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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Blood Line

There is a blood line that goes through the Bible from the beginning to the end.  It begins in Gen. 3 when God made tunics of skin to clothe Adam and Eve, as a result of their sin.  We see the blood in Gen. 4 as Abel brought an offering of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat.  We see the blood when Noah offered sacrifices unto the Lord.  We see the blood as Abraham offered animals to God in Gen. 15, and God cut a covenant with Abraham that day.  God's presence, as a smoking oven and a burning torch passed between the pieces.  The offering of the passover lamb in Ex. 12 is an amazing picture of the power of the blood.  Every family was to apply the blood of a sacrificed lamb to the doors and windows of their houses.  At midnight, in every home in Egypt, the firstborn was dead, except in the homes of the Israelites where the blood had been applied.  Ex. 12:13 says, "Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are.  And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and  the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt."  Throughout the Old Testament, there is the shedding of blood, to sanctify and to set apart God's people and their place of worship.  Hebrews 9:22 says, "And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission."  On the Day of Atonement, the high priest went into the holy of holies, not without blood, to make atonement for his own sins and for the sins of the people.  But all this was pointing to the one day, when Christ would shed His blood, and once and for all, the price for sin would be paid.  Never again would there need to be a blood sacrifice for sin!  Now we are invited to enter into the holy of holies, by a new and living way, through the veil, into the very presence of God.  Now by the blood we enter, we worship, we stand, we are purified, we overcome, we are forgiven, we are in right standing with God.  Now, and forever, our song is "Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain."  Rev. 5:9 "...For You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation..."  Claim the power of the blood in your life today.  Apply the power of the blood to sanctify, cleanse, and overcome every enemy, in the name of Jesus!

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