Our Bible Study teacher was comparing old Testament blood to the Blood of Jesus who was slain for the sins of the world. I took notes and present an edited lesson here for you.
Because Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, they realized they were naked. Right from the beginning it became necessary for God to shed the blood of an innocent animal to make them coats of skins. Genesis 3:21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.
They were forced to leave the Garden of Eden and labor for their food. Some time later their two sons had a disagreement regarding a sacrifice to God, and Cain slew his brother. God came and talked with Cain telling him that the blood of Abel cried out from the ground and revealed his sin of murder.
God said, Genesis 4:10 "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the ground. Abel's blood cried out, “Vengeance! Vengeance!” after his brother Cain murdered him. (Genesis 4:8–11) But Jesus' blood cries out forgiveness for our sins.
At God’s instructions Noah built an ark to save his family from a flood that was soon to happen. God told him that the animals would come two by two, male and female into the ark, except for the clean animals which would be in pairs of seven. These would be needed to begin their flocks and herds. When the waters abated and they were able to leave the ark, Noah took of the clean animals and made a sacrifice unto the Lord.
Genesis 8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
As God delivered the Children of Israel from
the last plague required blood to protect the first born children from the
death angel. Exodus
12:7 They were to take some of the blood
and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat
the lamb. Egypt
They were to eat the flesh of the roasted lamb and not eat it raw. They were forbidden to drink the blood. What remained was to be burnt by fire.
This was a lot of blood shed that night, as there were two million people with each family making a sacrifice of a lamb.
God said, “When your son’s ask why we celebrate the Pass Over, tell them how God released them from bondage and this is a reminder of His love. This was very significant as it pointed to Jesus and His final celebration of the Passover with His disciples.
There was a change and a shift in time: The life before and a new life because of Jesus. The blood of Jesus was shed once and for all.
We are under a Blood Covenant as the Blood of Jesus has brought us forgiveness, salvation and freedom from our old life. Now we are new creations in Him.
God gave Moses instructions how to make the sacrifices in the Tent Tabernacle. The animal was slain, and blood placed on the horns of the alter. Blood was then poured on the bottom of the alter, and the body of the bullock was burnt outside the camp.
This was all of spiritual significance pointing to the cross of Jesus. Where He was slain outside the city on
Calvary’s Mountain. Isaiah 53:10 It
pleased God to bruise him and put him to grief, and make his soul an offering
for sin as he bore the sins of the world.
The Children of Israel were forbidden to worship false gods and idols. God told them, that those in the land before them had committed revolting abominations.
Leviticus 18:21-23 Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord. Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable. Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.
Revelation 6:9-10 says the blood of Believers who were slain for their testimony cries out. Oh Lord, How long will you wait to avenge? These who gave up their lives for the Gospel sake were given white robes washed in the blood of the Lamb and came clean white as snow.
The Blood of Jesus continues to cry out, "Come onto me and I will cleanse all your sins away."