The Voice of the Blood

Modern medicine has firmly established how important blood is in our ability to function and live.  Energy, in the form of sugars from food, as well as oxygen are all known to be vital to health.  Imbalances in the blood can cause significant problems, some of which may now be managed through diet or drugs.

When a part of the body is deprived of sufficient blood flow it can cause serious problems.  For virtually every part of the body that is living (certain things such as fingernails and hair may be exempt from this category) requires adequate blood supply.

We might as well say, “the life is in the blood”, which is exactly what Leviticus 17:11 says, which, incidentally, was written about 3,000 years ago, long before medicine had established this simple fact.

While blood is essential to life, and, in fact, could be said “is life”, it may actually have more capability than we have imagined.  For blood speaks and has a voice.  Perhaps, not in a language we understand, or audible voice, but it does speak or cry out as explained in Genesis 4:10 when God confronted Cain for killing his brother Abel.

And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

The blood of Abel was crying out to God.  Of course, the obvious question would be ‘what’ was it crying out?  From the exchange between God and Cain this question can be answered with some certainty – it was crying out for vengeance.  Vengeance for murder.  Vengeance for taking another life so carelessly.

Since that day, until the time of Christ much blood has been spilled.  Some during war, and others in murder, and still others as part of the justice system.  But, regardless of the number or the rightness or wrongness of the cause, we can rightly assume all blood has a voice and this voice can be heard by God.

But, Christ shed His blood on the cross.  His blood no doubt covered the cross and spilled to the ground.  What did His blood say?

We might think it would cry out for vengeance.  Vengeance for an unjust trial and execution.  Vengeance for murdering an innocent man.  Vengeance for not believing His message.

Did His blood cry out as Abel’s did?

I think it did.  But, it didn’t cry for vengeance or retribution or out of anger or destruction.  No, I think it cried out for one thing, and one thing only – forgiveness.

How can we know this?

Well, one way we can know this is because Jesus said from the cross, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.”

But, wouldn’t God be angry at those who mistreated His Son.  I think the answer might be, Yes.  However, we are forgetting that since Jesus proclaimed, “It is finished!”, there is now a mediator between God and man.  Someone who can intercede on our behalf.  Someone who can argue our case.  Someone who can change the course of human kind, and divert them from an attitude of destruction, pride, arrogance, and violence, to one of peace, harmony, and freedom.

So, while God the Father may have been angry, God the Son, made intercession and reconciliation.

So, what does the voice of the blood say?

The blood says, “I have forgiven you, go in peace”…….

One Response to “The Voice of the Blood”

  1. Bea McGuire Says:

    Excellent blog. Good to be reminded of the “power” in the blood! I am thankful today for His blood! blessings….

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