Why did God require a blood sacrifice? Why can’t an all powerful God simply say I forgive?

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Speaker 1

Alright.

Speaker 2

So this one is from truth and truth is asking why did the God of the Bible require a blood sacrifice? If he’s got an all powerful he could just say I forgive you and there wouldn’t be be in need of a blood sacrifice.

Speaker 1

That is a very good question and a lot of people grapple with this. And I think first thing to step back and think about is God said in Genesis two and then we hear it again in three, if Adam and Eve sinned or 8th forbidden fruit, the consequence would be death. And naturally that has to be the consequence of sin because sin causes death and if it’s not dealt with it’s going to cause the death of even innocent people as we saw in the case of Jesus and then later the Christians and God’s people always being persecuted and killed able like sin cannot be tolerated. People who sin have to be eliminated or people who continue to be in sin and not give it up and be worked with by Christ, they can’t be left in place. So what we have is God put in a system though where he still says there’s still going to be death, there’s still going to be that consequence because that law is important. We can’t just ignore the consequence of sin. I need to remind you daily that sin is a bad thing. I need to make sin a really scary thing to you so you understand, don’t do it again.

Speaker 1

So what God did is then has death be a continuous reminder. So we see in Genesis God gives them sheep skins. So I don’t have the verse Genesis 320 something God gives them robes, Adam and Eve robes. That was the first sacrifice. And if you jump to Revelation 13 eight, it mentions the lamb slain from the foundation of the world, referring to Jesus that day. In a sense Jesus died, Jesus was that lamb and he was now being represented by that lamb that was being killed. And so why does it have to be killed again? What’s the significance? If we look at Leviticus 17, verse eleven, God says for the life of the flesh is in the blood and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your sins. For it is the blood that shall make an atonement for the soul. So the blood says where life is. That’s where I’m going to say there’s something significant when there’s a consequence for sin. And ultimately then we see the shedding of the blood of Christ being that blood that gives life to us and it’s a daily reminder.

Speaker 1

Blood then also becomes a symbol of a Covenant. Then too God says a meaning kind of Covenant is going to need to be symbolized with the shedding of blood. If you look at Exodus 24 eight, it talks about how then the children of Israel enter a blood, covering it with God. And the New Testament talks about how Jesus, then by his blood being shed, created a new Covenant with us, the New Testament, the new Covenant from that comes from shedding of Christ’s blood. And so how do we know all this, though, of the Old Testament is pointing to Christ. John 539 Jesus says, you search the Scriptures for in them you think they have eternal life. And these are they which testify of me. Everything in the Old Testament pretty much is pointing to Jesus. And so in the Old Testament, they can’t wrap their head around Jesus. They’ve never seen him. He’s so different than anything the world’s ever seen before, especially as sin gets more and more depraved, more sinful. But what we have is these symbols, again, that are telling us what Jesus is going to be like, helping us understand the plan of Salvation.

Speaker 1

As we mentioned earlier, God doesn’t do anything without first reviewing it to his prophets. Genesis three, God lays out the plan of Salvation about how there would be a seed of the woman who would crush the head of the serpent, though his heel would be bruised. He’s telling us about Jesus, who put an end to Satan’s reign of terror, but he would be bruised. Colossians 217 then says that these sacrifices are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. It’s all about Jesus. It’s telling us about Jesus. One Corinthians five, seven, for indeed Christ, our Passover was sacrificed for us, the whole Passover pointing to Christ. But again, was there anything significant in the slaughtering of these animals? And the person asking the question, Let me look back to see who that was. I just lost everything. There we go. Oh, that was truth. That’s right. Truth points out, doesn’t it seem a bit wrong if God required animals to die? If he could have just done it a different way? As God says, it’s the sacrifices. Sorry. Hebrews Ten, verse three. But in the sacrifices, there is a reminder for sins every year.

Speaker 1

This one is talking specifically about the Day of Atonement. That’s why it says every year. And Paul says, for it is not possible that the blood of Bulls and goats could take away sins. It’s not actually taken away sins. But as verse three says, it’s a reminder of sins. It’s supposed to be a terrible thing. Every time you would go up to that lamb that you’re going to have to have slaughtered because you sinned. And then taking that knife and splitting his throat, having the blood then spill out, that’s supposed to be traumatic. That is supposed to be bad. But what happened? We get to a point where you go down to the future and they’re just slaughtering animals like it’s nothing. All I said, okay, well, just go buy a lamb and kill it. They lost the meaning. That’s not what God intended. It was supposed to be bad. It’s supposed to be terrible thing and encourage people to not sin anymore, to stay righteous so that the symbolic lamb wouldn’t have to be splined and pointing to than less suffering for Christ for our sins.

Speaker 2

Did you have anything you wanted to add on that? You know, I think that’s really awesome. A really good answer, and I totally agree with that. The only thing I would add in a way, I guess, where my mind always goes back to my two favorite things is maybe my three favorite, the law of God prophecy. And then, of course, the sanctuary. When you understand the sanctuary service, really, it’s like the ABCs of Salvation. The sanctuary always points as to how are we saved because God gave his people the sanctuary in the time of Moses when his people were coming out of slavery. They really had lost sight of who God was and how it is that he was going to redeem them through the Messiah, Jesus Christ in the future. Back then, it was the future. And so when I look at the sanctuary, to me, that just makes it perfectly clear as far as how we are saved, just like you said, Jay, that without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin. And that’s because the wages of sin is death in Romans 623. But the gift of the same verse says the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Speaker 2

So there had to be a price that was paid for our sin, you know what I mean? Because we broke God’s law. And Isaiah, it says that sin has separated us from God. And if we break God’s law, the breaking of the law is sin. That’s what the Bible says. And so in order for us to be made right again with God, to be with God, we had to have a bridge that would bridge that gap. And that bridge is Jesus. And so in order to pay for our sins, that sacrifice of the Holy Lamb, Jesus had to be slain to pay for us. And when you look at the sanctuary, I know I touched on it. I think last week as well, in the sanctuary, you have the outer court, which has two articles of furniture, which is the altar of sacrifice, and then the brazen labor of water. And that first piece of furniture that you see in the entire sanctuary is where the animals were slain to symbolically represent Jesus, the Lamb that would be slain for the sins of his people. And so if you have faith pointing towards or you have faith now pointing back to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, you’re saved by Grace through faith.

Speaker 2

And when you see the blood of that lamb that was flamed in the Holy place, that blood didn’t just stay there or see it out in the outer court, it went into the Holy place, it was sprinkled on the altar of incense. And then once a year on the last day of the Jewish calendar Yom Kippur, there was a special sacrifice made that went all the way into the most Holy place. And what’s so interesting is Paul actually talks about Jesus being our high priest in the heavenly sanctuary. And you read about it? I was looking at Hebrews eight and eight and nine. I mean eight one and two says that there’s a heavenly sanctuary. But you’re right. Hebrews ten probably mentions it as well. But just in Hebrews nine, verse twelve it says neither by the blood of goats and calves, but Jesus by his own blood he entered in once into the Holy place having obtained eternal redemption for us. For with the blood of Bulls and coats and the Ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean sanctified to the purifying the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Speaker 2

So basically, Jesus offers his own blood so that we can fully be clean and have remission of sin. Actually, in this chapter it quotes for without the shedding of blood here in 22 and almost all things are by the law, purged with blood and without the shedding of blood is no remission. So basically, we had to have the blood of Jesus to cleanse us from the breaking of God’s law because without it our sins are recorded in heaven. But the blood of Jesus, that’s what we can use to block out those sins that are recorded. So praise God, there’s a mighty tool that’s greater than our sin and that’s Jesus Christ and his blood to wash us and erase all those sins that are recorded. And Jay, I’m sorry. Did you want to say something from Hebrews ten?

Speaker 1

No. It says a lot of same things you just said too.

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