Hebrews 9:22 – Forgiveness and the Shedding of Blood

Hebrews 9:22

Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.



Traditional hebrews used to sacrifice goats for purification.  In the same way, Yeshua shed his blood for the forgiveness of our sins.

During Yom Kippur, the ritual of the two goats are one of the strongest elements during this observance.

One goat is offered as a sacrifice, the other is sent away into the desert.

They were brought before the High Priest and were chosen to be as similar as possible to one another in size and appearance.

Lots were drawn.

The one, on which the lot “To the L‑rd” fell, was offered as a sacrifice.

The other, on which “To Azazel” fell, the high priest confessed the sins of the nation and it was then taken away into the desert hills outside Jerusalem where it plunged to its death.

The most important thing to remember during this observance is God’s forgiveness.  And that we can always approach God in humility for forgiveness.

Forgiveness and the shedding of blood is remarkably closely knit.  As we forgive, we are shedding ourselves for the sake of love; as we are forgiven we have taken life into a new dimension.

Many times, the gauge of how much we can love is (to witness in ourselves) how much we can forgive.

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