Blood in the religions of God

Hebrews Bible Background

11.12.2018 – New Testament: Heb 9.18–21

To read the Bible in a year, read Hebrews 9 on November 12, In the year of our Lord Christ 2018

By Don Ruhl

From the time that God provided animal skins for Adam and Eve, God has required blood as the consequence of sin. The Law of Moses had blood:

Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.” Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry (Hebrews 9.18–21).

The writer referenced blood in the Law of Moses because he was arguing for the Covenant of Jesus Christ in which Jesus had to give His blood. The writer wanted us to know that this was not new, but that even in the Law, the covenant was initiated with blood.

Questions:

  • What does all that blood shed during the first covenant teach you?
  • What does the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ teach you?

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