In the Garden of Eden when Adam ate of that tree something happened to his blood – it became corrupted and human blood is corruptible. How do we know it is corruptible? Soon after death what happens? Decay sets in and where does it begin? It begins in the blood. How do we know? Well easy, when meat is killed, it has to be drained of its blood, otherwise it is just useless, you cannot eat it.
That is why the embalmers put the embalming fluid where? “In the blood.” It is the blood which decays and deteriorates quicker than anything else. Turn with me back to Psalm 16 and follow this through. In Psalm 16 we learn an interesting thing. Verse 10: “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; (this is referring to Christ, this is one of the Messianic Psalms) neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One (that tells us who it is) to see corruption.”
Neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. The body of Jesus, what happened to it at the crucifixion? It lay in the tomb three days and three nights and yet it didn’t corrupt. It didn’t decay. Remember with Lazarus, four days he was dead and they said “he stinketh.” Christ’s body didn’t have a terrible odor, it didn’t corrupt, and it didn’t decay.
Here is something that I think is absolutely astonishing. You think about this. Because Christ was sinless, and His Blood was incorruptible, the soldiers couldn’t put Him to death! You think about that – they could not put Him to death! The Bible teaches this clearly. Why couldn’t they put Him to death? Because the life is in the blood! And Christ’s blood is incorruptible.
That is, Christ is immortal. Are you with me? The life is in the blood, the blood is incorruptible, and therefore the life is incorruptible. Does the Bible teach us this? Yes, it does. Turn over to John. Christ was an immortal being. Those soldiers could have stuck as many
of the spears as they had liked and they couldn’t kill him. John 10.
We tend to forget this, we think of Christ being whipped and scourged and let us never underestimate the suffering He went through, heaven forbid! But that suffering did not kill Him, the pain of the Cross did not kill Him, men could never have killed my Lord and Saviour. John 10:14, and this is the Lord himself speaking: “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. (15) As the Father knoweth me, even so know I that Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. (Note what he says “I lay down my life for the sheep”) (16) And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. (17) Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, (why?) that I might take it again. (18) No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. (Now you couldn’t get a clearer verse than that! Christ decided when to lay down His life (die) and when to take it up (resurrection) I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
It is almost as if He is saying here – I am going to give you the news and I am going to give it to you again – This commandment have I received of my Father.
You see the soldiers couldn’t put Jesus to death because He was immortal. Christ chose to die on the Cross, why did He do that? So that the sins of the world could be placed on Him, (on His body) and He arose by His own power afterwards – why? Simply because death had absolutely no claim on Him, except of course the claim of other people’s sin and when that was paid for, Jesus Christ arose.
Let us get back to the Blood for a moment for the concluding part of this study. I think we are now getting to some really interesting things.
Turn right back to the Book of Exodus. You think that blood is important and it is; it is bad if you run short of it, if you are anemic and so on, but it is far more important than that. Exodus 12:1: “And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, (2) This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. (3) Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for a house: (4) And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls, every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
(5) Your lamb shall be without blemish, (it is not just anybody’s lamb, “it’s your lamb”) a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: (6) And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. (7) And they shall take of the blood, (note “the blood”) and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper doorpost of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.”
So you know the story, you had to put the blood on the lintel. Look at verse 12 and in this verse we find the reason: “For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.”
Verse 13 is the “key” verse: “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are; and when I see the blood, (put a ring around the word “see,” you will understand why in a moment because it is very important) I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.”
Blood was the key, what was God looking for? God was looking for the blood. After Moses and the Jews fled from Egypt and wandered in the wilderness, where did God take them to? He took them to Mt. Sinai and what did He do? He gave Moses the Ten Commandments on the two tablets of stone. But was that all God gave to them? No, it was not.
God gave them all the plans and specifications and measurements for the Tabernacle, He gave all the instructions for making the Ark of the Covenant.
We often tend to think of things in Exodus and Leviticus and Numbers as being as dull as dishwater, well they are not. This Ark of the Covenant was an oblong box, it was made of acacia wood and it was overlaid with gold. In this box, together with a little pot of manna and the rod of Aaron, was kept the Law of God – the Ten Commandments, which really demanded the death of all the Israelites!!! The Ten Commandments demand the death of every guilty sinner – which is you and me!!!
Why did it demand their death? Because you remember the story; Even before Moses had got down from the mountain the children of Israel had broken just about every rule God gave them – they had done all sorts of things. They had melted down all their jewelry and made themselves a golden calf and – you name it, they did it! Now listen carefully – God had made a provision whereby the guilty ones could be spared from death and the penalty of the Law.
God gave Moses the Law, and of course there is more than just the Ten Commandments, there are a lot of other rules. And He gave them a way whereby they could be spared and this provision was a thing called, “The Mercy Seat,” which rested on the top of the Ark.
Now here is this box and the “Mercy Seat” rests on the top of the Ark that contains the Law of God.
Turn with me, and this is exciting, to Exodus 25:10 – we will look at the Ark first. This is the instruction which the Lord gave to Moses – these instructions start at verse 1, but we are Imagesly concerned with the passage from verse 10, “And they shall make an ark of
shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. (11) And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold around about.”
So here is a box, around about three foot nine inches by about two foot three inches – we are still in the old feet and inches, that is the box, the Ark of the Covenant. Look at verse 17,“And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. (18) And thou shalt make two cherubim of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat (there is one at each end).
(19) And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubim on the two ends thereof. (20) And the cherubim shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be.
(21) And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.
(22) And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from (where?) above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.”
Do you get the picture? Here is this ark, this box and on the top of it is a golden seat with a couple of cherubim – one at each end and when God comes down, He comes down from above. Now listen very carefully, this is not boring, it is astounding if we concentrate on
The Mercy Seat was of no use until the High Priest had taken some blood from the altar and he sprinkled it on the top of the Mercy Seat which was over the Ark. And then what happened? When Jehovah God came down upon the Ark in this cloud of glory which we call the Shekinah Glory – what happened?
God didn’t see the commandments, the Law that was inside the box, why not? Because on top of the box (or the Ark) was the Mercy Seat and on the Mercy Seat was the blood sprinkled. So what did God see? He saw the blood! And when He saw the blood, as far as God was concerned, that’s the way He works, the Law was satisfied and God was satisfied, so instead of bringing the penalty of the Law, He now brought the blessing of the blood.
For He had said – remember we have just read it – “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” There is only one escape, and that was to have this blood on the Mercy Seat. Take away the blood and death followed.
God emphasizes this principle of not seeing the Law inside the Ark, seeing only the blood on the Mercy Seat with an incredible story in the Bible. I don’t want you to look it up now, but it is in 1 Samuel chapter 5 and chapter 6. What I am going to do, I am going to give
you the setting of this story and I will summarize it for you.
In this story, Israel has gone forth to battle the Philistines. They decided to take the Ark, and its contents, with the blood covered Mercy Seat on the top of it, into battle – they were hoping it would bring them victory, in a superstitious sort of way. Now God had not
said that that would be the case, because this was not what the Ark with the Mercy Seat was for.
Instead of victory, Israel was defeated, and then what happened? The Ark of the Covenant and the Mercy Seat were actually captured by the Philistines; the Ark was then set up in the pagan horror of the House of Dagon, Dagon who was their `fish god’. Do you know the MITRE hat that the Catholic Pope wears? It looks like a fish’s open mouth – that comes from Dagon, the fish god. Pope Benedict XVI with his “fish head” on!
So here was this temple of the “fish god,” and the Philistines took in the Israelite’s Ark and set it up in there! and probably thought: “Ah, ha, we now have got one over the Jews.” But what happened? The next morning they go out to the temple and there is poor old Dagon, he has fallen over, he is on the floor.
So they pick him up, dust him off, stand him up, and they go to bed that night and the next morning they come to the temple and the statue of Dagon is on the floor again, but this time he was smashed in pieces. Not only that, but I have to laugh at this – God has got the most incredible sense of humor – not only did the fish god Dagon get broken, but two things happened, these people suffered an epidemic of piles – piles!
The Bible calls them “emerods” and hemorrhoids comes from this word. Now you can laugh about piles until you have got them. They can be very painful things because in this passage, it even talks about “in their secret parts.”
So these people have got an epidemic of piles, and if they get infected, they are in real trouble. But that is only half of the matter. God also sends a shocking plague of mice. So they have a plague of mice which just about drives them crazy, and they are running around chasing them with their painful piles.
What happens? The priests blame it all on the Ark of the Covenant. Now there is a climax coming to this story, they suggest that they get rid of the Ark and send it back to Israel, which they do.
And so the Ark arrives back in Israel to a city known as Beth shemesh, it is installed on a brand new cart drawn by two oxen to the delight of all the Israeli’s, who gloriously rejoice. Just imagine the scene: Dagon, the Philistine god has been broken to bits, the Philistines are running around chasing the mice while in great physical distress through their piles, and the Jews are in high spirits.
But this is the sad part – some conscientious Jews who were probably very devout men were deeply concerned about the safety of the Ark and its contents. They were concerned about what these Philistines might have done to the things that were within the Ark.
So what did they do? They lifted the golden Mercy Seat from off the Ark in which lay the Law of God, and for just an instant, the blood was removed from over the Law and God looked down upon the Law without the protecting cover of the blood.
Let’s see what happens – turn to 1 Samuel 6:19: “And He (that’s God) smote the men of Beth-shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the Lord, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and three score and ten men: and the people lamented because the Lord had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter. (20) And the men of Beth-shemesh said, Who is able to stand before this holy Lord God? and to whom shall he go up from us?”
Fifty thousand and seventy men wiped out! Now let us ask a question. Why was this story, this true story (or this record) given? I believe it is simply given to emphasize Hebrews 9:22 which says: “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission.” Over fifty thousand men were slain by the wrath of God. Why? Because they looked in on the Ark and so did God, and for a moment the Law was without the covering of blood.
I would like to close this message with something which is a slight digression, when did the high priest put the blood on the Mercy Seat? When did he do it? He applied the blood with very special instructions from God every year on a special day called, “The Day of Atonement.” The high priest would take the fresh blood of bulls, goats and lambs and so on, and of course, he had to repeat this year after year after year.
Why? Because the blood of these sacrificed animals was corruptible blood and it gradually decayed and was soon gone. By the end of the year there would not have been much blood left there. But the Blood which was shed on Calvary was imperishable blood.
Now it is incorruptible, we learned that earlier from 1Peter 1:19. Here is a staggering thought, and I believe this is a Bible “bombshell” if ever there was one! It is incorruptible – that means that every drop of Blood that ever flowed in the body of the Lord Jesus Christ is still in existence today.
Just as fresh as the time that it flowed from His brow when they put those thorn around his head, or from his hands or from his feet when they nailed him, or from his side when they speared him or those great drops of blood which he sweated in the Garden of Gethsemane or which came from his back when they scourged him. It was never destroyed and it never decayed.
Here are a few thoughts about what happened to that incorruptible Blood. Not dogmatic assertions or doctrinal absolutes.
Some Biblical scholars are sure that the Blood was presented in Heaven by the Lord Jesus Christ, after He was resurrected. As High Priest He is seen as offering it in the Heavenly Tabernacle before the Holy Father; The Bible tells us that flesh and blood will not inherit the Kingdom (1 Cor. 15:50); but only the flesh will put on immortality, flesh and bones, but no blood (Luke 24:39; 1 Cor. 15:39). Therefore, Christ as first-fruit of the resurrection (Romans 8:11) would not have blood within His resurrected body. Could it be that Christ did not take the Blood into Heaven with Him? If so, the Blood still exists there even to this day. If so, how and when it was taken is not revealed.
This quote from the respected Biblical scholar of other days, G.H. Pember. M.A., is worthy of note:
“This He (Christ) came into the world to do by the sacrifice of Himself: and now, having given us instructions as to our conduct during His absence, and many exhortations to be ever watching for His return, He has departed with the blood into the heavenly Holy of Holies, there to appear in the presence of God for us. This done, He will come to earth a second time…” (Earth’s Earliest Ages, Pember, p.55).
Remember when Christ was speared in His side, and water and blood rushed out? If that Blood went into the ground, did it positionally take away the curse that came upon the ground through the slaying of Abel, at Cain’s hand? (Genesis 4:1-13). We know that Jesus Christ has won back the earth from the usurper, Satan, by His death on the Cross. Could it be that the Blood shed at Calvary, falling into the ground, repealed the curse on the ground – positionally? Legally binding until Christ, as rightful owner, comes in His Second Advent to open the title deed – and act as Potentate and Owner/Ruler? The scroll (or book) is that Title Deed! (Revelation 6 & 7).
Turn with me to Hebrews 9:22: “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. (20) It was therefore necessary that (and here is an interesting thing) the patterns of things in the heavens (i.e., the earthly tabernacle, the pattern of which came from the heavens) should be purified with these; (what? With the blood of beasts) but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. (That was the sinless Blood of Christ) (24) For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, (down here on earth, the Tabernacle) which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, (what for?) now to appear in the presence of God for us.
(25) Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others,
(26) For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. (27) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
Now you see what is being said here in Hebrews 9:22-26? After Christ had sacrificed himself (on Calvary – and He did it – the soldiers did not take His life) what did He do? He descended to hell. Sin was “put away” – it wasn’t just covered!
Then what did he do? He ascended into Heaven. And here is another thought – think about this – the priest in the earthly tabernacle, if you read about this in Exodus and Leviticus and Numbers, he never said a word. All he did was go in there and present the blood – that was enough.
Now in my thoughts and your thoughts – what do you see as far as Christ is concerned? Maybe in Heaven; The Bible doesn’t tell us but we do know that it talks about the “patterns of things in the heavens.”
So the Tabernacle down on earth is a pattern of something in heaven. Incidentally, this earthly tabernacle had an altar and it had a table and it had a candlestick and it had an ark. There was no chair – why not? Because the work of the earthly priest who sprinkled the blood was never done; He couldn’t sit down. He had to come back each year and he had to sprinkle more blood.
But look what is says about the Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour – Hebrews Chapter 10 – wonderful, wonderful words here in Hebrews 10:12 – there is a difference between these two Tabernacles, the earthly and the Heavenly: “But this man, (this is Jesus Christ) after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, (just in case you didn’t get it! only ONE sacrifice) sat down on the right hand of God;… (14) For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Christ sat down, because His sacrificial offering was completed! Forever!
That is the greatest anti-Catholic passage in the entire Bible. You get a Catholic and they say that you have to have a mass, and sacrifice the blood and body of Christ every week. They don’t read their Bibles! Verse 12: “This man, after he had offered one sacrifice for
sins forever (forever) He sat down at the right hand of God for by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.”
In this study, what we have looked at and discovered, I believe, the purpose of the virgin birth to enable the man Jesus to have the sinless, precious, incorruptible Blood in his veins, the Blood which cleanseth us from all sin as it says in 1 John 1:7. All I can say is, “What a Saviour, Hallelujah!”
Where does blood come from? Apart from the blood bank, where does it come from? Let me answer by telling you something that you probably already know. You think about an ordinary hen’s egg. An unfertilized hen’s egg is just an ovum on a much larger scale than the human ovum. The human ovum is about the size of a grain of sand, very, very small. Whereas a chicken’s egg is about the size of a golf ball, still just a single cell. You can take an unfertilized hen’s egg and you can incubate it, and you can get another hen to sit on it and what happens? Nothing! It will never develop. A hen can sit on an unfertilized egg until it rots and decays but no chick will result.
Now let that egg be fertilized by the introduction of the male seed – and what happens? Life develops! Most of you will notice, after a few hours what happens if you crack that egg open and have a look? Red streaks of blood are found in that egg, denoting the presence of blood. Now listen carefully, this can never occur, until the male seed has been united with the female ovum.
What has actually happened? You think about it! The male element, the seed has brought life to the egg and blood is formed. The Bible says that the life is in the blood – we have just read that in Leviticus. Now since there is no life in the egg until the male seed unites with it, and the life is in the blood, it follows that the male seed is the source of the blood, the seat of life.
What about the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ? He was born of a virgin and that the seed of the woman, the ovum within Mary was energized, or fertilized, if you like, by the Holy Ghost. Now let us see how it happened. A little biology lesson is in this section. Look at Luke 1:26, “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, (27) To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. (28) And the angel came in unto her and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. (29) And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. (30) And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. (31) And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, (let us be clear about this, it is not an unusual pregnancy as far as the development is concerned) and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.”
Go down to verse 34: “Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?” Mary is no fool, she says, How come, for I have not known a man? Now look at verse 35: “And the angel answered and said unto her, (here is the answer) the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”
In verse 37, look what the angel says: “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” And look what Mary says in verse 38: “And Mary said, Behold the hand-maid of the Lord, be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.”
That makes it very clear that it is the Holy Ghost that comes upon Mary who is a virgin. Now you imagine if you were in Mary’s shoes? Imagine if you were Mary’s boyfriend! Mary goes up to Joseph and says, “I’ve got some news for you, I am going to have a baby.” I am not trying to be ridiculous, but what I am saying is that if Mary had faith, I believe Joseph had to have far more faith. How did Joseph receive the news? You put yourself in his shoes.
Turn back to Matthew chapter 1. What we are trying to do here is to get the picture. Verse 18: “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” Verse 19: “Then Joseph her husband, (and this is a term often used when they are espoused, or engaged) being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. (in other words, quietly put her away behind the scene).
(20) But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
(21) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
(22) Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet saying, (23) Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
(24) Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: (in other words, he gets married).
(25) And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.
Now what do these two passages tell us in Luke and Matthew? They both make it clear that while the female ovum, the female seed was from Mary, the male seed, or the male form of life was from the Holy Ghost. In verse 20 here it says “..that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.” This is really where the wonder of the virgin birth of Christ suddenly starts to fall into place. Because that miraculously fertilized ovum in Mary’s womb begins to develop. What happens is that soon blood streaks will appear in that little ovum within Mary’s womb! The cells will divide and double and a human embryo will develop, feet, toes, ears and so on. The muscles will stretch and contract; at six weeks that little embryo is a quarter of an inch long. By sixteen weeks it is about seven inches long and it weighs only about four ounces. It has arms, legs and fingers and toes and all the organs are developing, and it has been starting to move for about the last two weeks.
By the time Mary is twenty-eight weeks pregnant, this little baby inside her, and think of it as a human baby, because it is a human baby although certainly a miraculous and special human baby – He is about fifteen inches long and now weighs about two pounds, is active and can hear. He can hear sounds and by forty weeks, which is a full-term, He is about seven and a half pounds and is twenty inches long.
Here is an important question, I really want you to put your brains into top gear. What about the blood which is developing within Mary’s unborn child? Does this blood come from Mary? No it does not!
Every single red corpuscle and every white blood cell and every little platelet and drop of plasma inside that baby which is developing, all of it, in any baby, anywhere in the world, is made within the baby itself.
That is a medical fact! None of the baby’s blood ever comes from its mother. A lot of people don’t realize this. The mother’s circulation and the babies are as separate as can be. This blood within the baby is produced within the body of the embryo or the fetus itself only after the introduction of the male seed to the female ovum!
We are talking about every baby that has ever been born. Now as I said, a lot of people don’t realize that the mother’s blood and the baby’s blood never ever come into contact. Both are entirely separate. Between the mother and the baby there is a ready exchange,
nourishment, oxygen from the mother, and so on, and waste products from the baby, but between the two circulations there is an absolute total barrier which completely prevents any mixing of the blood.
Now that is a fact. Antibiotics can get across and hormones can get across. And antibodies can get across, and certain diseases and bacteria and viruses can get across. But not one single
drop of the mother’s blood comes into contact with the baby’s blood, or vice versa.
Is there some way that a doctor can prove that it is an absolute fact? Sure! There are about a dozen ways, but here is a simple one. Often a baby is born with a totally different blood group from its mother. The mother might be group O and the baby might be group B. You have read about RH babies? The mother is RH positive and the baby is RH negative. So a baby can have a totally different blood group from its mother. Now you know you cannot mix two blood groups in the one person because that person would die if you did.
If you want to kill a person just give them the wrong blood group in a blood transfusion and that person would be dead within a half an hour. So I have to emphasize this, a baby’s circulation and a mother’s circulation – are totally separate.
I can give you a little analogy that some people find easy to follow. Think of an ordinary milk cooler that every dairy farmer has at his farm. He gets the warm milk from the cow and it goes into the big vat and gets pumped through a radiator with cold water running over it. Now the water doesn’t mix with the milk, it goes over the outside of this radiator and takes away the heat and chills the milk. But the milk goes in and comes out the other end of this cooler and goes into a big vat – the two never mix.
Well it is like that with the baby inside and there is the placenta or after-birth and the mother – no mixing at all. Now we can really begin to realize how wonderfully God has prepared for the virgin birth of His Son. You see when God created woman, He made her so that not one drop of her blood was going to be able to pass from her to the baby – and you will see why this is important.
Secondly, God made it so that blood is the result of the male sex cell. Let us turn our thoughts right back to Adam for a moment. We have finished our little biology excursion and go back to Adam and Eve.
Adam was the head of the human race. Where did Eve come from? She was made from Adam – one of the ribs out of his side. Her blood was the same as his – she was flesh of his flesh. And when Adam sinned, he developed if you like, an instant blood poisoning, something happened to his blood. We don’t know what it was, but it was his blood that was affected. And something happened to Eve’s blood in that she was the same as Adam.
When Eve bore Adam’s children – Cain, Abel and Seth and they might have had others – these children developed their blood – where from? “From Adam’s seed.” So right from the very beginning, Adam’s seed causes the formation
of blood in Cain, Abel and Seth. Their wives in turn have children, and those children have children and each time you can see, it is the male seed that is producing the blood and it goes right back to Adam in the Garden.
Now in order for God to produce a sinless man, and yet for Him to still be the son of Adam, God must provide a way by which that man would have a human body, derived from Adam, but have not a drop of Adam’s blood, and this has been achieved by Mary conceiving by the Holy Ghost. No human seed cell was involved.
Mary, if you like, contributed the body of Jesus and He became the seed of David according to the flesh, which is what we read in Romans 1:3, so His body comes from the seed of David – Romans 1:3 according to the flesh – that was Mary’s contribution, the body.
But here is the thrilling news, the Holy Ghost contributed the blood of Jesus. The blood came from the Holy Ghost – it was sinless Blood, it was Divine Blood. The Holy Ghost is a Member of the God-head, it is Precious Blood, for there has never been any other Blood like it – it is innocent, pure Blood.
Turn with me to Matthew 27, we are going to have a look at this Blood, which is different from your blood or mine. Matthew 27:3. This is where Judas has got himself into trouble: “Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, (4) Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.” (Put a ring around the word “the” – it is not just “innocent blood,” it is THE innocent blood, the only innocent blood in the world. “I have betrayed THE innocent blood” …) “And they said,
what is that to us? see thou to that.”
Why was the blood innocent? Because it was conceived by a Holy father, the Holy Ghost; And as a result, biologically, Jesus had Divine Blood and secondly, it was sinless blood. Psalm 99 verse 9 says: “Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.”
So the Father of Jesus is “holy.” It is Holy Blood. And then again because God has never committed any sin, it is sinless. It is indeed Precious Blood. Look at 1 Peter 1:18: “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; (19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” Note it is the Precious Blood of Christ. We will see this a little bit later.
It says – “not redeemed with corruptible things…” verse 23: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, – what is incorruptible? Well, this Blood is incorruptible, in verse 19, “the precious blood of Christ” – so this is incorruptible seed. (To be continued)
(Dr. Dennis Spackman, M.D., graduated from Open Bible College International in the 1980s. He lived in New Zealand where he practiced medicine for many years. He and his wife, Rowan, as well as his brother, Neil, who handles all his books, study materials, including over 6000 taped Bible studies, became our dear friends. Sue and I visited, were guests in their home, and preached several times in the church Dr. Spackman started in NZ. Dr. Spackman went to be with the Lord in 2007. We will place the entire study on the Blood of Jesus Christ on this site in several installments. Since the study is transcribed from taped sessions, I have taken the liberty to omit some comments related to local events. Dr. Spackman gave me permission to edit and use any and all of his materials.–DR )
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: (that is a sweeping statement – “for the life of the flesh is in the blood”) and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” (Leviticus 17:11) “For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof:…” (Leviticus 17:14)
The point that we make here is that the life of the flesh is in the blood. It is the life of all flesh. Now if you think about life for a moment, do you know what is life? That mysterious something that science so far, has never been able to define or fathom out, is said by God, in these two verses, to be in the blood of the flesh. There can be no life without blood. We are talking about human beings, we are not talking about amoeba and paramecia and those organisms, and we are talking about humans and animals.
There can be no life without the blood. While this is certainly true of all flesh, we are immensely interested in human blood. We are not interested in rabbit blood, we are interested in human blood, and particularly in the blood of one Person, Christ Jesus. In His blood was not only life as we think of it physically, but also in His blood there was eternal life as well.
One of the things which you probably seldom think about is human blood. What is it? Medical doctors deal a lot with human blood. Well, it is fluid, it is mobile and it is not just in your big toe or your liver, it is over the whole part of your body. It is free to move, blood corpuscles can go over your body from the top of your head to the tip of your toe.
Blood touches every cell in your body and supplies it with nourishment and it takes away waste products. Quite an incredible tissue, we call it a tissue, in medicine. How much have you got? If you are nice and fit, you have about eleven pints, if you are an adult, you will be interested to know that it takes twenty three seconds for it to go right through the body and come back to square one again.
In surgery doctors put a particular anesthetic into a vein in a man’s arm and it takes about seven seconds for that to reach his brain. Now here is a good question: how does my blood differ from that of an Eskimo, or a Red Indian or a Zulu? The answer is – it doesn’t differ at all!
Turn with me to Acts chapter 17. And it is very important to get this. You see, if I am in a car accident and I am up in Alaska and I have to have a blood transfusion, I can have a blood transfusion from an Eskimo.
Look at verse 24, and I again I remind you that this is a very important verse, and note that it is Paul speaking: “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; (25) Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things: now look at verse 26 (this is the important one) (26) And hath made of one blood (who?) all nations of men (put a ring around “all”) for to dwell on all (put a ring around the second “all”) the face of the earth and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.”
God has set boundaries in the world for different races and different nations. No doubt about that! But in verse 26 – “He hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth.” So there is no such thing as “Irish Blood,” no such thing as “Jewish Blood,” no such thing as “Blue Blood.”
By our being born a human being by natural birth we are born into the one human race, there is only one single race on the earth and that is “the human race,” which is distributed of course among peoples and nations and tribes and tongues and colors and religions and so on.
One race, the human race – one blood. Turn to Romans chapter 3, and here is a verse you may know by heart. Romans 3 verse 22: “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference…” and in the next verse – “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Put a ring around all the “alls.”
You see there is no difference between the Eskimo and a New Zealander, or a Zulu and an American. Then how did all this start? One human race, one blood – no difference – all have sinned! How did it start? Turn to Romans chapter 5 verse 12: “Wherefore, as by one man (we know who that man was – it was Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
You remember we learned that God, because of His great love for mankind, purposed and determined that it would be possible for man to be saved, and look at the contrast in verse 12 to verse 19! What a wonderful verse is 19. Romans 5 verse 19: “For as by one man’s disobedience (that was Adam) many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one (and you know who that is, that is the Lord Jesus Christ) shall many be made righteous. (20) Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”
You see it says here “the obedience of one” – we had the sin of “one” which was Adam and it became a hereditary thing, so that your blood and my blood and everybody else’s blood came from Adam. We are of a sinful race! But as a result of Christ’s obedience there is another race, a second humanity. This was part of Christ’s work on earth, to begin another race – the New Man. We have the first race which is the fallen human race, and the second race, you can call it the “redeemed race” of the Lord Jesus Christ.
All men, and this is just the interruption, by their first natural birth, were born from a woman’s womb. You were born from a woman, so was I, and it goes right back to Eve if you like, natural birth belonged to the one fallen human race of Adam. Whereas it is only by the second birth, of course, that we can become members of the “redeemed race” – God’s children.
And as God’s children, we are going to see this in a moment – we are brought in by Jesus Christ’s Precious Blood. It is the Blood of Christ that makes the new birth as a child of God possible. Before we look at the Blood of Christ, let us learn something about blood itself.… (To be continued)