Life’s Symbol

As I listened to a scientist who had discovered science in the Bible
Talk about scientific truths of the Bible that spoke to him,
He said “Leviticus states ‘for the life of a creature is in the blood.’ ”
That statement confirmed the Bible’s validity for the scientist within him,
For with our current technology, we know that is correct.

The blood is our primary life fluid,
When tested, it is an indicator of the body’s health:
The first red flag that something needs to be looked into,
Or the reassurance that all is well.
And if we lose too much of it, we die.

And the idea yanked the string of my spiritual light bulb!
Aha! That’s what all this about the blood is about!
This tiresome ceremonial sacrifice of the bull, or lamb, and all sorts of regulations:
The sprinkling of blood very specific places on the altar.
It seems to go on and on as I read through the Old Testament.

Some believe the actual blood Christ shed should be elevated.
As if the sensational bloodshed is what the whole gospel is about.
And we talk about it in hushed tones,
Even disagree and argue about its importance,
While many people merely use it to attract attention to their film or TV program.

Then I get a glimpse into the symbolism.
The life is in the blood.
It represents something so basic, so real
When we are ready to give it up,
A new level of commitment has been reached.

And maybe that’s why God chose to use it as the way to show love.
The shedding of Christ’s blood
Shows the level of commitment Jesus’ love rises to.
Jesus Christ, by allowing his blood to be shed, crossed the line between symbol and reality.
And our acceptance of that new reality brings us to the new relationship with God the Father.

Pretty heady stuff.
Yet, sometimes we need to go back and capture the basic essence of the ‘why.’
I now understand why people get so worked up about it as a symbol,
When I’ve gone on to other things, leaving this basic behind.
The statement of the life in the blood is not merely scientific, it is symbolic and reality.

Leviticus 17:11 (New International Version, ©2010)
11 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.

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