Seize the Moment – Day 541

The Importance of Blood!

Leviticus 17


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Thursday, September 9.


Have you ever wondered why Christians talk so much about blood and even sing songs about it?


The importance of blood is an ancient concept found Leviticus 17:11 and 14,


For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement. … For as for the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life. Therefore I said to the sons of Israel, “You are not to eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood; whoever eats it shall be cut off.”


Prior to the Levitical Law, Genesis 9:4 highlighted the importance of blood:
“Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.” Verse 10 calls it, “lifeblood.”


The ancients revered all blood as sacred, which is why the sacrifice of animals was an essential part of their holiness practices. As Hebrews 9:22 makes clear,
“And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”


For this reason, Jesus Christ had to die on the Cross of Calvary—to atone for humanity’s sin, once for all, by shedding the blood of the perfect Passover Lamb to fulfill the ancient covenant between God and humanity.


We remember the shed blood of Jesus Christ every time we gather at the table to drink from the cup of the New Covenant. We partake of the cup because Jesus said in Matthew 26:28,
“For this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.”


Seize the moment and remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and the cleansing of your unrighteousness.

God bless your day!

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