This week on repentance is about bloodshed. Bloodshed that sins against God.
Hate towards a brother.
As I was meditating on the theme, other things came to mind.
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. – James 4:17
Wow. So powerful! The blood of the innocent is on your hands if you know the good that you ought to do but you didn’t do it.
For example, the blood of the Jews would have been on a Esther if she had not acted against Haman.
A judge will have blood on his hands if he pardons a convict and punished another for the same crime.
Life is important. There is life in the blood. Blood has significance, and shouldn’t be taken lightly, for God doesn’t take it lightly.
The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. – Exodus 12:13
Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. – Hebrews 9:22
Hebrews 9:22 is so significant to me. With blood, us humans are forgiven. Humans have blood, but angels don’t have blood. Jesus came in human form, to redeem humans, which are made in the image of God. As such, angels have no redemption plan if they sin. If Jesus came as a sheep for example, I think only sheep-kind gets to go to heaven.
I hope the above hypothesis is accurate. Nevertheless the work on the cross is finished. We just have to believe!
…because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. – Romans 10.