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  • Writer's pictureRev. Wayne Sanders

The Word, the Name, the Blood: Part Four

March 24, 2022

Leviticus 17:11

11 “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 your soul.”

“How much clearer could it be? The scripture says the life of the flesh is in the blood. The words 'atone' and 'atonement' mean to cover. In the Old Testament the blood of bulls and goats covered the people’s sin.

"Living Under a Better Covenant

"Let me give you an illustration.

"We have all seen the little red wagons that children play with. If you would take one of these wagons and fill it with dirt and decide you wanted the dirt hidden, you could cover the wagon and the dirt with a canvas.

"Using Old Testament terms, we could say the dirt was 'atoned.' But even though the dirt was covered, the reality is, it was still there.

"If the wind came along and blew the canvas off the wagon, the dirt (sin) would be exposed and would need to be covered again. It took works to cover the wagon and to keep it covered.”

"Under the new covenant, Jesus dumped the dirt out of the wagon and cleansed the wagon with His blood. No longer does the wagon need to be covered.

"The dirt is not there. The wagon is clean. Using New Testament terms, the wagon has been 'made righteous.' It is clean and cleansed and ready to be filled with the Holy Spirit."

Thank You, Father, for sending Jesus here to pay the price for our sins. You have redeemed us and called us by name so we could become sons and daughters. Blessing to You we pray in Jesus's name, Amen.  

Blessings on the journey, and remember that the best is yet to come.

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