Last week I gave a bit of an introduction on my new topic and started to dwell a little into some of the details of why blood is crucial to physical and spiritual life. Today we will dwell into the Old Testament and look into the foundation of blood.
A lot can be found in the Old Testament around blood, especially the rules and the customs of the Jews around the animal sacrifices. What caught my attention was the detail around where the blood should be poured.
Lev 4:7 (Amp) ……the blood of the bull shall he pour at the base of the altar
Ex 99:12 (Amp) ….. and pour out all the blood at the base of the altar.
The word used here as “base” comes from the Hebrew word “Yesad”, which means foundation – literally the bottom of an object and figuratively the bottom of a concept. Why was it so important that the blood were poured out on the foundation? Why did God request that? I don’t know, but maybe it was symbolic, figuratively required to understand that this is also true for our spiritual lives. Should Jesus’s blood not be the foundation of what we believe, of what we build our lives on?
We find this Hebrew word “”Yesad”” for the base/foundation of the altar also in Proverbs.
Prov 10:25 (Amp) When the whirlwind passes, the wicked are not more, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous have an everlasting foundation.
This spoke to me. If we believe the blood of Jesus is the cornerstone, the foundation of faith, we can interpret this verse that when the whirlwind passes, the righteous have everlasting life because He is our everlasting foundation. He is everlasting. He came to fulfil the Old Testament.
The Jews had to drench the foundation with an animal’s blood, in the same way we should drench the foundation of our lives with Jesus’s blood.
The proverb says “when the whirlwinds passes”. It is not if the whilrlwinds passes, it is when it passes.
Whirlwinds will come into your life
If you are wicked, you will be no more, if you are righteous, you will have an everlasting foundation.
This reminds me of the parable Jesus told in Matthew 7 of the wise and the foolish builders. The wise builder built his house upon the rock. He was not shielded from the winds and storms, they came, but his house did not fall down. Whereas the same winds and storms came to the house of the foolish builder that was built on the sand, but this house could not withstand the impact.
As believers we will experience whirlwinds, winds, storms. If our faith, our lives are built on the Foundation of Blood, the storms will come and go and our lives will not fall apart. Every time you uses communion, go and investigate your life – where is there parts that are not grounded on the foundation of Jesus’s Blood – identify it, repent, and strengthen your house. This is the only way to face the storms. We can therefore say that physically and spiritually:
Blood is the foundation of human life.
We must just keep in mind that Prov 10 mentioned “the wicked are not more” God is a god of Love, but he hates sin, as big as His love is to give us Jesus, in the same way His anger is immense for sin. Look at how Lamentations puts it.
Lam 4:11 (Amp) The Lord has fulfilled his wrath; He has poured out His fierce anger and has kindled a fire in Zion that has consumed her foundation.
Here we can see the Bible uses the word of foundation in a Spiritual/Abstract sense. God’s anger is up to the foundations. If your foundations is wrong, God wants to burn you off to your foundations, so that you can replace it with the Blood and then build it up again. Not because He hates you, but because He loves you, He knows your house is so much better built on the Rock. And I think therefore He requested the animal’s blood to be poured physically to the foundations because the blood must cover the whole of the sacrifice and not only superficially. Our faith must cover our whole lives, not only bits and parts of it.
We need to break down all the walls we have built on the wrong foundation. Your life experiences and achievements are different building blocks. If you used these blocks on the wrong foundation, you will find that the fruit is not as sweet and plentiful. Break down that wall, move your building bricks to the new foundation of Blood, rock. Take those bricks that survived and build them on the Rock, then you will be safe.
After I changed my career (at 40), I was very negative about the initial route I followed in life, working as an engineer in a big, corporate firm. I dedicated so many years building up my career and it felt that all of that 16 years came to nothing as I started my journey in a different direction. After a while I realized that the knowledge, skills and experiences I gathered during my studies and in my career were building blocks. Those building blocks in themselves were not wrong, they were good building blocks, I learned a lot, a lot of skills and experiences. I just built them on the wrong foundation. When I tore down the walls and started building up on the new foundation in my life, I found that those building blocks came in very handy and that they can be used for good. There were a few blocks that had to be discarded as they would not stand the test of time.
It is not so much about the building blocks in your life as it is the foundation which you build it on. We all know people who call themselves Christians, but they cause more harm to the faith than any good. I believe it is when you don’t take your foundation seriously, when you only try to paint the blocks of your house inviting colours, but the walls start to crack because the foundation is weak. Sometimes it is better to have a smaller, unpainted house, than a big one with impressive bricks that are weakly built.
Foremost built a strong foundation, prior to any walls
This metaphor can be seen throughout the Bible.
Ez 13:14 So I will break down the wall that you have daubed with whitewash and bring it down to the ground; so that its foundations will be exposed; when it falls, you will perish and be consumed in the midst of it. And you will know (understand and realize) that I am the Lord.
Micah 1:6 Therefore I (the Lord) will make Samaria a heap in the open country, a place for planting vineyards, and I will pour down into the ravine her stones and lay bare her foundations.
Heb 3:13 You went forth and have come for the Salvation of your people, of your anointed [people, Israel]; You smote the head of the house of the wicked, laying bare the foundation even to the neck. Selah.
I think it is worthwhile to check your foundation, before God wants to break it up to the bare foundation.
What is some of the things we can have wrong in our foundation? I enjoyed a talk by Lindie Strydom recently, where she said she will rebel against all man made (and church made) traditions that is not Biblical. In the same week the same message was repeated by Anita Giovianni at the Gauteng prophetic conference. I think traditions can be a crack in the foundation. Tradition for the sake of tradition, tradition because it is what we have always done. Tradition could be crack. Another crack can be habits that we formed over the years, that is not honoring God or the lack of habits that is honoring God. How much time do you really spend with God on a one on one basis? I know that there is times I don’t always get to it, and then when I struggle to face the winds in my live, I realize that my house wants to start cracking, because I did not spend enough time on my foundation. Your belief system can be a crack in your foundation. Do you believe what your parents taught you (without checking the facts for yourself), do you believe what your peers believe so that you can find acceptance, or do you really study your own thoughts and whether they have a foundation to stand on?
Jesus came to break down all the wrong habits, beliefs and traditions of the Jewish nation, up to the foundation. Just after He died on the cross, the earth shook an the veil was torn to the inner-part (the foundation) of the temple. That is why the temple was broken, He came to reveal the truth, and His blood should replace the temple foundations.
His blood holds the truth we should build into our foundations.
Another thing we learn in the old Testament of blood, is that blood can be unclean, full of viruses. The Hebrew word “Gaal” means: defiled, pollute, and stained and throughout the Old Testament we find that this word is linked to blood.
Maybe that is why the Jews had so many rules about letting the blood of an animal, it was to protect them. We know that blood can carry many diseases. As blood can give life, it also transports and carries disease throughout the body.
Lam 4:14 (Amp) …… they had so polluted themselves with blood it was not for men to touch their garments
Isa 63:3 (Amp) …… their lifeblood is sprinkled upon My garments, and I stained all My raiment.
We can only get clean from the diseases in our own blood by His blood. Jesus’s blood HAD to be shed, His lifeblood. He HAD to die, the blood stained all His clothes as it had all our sins in it. Thy lyrics in one of my favourite songs are: “His blood ran red and my sins washed white”, was an interesting concept: Normally red blood stains white garments. Jesus’s blood is different, it can reverse the normal natural laws. I pictured the word SIN in big black letters, I pictured a cross that was filled with blood, that runs through the words LOVE and drips on the big, black SIN and where the blood runs over, the black SIN becomes pure white. THis is how the miracle happens: When red blood wash sins white again.
Use this special time in the year, just before Easter, and check your foundations. Open up the cracks in your walls and allow His blood to penetrate to the bottom. Break down the walls, which is preventing Him to reach your foundation. Let us break down now, so that we can build afresh. God bless.