Why is it that God seems to be so consumed with blood? It seems that from the beginning of scripture to the New Covenant under Christ's blood, that God was consumed with blood.
Thanks for your letter. You are certainly correct to notice the profound importance of blood in the Bible. The author of Hebrews wrote, "And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission" [of sins] (Hebrews 9:22). And Paul reminds us that Jesus made propitiation by His blood (Rom. 3:25) and that believers are justified (i.e. declared righteous) on the basis of the shed blood of Christ (Rom. 5:8-10). And elsewhere Paul tells us that Jesus reconciled the world to God, "having made peace through the blood of His cross" (Col. 1:20).
Because of the importance of this issue, and its prominence throughout the Bible, I would recommend reading the following article from bible.org. It's called, "The Preciousness of Blood" (Leviticus 17) and you can find it at http://www.bible.org/page.asp?page_id=278.
The Lord bless you,
About the Author
Michael Gleghorn is a research associate with Probe Ministries. He earned a B.A. in psychology from Baylor University and a Th.M. in systematic theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Before coming on staff with Probe, Michael taught history and theology at Christway Academy in Duncanville, Texas. Michael and his wife Hannah have two children. His personal website is michaelgleghorn.com.
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