I Peter 1:18-19 (KJV) “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”
There are many people who faint at the sight of blood! I am not repulsed by the sight of blood, well not if it is someone else’s blood! I admit I am bothered at the sight of my own blood – especially when it is a result of “bleeding out!” I don’t watch when nurses or medical technicians draw blood with a needle. It’s not the sight of the needle – it’s the sight of my blood.
There is a good reason why many do not like to look at blood. It is because it represents the loss of the “life force” that is within us. Humans can live for an average of 3 – 4 days without water, some have lived up 60 days without food or nourishment, but no one can live without blood in their body.
Leviticus 17:11a (KJV) “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: …” (Emphasis Added).
Perhaps the fear experienced with the sight of blood is a residual phenomenon of the Original Sin with which each of us was born. When Adam and Eve sinned, as recorded in Genesis 3, the initial result was their recognition of being naked. Their attempt to cover themselves with fig leaves was not adequate; therefore, God made coats of animal skins to clothe them.
We must remember that God warned them to not eat the fruit of the forbidden tree, because the penalty of death would be placed upon them if they disobeyed. Because they had no prior experience with death, they did not have an intellectual, or physiological, fear of death. It appears they did not have a fear of death when they were first confronted by God after their disobedience. As far as they knew, everything was still the same, except they were ashamed of how they appeared to one another.
(Note: I am struck with the fact they were not ashamed of what they had done. BUT, they were afraid of facing God with the truth! Oh, if only that “fear” would become prevalent again! Perhaps it would point fallen mankind back to our rightful “shame” from which only God can deliver us!)
Hear the cry of our Savior as He addresses the Church of Laodicea…
Revelation 3:17-18 (KJV) “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see” (Emphasis Added).
BUT, mankind has evidenced a fear of death after God made the coats of skins for His rebellious children. Perhaps it is because God showed Adam and Eve what death looked like when He sacrificed the animals whose skins He used to clothe them. I can only wonder about the depth of fear that the sight of blood flowing out of the animals, and the consequent death, provoked in our first parents!
Since the time that God sacrificed the animals of His “choice” and provided suitable covering for Adam and Eve, He had evidenced the severity of sin and the penalty for it – DEATH!
Romans 5:12 (KJV) “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Emphasis Added).
Romans 6:23a (KJV) “For the wages of sin is death; …” (Emphasis Added).
With the first shedding of blood, God manifested His love for lost humanity! When He sacrificed the animals to provide proper coverings for His errant children, He manifested His promise of interceding on our behalf to redeem us from our lost condition. Mankind could not provide its own covering; therefore, God would do what we could not! BUT, it would require DEATH to give LIFE!
I believe that when God sacrificed the animals of His “choice,” to provide suitable covering for Adam and Eve, thereby hiding their nakedness, He experienced the prophetic reality of when He would sacrifice His Only Begotten Son on a “Tree” called the Cross of Calvary! Mankind’s fall took place at a “tree;” therefore, our redemption would require a sacrifice on a “tree.” Since the Lamb of God died upon a prominent hill called Mt. Calvary, it is reasonable to assume that the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” stood on a prominent hill. Nonetheless, the “remedy” for man’s condition of being lost would require the “shedding of blood.”
Hebrews 9:22 (KJV) “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission” (Emphasis Added).
God’s Promise to Intervene is clarified in the following Scripture…
Leviticus 17:11 (KJV) “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” (Emphasis Added).
When God sacrificed the animals of His “choice,” He probably placed them on an “altar;” thus, He signified the way the bloody sacrifices would be offered. He foretold what He would do by what He did, and would do, “I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls…” It is interesting that he spoke “have given” in the present perfect tense. The present perfect was used because the “giving of blood” which happened in the past continues to be true to the present!
Hebrews 13:8 (KJV)“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
“The Bible is a book of blood … wholly distinct from all other books for just one reason, namely, that it contains blood circulating through every page and in every verse. From Genesis to Revelation we see the stream of blood.” —M. R. DeHaan, Robert J. Morgan, Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations & Quotes, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers) 2000.
God is the “Eternal Balancer!” His justice is exact, excellent, and exquisite. While there is nothing hidden from His sight, He leaves nothing undone or imbalanced. He is a God of Redemption and Retribution! Sin’s result was death through the shedding of blood; therefore, sin’s remedy must come through the shedding of blood. Thus, Scripture speaks…
Romans 5:8-11 (KJV) “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement” (Emphasis Added).
Romans 6:23 (KJV) “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Emphasis Added).
The Bible is replete with “types and shadows” to lead us to a better understanding of God’s Lamb and His purpose. Considering this, it is not unreasonable to assume that God sacrificed the animals of His “choice” at, or near, the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.” It is certain that God sacrificed His “Chosen Lamb” on the “Tree of Calvary!”
“Everything about the death of Christ was bloody—the slapping of his face must have cut his face; the scourge ripped apart his back; the crown of thorns pierced his brow; blood from his hands and ankles spurted with every blow of the hammer; blood likely oozed from his nose and mouth as he writhed on the cross; blood and water gushed from his side when the lance tore him open. It was not a bloodless death. It was a death designed to paint the cross crimson.” —Author Unknown
“At the cross, at the cross,
Where I first saw the light,
And the burdens of my soul rolled away!
It was there by faith,
I received my sight.
And now, I am happy all-the-day!”