X04.14..............The Life Is In The Blood

11 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 souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
(Leviticus 17:11, KJV).

Notice this scripture in the book of Leviticus.

".....the life of the flesh is in the blood:...."

God made it so that the life of every living creature, is in the blood. If an animal looses it's blood--it looses it's life--this was an obvious fact to the people of the day (the book of Leviticus was written many years ago!)--this is a simple and true fact of God's creation. Blood, is life and death.

But read on....

".......and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul."

What does this mean?

God gave Israel the blood of animals as the atonement for their souls.

God asked for blood to be spilled, in order for sin to be forgiven. The blood of animals was the accepted atonement for the soul--the price to be paid--for the forgiveness of the sin of Israel--in the old covenant.

To Israel, certain animals were clean for sacrifice (read the old testament---the "boring parts"---they talk all about the specific kinds of animals that were considered "clean" for sacrifice, as well as consumption). The Bible gives very detailed instructions to the priests--the Levites (Notice the title of this book is "Leviticus"--the instructions for the Levites). It was their job to slaughter the animals--spill the blood of the sacrifice--in the prescribed ways. These things were absolutely necessary for Israel to carry out. They had to build a temple, in Jerusalem--just as God asked--and carry out many many instructions of God---all with one purpose..."atonement for the soul"

Take a look at some of these instructions..
Ex 30:10 And Aaron shall make an atonement upon the horns of it once in a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonements: once in the year shall he make atonement upon it throughout your generations: it is most holy unto the LORD.
Le 4:25 And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out his blood at the bottom of the altar of burnt offering.
Le 4:34 And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar:
Le 5:9 And he shall sprinkle of the blood of the sin offering upon the side of the altar; and the rest of the blood shall be wrung out at the bottom of the altar: it is a sin offering.
Le 6:30 And no sin offering, whereof any of the blood is brought into the tabernacle of the congregation to reconcile withal in the holy place, shall be eaten: it shall be burnt in the fire.
Le 16:15 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat:
Le 16:27 And the bullock for the sin offering, and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall one carry forth without the camp; and they shall burn in the fire their skins, and their flesh, and their dung.

Now, we Christians don't do these things--right?
We don't kill animals on an altar and spill blood in order to have our sin forgiven--right?

why? Because we know that Jesus offered Himself once, for all sin.....

 

1Jo 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Well, certainly all those things, with regard to the blood offering of animals for sin, is a shadow of what the new covenant would bring.....

 

Heb 8:5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

The offering of the blood of animals, was a shadow of what Jesus would do at the cross.

Christians know this

Well, then, why do we still pay tithe?

Question: Where did Israel get the animals that had to be offered?

Simple---the tithe.

"Tithe" means "1/10th"---it is an amount--a number.

God told Israel to take 1/10th of those certain clean animals (in fact, 1/10th of the "increase" of the herd--that is--the newborn animals)---and bring them to the temple--spill the blood--FOR WHAT PURPOSE?

 

11 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 souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
(Leviticus 17:11, KJV).

The tithe, was the amount of the sin offering in the old covenant.

Christians don't make sin offerings--right?--We have the blood of Jesus.

We know that there is a different sin offering in the new covenant--the "once for all"-- blood of a sinless offering---Jesus--"the lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29)

 

But wait---are we saying that the laws of God have changed?

9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
11 ¶ If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. (Hebrews 7 9-12)

In the new covenant, everything to do with sin offering is changed. The offering of animals and grain, the priesthood, the temple, the sabbath day---they are all re-defined in the new covenant. (the priesthood--now all believers--revelation 1:6 & 5:10--1Peter 2:5 & 2:9----the temple---now in all Spirit-filled believers---1Cor 3:16--etc.---the sabbath day--1Co 2:16, Jesus' many healing on the sabbath---ministry, a "gift given unto every one of us"--Ephesians 4, 1Corinthians 12)

Obviously we don't make sin offerings of the blood of animals in our churches today---so---why do we pay "tithe"?

The answer is found in Christian history. about 1700 years ago, the church was re-defined to follow after these specific old covenant ideas that the new covenant clearly and obviously annuls.

A "priest" (a type of Levite) conducted the service on the altar every Sabbath day---and the "tithe" (now miraculously changed to money!) was taught as the central obligation of every "lay person" (the majority of people who were suddenly NOT ministers).

Now we today understand all about the blood of Jesus, how it saves us and heals us and rebukes the enemy (the blood of animals did relatively the same things for Israel in the old covenant)---

Yet--don't we still cling to these "shadow ideas" for operating the church?

Do we realize that Jesus gave us a perfect example for operating the church?

It's called apostleship---someone ought to try it some time!