“And I will put enmity (open hostility) Between you and the woman, And between your seed (offspring) and her Seed; He shall [fatally] bruise your head, And you shall [only] bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15, TAB)
“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.” (Hebrews 12:22-24, NKJV)
For a destiny to fully manifest, The Almighty God must perform on behalf of that destiny—Job 23:14. The avenue of that performance is Jesus. Last week we looked at the name of Jesus and today, we shall be looking at the blood of Jesus.
All through the scriptures, you see the potency of the blood. This is why the Bible says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” (Leviticus 17:11, NKJV)
A wonderful attribute that you can never take away from God is His goodness and benevolence despite human depravity. For a better understanding of the this topic—the blood of Jesus, and in looking at our text, “…the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.” It is important that we look at the first man Adam and Eve and their children Cain and Abel.
When man flouted the instruction of the Almighty, sin entered into the world. Satan came to Adam’s wife, Eve, in the form of a serpent and deceived her. Adam also did what the Serpent told Eve to do thereby disobeying God.
The Bible says, “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.” (Genesis 3:7, NKJV)
It is interesting to see where our quest for advancement, the good life, pleasure, better things sometimes lead us. In our desire to know and have more we sometimes become slaves to that which we seek.
Some even compound their problem by attempting to cover up their misdeeds through the avenue of lies, deceit, fraud, etc—they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves covering. To what extent can fig leaves cover or last?
You have some choices to make when you are involved in a wrong deed. You can either Cover Up, Speed Up, Smart Up or True Up
“Food gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel [just as sin may be sweet at first, but later its consequences bring despair].” (Proverbs 20:17, TAB)
After Adam and Eve disobeyed God, a curse was pronounced—Genesis 3:14-19. Here comes the compassion of God. He could have left them with the fig leaves but the Bible says, “And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.” (Genesis 3:21, NLT)
Before clothing could be made from animal skin presupposes that an animal was killed, blood was shed, and blood touched the earth. By this singular action of God, he provided a way of escape from the curse. Therefore, God did not only provide a covering by killing the animal, he also provided a channel of redemption.
In the process of time, Adam and Even had two children Cain and Abel. The excitement of Eve at having children (seed) cannot be quantified. Cain was in the wrong profession at that time therefore he could not bring the fruit of a wrong profession and expect it to be acceptable to God. You cannot be involved in shady deeds and then say you are bringing such offering to God—It can never be accepted by God.
Cain became angry when God rejected his offering. The response of Cain to God’s reprimand was very shocking. He lured his brother away and killed him. You can actually call his response a sarcastic response, God you want blood, you will get blood.
After Cain murdered Abel, the Bible tell us that, “ The Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s [innocent] blood is crying out to Me from the ground [for justice].” (Genesis 4:10, TAB)
From this passage, you discover that the blood that will do anything tangible must have the following attributes and come from one man:
- It must have a voice
- It must be innocent
- It must be able to give justification-wipe away sin, redeem from curse and restore dominion.
The only blood that could do all these was the blood of Jesus. “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.” (Romans 5:18, NKJV)
The Power in the Blood
- Redemption For Acceptance and Acquittal
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” –Ephesians 1:7 (NKJV)
2. Boldness To Access and Ask
“Therefore, believers, since we have confidence and full freedom to enter the Holy Place [the place where God dwells] by [means of] the blood of Jesus.” –Hebrews 10:19 (TAB)
3. Healing from Ailment and Abuse
“Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” –Isaiah 53:4-5 (NKJV)
4. Pass Over from Attack and Affliction
“The blood shall be a sign for you on [the doorposts of] the houses where you live; when I see the blood I shall pass over you, and no affliction shall happen to you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.” –Exodus 12:13 (TAB)
- Overcoming By Adoption and Authority