Tuesday Morning Early Start – Important Doctrines
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. (Revelation 19:11-14)
The Stain Of Blood
A casual reading of the Law of Moses will impress upon the mind how much blood was shed in the countless sacrifices. The Peace Offerings had blood sprinkled all around the altar, the Sin Offerings had blood sprinkled in front of the veil of the sanctuary, the horns of the altar and at the base. The Priests were constantly “field dressing’ the sacrifices dipping their fingers in the blood and sprinkling it here and there. The Trespass Offering had animals offered up with blood sprinkled on the side of the altar and the rest drained out at the base of the altar. The place of the sin offering was a holy place. It was declared that when blood was sprinkled on any garment it should be washed in a holy place. When Aaron and his sons were consecrated blood was placed on the right ear, the thumb of the right hand and the big toe of their right foot (this was also done for lepers). Blood was also sprinkled on Aaron and his garments.
The Hebrew writer described the many bloody sacrifices in the Law of Moses and how that the first covenant was dedicated with blood. Moses sprinkled blood on the book and the people. The tabernacle and the vessels were clothed in blood. According to the law almost everything was dedicated with blood. Solomon’s dedication of the temple involved the sacrifices of 22,000 bulls and 120,000 sheep. It was not possible to escape the stain of blood. The priest had garments of ministry that no doubt were stained with blood from the multiple sacrifices made each day.
Blood is not easily removed from garments. The stain can be permanent. With all the animals sacrificed daily throughout the year the stains would settle in with no hope of coming clean. Garments, books, vessels, and tents all had blood on them as a constant reminder of the sacrifice required for redemption. Sadly with the untold thousands of animals offered to the Lord through the centuries of man’s existence none of the blood could remove the permanent stain of sin. And then Christ came into the world.
The essential doctrine of redemption can never be understood until the stain of blood is considered. All the blood of the bulls and goats offered under the Law of Moses could not buy back man’s relationship with God. Before the Law of Moses the smoke of a thousand altars from Abel to Abraham could not take away the stain of sin. Man faced a horrible dilemma that he could do nothing about – how do you remove blood. This blood represented the horrible disease of sin and yet this blood was ineffective. Animal blood is not eternal. Man’s blood is eternal. The problem with man’s blood is the stain of sin. And then Christ came into the world.
John’s picture in the Revelation brings the joy of salvation full circle when we see the Lord of Lord and King of Kings riding on a white horse. His robe is dipped in blood and those who follow Him are clothed in fine linen, white and clean, following Him on white horses. What a contrast. The sacrifice of Jesus at Golgotha is when the Son of God poured forth His blood around the altar of sacrifice and sprinkled our hearts with His blood so that we can be clean. Redemption is the cleansing of our lives from the impenetrable stain of sin by the blood of Christ. We are clean. We are forgiven. When we obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ our sins were WASHED AWAY – removed.
There is power in the blood. Wonder working power. Thank you God for the blood of Your Son that makes possible the cleansing of my sins that will no longer stain but remove sin. The Law of Moses is a pattern to show the depth of blood needed and that only in the blood of Christ can I have redemption. In Jesus Christ we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.