“If his holocaust offering is from the flock that is, a sheep or a goat, [the priest] must bring a male without blemish. This he shall slaughter before the Lord at the north side of the altar. Then Aaron’s sons, the priest, shall splash its blood on the sides of the altar” (Leviticus 1:10-11).
Some believe the Old Testament religion was a bloody one.
They are right. The blood of bulls and goats flowed from the Hebrew altar day after day
after day to atone for sins.
Some think the New Testament religion is less bloody.
They are wrong. The blood bath of animals was only a shadow of the substance to unfold two thousand years later, on Calvary. There the blood of our God dripped from His face, His arms, His side, to cleanse our sins.
And within the seamless folds of eternity that blood still flows each time we reject