28) He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29) Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?Hebrews 10:28-29 28.
Blood was one of those ordinary things that became extraordinarily important for rituals. People caught it in bowls, transported it to designated places, finger- sprinkled it on designated altars, smeared it, and poured it. What we do with covenant blood is a lot like these levitical routines but Christ is not a levitical priest, and we have found nither bowl nor altars nor mercy seat that is not literally the man Messiah Yeshua.
The blood of Christ was never a common or ordinary thing such as the roasted flesh, cakes, drink offerings, the gold, the silver, or grain were. No one gets to catch it in bowls, transport anywhere, finger- sprinkle, smear it, or pour it.
The Lamb’s preparation and the sprinkling of his blood has no precedent in Scripture. He is the priest. He is the sacrifice. He is the altar (thusiaterion) where atonement (propitiation or satisfaction) takes place and he is the peace that results from God’s intervention.
So what does one do with Christ’s blood? Accept its application. Material transfer of blood such as pouring and sprinkling makes no sense at all. Believers get a cleansing bath in it: to use an analogy from the scriptures which is unrelated to the Tabernacle we read about the fountain of blood opened for David’s house; a fountain where one wades out, dips or stands in the stream.
Who sprinkled me?
Here are four views of blood sprinkling which can help us free our minds of the blood miracle fan syndrome. (1) sprinkling was the cleansing routine (Heb 9:13) , (2) the passover was a practical sprinkling that saved lives (Heb. 11:28), (3) Yeshua’s covenant blood involves sprinkling (Heb. 12:24) and (4) Peter (1:1:2) assures us that our election and sanctification are intended to bring us to obedience and blood sprinkling.
Hebrews 9:13, flesh vs concience
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, santifies to the purifying of the flesh:
Hebrews 11:28, doorpost smearing
Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
Hebrews 12:24, vindicate vs condemn
And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel.
1 Peter 1:2, start vs success
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
No red stuff – blood represents life
- Christ’s laid his life down = death = blood shed
- Christ’s gives us life = Holy Spirit
We can be sure that Christ was never in a two-apartment structure sprinkling or pouring his blood onto holy surfaces. He is not a priest like that. Christ is not handling blood. Blood represents life lost and life shared. The death of Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit are the only personal lifelines we know. If we cannot accept that blood and all those things in the tabernacle are symbols and that Christ himself replaces all of them we are drifting away from the lifeboat. We have floated so far away from reality that these Jewish images are deemed to exceed the Lord’s glory. His significance exceeds anything that is in heaven. His blood is strictly treatment for sin. Any other idea is of demonic origin.
We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.Hebrews 13:10
O LORD our Lord, how excellent [is] thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.Ps. 8:1