Passover is an amazing story that reveals the power of sacrificial blood for the atonement of sins! In Egypt, the Passover blood saved the lives of the first born who were under its protection inside the house. The Passover blood in Egypt also pictured the final blood that would atone for the sins of spiritually dead souls. The final blood atonement must be applied to an individual’s sins. Otherwise, it is not beneficial for them. Passover is observed by the Jews every year. The following story gives the account of one Jewish man who sought more meaning in the Passover!
Exodus 12:21-28 “Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. 22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. 23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. 24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever. 25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service. 26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? 27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped. 28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.”
The following story from the tract, “A Search for Atoning Blood” has a Copyright © 1997 – 2015 by Hope of Israel Baptist Mission!
In Search Of A Blood Atonement! One spring evening, many years ago, an old Jewish gentleman gave the following personal account to a meeting of fellow Hebrews.
“This is Passover week among you, my Jewish brethren, and as I sit here, I was thinking how you will be observing it. You will have to put away all leaven from your houses; you will eat the Matzoth (unleavened wafers) and the roasted Lamb. You will attend the synagogue and carry out the ritual and direction of the Talmud; but you forget, my brethren, that you have everything but that which Jehovah required first of all. He did not say,’ When I see the leaven put away, or when I see you eat the Matzoth or the Lamb or go to synagogue,’ but His Word was, ‘When I see the Blood I will pass over you.’ Ah, my brethren, you cannot substitute anything for this. You must have blood, Blood, Blood.”
As he reiterated this word with ever increasing emphasis, his black eyes flashed warningly, and his Jewish hearers trembled before him. “Blood!” It is an awful word, for one who reveres the ancient oracles, and yet has no sacrifice. Turn where he will in the Book, the blood meets him; but let him seek where he may, he cannot find it in the Judaism of the present.
After a moment’s pause, the old man went on somewhat as follows: “I was born in Palestine, nearly seventy years ago. As a child I was taught to read the law, the Psalms, and the prophets. I attended the synagogue and learned what I was told, that ours was the true and only religion. But, as I grew older and studied the law more intently, I was struck by the place the blood had in all the ceremonies outlined there and equally struck by its utter absence in the ritual in which I was brought up. Again and again, I read Exodus 12 and Leviticus 16 and 17. The latter chapters especially made me tremble, as I thought of the great day of atonement and the place the great day of atonement and the blood had there. Day and night, one verse would ring in my ears: ‘It is the blood that maketh atonement for the soul.’ I knew I had broken the law. I needed atonement. Year after year, on that day, I beat my breast as I confessed my need of it; but it was to be made by blood, and there was no Blood! In my distress I at last opened my heart to a learned and venerable rabbi. He told me that God was angry with His people, the temple was destroyed, and a Mohammedan mosque was reared up in its place. The only spot on this earth where we dare shed the blood of sacrifice, in accordance with Deuteronomy 12 and Leviticus 17, was desecrated and our nation scattered. That was why there was no blood. God had Himself closed the way to carry out the solemn service of the great Day of Atonement. Now we must turn to the Talmud, and rest on its instructions, and trust in the mercy of God and the merits of the fathers.
I tried to be satisfied but could not. Something seemed to say that the law was unaltered, even though our temple was destroyed. Nothing else but the blood could atone for the soul. We dare not shed blood for atonement elsewhere than in the place the Lord had chosen. Then we were left without atonement at all. The thought filled me with horror. In my distress, I consulted many other rabbis. I had but one great question, ‘Where can I find the blood of atonement?’
I was over thirty years of age when I left Palestine and came to Constantinople, with my still unanswered question ever before my mind, and my soul exceedingly troubled about my sins.
One night, I was walking down one of the narrow streets of that city, when I saw a sign telling of a meeting for Jews. Curiosity led me to open the door and go in. Just as I took a seat, I heard a man say: ‘The Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.’ It was my first introduction to Christianity. But, I listened breathlessly as the speaker told how God had declared that ‘Without shedding of blood is no remission’. But, He had given His only begotten Son, the Lamb of God, to die. All who trusted in His Blood were forgiven all their iniquities. This was the Messiah of the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah; this was the Suffering Servant of Psalm 22. Ah, my brethren, I had found the blood atonement at last. I trusted it, and now I love to read the New Testament and see how all the shadows of the law are fulfilled in Jesus. His Blood has been shed for sinners. It has satisfied God, and it is the only means of salvation for either Jew or Gentile.”
Reader, have you yet found the Blood of atonement? Are you trusting in God’s smitten Lamb?
IT IS WRITTEN ABOUT THE BLOOD ATONEMENT IN GOD’S WORD:
Exodus 12:13 “When I see the Blood, I will pass over you.”
Leviticus 17:11 “It is the Blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”
1 John 1:7 “The Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
Colossians l:14 “We have redemption through His Blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
Hebrews 11:24-28 “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.”
1 Corinthians 5:7-8 “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
Hebrews 10:4-10 “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5 Wherefore when he [Jesus] cometh into the world, he [Jesus] saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me [Jesus] : 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. 7 Then said I, [Jesus] Lo, I [Jesus] come (in the volume of the book it is written of me [Jesus],) to do thy will, O God. 8 Above when he [Jesus] said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he [Jesus], Lo, I [Jesus] come to do thy will, O God. He [Jesus] taketh away the first, that he [Jesus] may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
The blood of Jesus is the only thing that can atone for the sins of a person forever. The atoning blood of Jesus can be applied to your sins by repenting of your sins and believing on the work that Jesus accomplished by His death, burial and resurrection. The blood of animals never paid for sins. Animal sacrifices were only a figure of the final blood atonement for sins, completed forever, by Jesus when He shed His blood. Call on Jesus in a sinner’s prayer and trust in His blood for final and full atonement. Let us know if you make this decision to trust in Jesus to atone for all of your sins.
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