The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (Genesis 3:21)
Some of you squeamish types may not like today’s subject. I’m not one to relish the thought of blood, let along seeing it either. But if we’re going to investigate Jesus’ ancestry, we’re going to have to square our shoulders and face reality.
Blood is the essence of life. God doesn’t take the shedding of blood, whether it be human or animal, lightly. Yet, He loved humans more than any other creature. Therefore, after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, God clothed them in coats made of skin, which implies that He killed an animal for its hide, setting in place the requirement of an animal sacrifice to cover sin. This is the first foreshadowing of Christ’s sacrifice found in the Bible. Although the Bible doesn’t mention the type of animal, most theologians assume that it was a sheep since that is the animal God specifies when He gave Moses the laws for His people.
The writer of Hebrews understood the necessity of the shedding of blood and wrote, “In fact under the Law almost everything is cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness [neither release from sin and its guilt, nor cancellation of the merited punishment]” (Hebrews 9:22 AMP).
Blood sacrifice seems harsh and gruesome to many of us. But God wants us to understand the harshness of our sins. So He set the requirement from the beginning, which remained part of the Hebrew law until the time came for Jesus to fulfill the law.
Jesus was the Lamb of God sent to shed His blood for the remission of my sin and yours. He paid the price, which we could not pay for ourselves.
Blood is the essence of life. And through the blood of the Lamb, we find eternal life.
Howa about you? What reminds you of Jesus that begins with the letter B?
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks