Lev 16:14 “And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon (Heb. over, above, against) the mercy seat eastward; and before (Heb. In front of) the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times.” Leviticus 16 is a very interesting chapter that describes the all-important Day of Atonement, a.k.a. “Yom Kippur”. When we read this chapter in conjunction with Hebrews chapter 7-10, we find Jesus fulfilling these Old Testament types and shadows to the letter. Today, I would like us to focus on Jesus as the great High priest, and draw some parallels between the 8 sprinklings of blood for the sins of the people in the Old Covenant; and the 8 sprinklings of the blood of Jesus for the sins of the world. Let’s get into The Word.
The first sprinkling of Jesus’ Blood was in the Garden of Gethsemane. Luke 22:44 tells us that Jesus was in such agony in prayer that He sweat great drops of blood. While this is rare, it is not unheard of. It is called Hematidrosis, and makes the skin extremely sensitive. This of course would just magnify the pain Jesus endured. Yet, this was The Fathers will (Isa. 53:10-11).
The second sprinkling was being hit with rods in the head (Mt. 27:30). This was a fulfillment of Micah’s prophecy given almost 800 years before it happened (Mic 5:1). If you get hit repeatedly in the head and face with the equivalent of a broom handle, blood will flow.
The third sprinkling of Jesus’ Blood was His beard being ripped out of His face. We find this fact hidden in the Old Testament book of Isaiah (Isa. 50:6). There is no doubt having handfuls of your beard plucked out would bring forth blood.
The fourth sprinkling of His Blood was in the brutal scourging He received (Mt 27:26). The Roman whip had several leather straps with bone and metal woven into the ends. They would start at the shoulders and go all the way down the legs. Many would not survive this to be crucified. However, Jesus was on a mission: focused, disciplined, dedicated, mentally strong, spiritually strong, and physically strong- and He had more guts than any man that’s ever lived. With His stripes, we are healed (Isa 53:5).
The fifth sprinkling was the crown of thorns shoved down on His head (Jn 19:2-5). They even beat the crown down on His head with rods (Mt 27:29-30). He was despised and rejected, in fulfillment of The Scriptures (Isa 53:3, Jn 1:11).
The sixth sprinkling of His Blood was at the crucifixion, when nails were driven through His wrists and feet (Mar 15:24), fulfilling Psalm 22:16 written approx. 1,000 years before Christ Jesus. Brutal, shameful (nakedness), excruciating pain, suffocation, dislocation, thirst: About the worst death you can die. Yet Jesus did it for you. Does it matter to you? Think about that.
The seventh sprinkling of Jesus’ Blood was when the Roman soldier thrust his spear into Jesus’ side. His bones were not broke, fulfilling Scripture (Jn 19:31-37). This completes the seven sprinklings the high priest (Jesus), sprinkled on the ground (the earth) before the mercy seat (The Presence of God). Seven represents completeness, wholeness, or perfection. His job on earth was finished.
The eighth sprinkling took place in Heaven itself. The Bible says that After He was risen from the dead, The Great High Priest Jesus carried His own Blood into The Most Holy Place in Heaven. The earthly tabernacle and all it contained was just a pattern of the real thing in Heaven. His Blood gave us eternal redemption. He was the ultimate and final sacrifice. He paid for all the sins of all mankind one time forever (Hebrews 9-10). It wasn’t just for a year; it was forever! Eight represents new beginnings, which is what we have in The New Covenant. If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away, behold all things have become new (2Cor 5:17)!
I pray this has blessed you and brought you closer to Jesus Christ, or perhaps to Jesus for the first time. Make Jesus the Lord of your life right now (Rom 10:9-10). Until next time, rejoice in The Lord!