God required blood

Hebrews Bible Background

New Testament: Heb 9.22

To read the Bible in a year, read Hebrews 9 on November 12, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

From the time that God took the lives of animals for their skins to cover Adam and Eve, to the time that Jesus died on the cross, blood has always been part of God’s plan when sin occurred and there was a need for forgiveness. The writer of the Book of Hebrews reminds us of what the Law taught:

And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

– Hebrews 9.22

The Law of Moses pictured blood in many contexts. One hundred nineteen verses mention blood in the Torah, the first five Books of the Bible.

However, this passage says that “almost all things are purified with blood,” meaning that some things required another cleansing agent, either fire or water or both, depending upon what needed cleansing. (See Leviticus 16.26–28; Numbers 31.21–24.)

The point of this passage in Hebrews though, is to show us that blood had to be shed for us to receive the remission of our sins, and that meant Jesus had to die for the things that we had done wrong.


  • Does the death of Jesus move you to quit sinning?
  • Are you determined to remain loyal to Jesus because of what He did for you?

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