Passover is time for us to remember the blood of the Lamb. The Torah is filled with pictures of blood. From the first animal killed for Adam and Eve’s cloak, righteous Abel, Abraham’s circumcision, Joseph’s coat, Sinai covenant, Temple sacrifices, Day of Atonement, etc.
All these graphic pictures were designed to engrave on the collective consciousness and imagination of the people of Israel the importance of the blood atonement. Blood is mentioned almost 300 times in the Tanakh (OT) and 100 times in the New Covenant. At the crucifixion of Yeshua, we see the fulfillment of these symbols.
One of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and blood and water came out.
The water and the blood were both physical; yet the water also represents Yeshua’s spirit, and the blood His soul. In biblical terms, the soul is inside the blood.
The soul of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to atone for your souls for it is by the soul that the blood atones.
Most translations of this verse are incorrect. Read it again. It is because of the soul that the blood makes atonement. The rule of atonement is “equal replacement” or “substitution.” His (pure) soul is given in place of our (sinful) soul. The soul inside the blood makes atonement for our souls. Soul replaces soul.
Soul for soul; eye for eye; tooth for tooth; hand for hand… wound for wound.
The word here for wound is the same as wound or stripe [without dagesh] in Isaiah 53:5 – By His wound we are healed. His wound replaces our wound, and we are healed. His soul replaces our soul and we are atoned. The blood is the carrier of the soul. When we say that the blood makes atonement, we mean the soul.
The soldiers that stood by Yeshua’s cross may have had some blood spattered on them, but if they did not understand and believe in the spiritual meaning, the physical blood would not have affected their salvation. Yeshua not only “bled” on the cross, He also poured out His soul.
He poured out His soul unto death.
As Yeshua was bleeding, His soul was being emptied from His body. His soul makes atonement for our souls. Catholics, Protestants, and Jews drink wine as a symbol of sanctification in almost every ceremony. Wine represents blood which represents the soul. The key element is not the wine or the blood but the soul of Yeshua.
This revelation is personal, painful, emotional, embarrassing, shocking, intimate, nauseating, dizzying, disgusting, challenging and confrontative. It is unconscionable, unbearable; almost unbelievable. Dare we meditate on such a fearful thing as the soul of God’s Son seeping out of His body, just to save us?
In 1977 I started to believe in Yeshua. I was working at the time as an arborist and tree climber. Instead of giving my heart to Yeshua, I turned back to worldly interests. At that time I had a chain saw accident while topping a large tree. I saw my blood spurting into the air from great height while I was tied into the tree by ropes. It was a near death experience. Looking back I can see similarities to the cross and the sovereign hand of God. My soul had been singed. During the recovery period, I started to renounce the world and reconsider Yeshua. In 1978 I was saved.
The word poured out in Isaiah 53:12 is the same in modern Hebrew as infusion, like a blood transfusion in a hospital. Atonement is a legal cancellation of punishment and also a vital soul transformation. Yeshua’s soul is “injected” (as it were) into our being like a blood transfusion.
His soul touches ours and changes us totally. This soul transformation starts as a new-birth experience and continues as a sanctifying process.
During the season of Passover, the weekly traditional Torah readings are found in Leviticus. Thus there is an association in the minds of religious Jews between the Temple sacrifices and the Passover lamb.
The blood of the lamb on the doorposts is a symbol and a sign (Exodus 12:13). The lamb of God is Yeshua (John 1:29, 36); the blood came from his side when he was pierced (John 19:34); the wooden doorposts represent the wood of the cross.
There is power in the blood of the lamb. What is the secret of its spiritual power?
He loved us and set us free from our sins in his own blood.
Are you struggling with sin? Is some bad behavior holding you in bondage? The blood of Yeshua has set you free and delivered you from that captivity. His blood is proof that you are loved. Meditating on the blood of Yeshua will break the power of sin over your life.
You have purchased them to God by your blood.
Do you feel that no one cares about you? Your worth is determined by how much someone will pay for you. Yeshua purchased you at the price of his own blood. That’s how much he wants you. That’s how much you are worth in his eyes. Your sense of worthlessness is gone forever.
They washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb.
Do you feel guilty, ashamed and unclean? The blood of Yeshua “washes your robes” and “makes them white.” Only the blood of Yeshua can reach your conscience and set you free from guilt (Hebrews 9:14; 10:22).
Are you wounded in the deepest place of your heart? Nothing external or superficial can reach it. The blood of Yeshua comes from the deepest place of his heart to touch you in the deepest place in your heart. This spiritual power heals you deep within.
Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.
He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.
Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.