Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. Hebrews 9:15-22
The idea of blood sacrifices does not sit well with modern sensibilities. Today we tent to place modern sensibilities on the past. We tend to feel that if people do not talk and act as we do today than there must have been something wrong with them. So we want to censor Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and either try and ignore or dispute event in the Bible that offend our delicate sensibilities. Certainly we would not use the same language that Mark Twain used in writing Huck Fin or Tom Sawyer today but part of understanding how our culture was then and how we got to where we are today is learning the attitudes held in our past.
The Bible though is a bit different. When we put ourselves in a position to dictate what God thinks or how God acts we are trying to do the impossible. How can we with our finite minds possibly hope to understand the mind of God? The short answer is we cannot. Another thing we too often forget is that God is communicating to us ideas that need to be understandable by people of all ages. Human language and human minds cannot fully comprehend the glory that is God and His plan for us.
We are in a state of rebellion against God and because of our rebellion we should all suffer eternal separation from God. In fact, except for God’s love, we all deserve to die and cease to exist. But God created Humans with a finite side and an infinite spirit. We are meant for eternity. Because God loves us He provided a way back to Him. But God is also just so a sacrifice had to be made to pay the price of our sins. The old way, the sacrifice of animals, was only a temporary measure that needs to be repeated and only covered past sins. God’s plan would be permanent and cover past and future sins.
Blood still needed to be shed as payment for our sins but rather than our own blood He chose to shed the blood of His own Son. In doing this God provided a way back to Him for all that would accept this payment. Cruel? I guess so but how much crueler would it be to make each of us pay the price for our sins? Although that would be the justice we deserve. God’s love overcame our sins and all we need do is accept a gift. But because some just cannot get over how God did what he did they refuse to accept salvation. It seems to me they think they know better than God.
Have a blessed day,