These Bible Studies are presented free of charge to the public. If these Bible Studies feed you with
spiritual food, it would be a blessing for Rivkah Ministries to receive your tax-deductible donations. You
can send all contributions to: Rivkah Ministries; 445-C East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd #322; Colorado
Springs, CO 80906-4570 or you can go or click here-> http://www.rivkah.org/contribution.htm
The Blood of the Lamb!
What is so special about the blood?
Blood is the most unique among all the substances found in the
human body. The book of Leviticus teaches, “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 ” (Lev 17:11). What is blood atonement for
the soul all about?
From another Leviticus passage we learn that every year on Yom
Kippur, or the Day of Atonement (meaning ‘day of reconciliation’), the
high priest was commanded to go into Holy of Holies. On that exclusive
day in the year, he would take the blood of a bull and sprinkle it on the
east side of the altar one time and then he would sprinkle the blood in
front of the Ark of the Covenant seven times.
Approximately 3,500 years ago an entire nation was delivered through the
power of blood! The Lord told Moses, “Speak ye unto all the congregation of
Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man
a lamb . . . 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year . . .
ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole
assembly of the congregation of Israel shall
kill it in the evening. 7 And they shall take of
the blood, and strike it on the two side posts
and on the upper door post of the houses,
wherein they shall eat it” (Ex 12:1-7). We
now know the outcome of that instruction; two
million Israelites were delivered out of Egypt!
In order to understand the power contained in the
blood, we need to comprehend the Biblical concept that “the life of the flesh is in
the blood!” The first thing that God Almighty did when Adam and Eve sinned was
to shed the blood of innocent animals that were in the Garden of Eden and use their
skins for a covering. Through disobedience, mankind destroyed the intimate
relationship that he shared with his Maker and therefore was in need of something
through which he might restore a right relationship. However, it was not left to the
man to figure out how he might restore the damaged relationship, Adam and Eve
immediately realized their sin and recognized the need to be covered, “I was afraid,
Written by M. Larry Perrino 1 3/14/2008
2002 by Rivkah Ministries Want to Provide Feedback? – Click http://www.rivkah.org/feedback.htm
These Bible Studies are presented free of charge to the public. If these Bible Studies feed you with
spiritual food, it would be a blessing for Rivkah Ministries to receive your tax-deductible donations. You
can send all contributions to: Rivkah Ministries; 445-C East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd #322; Colorado
Springs, CO 80906-4570 or you can go or click here-> http://www.rivkah.org/contribution.htm
The Blood of the Lamb!
What is so special about the blood?
because I was naked ; and I hid myself” (Gen 3:10). Although Adam and Even
tried to cover themselves with leaves, covering was not left up to them; God
alone established the method through which man’s sins could be canceled.
Christians often use a religious sounding accounting term to describe the concept of
“cancelled;” the expression they use is “ Remitted .” In this vein, The Book of
Hebrews teaches us that, “without shedding of blood is no remission (or canceling
of sin).
Blood ( the essence or substance of life ) was required for the remission (canceling) of sin.
The Book of Genesis teaches that innocent blood was mandatory in order to cover the sins
of Adam and Eve. An innocent living creature ( grasp the point that the life of the flesh is
in the blood” had to loose his life and thereby the innocence of that creature covered the
one who had been sinful .
Many years later after delivering the children of Israel out of Egypt, God instructed Moses
to construct a tabernacle. In the most Holy Place of that tabernacle there was a mercy seat,
positioned on top of the Ark of the Covenant. It was upon this mercy seat where once a
year the blood of atonement was sprinkled, “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 ” (Lev 17:11).
In our culture we simply do not properly appreciate the fact that the essence of life is
contained within blood! We all were reminded just a few short days ago when Jessica
Santillan died from a botched transplant surgery. She was born with a heart deformity that
kept her lungs from getting oxygen into her blood! The reason that Jessica died was
because her body rejected the alien donor heart and lungs. Her body’s blood type was
incompatible with the blood type of the donor. The transplant was an unfortunate mistake
that led to death; I am sure Jessica’s heartrending death will now take on a new life of
faultfinding. The point significant to our study is the realization of just how essential blood
is! We cannot ignore the fact that blood is essential to life !
When Adam and Eve sinned, God reacted by taking the life of an innocent animal and
through that act He essentially decreed that, since “ the life of the flesh is in the blood,”
therefore reconciliation or atonement for sin would require a life for life transference! The
creature(s) that were killed for Adam and Eve covered only their original sin. Their act of
sin caused them to take on the sin nature ; God’s atonement covered their sin, but it did not
remove their new nature ! As God had cautioned, the result of receiving that new nature ,
left only one possible outcome for their lives, “and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth
death ” (James 1:15). Because of the foreign sin nature that they received into their lives,
they continued in sin for the rest of their natural lives until death. Of more importance to
our understanding, we need to realize that Adam and Eve passed on this sin nature through
blood to their offspring! In this context Paul wrote, “For all have sinned, and come short of
the glory of God” (Rom 3:23).
Written by M. Larry Perrino 2 3/14/2008
2002 by Rivkah Ministries Want to Provide Feedback? – Click http://www.rivkah.org/feedback.htm
These Bible Studies are presented free of charge to the public. If these Bible Studies feed you with
spiritual food, it would be a blessing for Rivkah Ministries to receive your tax-deductible donations. You
can send all contributions to: Rivkah Ministries; 445-C East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd #322; Colorado
Springs, CO 80906-4570 or you can go or click here-> http://www.rivkah.org/contribution.htm
The Blood of the Lamb!
What is so special about the blood?
We all are under the penalty of death because of sin! Everyone carries this inherited
nature, which leads everyone into sin. In order for mankind to experience any form of
reconciliation with God, the Almighty allowed for a temporary substitute. God established
that innocent animals could be sacrificed and their blood would temporarily atone for the
sins of man. This covering of sin for mankind was established at the Garden of Eden and
continued four thousand years. However, a mere temporary substitute was unacceptable to
God. The reason is that through a temporary substitute the animal’s blood could not
replace the sin nature in man!
Instead of a temporary substitute, God knew that there would need to be a permanent
sacrifice for sin! The main problem was that there simply was no blood on the earth, which
could be used for that permanent sacrifice! No human blood could be used as a permanent
sacrifice because every man shared the same blood defect or sin nature from Adam the
father of us all! Since God decreed that mankind would rule the earth, “let them have
dominion” (Gen 1:26), humanity with the help of God would somehow have to bring about
some new uncontaminated blood source upon the earth.
Let me digress for just a moment back to Jessica’s rejection of organs which resulted from
incompatible blood types . Do you know the source of Jessica’s blood type ? It is a
scientific fact unknown by many that the father always passes on his blood type to his
children? A woman can nurture a child within her womb that has an entirely different
blood type from her own! The point that we need to realize is that the blood type always
comes from the father ! Now remember, our father Adam’s blood type was contaminated.
Thankfully, God is omniscient and therefore He established a plan before the foundation of
the world! God imbedded a strategy within His written word. His goal was to permanently
redeem humanity! God caused prophets and holy men of old to speak and record in
Scripture those proclamations necessary to produce a special occasion, place, and person
( the Messiah ). Jesus Christ appeared as the result of those words spoken by the prophets.
After His miraculous birth at some point in His early life, Jesus read in the Scripture,
“Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering
and sin offering hast thou not required. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the
book it is written of me , 8 I delight to do thy will, O my God” (Ps 40:6-8). He realized that
those words in the volume of the book had been written specifically for Him! Our Lord
Jesus, the Captain of our faith became aware of instructions for His life from God’s Word!
Regarding the concept of animal sacrifices, Paul reminded us of their limited temporary
capacity, “But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year . 4
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should (permanently) take away
sins ” (Heb 10:3-4). Paul is reminding us of the fact that the blood of bulls and goats was
merely a temporary solution! Now notice the powerful connection that Paul established in
the very next verse, “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and
offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me (Heb 10:5). Paul received
Written by M. Larry Perrino 3 3/14/2008
2002 by Rivkah Ministries Want to Provide Feedback? – Click http://www.rivkah.org/feedback.htm
These Bible Studies are presented free of charge to the public. If these Bible Studies feed you with
spiritual food, it would be a blessing for Rivkah Ministries to receive your tax-deductible donations. You
can send all contributions to: Rivkah Ministries; 445-C East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd #322; Colorado
Springs, CO 80906-4570 or you can go or click here-> http://www.rivkah.org/contribution.htm
The Blood of the Lamb!
What is so special about the blood?
revelation in the context of a permanent sacrifice. It was revealed to him that the Word
of God had decreed and in so doing “prepared” a body for the Messiah; that is why he
wrote, “when he cometh into the world, he saith . . . a body hast thou prepared me” (Heb
10:5). But how was this body decreed through Scripture actually formed? Let us
investigate the revealed process!
Now concerning the body which had been prepared for the Messiah; one of the prophets of
old said, “the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive , and bear
a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isa 7:14). Young women by the millions
conceive every single day; so how could this possibly have been a sign of the Messiah?
The answer lies in the “word” that was given to Mary when she inquired how it was
possible for her to conceive since she had never engaged in sex, “And the angel answered
and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest
shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be
called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). The Holy Spirit obviously came upon Mary when the
“word” was given to her and as she agreed with that “word” she said, “be it unto me
according to thy word (Luke 1:38). Now notice Jesus’ explanation to Nicodemas, “The
wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence
it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit (John 3:8). Like
wind, the breath of God brought Adam to life, “and breathed into his nostrils the breath of
life; and man became a living soul” (Gen 2:7). In the same fashion, the “power of the
Highest overshadowed ” Mary. Overshadowed means that it breathed! Mary was
conceived in the same way that everyone who is born-again, “suddenly there came a sound
from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind , . . . And they were all filled with the Holy
Ghost , and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:2-
4). Every born-again person receives a new nature from the Father when they confess
Jesus, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God ,
which liveth and abideth for ever” (1 Peter 1:23). As in Mary’s begetal, the spoken “word”
when agreed with, breathes new life into the recipient.
Like every human, Jesus got his blood type from His Father ( the Highest ); He received
royal holy blood! Therefore, there was one major difference between His blood and ours;
His blood was not tainted with the sin nature ! Jesus received the incorruptible blood from
the Father through the spoken word while our blood from Adam, has been contaminated
with the sin nature !
As a result of His “incorruptible” blood having come from the Father, Jesus possessed
eternal life even in His flesh! That means that it was utterly impossible for Him to die
while He walked the face of the earth! The only possible way for Him to experience death
was if He Himself choose to give up His life, “I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
18 No man taketh it from me , but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and
I have power to take it again” (John 10:17-18). There are many references to Jesus’ life
having been supernaturally protected, (1) in Luke 4, a crowd tried to push Him off of a
Written by M. Larry Perrino 4 3/14/2008
2002 by Rivkah Ministries Want to Provide Feedback? – Click http://www.rivkah.org/feedback.htm
These Bible Studies are presented free of charge to the public. If these Bible Studies feed you with
spiritual food, it would be a blessing for Rivkah Ministries to receive your tax-deductible donations. You
can send all contributions to: Rivkah Ministries; 445-C East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd #322; Colorado
Springs, CO 80906-4570 or you can go or click here-> http://www.rivkah.org/contribution.htm
The Blood of the Lamb!
What is so special about the blood?
cliff; He turned around and walked right through the crowd; (2) Mark records that Jesus
was on a boat and the boat was full of water, “there arose a great storm of wind, and the
waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full . 38 And he was in the hinder part of the
ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that
we perish?” These fishermen knew that ships full of water sink! Yet that ship somehow
supernaturally did not sink! (3) The Jews wanted to stone Jesus; yet they could not, “31
Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him . . . 39 Therefore they sought again to
take him: but he escaped out of their hand ” (John 10:31-39). Again Jesus somehow
supernaturally escaped. No man ever had authority over Jesus’ life! When he was on trial,
Pilate told Him, “knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee ” (John 19:10); to
which Jesus responded, “Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were
given thee from above ” (John 19:11).
Most do not realize it but there was one overwhelming and unique day in the history of the
world when God, humanity and the devil were all in agreement together! On that
renowned day the crowd cried, “ Crucify him . 14 Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what
evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him .” (Mark 15:13-
14). Through these words we conclude that the people clearly wanted Him crucified; it is
obvious that the devils wanted Him out of the way; however, we must realize that even
God the Father had a preference for His crucifixion, “For he ( God ) hath made him ( Jesus )
to be sin for us , who knew no sin (because He was completely innocent) ; that we might be
made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor 5:21)! There has never been a day like that
one and there never will be a day like that again! The Father essentially said, “I want my
children back! My Son, you will have to die to break the power of sin over them; and, on
that day I will not look upon you!” On that day of peculiar agreement, Jesus offered His
pure blood and became the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of mankind. He truly was “the
Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev 13:8). John the Baptist introduced
Jesus in that exact fashion: “The next day John
seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the
Lamb of God , which taketh away the sin of the
world (John 1:29).
During the Passover season, the father of each
family would choose out a special lamb. The lamb
would be carefully inspected for four days because
it had to be a perfect specimen. The lamb would be
set apart and therefore it would become a family pet
during that short period. Christ also had to be
observed for four days in Jerusalem prior to His
crucifixion. During those four days He was tested
and asked many questions, but none could find fault
with Him (Mt 21:23-27; 22:15-22, 33-46). This questioning culminates with Matthew
Written by M. Larry Perrino 5 3/14/2008
2002 by Rivkah Ministries Want to Provide Feedback? – Click http://www.rivkah.org/feedback.htm
These Bible Studies are presented free of charge to the public. If these Bible Studies feed you with
spiritual food, it would be a blessing for Rivkah Ministries to receive your tax-deductible donations. You
can send all contributions to: Rivkah Ministries; 445-C East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd #322; Colorado
Springs, CO 80906-4570 or you can go or click here-> http://www.rivkah.org/contribution.htm
The Blood of the Lamb!
What is so special about the blood?
22:46, “And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that
day forth ask him any more questions.”
Can you imagine the thousands of Passover lambs which were sacrificed in Jerusalem
during the time of Jesus? Josephus the famous Jewish historian wrote concerning the
period of around 65 A.D., that “not less than three million” were present in Jerusalem.
Even if one lamb could feed as many as ten people that would mean that at least 300,000
lambs would have to be sacrificed during the Passover season!
After the lambs were taken to the priests, how could God possibly know which lamb
belonged to which family? We find the answer in a tradition among the Jews of that
period; they would hang a bronze nametag around the neck of their family pet lamb. The
nametag would earlier have been inscribed with the family name. In this fashion, the father
of each family could be certain that his family name was distinguishable by God Almighty.
The Apostle John records that attached to Jesus’ cross was a special inscription, “And
Pilate wrote a title , and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH
THE KING OF THE JEWS” (John 19:19). For some strange reason, this title made the
Jews particularly distressed and extremely unhappy, “Then said the chief priests of the
Jews to Pilate, Write not , The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews”
(John 19:21).
Why was the chief priest so unhappy with the title that Pilate had specified? We can go to
the Catholics to get an answer to that question. In the Catholic tradition, Jesus’ cross was
inscribed with in Latin, “ I.N.R.I . That tradition regarding the inscription is very probably
correct because the scripture teaches that Latin was one of the languages in which the
inscription was written. In the Latin the inscription “ I.N.R.I. ” formed what is known as an
acrostic. That Acrostic was a
sequence of the first letters from the
Latin words “ I esys N azarenvs R ex
I udaeorvm,” which in English
transliterates to “Jesus Nazareth
King Jews.” In our culture we
unconsciously use acrostics in
everyday language: the “National
Aeronautic and Space
Administration” forms the acrostic,
“NASA;” “Radio Detecting and Ranging” forms the acrostic, “RADAR” to name just a
few. Likewise the acrostic “ I.N.R.I .” means: “ I ” stands for the first letter of the name
Jesus which in Latin is “ Iesys ;” the “ N ” would represent “ Nazarenvs ” the Latin word
meaning Nazareth; “ R ” represents “ Rex ” Latin for “king,”and “ I ” represents the Latin
word “ Iudaeorvm ” which is the word for Jews. Keep in mind this use of acrostics; we will
return to this concept.
Written by M. Larry Perrino 6 3/14/2008
2002 by Rivkah Ministries Want to Provide Feedback? – Click http://www.rivkah.org/feedback.htm
I N R I
 
These Bible Studies are presented free of charge to the public. If these Bible Studies feed you with
spiritual food, it would be a blessing for Rivkah Ministries to receive your tax-deductible donations. You
can send all contributions to: Rivkah Ministries; 445-C East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd #322; Colorado
Springs, CO 80906-4570 or you can go or click here-> http://www.rivkah.org/contribution.htm
The Blood of the Lamb!
What is so special about the blood?
Jerusalem was an international city during the time of Jesus. It sat at the major
crossroads of the known world; Europe was off in one direction; Asia in another
direction; and Africa in yet a third direction. To accommodate everyone in this
international city, Jesus’ inscription was written in three languages, “it was written in
Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin ” (John
19:20).
The use of acrostics is not limited to Latin
and English. Every language uses this
type of linguistic device. This is
particularly true of the Hebrew Language.
In fact among the Hebrews the use of
acrostics is so common that almost
everyone from that society would
automatically notice whenever an acrostic
was present. As we focus on the
Hebrew, let’s recall that the chief priests
were particularly upset by the words that were used, “Then said the chief priests of the
Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews
(John 19:21). The reason that they were so upset was the natural acrostic which was
formed by Pilate’s words. The literal English translation for the words would be: “Jesus of
Nazareth, And King of the Jews.” The Hebrew translation for the exact thing would be:
“Yehoshua Hanatzri Vemelech Hayhoodem.” When the Hebrew title was placed on the
cross and in the proper direction (the reader should realize that Hebrew is read from right
to left) the acrostic would appear as seen in the picture below.
The Hebrew word “YHVH” is
a tetragrammaton ( a Greek
word meaning “a four lettered
word” ). However, this
tetragrammaton “YHVH”
forms the ineffable
( unspeakable ) name of God.
Now we can understand why
the chief priests were so upset!
We have already observed that as soon as the religious leaders saw the inscription they
immediately and vehemently demanded that Pilate change the inscription. However he
replied, “What I have written I have written” (John 19:22). Whether or not Pilate realized
it, he was moved by God to write the words that he chose. God Almighty wanted His
personal Lamb to be identified by the inscription nailed to His cross! God placed His own
family name on His Lamb for the whole world to see just as all of the other Jewish families
were bringing their lambs with their own family name on their bronze tags!
Written by M. Larry Perrino 7 3/14/2008
2002 by Rivkah Ministries Want to Provide Feedback? – Click http://www.rivkah.org/feedback.htm
These Bible Studies are presented free of charge to the public. If these Bible Studies feed you with
spiritual food, it would be a blessing for Rivkah Ministries to receive your tax-deductible donations. You
can send all contributions to: Rivkah Ministries; 445-C East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd #322; Colorado
Springs, CO 80906-4570 or you can go or click here-> http://www.rivkah.org/contribution.htm
The Blood of the Lamb!
What is so special about the blood?
There is another little realized incident involving Pilate and his wife who earlier
experienced a disturbing dream about Jesus, “When he was set down on the judgment
seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man : for I
have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.” As a result, Pilate publicly
washed his hands of all “guilt” regarding the crucifixion and he even announced, “I find in
him no fault at all” (John 18:38); even Judas proclaimed Jesus’ purity, “I have betrayed the
innocent blood (Matt 27:4).
Pilate acted out a scene from the Law of Moses which I am sure most of the Jews
recognized. The concept is found in the forepart of Deuteronomy chapter 21, “If one be
found slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess . . . 2 Then thy
elders and thy judges shall come forth . . . the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer
. . . and shall strike off the heifer's neck there in the valley . . . And all the elders of that
city, that are next unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is
beheaded in the valley: 7 And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this
blood , neither have our eyes seen it” (Deut 21:1-7). By taking part in an equivalent hand
washing ceremony, Pilate declared to all mankind, “I will not be responsible for the
innocent blood of this man!” When we consider his wife’s dream and his hand-washing
act, Pilate may have had a deep sense that Jesus may indeed have been the Son of God!
Jesus Christ, the Son of God offered His holy and pure blood one time on the altar of a
cross. His offering was a once and for all offering, “Neither by the blood of goats and
calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained
eternal redemption for us” (Heb 9:12). Jesus removed the veil of separation and we can go
into the Most Holy Place; in actual fact when Jesus was crucified the veil that separated the
two rooms was torn, “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the
ghost. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom;
and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent” (Matt 27:50-51). Three days after Jesus was
crucified, He entered into heaven to present Himself to God, “For Christ is not entered into
the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself ,
now to appear in the presence of God for us : 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often,
as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then
must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of
the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Heb 9:24-26).
Written by M. Larry Perrino 8 3/14/2008
2002 by Rivkah Ministries Want to Provide Feedback? – Click http://www.rivkah.org/feedback.htm
These Bible Studies are presented free of charge to the public. If these Bible Studies feed you with
spiritual food, it would be a blessing for Rivkah Ministries to receive your tax-deductible donations. You
can send all contributions to: Rivkah Ministries; 445-C East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd #322; Colorado
Springs, CO 80906-4570 or you can go or click here-> http://www.rivkah.org/contribution.htm
The Blood of the Lamb!
What is so special about the blood?
When Jesus entered into the holy place he did so as our High Priest , “in all things it
behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful
high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people”
(Heb 2:17). So what can we
say, “Wherefore, holy
brethren, partakers of the
heavenly calling, consider
the Apostle and High Priest
of our profession, Christ
Jesus” (Heb 3:1). When we
consider Jesus our thoughts
should parallel those of the
Apostle Paul, “Seeing then
that we have a great high
priest , that is passed into the
heavens, Jesus the Son of
God, let us hold fast our
profession. 15 For we have
not an high priest which
cannot be touched with the
feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find
grace to help in time of need. 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained
for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins”
(Heb 4:14-5:1). Indeed we can see that God almighty prepared a body filled with His holy
blood that it might become a sacrifice for us!
Therefore, we must consider the body and blood of Jesus, “But let a man examine himself,
and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh
unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body . 30
For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep” (1 Cor 11:28-30).
Why was the blood supposed to be placed on the doorposts? To simply kill the lamb was
not sufficient; the blood was effective only when it was faithfully applied to the doorposts.
Using hyssop to brush lamb’s blood on the doorpost and lintel must have been thought of
as a strange command for the Israelites. However, applying it to the doorposts symbolized
that the people believed that God had spoken through Moses. The blood shed by the
Passover lamb only benefited those who believed the message and applied the blood to the
doorposts. To kill the lamb and not apply the blood would have had absolutely no effect.
This is also true of God's Passover Lamb the Lord Jesus Christ. Though His death was
sufficient to pay for the sins of the world, its regenerating effect is only useful to those who
will believe and apply it to their own lives!
Written by M. Larry Perrino 9 3/14/2008
2002 by Rivkah Ministries Want to Provide Feedback? – Click http://www.rivkah.org/feedback.htm
These Bible Studies are presented free of charge to the public. If these Bible Studies feed you with
spiritual food, it would be a blessing for Rivkah Ministries to receive your tax-deductible donations. You
can send all contributions to: Rivkah Ministries; 445-C East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd #322; Colorado
Springs, CO 80906-4570 or you can go or click here-> http://www.rivkah.org/contribution.htm
The Blood of the Lamb!
What is so special about the blood?
We need to think like a rabbi for just a minute. The Jewish people had some strong and
personal beliefs regarding the act of eating. The nature of eating to them was a
personal thing. It was something more than merely being a source of sustenance. In a
rabbinical sense, the very act of eating became a picture of personal faith; for forty years
they ate manna in the desert. Eating the lamb was God's way of allowing every individual
Jew to become personally involved with the Passover lamb. Not every one had a part in
securing the lamb or observing the lamb or even killing the lamb. Though they may not
have been used to strike the lamb’s blood on the doorposts, they all would have a part in
eating it. In this fashion, God's impressed upon the Jew, and indeed, upon the Christian, the
necessity of becoming personally involved with the lamb. The eating of the lamb allowed
the spiritual benefit of the blood on the doorposts to be applied to everyone. No one would
eat the lamb for someone else.
Jesus said unmistakably to the Jews in the gospel of John that, “Except ye eat the flesh of
the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you” (John 6:53). Initially this
concept seems rather cannibalistic; nevertheless, eating Jesus’ flesh is extremely important.
Just because Christ's death was sufficient to pay the sin debt of the entire human race does
not mean everyone will be saved. Each individual must choose by faith to personally
appropriate the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ to himself.
Understanding Jesus’ teaching through symbolism is essential, “And as they were eating,
Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take,
eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,
Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for
the remission of sins” (Matt 26:26-28). We can easily see that Jesus was not telling anyone
to drink literal blood or to eat literal flesh. He was simply saying that the cup and the
bread were symbolic of His body and His blood which were given for the sins of humanity.
Symbolically speaking:
The thorns in His head released the healing of our mind or mental things we suffer!
The stripes from the beating on His back released our physical body healing !
The piercing of His hands, feet and side released the blood of atonement
for our sins !
According to Paul, we must discern the whole body of Jesus Christ. Realize
that on Yom Kippur or “the Day of Atonement” the high priest would take
the blood of a bull and sprinkle it upon the Ark of the Covenant seven times.
In this context, it is fascinating to note the order and occasions when Jesus
shed His blood:
1.
From His Face when His sweat became as blood while in the Garden;
2.
From His Back & Body he was beaten at the order of Pilate;
3.
From His Head through a crown of thorns;
4.
From one Hand/Wrist by a spike driven through;
Written by M. Larry Perrino 10 3/14/2008
2002 by Rivkah Ministries Want to Provide Feedback? – Click http://www.rivkah.org/feedback.htm
These Bible Studies are presented free of charge to the public. If these Bible Studies feed you with
spiritual food, it would be a blessing for Rivkah Ministries to receive your tax-deductible donations. You
can send all contributions to: Rivkah Ministries; 445-C East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd #322; Colorado
Springs, CO 80906-4570 or you can go or click here-> http://www.rivkah.org/contribution.htm
The Blood of the Lamb!
What is so special about the blood?
5. From the other Hand/Wrist by a spike driven through;
6. From His Feet ( both of which were nailed together );
7. From His Side when a soldier pierced His ribs.
So what exactly does the blood from all of those wounds produce for us?
"Being justified freely by his blood through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus"
(Rom. 3:24);
"Forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things like silver
and gold, from your vain manner of life received from the tradition of your fathers, but
with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without spot or blemish" (1 Pet. 1:18-19);
"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins " (Eph. 1:7);
“the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20:28);
“to be a propitiation ( an atone that reconciles ) through faith in his blood” (Rom 3:25);
made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto
himself” (Col 1:20);
by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place ” (Heb 9:12);
“he might sanctify the people with his own blood” (Heb 13:12);
the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin ” (1 John 1:7).
Jesus commanded that we are to partake of
His blood, “Jesus said unto them, Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the
flesh of the Son of man, and drink his
blood , ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso
eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood ,
hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at
the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed,
and my blood is drink indeed . 56 He that
eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood ,
dwelleth in me, and I in him” (John 6:53-
56).
Our lives are preserved because of the blood
sacrifice of Jesus Christ, “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 ” (Lev 17:11).
Throughout the last 6,000 years we have
learned that sin causes humanity to be led
captive by a sin nature and then suffer
death. The only way men were able to
negate the power of sin was to come under some temporary blood sacrifice. Yet, blood
Written by M. Larry Perrino 11 3/14/2008
2002 by Rivkah Ministries Want to Provide Feedback? – Click http://www.rivkah.org/feedback.htm
These Bible Studies are presented free of charge to the public. If these Bible Studies feed you with
spiritual food, it would be a blessing for Rivkah Ministries to receive your tax-deductible donations. You
can send all contributions to: Rivkah Ministries; 445-C East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd #322; Colorado
Springs, CO 80906-4570 or you can go or click here-> http://www.rivkah.org/contribution.htm
The Blood of the Lamb!
What is so special about the blood?
sacrifices never changed men's hearts! However, the blood of Christ changed
everything because His blood has the power to set men free from sin and His Spirit
changes men's hearts. Jesus is the blood sacrifice for all humanity. He died upon the cross
in total innocence as the worthy Passover sacrifice. Just as the first-born Jewish sons were
passed over from the destruction of the death angel, likewise humans will be passed over
from the destruction of the second death when they accept and confess the blood of Jesus
over their lives!
“Christ our passover is sacrificed for us!” (1 Cor 5:7 )
Written by M. Larry Perrino 12 3/14/2008
2002 by Rivkah Ministries Want to Provide Feedback? – Click http://www.rivkah.org/feedback.htm