We have heard about the precious blood of Messiah and how it washes away our sins. Songs have been written telling us of the power in the blood. Volumes have been written on the preeminence of the blood. From the Genesis account where man was first clothed with the skin of a beast by the hand of the Creator, to the ten thousand times ten thousand in the book of Revelation saying, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain,” there is no escaping the theme of the blood that runs throughout the whole of scripture. As Andrew Murray has stated, “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’”. In this brief article, I want to touch on this inexhaustible subject of the blood of our Savior, what makes it so precious and why it has a power as infinite as the One who shed it.
THE EVERLASTING REQUIREMENT
A bedrock scripture to this topic is found in Leviticus where it is stated;
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. [Leviticus 17:11]
And in the apostolic writings, we read;
…and without shedding of blood is no remission. [Hebrews 9:22b]
No where in scripture can we find where this requirement has ever changed, yet something happened 2,000 years ago that did change, and that is man’s ability to fulfill this requirement as prescribed. The very center of the Hebrew faith fell out altogether when the Temple was destroyed and the priesthood along with all of Israel was scattered. Without a Temple, a priesthood and the proper sacrifices it is impossible to observe the Torah commands required for the forgiveness of sin.
We are left with only two possible choices: 1. YHWH still requires all those sacrifices and yet He has taken away the ability to do them, meaning that everybody is in very big trouble. 2. YHWH has done something new and revolutionary. He has completed the old and brought about something new. He has at last brought to fullness the sacrifices which were only meant to be shadows of the suffering servant, Mashiach ben Yosef.
SHADOWS FROM GENESIS AND THROUGHOUT
A universal practice of blood atonement and a substitute sacrifice for wrong doing appears to have been an innate belief mysteriously built into the psyche of every tribe and nation known to man. Like the artifacts of various ancient civilizations that show a common thread that leads back to the story of a catastrophic world wide flood, the idea that men can somehow atone for their sins, or perhaps “appease the gods” as it were, by the shedding of blood, is yet another witness that speaks of mankind’s common ancestry.
The theme of blood and a substitute sacrifice begins in Genesis when Yah took the life of an innocent animal to clothe man and woman with “coats of skins” [Genesis 3:21]. The price of sin was death; the death of an innocent life. This surely made an impression on the hearts of our first parents and the fact that this understanding was passed on to their children is evident in the account of Abel and his offering in the next chapter where we are told that Yah had “respect unto Abel and his offering” [Genesis 4:4]. Why was the blood of this lamb pleasing to Yah? What did Abel understand about choosing the finest of the flock for a sacrifice?
Again, in the account of Abraham and Isaac on Mt. Moriah, we see the hint of the theme of blood atonement and substitution. The ram caught in the thicket is sacrificed in place of Isaac and in fact, all of Israel in his loins yet to be born [Genesis 22:13]. Again, in the account of the Exodus, the specification of taking “a lamb without blemish” in chapter 12:5 speaks of a perfect sacrifice and once again, we see the nation of Israel saved by blood atonement and substitution. In this Exodus account, we also see the element of personal application. Only the household that personally applied the blood was spared the loss of their firstborn [Exodus 12:22-23]. We have to take the blood for ourselves. It’s up to each of us what we personally do with the Lamb that Yah provides. Like book ends, substitutionary blood atonement marks the beginning and the ending of the annual cycle; the Passover Lamb in the spring and the two goats of Yom Kippur as well as the seventy bulls at Sukkot in the fall. In fact, the morning and evening sacrifices of “two lambs of the first year day by day continually” [Exodus 29:38-39] served as a constant reminder of the necessity of blood atonement. Abel choosing the finest, the Passover lamb without spot or blemish, and lambs of the first year all speak to us of a precious and perfect sacrifice. But the blood of animals was merely a type and shadow of the coming One to be sacrificed.
NOTHING LESS THAN A PERFECT SACRIFICE
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats , and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh; how much more shall the blood of Messiah who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to Elohim, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living Elohim. [Hebrews 9:12-14]
Yet it pleased YHWH to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief: when You shall make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of YHWH shall prosper in His hand. [Isaiah 53:10]
Only a perfect sacrifice will do. The blood can not save you unless it is shed from a perfect sacrifice. Remember, the life is in the blood, and like produces like. It is amazing to see how the sins of the fathers pass to the sons and daughters. Environment does play a part in how children turn out, but studies have proven remarkably much is simply in the genes. Sin is in our DNA. It is also a well known scientific fact that our blood type is determined by our father. Some would have us believe that the Messiah is not the unique and divine Son, but merely the Son of Joseph (or the son of King David by a sperm preserved miraculously then implanted in Miryam’s womb as I have recently heard in a new twist of heresy). Both King David and Joseph inherited the disease of a sin nature from the blood line of Adam, so how then would Y’shua be free of our Adamic disease and be a perfect offering for sin? Consider this as well; scripture is clear on the point that no mere man can pay for the sins of another.
None can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to Elohim a ransom for him: For the redemption of their soul is precious and it ceases forever: That he should still live forever, and not see corruption. [Psalm 49:7-9]
As Abraham told Isaac, “YHWH will provide Himself the Lamb” [Genesis 22:8] not an angel, as Jehovah’s Witnesses teach, and not just a mere man as NCCI, The Way International, Unity and many others teach, but YHWH Himself. How else would the sacrifice be perfect? That is the ONLY way it could ever work.
PESHITTA ON THE BLOOD
The Peshitta, (the original Aramaic Brit Chadashah) tells it plainly concerning the precious blood of Y’shua. “MarYah” is the Aramaic equivalent to YHWH in Hebrew and is used over 30 times in direct reference to Y’shua. (see my teaching on UNEQUIVOCAL EVIDENCE IN THE ARAMAIC PESHITTA or go to www.aramaicnt.com)
Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of MarYah unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of MarYah. [I Cor. 11:27]
…to feed the church of Elohim, which He has purchased with His own blood. [Acts 20:28]
The commandment to us not to eat the blood of a creature in Leviticus 17:14 is key to understanding John 6:53 where Y’shua gives us one of His hardest words causing many to no longer follow Him.
Timeless Truth I tell you, except you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. [John 6:53]
This is a divine declaration. He is telling us who He is and that He doesn’t want us to feed upon any other life, for there is no life apart from the True. We are not to whore with other so-called “Elohim” but feed upon Him who is the Lamb, the True Bread from heaven.
LIQUID INTO SPIRIT
Clearly, YHWH requires blood to cleanse us from sin. We are also somehow to feed upon that blood for it is life eternal to those who will drink. What does all of this mean in tangible terms? How do we apply the blood? How do we drink it? How does YHWH get the blood to us? To modern Torah-only Hebrews and Jewish ears, it is considered barbaric to need blood. It is a foreign thing to them and yet nothing is so totally Hebrew than being saved by the blood. The fact that it seems strange to their ears is testimony that Y’shua is the Messiah because it is only since He came that the offerings stopped. If Y’shua had not been the promised Messiah, the prophecy in Daniel would not have come to pass, the offerings would have continued and blood atonement would have remained very familiar to Hebrew/Jewish ears. The prophet Daniel spoke of the day when Messiah would come, that He would be killed, bringing the final atonement and everlasting righteousness, sacrifices would cease, and the Temple would be destroyed (Daniel 9:24-26).
So shall He sprinkle many nations… [Isaiah 52:15a]
In this verse, Isaiah uses a word found in Leviticus concerning the duties of the High Priest. The priest would sprinkle/nazah the blood and here it says Messiah will sprinkle/nazah many nations. How is this done?
How many walked away from Y’shua when He told them they must eat His flesh and drink His blood to obtain eternal life (John 6:54). This was a hard word, but Y’shua gave the understanding;
It is the Spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life. [John 6:63]
The life of a creature is in the blood… [Leviticus 17:11]
At Golgotha, the creature was the Lamb of Yah, MarYah/YHWH made flesh, and His life was shed upon the world to atone for the sin of every man. YHWH has taken the sacrifice outside the Temple walls to sprinkle many nations. The liquid is Spirit and it is the Life of Yah Himself poured out.
Blood = Spirit = Life
Now, look at this:
How much more shall the blood of Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to Elohim… [Hebrews 9:14a]
The first Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening Spirit….The first man was of the earth, earthy: the second man is MarYah from Heaven. [I Cor. 15:45 & 47]
He whose origin is from days of eternity (Micah 5:2), the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev.13:8), He whom the Father had prepared a body for (Hebrews 10:5 & Psalm 40:6), the seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15) became our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizadek (Hebrews 5:5-6), the perfect One, to sacrifice Himself (Hebrews 9:26) by the shedding of His one of a kind precious blood; the last Adam shedding the very blood of YHWH for the sins of us all. How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation (Hebrews 2:3)? The blood of Messiah is the blood, the Spirit, the Life of YHWH…a power beyond any sin, so great is its cleansing flow. No amount of books or songs could ever be enough to express the awesome wonder of His love for us, to sprinkle many nations with His blood, His Spirit, His Life that saves us, restores us to a right relationship, and makes all things new.
Would you be free from the burden of sin? There’s power in the blood, power in the blood You can of Satan a victory win Because there’s wonderful power in the blood
Are you washed in the blood? In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb Are your garments spotless, are they white as snow Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
It will never lose its power…..
ELS (Equadistant-letter-sequence) ON THE BLOOD
In the phrase, "the voice of your brother’s blood"/ "kol d’mai achkah" in Genesis 4:9-10, there is an ELS starting with the Mem in d’mai counting every 7th letter; it spells "Mashiach em’met"/ "Messiah the Truth."
In Leviticus 20:27 concerning people who sin by divination, starting with the first Dalet counting every 7th letter from left to right spells "dam Y’shua"/ "the blood of Y’shua."
And he that is the high priest among his brothers, upon whom the oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes; neither shall he go into any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother; Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his Elohim; for the crown of the anointing oil of his Elohim is upon him: I Am YHWH. [Lev.21:10-12]
In this passage, counting from right to left every 3rd letter, starting with the first Heh spells "hain dam Y’shua"/ "Behold the blood of Y’shua."
"Ha’miqreh Y’shua"/ "the event of Y’shua" is a 77 letter count starting with the first Heh in Leviticus 17:1 with "moreh, teacher of righteousness; early rain" in the adjacent letters to Y’shua’s name.