Lev 16:14-15 says, “And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times. Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the veil, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat.”
Lev. 16 describes the processes of the Day of Atonement. These two verses explain that the goat that is sacrificed for the sins of the nation is to be slaughtered, and it’s blood sprinkled seven times on the ground in front of the Ark of the Covenant, and once on the Mercy Seat (the lid of the Ark). So, there are eight sprinklings of the blood. In the Bible, seven represents completion, perfection, or wholeness. Eight represents new beginnings. This is significant, because the sacrifice, the blood, and the High Priest are all types and shadows of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we can look into the New Testament and find that Jesus fulfilled perfectly the Old Testament Day of Atonement. Let’s get into God’s Word.
The first sprinkle we find in Lk 22:44, when Jesus sweat “great drops of blood”. Is this really possible? Even medical science says yes. Hematidrosis can occur when someone is under extreme psychological stress - as Jesus was. Chemicals are released that break down capillaries in the sweat glands, and the result is blood-tinged sweat. This fulfilled Isa 53:10-11, when His soul shall travail, and be made an offering for sin. By the way, this condition also makes the skin extremely sensitive, making the sufferings of Jesus all the more painful.
The second sprinkle was being struck with rods on the head (Mt 27:30, Mk 15:19). This, as with almost all head injuries, would certainly bring forth blood. This was also prophesied in Mic. 5:1, when the Judge of Israel would be hit with a rod in the face.
The third sprinkle was revealed to us in Isaiah 50:6, when the One (Jesus) Who gave His back to the strikers, would have His beard ripped out of His face. I have facial hair myself, and this would no doubt bring forth blood – as well as horrible pain. But Jesus set His face like a flint, and endured the suffering for you and for me (Isa 50:7, Lk 9:51).
The fourth sprinkle is the hideous scourging (Mt 27:26, Jn 19:1, Isa 50:6). There is a tradition that says He received 39 lashes; but that was based on Jewish law of receiving no more than forty (Dt 25:3). Jesus was not scourged by the Jews, but by the Romans. Many died at the scourging pillar for loss of blood and lashes without number. They used whips with pieces of bone or metal woven into the tips of the leather straps, which tore the victim to shreds - exposing muscle and even bone. But Jesus endured the scourging post, because He had you on His mind. This fulfilled Isa 53:5, which says, “By His stripes (lashes), we are healed”.
The fifth sprinkle was the crown of thorns (Jn 19:2-5, My 27:29-30). We see from these Scriptures that Jesus was even hit on the head with rods after they put the crown of thorns on Him. He could not adjust it the whole time He was on the cross. Imagine. Why the brutality against an innocent Man? Isaiah 53:3-4 “He was despised and rejected of men, and we did not value or respect Him”. I pray this verse does not apply to you today.
The sixth sprinkle was the cross itself (Mk 15:24, Lk 23:33, Ps 22:16). Blood and agony came forth as iron spikes were driven into His wrists and feet, and the God-Man was suspended between God and man for six hours on Golgotha – the place of the skull. At this time the sins of the universe – past, present, and future – were placed on The Sacrifice, to redeem mankind and reconcile him to God the Father. Jesus endured horrors unimaginable; evils incomprehensible; pain excruciating; shame unfathomable. Why? For you. He did it all for you. Do you really think that if there were many ways to heaven, Jesus would have had to suffer so? Do you really think that if you reject this Perfect Sacrifice, God in the flesh – that God The Father will grant you pardon? Unthinkable. Thinking on what Jesus went through makes Jn 14:6 all the more understandable.
The seventh sprinkle was the spear in His side (Jn 19:34, Zec 12:10, Ps 22:14). The final act of cruelty was that a spear was shoved up into His heart, to make absolutely certain He was dead; and to fulfill the prophecy that no bone of the Passover lamb shall be broken (Ex 12:46, 1Cor 5:7).
Those are the seven sprinkles on the ground (earth) of the atoning sacrifice typified in Lev 16:14-15; but what about the eighth sprinkle of blood? The sprinkle on the mercy seat? Lord willing, I’ll talk about that in detail next week. Until next time, reflect on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.