Thursday, October 28, 2021
16-17 Like a will that takes effect when someone dies, the new covenant was enacted at Jesus’ death. His death marked the transition from the old plan to the new one, canceling the old obligations and accompanying sins and summoning the heirs to receive the eternal inheritance promised them. He brought together God and his people in this new way.
18-22 Even the first plan required a death to set it in motion. After Moses had read out all the terms of the plan of the Law—God’s “will”—he took the blood of sacrificed animals and, in a solemn ritual, sprinkled the document and the people who were its beneficiaries. And then he attested its validity with the words, “This is the blood of the covenant commanded by God.” He did the same thing with the place of worship and its furniture. Moses said to the people, “This is the blood of the covenant God has established with you.” Practically everything in a will hinges on a death. That’s why blood, the evidence of death, is used so much in our tradition, especially regarding forgiveness of sins.
-Hebrews 9:16-22 The Message
Verse 16: For there is a covenant, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it.
Verse 17: A covenant is valid only when people are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives.
Verse 18: Therefore, even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood.
Verse 19: For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,
Verse 20: saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you.”
Verse 21: And in the same way, he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood.
Verse 22: And almost all things are cleansed with blood, according to the Law, and without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.
Verse 22 study: The reason why forgiveness requires the shedding of the blood is that Jesus shed his blood. He gave his life for our sins so we wouldn’t have to experience spiritual death and eternal separation from God like Jesus did when he was being crucified. Jesus is the source of life, not death. His life, the one he gave up to pay for the penalty for us to live. After shedding his blood for us, Christ rose from the dead and proclaimed victory over sin and death.
Father, thank you for the shedding of the blood. Jesus shed because he forgave our sins and gave his life up to ensure we didn’t have to pay for our sins. There is no more extraordinary generosity than what Jesus did. We should be grateful, thankful, and allow every day for a time of meditation and study for his excellent work. In Jesus’ name. Amen!