BOOK EXTRACT – Chapter One
God Introduces the Blood
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
Genesis 3: 21
This verse of scriptures reveals to us, the first time that God introduced “The Blood” into His relationship with Man. Prior to this, God had given a commandment to Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of “the knowledge of good and evil”. However Eve gave in to the deception of the serpent. She ate from the tree, and gave also to Adam who ate from it of his own free will, disobeying the one law that God gave to them in the garden. This sin caused them to be separated from God, and subject to His wrath and judgment.
Man was created to be a partaker of divinity and to fellowship with God, but sin had placed a partition between him and God, and he no longer had the seed of God in him, but the seed of the devil, who is the enemy of God.
God, being a holy and righteous God, had no other choice than to pass judgment upon them for their disobedience. After that, He cast them out of the Garden of Eden – [which represents “divine presence and providence”]
Just before God cast Adam and Eve out of the Garden, He did something amazing. He demonstrated that, despite their sin, He still loved him, and that it was His will to continue to fellowship, and have an everlasting relationship with them.
“But God—so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favour and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).
Ephesians 2: 4-5 – [Amplified Bible]
God took an innocent animal and sacrificed it, using its skin – still dip in blood – to cover the sin of Adam and his wife, signifying that “the blood” is the only way to deal with sin and still have any form of relationship with Him! It was only a shadow of the true sacrifice which was to be revealed in Christ Jesus – 0ur Passover Lamb – at God’s own appointed time.
By initiating man into a “blood relationship” with Himself, God could cover and overlook man’s sin for a season.
Though the blood of an animal was not powerful enough to destroy or redeem man from sin, but it could pacify God’s wrath and delay God’s judgment upon those who served Him under the old law. Total redemption only comes through the blood of Jesus, who is the mediator of the New Testament – Hebrews 9: 15
This meant that there was no way Adam and Eve could approach God without “the blood sacrifice”. In other words, “no blood” means, “no access”. Adam and Eve had to take this new revelation on board and even teach it to their children!
Cain and Abel
“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel.
And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.
And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect.
And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
Genesis 4: 1-7
Cain and Abel must have watched their parents offer yearly sacrifices to God, while growing up as kids, and would have been taught the significance and importance of those sacrifices.
We are told in the above verses of scripture that Abel offered a sheep as sacrifice to God while Cain offered of the fruits of the earth from which he tilled.
However, God accepted Abel’s offering, but not that of Cain’s. The difference between the two sacrifices is that Abel’s sacrifice involved “the shedding of blood”, while Cain’s did not, which is the reason God accepted Abel’s offering but rejected Cain’s.
Cain was not happy with God’s decision, and God had to explain to him that if he had done the right thing – “offer a blood sacrifice” – He would have accepted his offering too. Cain tried to worship God without “the blood”, and God had no choice but to reject it.
The contrast between both sacrifices was “the blood”. The blood took care of Abel’s sin and gave him an audience with God, but there was no covering for the sins of Cain because he rejected the blood. God is a holy and righteous, who cannot behold iniquity. It is the blood that sanctifies and makes our offering/sacrifice holy unto God. No man can have a relationship with God outside the blood!
God Makes A Covenant With Abraham and his Seed
In the Old Testament, God made covenants with faithful men such as;
- Noah – Genesis 9: 1-17
- Abraham – Genesis 15: 7-21, 17: 1-14
- David – 2 Samuel 7: 8-16
Of these three important covenants, only the covenant that God made with Abraham was sealed with the blood. This covenant involved the circumcision of all male children born into the house of Abraham.
“This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; every man child among you shall be circumcised.
And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.
He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
Genesis 17: 10-14
This covenant involved the “shedding of blood” through circumcision of the foreskin. This kind of covenant is so powerful and cannot be broken, without dire consequences. These terms are binding on both parties. It is very important that you understand what “the blood covenant” is all about because it is the basis of Christianity – life in Christ. The foundation of the church is built upon the power of the power of the blood