Any man from the house of Israel or from the foreigners who reside in their midst who eats any blood, I will set my face against that person who eats the blood, and I will cut him off from the midst of his people, for the life of every living thing is in the blood. So I myself have assigned it to you on the altar to make atonement for your lives, for the blood makes atonement by means of the life.
Leviticus 17:10-11 NET
The Israelites needed direction in many matters. One was in dealing with the blood of animals and sacrifices.
God wanted them to know that life is in the blood and the shedding of the blood signifies that animal giving their life for those who will eat it.
This foreshadowed what Jesus would do when He died. His blood was shed to atone for our sins.
Life, eternal life, was in His blood. And all who accept Him as their Lord and Savior are saved.
The thing is that sacrifice is messy. Blood and guts and all of that. The Israelites were reminded of the life that was ended so that they could have their sins atoned for and also have sustenance.
We are far removed from seeing that. We go to the grocery store and get a nice clean piece of meat.
We don’t look into the eyes of the animal being killed. We don’t see the blood splatter. We don’t see all the guts and bones and all of that, that has to be dealt with.
So when we think of Jesus’ sacrifice, we see a man on the cross, but no real blood or anything else. We don’t understand the true price that was paid.
We don’t see the last breath, the blood. We don’t hear the quiet as everyone waits for the end.
A great price was paid for you. It was messy. Jesus gave it all. Don’t take it for granted!
His death is why you can live!
Father, with everything in the world, everything that takes my attention, it is easy to focus on circumstances that don’t matter much. Help me to always remember the price that was paid so that I could freely come to You.