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by Pamela Greek on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 2:47pm

by Pamela Hester-Jones on 10/27/11

Praying on the city streets covering the " THE BLOOD OF JESUS" for peace for our CHILRDEN!!

What the Scriptures Teach About the Blood

"Not Without Blood"-Heb. ix. 7 and 18.

GOD has spoken to us in the Scriptures in divers portions and in divers

manners; but the VOICE is ever the same, it is always the WORD of the same

GOD.

Hence the importance of treating the Bible as a whole, and receiving the

witness it gives in its various portions, concerning certain definite truths. It

is thus we learn to recognise the place these truths actually occupy in

Revelation, or rather in the HEART OF GOD. Thus, too, we begin to discover what

the foundation truths of the Bible are, which above others demand attention.

Standing as they do, so prominently, in each new departure in God's revelation;

remaining unchanged when the Dispensation changes, they carry a divine

intimation of their importance.

It is my object, in the chapters which follow this introductory one, to show

what the Scriptures teach us concerning THE GLORIOUS POWER OF THE BLOOD OF

JESUS, and the wonderful blessings procured for us by it; and I cannot lay a

better foundation for my exposition, nor give a better proof of the superlative

glory of THAT BLOOD AS THE POWER OF REDEMPTION, than by asking my, readers to

follow me through the Bible, and thus see the unique place which is given to THE

BLOOD from the beginning to the end of God's revelation of Himself to man, as

recorded in the Bible.

It will become clear that there is no single scriptural idea, from Genesis to

Revelation, more constantly and more prominently kept in view, than that

expressed by the words-"THE BLOOD."

Our inquiry then is what the Scriptures teach us about THE BLOOD.

FIRST, IN THE OLD TESTAMENT;

SECONDLY, IN THE TEACHING OF OUR LORD JESUS HIMSELF;

THIRDLY, IN WHAT THE APOSTLES TEACH; and

LASTLY, WHAT ST. JOHN TELLS US OF IT IN REVELATION.

1. LET US LEARN WHAT THE OLD TESTAMENT TEACHES. Its record about THE BLOOD

begins at the gates of Eden.

Into the unrevealed mysteries of Eden I do not enter.

But in connection with the sacrifice of Abel all is plain. He brought of "the

firstlings of his lock" to the Lord as a sacrifice, and there, in connection

with the first act of worship recorded in the Bible, blood was shed. We learn

from Hebrews (xi. 4) that it was "by faith" Abel offered an acceptable

sacrifice, and his name stands first in the record of those whom the Bible calls

"believers." He had this witness borne to him "that he pleased God." His faith,

and God's good pleasure in him, are closely connected with the sacrificial

blood.

In the light of later revelation, this testimony, given at the very beginning

of human history, is of deep significance. It shows that there can be no

approach to God; no fellowship with Him by faith; no enjoyment of His favour,

apart from THE BLOOD.

Scripture gives but short notice of the following sixteen centuries. Then

came THE FLOOD, which was God's judgement on sin, by the destruction of the

world of mankind.

But God brought forth a new earth from that awful baptism of water. Notice,

however, that the new earth must be baptised used also with blood, and the first

recorded act of Noah, after he had left the ark, was the offering of a burnt

sacrifice to God. As with Abel, so with Noah a t a new beginning, it was "NOT

WITHOUT BLOOD."

Sin once again prevailed, and God laid an entirely new foundation for the

establishment of His Kingdom on earth.

By the divine call of Abram, and the miraculous birth of Isaac, God undertook

the formation of a people to serve Him. But this purpose was not o accomplished

apart from the shedding of THE BLOOD. This is apparent in the most solemn hour

of Abraham's life.

God had already entered into covenant relationship with Abraham, and his

faith had already been severely tried, and had stool the test. It was reckoned,

or counted to him, for righteousness. Yet he must learn that Isaac, the son of

promise, who belonged wholly to God, can be truly surrendered to God only by

death.

Isaac must die. For Abraham, as well as for Isaac, only by death could

freedom from the self-life be obtained.

Abraham must offer Isaac on the altar.

That was not an arbitrary command of God. It was the revelation of a divine

truth, that it is only through heath, that a life truly consecrated to God is

possible. But it was impossible for Isaac to die and rise again from the dead;

for on account of sin, death would hold him fast. But see, his life was spared,

and a ram was offered in his place. Through the blood that then flowed on Mount

Moorish his life was spared. He and the people which sprang from him, live

before God "NOT WITHOUT BLOOD." By that blood, however, he was in a figure

raised again from the ahead. The great lesson of substitution is here clearly

taught.

Four hundred years pass, and Isaac has become, in Egypt, the people of

Israel. Through her deliverance from Egyptian bondage Israel was to be

recognised as God's first-born among the nations. Here, also, it is "NOT WITHOUT

BLOOD." Neither the electing grace of God, nor His covenant with Abraham, nor

the exercise of His omnipotence, which could so easily have destroyed their

oppressors, could dispense with the necessity of THE BLOOD.

What THE BLOOD accomplished on Mount Moorish for one person, who was the

Father of the nation, must now be experienced by that nation. By the sprinkling

of the door frames of the Israelites with the BLOOD of the Paschal lamb; by the

institution of the Passover as an enduring ordinance with the words-" When I see

the BLOOD I will pass over you," the people were taught that life can be

obtained only by the death of a substitute. Life was possible for them only

through THE BLOOD of a life given in their place, and appropriated by " the

sprinkling of that blood."

Fifty days later this lesson was enforced in a striking manner. Israel had

reached Sinai. God had given His Law as the foundation of His covenant. That

covenant must now be established, but as it is expressly stated in Hebrews ix.

7, "NOT WITHOUT BLOOD." The Sacrificial BLOOD must be sprinkled, first on the

altar, and then on the book of the Covenant, representing God's side of that

Covenant; then on the people, with the declaration, "This is THE BLOOD OF THE

COVENANT" (Exodus xxiv).

It was in that BLOOD the Covenant had its foundation and power. It is by THE

BLOOD alone, that God and man can be brought into covenant fellowship. That

which bad been foreshadowed at the Gate of Eden, on Mount Ararat, on Moriah, and

in Egypt was now confirmed at the foot of Sinai, in a most solemn manner.

Without BLOOD there could be no access by sinful man to a Holy God.

There is, however, a marked difference between the manner of applying the

blood in the former cases as compared with the latter. On Moriah the life was

redeemed by the shedding of the blood. In Egypt it was sprinkled on the door

posts of the houses ; but at Sinai, it was sprinkled on the persons themselves.

The contact was closer, the application more powerful.

Immediately after the establishment of the covenant the command was givers,

"Let them make me a. sanctuary that I may dwell among them " (Exod. xxv. 8).

They were to enjoy the full blessedness of having they God of the Covenant

abiding among them. Through His grace they may find Him, and serve Him in His

house.

He Himself gave, with the minutest care, directions for the arrangement and

service of that house. But notice that THE BLOOD is the centre and reason of all

this. Draw near to the vestibule of the earthly temple of the Heavenly King, and

the first thing visible is the ALTAR OF BURNT OFFERING, where the sprinkling of

blood continues, without ceasing, from morning till evening. Enter the Holy

Place, and the most conspicuous thing is the golden altar of incense, which

also, together with the veil, is constantly sprinkled with the BLOOD. Ask what

lies beyond the Holy Place, and you will be told that it is the MOST HOLY PLACE

where God dwells. If you ask how He dwells there, and how He is approached, you

will be told "NOT WITHOUT BLOOD." The golden throne where His glory shines, is

itself sprinkled with THE BLOOD, once every year, when the High Priest alone

enters to bring in THE BLOOD, and to worship God. The highest act in that

worship is the sprinkling of THE BLOOD.

If you inquire further, you will be told that always, and for everything, THE

BLOOD is the one thing needful. At the consecration of the House, or of the

Priests; at the birth of a child; in the deepest penitence on account of sin; in

the highest festival; always, and in everything, the way to fellowship with God

is through THE BLOOD alone.

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