Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | February 13, 2012

The Blood Payment for Sin, Part 1 by David Bower

 Life is in the Blood

One of the interesting things about the Bible’s revelation is the emphasis on blood; there appears to be much more involved with blood than would first appear.

In Hebrews 9:22 we read: “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” In Leviticus 17:11-12 we read: “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. Therefore I say to the Israelites, None of you may eat blood, nor may an alien living among you eat blood.”

These verses along with many others establish a special significance for blood and place an emphasis on it. One can understand the confusion that many felt when our Lord told the people in John 6: 53-56, “Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.”

Our Lord knew that many were following Him because He had fed them, not because they sought the spiritual truths He was revealing to them; these “difficult sayings” were made to separate the carnal from the spiritual in the crowd. Jesus knew He had offended them because He seemed to be suggesting something which the Jews had been taught was completely wrong. In John 6:63 the Lord pointed out the spiritual nature of what He was telling them: “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”

The Centrality of Sacrifice

Throughout the Bible the vital nature of the sacrifice of life for payment for sin is emphasized. As David pointed out after his great sin against God in 2 Samuel 12:13a, “Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Again in Psalms 51:4, “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.”

What we are seeing here is the true nature of any sin; it is a sin against God. While many others were impacted by David’s sins surrounding Bathsheba, the one most offended was God; David clearly recognized this fact as he made his confessions before God.

We too as we sin, and sadly that is a certainty, sin first and foremost against God; although our sins may involve others we are primarily sinning against God. David realized this and turned his attention to God and not man as he confessed his sin.

From God’s perspective sin is exceedingly serious, so serious that casual payment is not possible or acceptable, so serious that the only payment for sin is that which only God can provide, and that is life, the life of one of His creations; “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

Next week, in conclusion, we will consider God’s serious solution to man’s serious problem.

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