AN UNUSUAL VOICE


This unusual voice that I am talking about is blood.

While studying a recent Sunday School lesson about the vial judgements in Revelation 16, I was reminded how God turned the rivers and sea into blood. It got me wondering about God's purpose for all the references to blood in the Scriptures. There are so many references in the Bible that talk about blood. I know the scripture indicates that blood was shed by God when he made clothes of skins for Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:21. But the word "blood" doesn't appear until Genesis 4:10.

What does the unusual voice of blood say?

The unusual voice speaks of GUILT

Gen 4:10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.

This is where God is about to pronounce judgement on Cain for killing his brother Abel. It is interesting how The LORD uses Personification when he scolds Cain here. He speaks as if the blood of Abel were alive and testifying against Cain about the preceding crime. Cain was without excuse. He was guilty. He knew it, and God knew it.

The blood speaks of a G I F T.

Mat 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. See also Mark 14:24, Luke 22:20

John 6:53-56 Jesus said if we eat his flesh and drink his blood we will have eternal life. Of course he is speaking figuratively. We must take in his flesh and blood spiritually, receiving the gift of salvation.

The Blood Speaks of a GRAVE

John 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

This mention of blood is of utmost importance. The soldier was making sure that Christ was dead. Had he not been expired already, this puncture wound into the heart guaranteed death. Jesus was graveyard dead.

The unusual voice of blood speaks of GRACE.

Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. By the blood of Christ we are pardoned.

The unusual voice of blood speaks of the GARMENTS of the saved made white in the blood of the lamb.

Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

The blood in this verse tells us of the only GEAR the saved can use for combat against the accuser, the devil. It is the blood of the Lamb and word of their testimony.

Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Last, but not least, this voice speaks of the GARB of Christ when he returns to earth, the Victor over his enemies at Armageddon. The definition of garb is "clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion."

Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

The blood on this garb or vesture tells the history of the cross that Jesus bore for our sins. Interestingly, Jesus is the only one worthy to wear a pure white robe, yet he is clothed with a vesture dipped in blood. He wore red so we could wear white in Rev. 19:14. 


No wonder we will all say with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb..." (Rev. 5:12)

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