Jesus In Leviticus
Jesus in Leviticus
“‘And whatever man of the house of Israel, or for the strangers who dwell among you, who eats any blood, I will set my face against that person who eats blood, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’ Therefore I said to the children of Israel, ‘No one among you shall eat blood, nor shall any stranger who dwells among you eat blood.’” Leviticus 17:10-12
To consume blood was forbidden in the days of Noah (Genesis 9:4) and there is even a prohibition to eating blood in the New Testament (Acts 15:20), however, it is this passage in Leviticus, in the heart of the Law, that stands out. Though it echoes the point from Genesis 9 about the life being in the blood, Leviticus 17 takes it further. Atonement is in the blood. The animals that were sacrificed were sacrificed for the atonement of Israel (Leviticus 16).
The beauty of the story arc that we are following through the Bible in this series of articles, the essence of the whole Bible narrative, is the atonement of mankind from our sins and how it was accomplished. However, as we read in Hebrews 10:4, it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins, and therefore it could not come from the sacrifices of the Old Testament.
The blood of Jesus is where true life is found and by His sacrifice, we have the atonement we desperately desire. By His blood we are reconciled to God because we are washed and regenerated. We are alive! No longer destined for judgment, but restored by the only atoning blood. The shed blood by God (Acts 20:28).
Jesus is our sacrifice and the only way to the Father. If we desire to have that covenant relationship we must obey. Obedience begins by believing in Him which includes confessing Him (Romans 10:8, 9), repenting of sins (Acts 2:28), being baptized into the Christ (Galatians 3:27), and living faithfully until death (Revelation 2:10).