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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Blood Speaks on Our Behalf

Genesis 4 : 8 - 10, Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?" And He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground. NKJV
Did you know that blood has a voice that God is able to hear? I will give you two references today that prove it. The first deals with the blood of Abel, which cried out to God on Abel’s behalf. It was because of the blood’s voice that God knew Cain had taken his brother’s life. You might say that the blood of Abel told on his killer and brought Cain to justice before God.
Paul tells us in Romans 3: 23, ...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; we have all sinned; and sin, as in Cain’s situation, demands justice. We know that the wages of sin is death. Nevertheless, God didn’t hold our sin against us in a way as to “get even with us.” Rather, out of His infinite love and wisdom, God created a plan that would redeem us from the fall, so that we could receive mercy instead of justice.
Every person that has ever been born into the world is guilty before God as a transgressor of His Law. Even so, because of the love that He has for fallen man, God did not seek to destroy us. Instead of punishing mankind for our sinful acts, God’s wrath was appeased when He placed the penalty for our sins upon His Son, Jesus Christ. What a merciful and gracious God, that He would look beyond our faults and failures and love us even greater. There is no way to measure the depth of God’s love for sinners.
Because of God’s great love for us, He gave His only- begotten Son to die in our place. Not only did God “not destroy” us, but He took it a step further and allowed Jesus, His spotless Lamb, to suffer, bleed, and die in our place. No wonder it’s called Amazing Grace! As they nailed Jesus upon OUR cross, and His precious blood began to be spilled upon the ground, God heard the blood’s voice. Like Abel, the blood of Jesus began to speak. However, this time the blood wasn’t crying out for justice; it was pleading for mercy on our behalf. We know that God not only heard the voice of Jesus’ blood, but He responded to it and tore the veil of the temple from the top to the bottom. The torn veil signified that the way was made for us to enter into the presence of God. No more would the blood of bulls, goats, and lambs be required. We would no longer need a priest to go before God on our behalf because Jesus’ blood said it all, and it paid it ALL! Before I leave you, I want to share with you the second passage of scripture about the voice of blood, and how God can hear it when it speaks.
Hebrews 12 : 22 - 24, But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. NKJV
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus,
Pastor Asa Dockery

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