The blood

Readings  Exodus 29:1-40:38

 

Dear Disney fans and the rest of you,

I remember well from over forty years ago, visiting Disney World in Orlando.  One of the attractions as a kid I enjoyed was the Country Bear Jamboree.  Listening to all those animated bears was fascinating to me.  Even when I was an adult I enjoyed the show.  One of the songs I remember some of the lyrics to, was sung by big Al.  It was called Blood on the Saddle.  All my memory could recall was how he wailed on the song, and how the lyrics stated “there was blood on the saddle, and blood all around.”  Everyone laughed at the way he sang the song, and probably didn’t really matter what the song was about.  It simply was about a cowboy that wouldn’t ride broncos anymore because the horse fell on his head.  Not really a great kid’s song, but the way he sang it made everyone laugh.  Nobody took the blood seriously.

Today, many do not take the blood of Christ seriously.  In our reading from Exodus, we read all the details on how the Tabernacle should be made, and how the sacrifices are to be made.  There was to be sacrifices made initially to consecrate all the articles and the priests.  Blood was to be placed on the lobes of the right ears of the priests as well as their right thumbs, and on their right big toes, as well as on the altar, and on some of the garments of the priest.  Sacrifices were to be made daily of lambs on the altar.  As these lambs were sacrificed regularly, twice a day, the LORD would dwell among them. 

Listen:

Exodus 29:42-46 (NASB95)
42 “It shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the doorway of the tent of meeting before the LORD, where I will meet with you, to speak to you there.
43 “I will meet there with the sons of Israel, and it shall be consecrated by My glory.
44 “I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar; I will also consecrate Aaron and his sons to minister as priests to Me.
45 “I will dwell among the sons of Israel and will be their God.
46 “They shall know that I am the LORD their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt, that I might dwell among them; I am the LORD their God.

The purpose for the sacrifices was so that the LORD God would dwell amongst them.  He is Holy, and there needed to be blood shed to atone for or cover their sin.  They and all men are rebellious toward God, and because of that are unable to stand in His presence without a price being paid.  The sacrifices of lambs had to be repeated over and over again.

It was not till Jesus came and gave up His body and blood on the cross, that the perfect sacrifice was made for you and me.  On that day nearly 2000 years ago, there was blood on Jesus, on the cross and seemingly all around the ground.  He gave of His blood so that He might dwell in us and with us for all eternity.

  1 Peter 3:18  
18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;

What are you doing with the blood of Jesus?  Are you thankful for it today?

There is so much more to say regarding Jesus and His blood.  Consider why Jesus had to come, and why He had to die on the cross.  If it doesn’t make sense to you, then ask someone, ask me, read the Gospel of John in the New Testament.  Take the blood seriously!

In Christ,

Steve

 

 If you have any questions or comments, click on the word comment above the post, or email me back at the address on the home page.  We will speak more of the blood of Christ later!

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3 thoughts on “The blood

  1. I think the earthly world, with all its sham and drudgery, can lead us to despair and doubt about perfect love; sacrificial love. It becomes easier to believe the bad stuff when our focus is on temporal rather than eternal love. Your forceful reminder is appreciated, Steve.
    ~Kim

  2. Oh, if we could only keep that focus!

    Hebrews 12:1-3 (NASB95)
    1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
    2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
    3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

  3. The precious blood of the Lamb!

    And not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Heb. 9:12-14).

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