Who Made That Rule Anyhow?

  From the day that Abel took that precious little lamb and shed its blood as a sacrifice to God, men have been required to offer shed blood offerings to God. If you stand back a ways from where ever the altar was constructed, it would almost be unbelievable to watch the steady stream of sacrificial lambs, bullocks, goats and even fowls. The book of Leviticus tells us that there was a blood sacrifice for unknown sins, just in case the individual had committed a sin that he or she was unawares of.  In short the altar area was a bloody place.
  From chapter 20 in Exodus, God reveals to us the enormity of the sin problem between man and Himself. There is a verse in the book of Hebrews chapter 9 that tells us that there is no remission of sin without the shedding of blood. Reading the Old Testament Bible, one realizes that any relationship with God by an individual or a nation is borne through the shedding of innocent blood.  Something has to die in order for atonement (clearing of barriers) to be made. And it's not just a matter of death, but it is completed by the proper application of the shed blood.
  I know that many who are reading this article are thinking, "Enough already! This is a bloody article!" Of course if you are a born again Christian, you also know that you yourself are blood bought. You were bought with a price; the price of shed blood; the precious blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.  And you must accept that fact, otherwise you will never make it to heaven.
This article, under the heading, "Who made that rule?" is written with a definite answer, but a puzzling reason. The creator of the universe has given us a book that tells us the only way we can reach Him is through shed blood, ultimately. Jesus came to this earth for the primary purpose of seeking the lost, paying a ransom with His own shed blood, by which we who receive it can be forgiven and literally cleansed of our sins.
  That cute little cuddly baby lying in that manger was destined to eventually be drained of every drop of His blood so that we might be saved and atoned for. That atonement is offered freely to anyone who will believe with their heart and confess with their mouth the Lord Jesus.
  I think there is a whole lot that we still do not know about the war between God and Satan. I think also that there is a whole lot we don't know of eternity. That abundant life that Jesus offered is far more than just a long extension of our existence.  God doesn't tell us details about what Heaven will be. What will our relationship be to God the Father and God the Son for all of eternity? What kind of activities will we be involved in, in Heaven? What do these questions and thoughts have to do with the shedding of Blood? I think it is far more than just a way to get us to be appreciative of our redemption. In other words, something had to die so that we might live. Romans 5. Did Christ die on the cross just so we would be more grateful for what God gives us in salvation. God forbid!
  We have in our little world, things that we call "natural laws." Gravity is a natural law. What goes us must come down. The Bible tells us about a natural law, "whatever you sow, that shall ye also reap."
  The Bible also introduces us to spiritual laws. Everything regarding a true relationship with our creator and everything regarding our eternal existence falls under some listed spiritual laws and some unlisted.  One of those would be, "Ye must be born a second birth in order to comprehend or enter the Kingdom of God." Taught in John 3. This article raises a question that has only one answer, Who made the rule about the shedding of blood? God did! Someday we will see the real answer and will really be appreciative of what Jesus did on the cross.


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