A Blood-Thirsty God?

“In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

Hebrews 9:22


God is good, but God is also weird.

I can say that because I’m confident in our Father/son relationship. He’s my Real Dad, and He is fine with me having an opinion, as long as I’m respecting Him. And just like Grace sometimes says stuff to me that she knows if I didn’t love her so much, I’d pop her cute little face. But she knows my love for her is 100% unconditional – so she is always open with me at all times. (This is the same type of relationship that God wants with you).

You see, God already knows that I think He is weird, He knew that before I even thought it or verbalized it. He’s God. He knows everything. Like an author of a book, He knows all pages, front to back. Only, He let’s His characters choose their own ending – but He still knows the ending.

Don’t try to fathom that, you can’t. Only God can. 

And although I love and respect Him, I say that God is weird for one main reason: He requires blood on stuff. Blood is the glue in the binder that holds all of the pages of His agreements with us together.

In the Old Testament (testament means “agreement” BTW), when Moses first made the covenant (another word for agreement) with God and us, after he proclaimed it to all the people, he took the blood of calves, mixed it with water, stirred it up with some hyssop branches, and then sprinkled it on the scrolls and the people (Hebrews 9:19)…. that’s gross. That’s weird!

C’mon! If you’re too holy or religious to say that’s not weird, snap outta it. That’s disgusting!

But it didn’t end there, God wanted more blood because we STILL kept messing up! Or, better known as…. sinning (anything that goes against the perfect holy character of God)

So in the temple (before Christ’s ultimate and final sacrifice of blood), there were curtains that the Jews went past to get close to the ark of the covenant (a wooden box covered in gold, which held the stone tablets of the 10 commandments, Aaron’s staff {Moses’ brother}, and a jar of manna {I’d like to see what manna looked like!}). But, once a year, the most high priest would go past the furthest curtain (only he could go there), and…. bring blood.

The Bible says that he “never went back there without blood” (see Hebrews 9:7). And then he “offered the blood for himself and for the sins of the people committed out of ignorance” (yeah, what about those sins of ours, the ones we don’t even know about?…hmmmm… stepping on some religious toes today).

So it’s suffice to say that God is weird, when it comes to requiring blood to make things even-Steven with Him. But, He’s God. This is His Creation, His people, and His universe. So I’m cool with this. I submit to His ways, and He needs, wants, requires… blood.

Anyone see where I’m going with this?

If the blood of innocent animals was continually required by God, and even with the very best of the heard being slaughtered and offered up – STILL, not one single person could live up to all of the requirements of all of the law! So what do we do?… We can’t do anything. We need a Savior… We need somebody to do this for us. Someone who met the requirements of God’s law perfectly

…in steps Jesus.

Jesus was the final sacrifice (of blood) needed to seal the new covenant – the new agreement – between us and God.

God doesn’t forgive us at our asking – nope! This is a misconception. That didn’t work in the Old Testament, and it doesn’t work now. God forgives us because of BLOOD being shed, and offered up to Him – perfect blood. So weird! C’mon that’s strange! (Still don’t believe me, read the verse at the top of this article.)

Should you ask? YES! ASK! But please understand that what you are REALLY asking for is for Jesus’ blood to wash away ALL of your sins, ONE, TIME! He does this ONCE! (see Hebrews 10:10). And He does this “by grace through faith” (not by more blood or your religious works – religious works didn’t work in the OT, and they don’t work now either). Further, this “saving” of us is not accomplished by anything you do on your own, and, you can’t earn this blood sacrifice – it’s a free gift! (See Ephesians 2:8)

So after you are washed clean by Christ’s blood, by your faith and acceptance of it, sure, when you mess up, ask God to forgive you, but not to get “more” forgiven. After you’ve placed your faith in Christ, asking God to forgive you would be the same as asking someone to forgive you in the mall when you bump into them and spill their Starbucks. It’s just the right thing to do, when you make a mistake. Also, this is part of having a loving relationship with Him, which is continually admitting your faults.

So do that, ask for forgiveness all the time, say sorry, but know that Christ’s blood already finished everything between you and God – forever.

So today my friends know this: Jesus shed His blood for you! Yes, you! YOU! I’m talking to YOOOOOU! If you were the only person to ever live, He would have still done what He did just for you! That’s how much He loves you! What an awesome God! And you have access to this personal sacrifice of Christ’s by simply believing it as true, personally confessing that Jesus is who He says He is, and then asking for His blood – HIS LIFE – to make you spiritually perfect, just like Him! So if you haven’t yet asked Him, ask today! He’ll give it to you, for free. -Matt

 

A prayer for you: Jesus I just want to thank you today for what you did for me. You and I both know I didn’t deserve it. In fact, I deserve to be separated from YOUR perfection for all time. But you loved me enough to make me right with the Father. Thank you. Right now I ask that you touch the hearts and minds of everyone reading this who may not be able to compute just how important your blood is. Give them the heart of a little child and help them to believe in your life, death, and resurrection as the truth. Wash away their sins with your blood at their asking, NUDGE them to ask. I know you will never force anyone to do anything, but please place people in their lives that will help them come to know you better, and WANT to love you, because of your great love for us. In your name I pray, thank you. You are good, it’s the Father who’s so weird, just kidding. Amen.

 

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