-being, and sin offering. Animals flesh was eaten by the priests.
Psalm 141:2 says that prayer replaces sacrifice. This does not replace blood sacrifice. It’s talking about prayer life and nothing to do with replacing blood rituals with prayer.
Remember Blood sacrifice was familiar to people and practiced. People needed assurance that it was acceptable to the Lord, which it was because blood represented life. God uses familiar rituals and is not of his bloodthirsty demands. Jesus came to sanctify us, so we are justified and saved from God’s wrath. We were able to overcome.
Redemption of souls is beautifully written in scripture for us, and Leviticus says sacrifice is temporary for a short time until the Great Sacrifice In Christ.
Remember it is hard for us to understand animal sacrifice. But now we have an obligation to look after them. We were never meant to worship animal or anything else which takes us away from the divine will of God. The creator first created animals for our pleasure because he loved us. God killed the first animals to clothe Adam and Eve. Blood is life, and a substitute for the Great sacrifice in our Lord Jesus Christ. We were created in God’s image and the jewel of creation. Animals had to be used not us. The creator did not want this but allowed it to be temporary. Blood sacrifice is a divine institution, and acceptable by God, as a shadow of good things to come. Blood sacrifice is atonement of sin, and is worthless without obedience to God. Blood sacrifices were not able to cleanse the conscience only Jesus could do that, blood was a reminder of sins, somebody else or an animal died in my place. We are to be stewards and look after animals today on earth. So what do we do Cock fighting, dog fighting, kill foxes for sport, bull fighting, Bear trapping, kill animals until they are extinct. Over fish our waters, not to mention all the animals which were killed in all the wars. In the battle of Waterloo up to 20000 horses were wounded or killed. So when you go deeper into history you can see mankind is a poor steward to this day.