Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 9, 2014

“without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers 35:16-34.  Here is a link to this Scripture –  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+35&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“16 ‘But if he struck him down with an iron object, so that he died, he is a murderer;  the murderer shall surely be put to death.  17 If he struck him down with a stone in the hand, by which he will die, and as a result he died, he is a murderer;  the murderer shall surely be put to death.  18 Or if he struck him with a wooden object in the hand, by which he might die, and as a result he died, he is a murderer;  the murderer shall surely be put to death.  …

22 ‘But if he pushed him suddenly without enmity, or threw something at him without lying in wait, 23 or with any deadly object of stone, and without seeing it dropped on him so that he died, while he was not his enemy nor seeking his injury, 24 then the congregation shall judge between the slayer and the blood avenger according to these ordinances.  …

33 So you shall not pollute the land in which you are; for blood pollutes the land and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.  34 You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell; for I the Lord am dwelling in the midst of the sons of Israel.’”  Numbers Chapter 35:  Verses 16-18 and 22-24 and 33-34.

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Justice is established by making just distinctions between crimes.  Here we see the distinction is between intentional murder and negligent manslaughter.

Capital punishment is not only allowed here for intentional murder.  It is mandated.

But, the focus of this devotion is the following language in verse 33:  “no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.”  In a discussion of one of the worst sins, murder, we are blessed to be led to thoughts of Christ.

Christ bore our sins and then shed His blood for expiation (defined as “the means by which atonement is made” by the Free Dictionary by Farlex http://www.thefreedictionary.com/expiation.)

“And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”  Hebrews 9:22

It would already been unfathomably gracious for God the Son, Jesus Christ, to bear all the suffering, most notably the cross, to save us, but the Thrice Holy God also had to bear our sins in order to save us.  Not any blood will do, only the blood “of him who shed it.”  Verse 33.

so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.”  Hebrews 9:28

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  2 Corinthians 5:21

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