During ancient times, a medical treatment was commonly used when a person was sick. Bloodletting was fairly simple. The doctor would slice a vein or artery and drain much of the blood. This was a practice used for centuries and was even used on George Washington. However, there was one hurdle that was hard for them to come back from – death.
Even these early physicians knew blood carried illness, but they didn’t quite understand how amazing blood is.
It is the very life that surges through our veins. It travels all throughout the body, carrying nutrients and oxygen. It gives us scientific evidence of why someone is sick and where the issues might be located. As those that practiced bloodletting found out, without the blood, there is no life.
We continue our study of Deuteronomy today in chapter 12. Moses continues to review the laws given by God to the people before they enter their promised land. This was a “Let’s get the rules straight at the beginning” kind of speech. That way you can’t say you weren’t told or you didn’t know.
Yesterday, we learned about the place of sacrifice. There was one altar to be used and not done in your own home. As he tells of the sacrifices to be made, he brings out a vital instruction.
“Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh. Thou shalt not eat it; thou shalt pour it upon the earth as water. Thou shalt not eat it; that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.” (Deuteronomy 12:23-25)
The Israelites could not eat the blood of an animal. Scripture shows us several reasons:
1. It was a part of pagan practices.
2. It represented life.
3. They should look to God as the source of their life, not drinking or eating blood.
4. It was a symbol of the sacrifice of sin.
The Israelites knew that because of their sin, a sacrifice had to be made. They would choose a spotless lamb, one that they loved dearly which would mean the greatest sacrifice. They would salt it, its innocent blood poured out for their sin. Just as God did in the garden of Eden.
“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21)
Where did the Lord get the coats of skin to cover Adam and Eve’s shame of sin? From an innocent animal. The blood had to be shed for their forgiveness. Just as it did at Calvary.
Jesus was the innocent sacrifice for our sins. His blood poured out on the cross to offer us forgiveness. Without the blood, there is no life.
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Oh, precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow. No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)