Leviticus 17:11 NIV 2011
For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.
The book of Leviticus, authored by Moses, is packed full of instructions from God concerning holy living. It was written to instruct God’s people. Genesis 9:4, “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.” Pagans of the day believed they could increase their “life-force” by consuming the life in the blood. God placed restrictions on eating life that is contained within the blood. In verse 14 God makes this statement twice, “the life of every creature is its blood.” The lamb’s blood atoned/covered sin pointing to Jesus sacrificial blood shed on the cross. Hebrews 9:22, “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” The blood of Jesus Christ saves sinners.
Listening to the BSF lecture on Thursday morning, the STL read Matthew 20:28, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Jesus bought me out of sin. With deep emotion, she finished strong. Her final question, “What has He done for you/me?” Holding the cross around my neck, it’s my daily reminder He took my punishment. Jesus paid the ransom and saves all sinners who follow Him.
How do others know we belong to Him?