Week 14: Apr 2nd – 8th
Bible passage to read: Leviticus 17:11
Blood Covenant: A primitive way of sealing a contract; a bond between two parties – Genesis 21:23, Joshua 19
The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” Genesis 4:10Blood is the provider of life to the flesh and covenant is an agreement between men or between God and men. Men have failed God right from the Garden of Eden, and many generations before our time have gone against the doctrines of God. The misdeeds of humans led to sin, and before the Lord can open the gate of heaven to men; all sins must be cleaned. The Lord loves men and he is willing to accept everyone into his house; which is why he commanded the shedding of the blood of the lamb as a peace offering to him and as a benefactor to every man because without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.
The Lord has always been patient towards the Israelites despite all their sinful deeds; he is still willing to cleanse them from their sins. Before the Israelites can be cleansed the Lord commanded them to sacrifice a lamb and the priest should sprinkle its blood upon the altar at the doorstep of the tabernacle to ensure that their soul is atoned “…for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” (Leviticus 17:11); and the fat of the lamb burnt for sweet aroma unto the Lord. The Lord saved the Israelites from death in the land of Egypt with the blood of the lamb, and he also cleansed their sins with the blood of the lamb.
The killing of the lamb as a sacrifice and the shedding of its blood as offering to God; is an act of atonement for sin. Atonement involves forgiveness and reconciliation of sin, failure to seek to for atonement leads of unbearable consequences; the book of (Roman 6.23) says, “For the wage of sin is death…” The atonement of the soul is important “The soul that sinneth, it shall die…” (Ezekiel 18:20).
The shedding of blood does not only involve the forgiveness of sin, but it also to encourage humans against living life in the flesh.
The law of sacrifice had always involved the shedding of the blood of an ox, or lamb, or goat, and there is no such things sacrifice without the shedding of blood. The sacrifices of the lamb as a peace offering to God to cleanse all sins proves that the flesh and blood of the lamb sacrificed allow God to purify humans from their fleshly deeds. The shedding of the blood is to do with life and death because whenever the life of an animal is taken the soul of men is saved from eternal punishment. The sacrificing of the lamb reflects on the benefits of the dominion that men have over other creatures. The shedding of blood gives men the opportunities to be renewed and restored by the power of God. Despite all the bloodshed the Lord saw that the earth was still corrupted, and in order purify the earth he sent Jesus Christ to speak the gospel and to die for our sins. The shedding of the blood of Christ fulfilled the law of sacrifice and started a new covenant with men.
The blood is extremely important to the life of men; to the extent that the devil himself uses blood to manipulate people into his kingdom, which is why humans must avoid contact with every act that is against the doctrines of God or that requires the shedding of their blood. The devil is desperate and is using the blood of man to drag people into his realm through the influence of sexual intercourse, ungodly oaths, and body modification. Every form of sexual intercourse without marriage is referred to as fornication, and most fornicators are likely to contract diseases through blood, and many have lost their lives in this incident and they have fallen into the pit of the devil. The practicing of ungodly oaths; involves humans cutting their flesh and mixing blood together to seal a love or friendly agreement only leads to hell, because it is not authorized by the Lord. The use of body modification (tattoo) has also been part of his trickiest ways the devil uses to infect humans blood and damages their skin. The lord is against the cutting of flesh and body modification which is why he said: “Ye shall not make any cutting in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 19:28). We Christian must acknowledge commandments God and his efforts to cleanse our sins prove to the world that Christ did not die in vain.
Devotional Prayer Points
- Father Lord, cleanse my sins with your blood.
- Lord, cover me with your blood.
- Lord, prevent me from every devilish act.
- Lord, make atonement for my soul.
- Lord, give me the wisdom and knowledge to live according to your commandments.
Author: Evangelist Daniel Daramola
Author: CCC Handbook Weekly Devotional
CCC Seventh Year Parish 2