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Some Radical Thoughts on Holy Communion

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

I want to share some thoughts with you on something near and dear to my heart…

Holy Communion

Holy CommunionFrom the account in Luke… “And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”

I have attended and received Communion in churches of many denominations, and there is no shortage of opinions. Opinions about who is eligible to receive, opinions about whether it is a representation or miraculously becomes the actual body and blood of Christ when we partake, and opinions about how often one should receive the elements…. And guess what… I have a rather radical opinion of my own, but I will spring that on you a little later.


Prophecy in the Ages of Silence

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Prophecy in the Ages of Silence is another topic suggested to me by a friend.  It is a topic I have pondered for some time, so I suppose it is time for me to break my own silence on the subject.

Have you ever heard the phrase “History is written by the victors.”? Revisionist history is a fact. The basis for it is at the root of our human condition. Everyone has an opinion. Everyone will go to great lengths to defend that opinion, and those in power, church or state, have the power to publish that opinion for posterity as fact. This was true in the ancient world and is true today, so we must look at history from a spiritual perspective if we hope to uncover the Truth that God wants us to see.

In some cases, as in the events related in Matthew 1, multiple versions of history survive. A great divide occurred in the Jewish community in that d

ay, one side believing the events were the messianic prophecy unfolding, the other side, determined it was not. The Jewish New Testament Commentary by David H Stern states, “The early Rabbis developed a tradition that Jesus was the illegitimate son of Mary and a Roman soldier named Pantera.” Whatever their reasons, a small group of leaders could not accept the way this prophecy came to pass, and so discounted it. Those who believed became the ancient Christians, those who did not evolved into modern Jewry.

Prophecy in a historical timeline

Because I believe that God is ultimately in control, I believe that this divide was part of His plan, and similarly, the events unfolding in the world today are indeed part of His plan. We are witnessing another of the prominent religions, Islam, experiencing a great division between radical extremists interpreting their scriptures in a far different manner than a peaceful majority. Just as our Christian cannon of scripture paints the Pharisees and Sadducees as villains, a close look at the Jewish writings of the times paints them as primarily righteous leaders with a few radical extremists muddying up the waters.


Effectively Selling the Gospel

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

A friend recently gave me a suggestion to write about how to explain God to someone that has had no religious experience as we know it. I pondered this subject for about a week before it struck me that the question that was troubling me was actually a bit broader. My question was “Why are so many Christians so ineffective at sharing their faith in everyday situations?” Not knowing how to explain God to someone that has no religious point of reference is just one example of how we fail to communicate the love of God and the availability of that love to anyone who will surrender to it.

I wonder if our enthusiasm to share the good news might be at the root of our inability to share it well. I have personally witnessed well-meaning preachers scare seekers away rather than bring them into the light, so I thought it might be worth looking a little closer at basic sales techniques and how we might apply them to spreading the Gospel message more effectively.


Identifying the Antichrist

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Recently, a friend asked me (via Facebook) to look at a website published by a woman claiming to be a modern day prophet and naming a specific individual as the antichrist.

He wanted to know what I thought about it. My response was lengthy, and considering the tribulation we all can see in the world today, I thought worth sharing.

Several people in recent history have been identified as THE antichrist.

Is Obama the Antichrist?Adolf Hitler and Raj Patel come to mind as having had that finger pointed at them, and frankly, in 2008 I suspected Obama as being the one. All are of them are at least symptoms of the growing culture of ‘antichristism’, but I don’t think the text in Revelation points to a person as much as an “ism”. The bible teaches that God uses both righteous and evil men to achieve His will. No position of power is received by any man unless God permits it. It is all part of His plan, perfecting humanity so that as many will come to Him of their own free will as possible.

In Isaiah 55:8-11 it says: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

In Revelation we are shown a vision of the world from the divine perspective in order that we may understand that what we see and hear and touch and experience is not necessarily what it appears to us to be. I have been studying the Revelation in depth over the past 18 months, so allow me to share some things from a different perspective.


“One Like a Son of Man” Revisited

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

The parallel imagery we find in Daniel and The Revelation are striking, but there has been one phrase troubling me for months as I completed a study of Daniel, then another in The Revelation.

I recently wrote about the interpretation of the phrase one like a son of man” in Daniel 7:13, but was having a hard time reconciling the conclusion I had come to with the obviously different understanding of the same phrase when used in The Revelation.

Now, as I am reviewing my study of the final book of the bible in preparation for a Sunday school class I will be co-leading, I have finally found a resolution to my internal conflict, and put the matter to rest in a most uplifting manner.

Son of ManDaniel 7:13-14 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.  He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”

Daniel 7:15-18 “I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me.  I approached one of those standing there and asked him the meaning of all this.  “So he told me and gave me the interpretation of these things: ‘The four great beasts are four kings that will rise from the earth. But the holy people of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever—yes, for ever and ever.’”

So, my bible clearly says the “holy people of the Most High” are who the imagery of “one like the son of man” who received the kingdom is referring to.  In the previous article I wrote, I conceded that as much as I would like to accept the interpretation that Daniel, like a fly on the wall, was witnessing Jesus returning to heaven and being rewarded for a job well done, the citizen of heaven that answers Daniel’s question as to “the meaning of all this” is quite clear that it represents “the holy people of the Most High”.

“one like the son of man”

In The Revelation we see the same phrase, but here it is clearly representing none other than Jesus.  First, we have the name of the book itself, The Revelation of (and from) Jesus Christ, in which Jesus reveals or unveils Himself to John.  This entire book is first and foremost all about Jesus.

Son of ManRevelation 1:12-13 “I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was one like a son of man dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.”

Over and over in The Revelation we are offered images and descriptions of the Risen Jesus in all of His Glory – this cannot be confused with the “holy people of the Most High”,  so why in two such parallel visions do we have such opposite conclusions to the meaning of “one like the son of man”?  This was the conflict I was wrestling with and determined to reconcile, and finally, after much prayer and reflection the answer came.

It came when I least expected it!  While I was watching a national news broadcast, Charles Krauthammer commented on what the founding fathers intended our elected officials to do – represent us.  He expounded some on what it means to represent, and suddenly I connected the dots.  According to the dictionary:

1. to serve to express, designate, stand for, or denote, as a word, symbol, or the like does; symbolize.
2. to express or designate by some term, character, symbol; to represent musical sounds by notes.
3. to stand or act in the place of, as a substitute, proxy, or agent does.
4. to speak and act for by delegated authority: to represent one’s government in a foreign country.
5. to act for or in behalf of by deputed right in exercising a voice in legislation or government.

“one like the son of man”

In Daniel it refers to “the holy people of the Most High” who are represented in every sense of the word – symbolically, spiritually, and most importantly, before God as faultless – by Jesus Christ.  That is how they became holy people!  In Daniel, we don’t know Him yet, but He represents us none the less.  In The Revelation, we recognize Him, and know that we belong to Him.

So how cool is that?  What I had been struggling to reconcile was reconciliation itself.  Another facet of the person of Jesus has been revealed!

Blessings & Adventure,

Lynn “lynnibug” Rios

Worship Interrupted

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

As the song says, “You and I were made to worship.”, yet most of us are living in a state of worship interrupted… so much so, that worship becomes something we see as separate from our daily lives and try to fit into our spare time and church time.  I imagine Satan is celebrating heartily that he has managed to twist up our priorities so completely.   Worship can be, and should be something we are doing all the time.  It can be, and should be like the background music of a movie, playing subtly around us no matter what we may be doing.

Too many of us have come to understand worship as the ceremonious things we do in church.  Isaiah preached against this attitude of worship long before Christ came and became the ultimate sacrifice for us.

Isaiah 1:11-13 (Gods Word)
11 The LORD asks, “What do your many animal sacrifices mean to me? I’ve had enough of your burnt offerings of rams and enough fat from your fattened calves. I’m not pleased with the blood of bulls, lambs, or male goats. 12 When you appear in my presence, who asked you to trample on my courtyards?  13 Don’t bring any more worthless grain offerings. Your incense is disgusting to me, so are your New Moon Festivals, your days of worship, and the assemblies you call. I can’t stand your evil assemblies.

Isaiah also expressed what the true and genuine worship that God desired of us would look like.

Isaiah 1:16-17 (Gods Word)
16 “Wash yourselves! Become clean! Get your evil deeds out of my sight. Stop doing evil.  17 Learn to do good.  Seek justice. Arrest oppressors. Defend orphans. Plead the case of widows.”

When we define worship as including all of these things, we can learn to incorporate this attitude of worship into our daily lives.  It all boils down to keeping a “God view” on our daily activities and responding to every interaction with a consciousness that God is always there with us.  It will change the way we think and do things, and it will bring blessings into our lives.

Worship Interrupted - Worship While You Work

I make that last statement with bold authority for a reason…


A Beautiful Thing Happened On the Way to the Benediction

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

We don’t always notice when God does a beautiful thing…

but He is doing them all the time. 

Sometimes we are so caught up in worldly things that we just can’t see the beautiful thing God is doing in the midst of it.  Today I witnessed one of these beautiful moments when everything came together with perfection only God can offer, but even in the midst of it, the enemy was doing his best to beat those being blessed down and cause them to miss their blessing.

The body of Christ has a tendency to forget that Pastors are people too.  They are not above the body or below it, but rather at the center of it, going through the same trials and tribulations we lay people do, often more so because the enemy can do more damage when he causes one of them to doubt their faith or their call.  Pastors, ever conscious that they must lead by example tend to place upon themselves unrealistic expectations of perfection.  That being said, I believe it is the sincere desire of our Pastors to speak what is on God’s agenda rather than their own, but sometimes they can judge what comes out as their failure rather than God’s success. 

The beautiful thing I witnessed this morning was God taking over in real time, and moving the church to an undeniable demonstration of the depth that the sermon DID SINK IN. 

The sermon was not delivered as planned, but the events that unfolded when the sermon was abruptly stifled, became a living, breathing example of what the Pastor intended to convey.  It was as if God was saying to the Pastor, “Don’t tell them, let them!”

The scripture the Pastor was preaching on was 2 Corinthians 3:12 through 4:4, but it was not until I backed up a few verses and read 2 Corinthians 3:9-11 that I clearly saw how God’s perfectly beautiful plan had come together.

2 Corinthians 3:12- 4:4(NKJV)  through the veil

“Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech–  unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.  But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.  But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.   Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.  But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”

After reading the passage, the Pastor began to explain the imagery of seeing through the veil that separates the world from knowing God.

through the veilThrough Jesus Christ, and by His grace, the veil has been lifted for the body of Christ and we can know God intimately.  We no longer need to approach God through the veil.  What He desires most is that we clearly keep our eyes on Him.  In the midst of the sermon, the Pastor suddenly lost his place, experienced a moment of confusion, and then silence.  It was one of those awkward moments when nobody knows what to do, and the Pastor was obviously flustered and at a total loss for words.

Then one of the congregation offered a worldly example of what prevents us from keeping our eyes on God the way we should, then another offered an example of how we allow ourselves to only see God through the veil, and then yet another.  As the Pastor, still unable to speak, began to offer an apology for being unable to complete the sermon, one member came forward suggesting that just as a doctor should not perform surgery on a member of his family, maybe the subject matter was hitting a little too close to home.  Then the entire congregation came forward placing hands on the Pastor and each other, praying that the seduction of the enemy be stopped and the veil be lifted for us all, acknowledging that sometimes there is more power in what is not said than in what is said.   The congregation may not have heard the whole sermon with their ears, but indeed they heard it with their hearts and demonstrated that they had understood.  

It was indeed a beautiful thing, a thing that only God can do!

After the prayers ended, the Pastor offered the benediction and the service ended, but the touch of the Holy Spirit that blessed the congregation today, and the wisdom received, will not be soon forgotten.

2 Corinthians 3:9-11 (NKJV)

“For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.  For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.  For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.”

Blessings & Adventure,

Lynn “lynnibug” Rios

And the Light Shines in the Darkness…

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012


And the light shines also in my darkness.

Recently, I again read John 1:1-5, verses that I have read countless times before, but this time something was different.  A single phrase stood out, calling me to take a closer look.

John 1:1-5 (NKJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 He was in the beginning  with  God.  3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

Strange that phrase had never stood out before… “and the darkness did not comprehend it” lends a trait to darkness I had not previously considered.  Could darkness be capable of intelligence or for that matter thought?  Another curiosity was the change in tense.  The light shines in present tense but the darkness responds in past tense.  I hoped to solve this unusual dilema by comparing several translations… it was like having an itch I could not scratch and I had to get to the bottom of it.

John 1:5 (NLT)
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

John 1:5 (KJV)
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 1:5 (MSG)
5 The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.

John 1:5 (GW)
5 The light shines in the dark, and the dark has never extinguished it.

Two votes for past tense could not comprehend, one vote for past tense could not extinguish, and two votes for past, present and future inability to extinquish.  The word ‘extinguish’ added the mental picture of putting out a fire, as in overcoming or conquering something, and that kind of victory cannot be achieved without first understanding that which we seek to conquer.  So the darkness then, now, and forever, must struggle with the intrusion of light, yet will never prevail against it.  Hmmmm… so far so good.

It was about that time when my friend, Maikel, reminded me of something.  These verses parallel the creation story in Genesis.  Johns writings take us back to creation to teach us that Jesus was present “In the beginning…”, when God separated the light and the darkness.  Maikel’s point was that Jesus and His church are the continuation of this action of separating light from darkness.


But wait… If they are separated,

does the light still shine in the darkness?

This was not the rabbit hole I had imagined myself jumping into when I began this journey, but God’s path for me is rarely anything like what I am expecting.  With that in mind, it was time to revisit John 1 verses 1-5 with a fresh perspective.  This time I went to my AENT (Aramaic to English New Testament translation), as I often do when I feel I am getting closer but can’t quite reach it, hoping to acquire a deeper understanding of the intimacy between God and Jesus in the act of creation.

Yochanan 1:1-5 AENT
1 In the beginning was the Miltha. And that Miltha was with Elohim.   And Elohim was that Miltha.
2 This was with Elohim in the beginning.
3 Everything existed through His hands, and without Him, not even one thing existed of the things which have existed.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 And that light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it.

The word ‘overtake’ definitely fits in with the idea of overcoming, but wait… there is so much more….

‘Miltha’ is one of those words with multiple meanings.  It can mean word, manifestation, instance, or substance.  Elohim is God the Creator and Judge.  So in the beginning, when God, in the act of creation spoke the words “Let there be…” the manifestation of His substance, Miltha, was with Him.  Jesus is Miltha, the Ruach haKodesh or Spirit of God manifested in substance, the Son of God and man.  WOW!  In verse three we can sense the imagery of the word becoming a creative force in the  literal hands of the Miltha, like a sculptor working under the orders of a king.

It fills in the unfathomable gap between “God said ‘Let there be light'” and “and there was light” with Jesus!


Thanks again to Maikel, for pointing out the crucial fact that God only separated light and darkness. He did not destroy the darkness. The darkness is a reality we must contend with.  Jesus has come to bring light into the darkness.  He is the true light!  That, for us, is a message of boundless hope!  It was truth in the past, it is truth in the present, and it will be truth tomorrow!  No matter what kind of darkness we find ourselves in, the light of our Lord can reach us, and the darkness has no power to prevent it.  Amen!

Blessings & Adventure

Lynn “lynnibug” Rios

A Lucrative Investment

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

What defines a lucrative investment?

A Lucrative Investment

Professionals agree that with any investment there is a certain amount of risk.  Generally, the lower risk investment yields a lower and slower return.  Conversely, the higher the risk, the higher the potential gain or lose.  Conservative investors that start early in life may consider a lucrative investment to be the long term safe investment that can, over time, amass some tidy profits.  Those willing to take huge risks will either end up losing it all or become insanely wealthy.  They are the ones that understand a safe investment has limited potential and so they seek out innovative opportunities with massive potential, while they are undervalued because the majority of investors just can’t “see it”.

Just as we traverse the financial precipice making choices by what we are willing to risk, we also have social and spiritual choices to make that involve risk.  Alucrative investment in the social sense might be one that allows you to meet and greet the movers and shakers of your community or industry in hopes that their influence would reflect favorably on you.  What is the risk?  When swimming in the pond with the big fish, be prepared to swallow your pride and be treated by some as the little fish that you are.  Other forms of a socially lucrative investment could be recycling (little to no risk with benefits dependent upon how many others make the investment), or even adopting a pet (they may chew on the furniture and mess on the carpet but offer unconditional love).  The bottom line is that any lucrative investment results in ROI (return on investment).  It could be money or influence, a cleaner environment, or it could be affection or security, all tangible and measurable returns.

When we speak of spiritual investment, everything becomes a bit less tangible, and difficult if not impossible to measure.  What would the ROI of a lucrative investment spiritually look like?  How high is the risk and how great the potential return, and what is the risk of making no investment at all?

A Lucrative Investment

By looking at these things we can evaluate if the spiritual investment we are making truly is a lucrative investment.

So what exactly is a spiritual investment?  It is giving our time, our talent and our treasure to others AND to God, and its ROI can only be calculated using the biblical concept of sowing and reaping.  Rick Warren breaks the concept down this way:

There are three things the bible says about sowing and reaping:
1.    Whatever you sow, you are going to reap. If you sow criticism, people are going to criticize you. If you sow gossip, people are going to gossip about you. Whatever you sow in life, you are going to reap it back. Count on it. The good news is, this works in positive terms too. Give it to God and watch his blessings flow onto others and back to you.
2.    You will reap more than you sow every time. A farmer who plants one kernel of corn in the ground will get a stalk with eight or nine ears that have 100 to 200 corn kernels each.
3.    You always reap in a different season than you sowed. You sow in one season and then you reap the benefit in another season. You can go plant a seed today, dig it up tomorrow, and there will be no difference. But if you let it settle, slowly it will grow and produce. That’s the faith portion of the waiting period in God’s economy.

How big a harvest do you want to see in your life? It’s up to you. God says, “According to your faith will it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29 NIV).

So if we want it to be a lucrative investment, we can’t give it a half-hearted effort.

We must make it with joy and expectation… faith.  When it comes to spiritual investment, the cautious, who give little of their time, talent, and treasure will never experience that deep and intimate walk with God they long for.  Matthew 25:14-30 (The Parable of the Talents) teaches us that we are not the true owners of what we possess. According to this parable we are stewards, caretakers, or managers of that which belongs to another, specifically God.  When we grip our possessions too tightly, there is little or no sowing taking place.  Where nothing is sown there will be nothing to reap.

A Lucrative InvestmentThose who make their spiritual investment with their all will reap a bountiful harvest.  They sow a generous portion of the blessings they have received into the kingdom of God, the source of all blessings, and they do this with joy.  The time that they spend in the Word of God develops a deep and intimate relationship with Him, building both faith and trust.  Even if they do not become wealthy in this life, they will always have everything they need. They take a great risk in terms of worldly standards.  They may be mocked, tortured, or killed for their faith in some parts of the world.  They will do without so that others can have.  They will do for others rather than lavish luxuries on themselves.  They will be outcasts in the material world so many strive to be successful in, BUT they know who they belong to, and where they are going.  They have the promise of eternal life with God the Father in heaven.  By all definitions, that would be a lucrative investment.

John 12:24-26 (NKJV)
24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

Read that again if did not sink all the way in… the ultimate payoff, to be honored by God.

On the flip side, the biggest risk is likely making no spiritual investment at all.  If you are on my blog reading this I would expect that does not describe you, but it may describe someone you know.  We hear a lot about preaching the gospel, sharing the good news, and leading the lost to accept Christ in our “church circles”.  Sometimes it seems like there is a giant scorecard counting conversions as if that it all that matters.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it doesn’t matter, but it is not the only thing that matters.

I want to challenge you to make a lucrative investment today.  Make a spiritual investment into someone you know by helping them to understand how God’s economy works.  Help them to understand the concept of sowing and reaping, and then pray with them that God would provide them a seed to sow and fertile ground in which to sow it.  Stand with them in faith during their season of waiting, and rejoice with them when God provides an abundant harvest.

Malachi 3:10 (NKJV)
10 “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”

A Lucrative Investment

Sowing seed into the kingdom of God is always a lucrative investment.  Reinvesting blessings received is always a lucrative investment, and one that has an ever increasing spiraling effect.  You just can’t out-give God!

Blessings & Adventure,

Lynn “lynnibug” Rios

The First Blood Sacrifice

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Have you ever wondered where the idea of blood sacrifice for atonement came from?

I must admit that was one thing I could never really wrap my mind around, but it did not concern me enough to go looking for an answer.   I understood the concept and how the sacrificial system of the old testament was replaced when God made the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus, His Son, to atone for our sin, but none of that explained how the sacrifice of animals was introduced.

A few days ago I had one of those AHA! moments, when something I had read in my bible many times before, took on the status of “golden nugget” as a deeper meaning surfaced.   I am always amazed as my study of scripture continues to reveal deeper and deeper layers of understanding.  With this new “golden nugget” came a revelation that Jesus was NOT the first blood sacrifice God made on behalf of mankind.

Blood Sacrafice

When we discuss the subject of blood sacrifice we tend to focus on the sacrifices the children of Israel made to God. The blood sacrifice of Issac God demanded to test the faith of Abraham, the ram God provided asthe substitution, the paschal lambs whose blood sacrifice protected the Hebrew slaves as the angel of death took the firstborn of Egypt, and the many blood sacrifices made upon the altar of the original Temple of Solomon and the second Temple that was destroyed in 70 AD.

To find the first mention blood sacrifice, we must go all the way back to Genesis.

Blood SacaificeGenesis 3:21 (NKJV)
Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.”

Genesis 3:21 (KJV)
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”

Genesis 3:21 (NLT)
And the LORD God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.”

The scripture does not jump right out and call it a blood sacrifice, but up until this point in Genesis, no blood had been shed.  The animals lived in harmony, Adam and Eve were provided for without meat and had no need of clothing, and God alone provided for and met the needs of every living creature.  It was not until they disobeyed that they realized they were naked.

Genesis 3:7-11 (NKJV) ” Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”1 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?””

In the harsh world outside the garden, Adam and Eve would need clothing to protect them from the elements and the environment.  Fig leaves were not going to cut it, so God, in His infinite mercy, made a blood sacrifice and covered them in clothing made of animal skins.  He literally covered their sin, their nakedness and shame, with a blood sacrifice.  It was a supreme act of love.  God took the life of living beings that He created and loved, to meet the needs of man whom He loved more.

And so the first blood sacrifice was made on behalf of Adam and Eve as they were cast out from the Garden. Was God disappointed?  You bet He was!  Was He going to punish them?  BIG TIME!  Did he leave them or forsake them?  Did He stop loving them?  Not for a single moment!

Blood SacrificeThe blood sacrifices that God made on our behalf make a statement about the unconditional and unchanging love God has for us.  The animal sacrifices the people made to God should have been a reminder of His love, even an act of returning His love,  but sadly it became for most a requirement to meet, born of religious doctrine, peer pressure, and fear.  The blood sacrifice carried no weight when it was not brought to God out of love.

And so God’s chosen people began their epic journey through history.  If they would not make the correct choices to be an example to the rest of the world of how blessed they were living under God’s love and protection, by loving Him with all their hearts, their minds and their strength, and loving their neighbors as they loved themselves, then God would accomplish His purpose for them in another way.

They would be raised up time and again, and time and again they would bow down to the idols of the world around them.  They would be taken captive, be persecuted and fall victim to hideous atrocities, they would be murdered in great numbers, they would be scattered to all ends of the earth, but the promise that always loomed large was the promise they would be restored to the land given to their forefathers.  This was for their growth, and also for their pruning.  When redemption finally came, most would not recognize it.  God would send His Son, first to His chosen people, and then to all mankind to teach them the ways of the Living God.

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Finally, He would make another blood sacrifice that would extend the blessings promised to His chosen, to all people who called upon Him in truth, and He would wait patiently for a remnant of the children of Israel to understand the meaning of the blood sacrifice and return to Him forever.

Blessings & Adventure,

Lynn “lynnibug” Rios

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