Washed in the Blood
Bible Text: Hebrews 9:22 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst | Leviticus 17:11-14: God set blood aside for a very specific purpose. He decreed that sin could only be atoned for by the shedding of blood (nothing else would atone for sin).
There is a reason that blood had to be shed in response to sin. Sin always brings death (Genesis 2:15-17, Ezekiel 18:4 and 20, Romans 7:5, James 1:15). The wages of my sin is my death (Romans 6:23).
Whatever died as a blood sacrifice became vicarious. The animal died the death of another. In Leviticus 4:23-26, when a ruler knew he had sinned he had to kill a goat, but first he laid his hand on its head to personally identify himself with the goat. The goat was dying his death in his place for his sin (the death was vicarious). The goat himself had certainly done no wrong (Luke 23:4 and 14).
Blood is a picture or symbol of life (Genesis 9:4 and Deuteronomy 12:23). When death is required as a result of sin, only blood will suffice.
Cain’s sacrifice was refused because it was not blood (Genesis 4:3-15). Abel’s sacrifice is a testimony yet today of the efficacy of blood sacrifice (Hebrews 11:4).
Today as in all ages, you cannot approach God any other way than through blood sacrifice (Ephesians 1:7 and Hebrews 10:10-14).
All religious observance is in vain (Philippians 3:4-9). We come to God only through the blood (Colossians 1:20-22).