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Blood              There are many things in life that we take for granted. For example, the air that we breath, and the blood that flows continually around the body.

There is an abundant supply of oxygen on planet Earth to meet the need of all living creatures. We never question where our next breath is coming from, God provides oxygen from different sources, 70% from the oceans, trees and plants supply most of the balance to sustain life.

Having lived many years, the writer has never enquired about blood till talking to the nurse who was taking a couple of tubes of the red stuff for testing. I asked where in the body is blood produced and was told that bone marrow contributes the biggest part with the spleen and liver supplying most of the rest.

 

Wikipedia gives this biological science of blood, ‘In vertebrates, it is composed of blood cells suspended in blood plasma. Plasma, which constitutes 55% of blood fluid, is mostly water (92% by volume), and contains dissipated proteins, glucose, mineral ions, hormones, carbon dioxide (plasma being the main medium for excretory product transportation), and blood cells themselves. Albumin is the main protein in plasma, and it functions to regulate the colloidal osmotic pressure of blood. The blood cells are mainly red blood cells (also called RBCs or erythrocytes), white blood cells (also called WBCs or leukocytes) and platelets. The most abundant cells in vertebrate blood are red blood cells. These contain hemoglobin, an iron-containing protein, which facilitates oxygen transport by reversibly binding to this respiratory gas and greatly increasing its solubility in blood. In contrast, carbon dioxide is almost entirely transported extracellularly dissolved in plasma as bicarbonate ion.’  About bone marrow it says, Bone marrow is the flexible tissue in the interior of bones. In humans, red blood cells are produced by cores of bone marrow in the heads of long bones in a process known as hematopoiesis. On average, bone marrow constitutes 4% of the total body mass of humans; in an adult weighing 65 kilograms (143 lb), bone marrow typically accounts for approximately 2.6 kilograms (5.7 lb). The hematopoietic component of bone marrow produces approximately 500 billion blood cells per day, which use the bone marrow vasculature as a conduit to the body's systemic circulation Bone marrow is also a key component of the lymphatic system, producing the lymphocytes that support the body's immune system.’ Did you ever realise that billions of blood cells are being produced in your body every day? I commented to the nurse that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139.14).

The heart, lungs, spleen, liver and kidneys are wonderful organs that handle the well being of blood and the distribution of it through the arteries and veins around the body, effecting a complete change over a period of about eight weeks. Change to our skin is also on going, so the skin that we were born with is not the skin that covers our body today.

 

The Bible tells us that the principle of life is in the blood, it says in Lev. 17:14 “For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof:” One would not disagree with that statement in view of previously reading Wikipedia’s complex details of the provision and function of the blood.

The first mention of blood in the Bible is in Gen. 4:10, “And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.” Cain had murdered his brother Abel and Abel’s blood was crying out to God for justice. Gen. 9:6 says, “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” God has not rescinded that edict, politicians of every persuasion have rejected capital punishment for the capital offence. So blood carries a strong moral responsibility, to regard the value of life.

Blood figures mostly spiritually in conection with sacrifice, the first example is the feast of Passover. The children of Israel were in bondage in Egypt and they cried out to God to deliver them. Moses went into the presence of Pharaoh again and again to plead for his people to be let go from their bondage. Pharaoh refused, he said in Ex.5:2, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.” Pharaoh’s arogance, ignorance and disobediance is typical in those who reject God. His attitude did not affect what God did for Israel’s deliverance, but did determine the judgement that fell upon Egypt on Passover night.

The Israelites were told to select a lamb on the tenth day of the first month and to scrutinise it till the fourteenth day when they declared it spotless and suitable for sacrifice. On the evening of the fourteenth day the lamb was slain and it’s blood applied to the doorposts and lintel of their house. God said, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you,” (Ex.12:13) The blood of the lamb spelt salvation for those who obeyed. The sacrifice of that lamb was typical of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Jesus was the “Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) Paul concures in 1Corin.5:6 “Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.” The blood that was shed on the cross is the evidence of Christ’s sacrifice on behalf of sinners like you and me. His blood secures numerous spiritual blessings. Ro 3:25 says, “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.” Faith in Christ secures forgiveness of sins. Ro 5:9 places believers as being justified with God, “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” His blood brings believers near to God, Eph 2:13 reads, “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” It also gives peace to troubled lives, Col 1:20 affirms,  “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”

Peter (1Peter 1:19) and John (1John 1:7) tells us that Christ’s blood cleanses all sin and for those who believe it is PRECIOUS BLOOD. Is it precious to you? Have your sins been washed away by virtue of the blood of Christ?

 Stan Burditt