OPINION (Charisma) – There are over 400 references to blood in the Scriptures. There is a spiritual meaning for “blood” in addition to being the red fluid that flows through our bodies. The blood is said to carry the “soul” of the human being. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your lives; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul” (Lev. 17:11). The rule is: soul in place of soul. When a human being sins, his soul becomes unclean. The soul (represented by the blood) is then given to make atonement for the sinning soul:

to purify the soul, and to pay the punishment. The unclean soul under the death penalty is redeemed, “bought back” by the death of the innocent soul. Ultimately, the soul of a righteous human being is demanded to compensate for the soul of the sinful human being. The animal sacrifices of the Torah are only symbolic, pointing to the blood of Yeshua. The soul of an animal cannot make atonement for the soul of a human. The animal’s blood points to the blood of the righteous Messiah, who indeed makes atonement for us: soul for soul. READ MORE

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