Understanding the Law of Blood Atonement for our sins

The Law and instruction of Adonai Elohim is this, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement (a covering) for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement (a covering) for the soul.” Leviticus 17:11.
Yom Kippur was Israel’s most awesome and solemn holy day in which the people would afflict their souls (Leviticus 23:27)

This life for a life principle was the very foundation of the Sacrificial System.

Blood represents life itself as it flows within us from the heart.
Blood is a living fluid as it brings nourishment to the body and cleanses waste.

Because of its unique biological function the Lord had set it apart and reserved it solely within His sacrificial system for the purpose of our atonement.
This is why the Adonai Yeshua was set apart as our atonement and again that is why He shed His royal blood when he was crucified.
This is why the verse before and after Leviticus 17:11 teaches us not to eat blood but verse 11 clearly states – “the blood is given upon the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” The Lord clearly states, “I have given it to you upon the altar”.

Since Yeshua died Israel has had no blood offering to atone for their sins.

The Jewish people have been taught to ignore Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah) and His blood atonement and instead look to prayers, repentance and good deeds to see forgiveness and blessing from HaShem. Although these three instructions are still important to any believer in God, we must still obey His instructions and see the blood line with the Holy Scriptures and the Torah which demands the shedding of blood for the atonement of the soul. Furthermore this is clearly acknowledged by many authoritative Rabbis today, otherwise why else would there be a significant desire and push for the rebuilding of Solomon’s Temple?

If we do not obey the Lords requirements we are breaking God’s Word on what is acceptable to Him and what isn’t and this sadly will have eternal consequences for all who refuse.
Let us see what happened after the death of Messiah Yeshua in 33AD –

Israel was now without a Blood Covering.

Key verses: Leviticus 17:11. Isaiah 1:18.

The Mishna (the Oral law) of the Talmud tells us that 40 years before the destruction of the Temple, the scarlet cord stopped turning white.

Why? Because of 4 ominous events:-

1. The lot for the Lord’s goat (‘for the Lord’) did not come up in the left hand of the High Priest which it normally did, guided by the Lord as a sign.

2. The scarlet cord tied to the door of the Temple on Yom Kippur stopped turning white after the scapegoat (‘for azazel’- the people) had been cast over the precipice.

3. The westernmost light (the Eternal Light) of the Temple Menorah kept going out!

4. The Temple Doors would suddenly open by themselves! cf. Zechariah 11:1. (Fire would consume them in 70AD by Titus and his Roman Army)

The Talmud – Yoma 39a,b.

The above facts are what is written. These four points are taken from The Talmud and so they cannot be disbelieved nor dismissed, they were written because those in the past recorded them for us. Clearly the Lord God gave these signs as a warning that He was displeased and would not accept Temple Sacrifice any longer and yet without blood there could be no remission of sins for the priests and the people!

Why? Because the whole sacrificial system given to Israel was a ‘shadow’ of things leading up to the fulfilment of the Law through the atoning death of Messiah Yeshua in 33AD. When He died the Temple Curtain before the Holy of Holies was torn in two, from top to bottom (from Heaven to the earth). The sky was also darkened as a sign. After Messiah’s resurrection others came out of the tombs as a sign. (These things are written in the Gospel of Matthew). This then showed the acceptance of G-d in that he was pleased with His Son’s atonement for our sins as His blood atoned for our sins then and now for all who would receive the truth that Yeshua (Jesus) came as the prophesied Anointed One (Moshiach).

Let us examine what is written for us that shows us a clear pattern:-
1) In the Beginning –
Adam and Eve clearly made atonement through blood sacrifice and we see this was taught to their sons. Abel who brought a lamb before God and this was acceptable. Cain brought the produce of the field and this was not acceptable before God. Due to his sacrifice being unacceptable he then killed his brother in his anger as God pointed out to him that Abel had pleased Him through his obedience as blood was shed as a sacrifice to atone.

2) Abraham –
When commanded by God he and his son Isaac went up onto the mountain to make sacrifice. God tested the obedience of Abraham to sacrifice his only son on the altar but ended up providing the ram so that blood was shed to atone. It is interesting to note that Isaac was a type of Messiah Yeshua to come for he carried the wood for the burnt offering just as our Messiah carried His wooden Cross on which God would allow His only Son to make atonement for us. Those who believe now have reconciliation with God, the remission of their sins, and eternal redemption. Yeshua said, the truth will set you free – if you but believe.

3) The Temple Animal Sacrifices –
God required animal sacrifices through the Levites to provide a temporary covering of sins.
Question: If HaShem requires a sacrificial shedding of blood to atone for the soul, why then did He then allow the Temple in which to carry out this practice to be destroyed in 70 AD?
The answer is that the animal sacrifices that took place in the temple were a foreshadowing of the perfect and complete sacrifice of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah.
Isaiah 49:6-7 speaks of Messiah’s work to include Gentiles to know the One true and living God.

Why, then do we no longer offer animal sacrifices today? They have ended because Yeshua was the perfect and ultimate sacrifice – it was a ‘once for all.’ The animals had done no wrong but they were a substitute as with the Yom Kippur scapegoat. The Pesach lamb gave its blood as a covering and protection according to the instructions of the Lord. In like manner Yeshua did no wrong but became the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world as John the Baptist declared when he met Yeshua. Our Messiah was also innocent but He freely laid down His life knowing this was the plan of God the Father. The Son came as the Anointed One and all the prophecies speak of this. The Old Covenant was to be replaced by the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31). The Scriptures, the Word of God declare this and they have never been disproved nor changed.

The life is in the blood, the remission of sins through the blood of Yeshua.

The Atoning Blood of Messiah Yeshua

1. Its Necessity –
Leviticus 17:11. “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.”
Hebrews 9:22. “And according to the Law almost all things are purified (cleansed) with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”

2. Its Nature –
John 1:29. “The next day Yochannan saw Yeshua coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’”
1 Cor 15:3. “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received; that Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures.”

3. Its Need –
Hebrews 10:10-12. “By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah once for all. And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.”

4. Its Newness –
Hebrews 10:9. “Then He said, ‘Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.’” He takes away the First (Covenant) that He may establish the Second (Covenant). (cf Palms 40:6-8, Hebrews 10:5-7)
Colossians 1:20. “And by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth, or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”

Conclusion: There we have it dear reader – we have seen God’s laws and instructions, we have seen the types as shadows of the ultimate fulfilment of Yeshua’s death as a blood sacrifice to atone for our sin. A sacrifice far more significant than that of bulls and goats. Only in Him can Jew and Gentile have forgiveness from God, the remission of their sins and receive the promise of eternal life. Many to date have believed. Have you?

Yeshua said in John 8:24. “If you do not believe that I am He you will die in your sins.” This applies to the Jew first, then to the Gentile.

Date : 30/11/-0001    

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