The Blood of Yeshua, A Key to Effectiveness
by Lonnie Lane
An important question came to me in an email about the blood of Yeshua as related to our intercession. Aaron’s intercession as a priest unto God, was largely about blood to atone for sins. As priests ourselves, it would seem that the blood of Yeshua should have a central place in our intercession. Could the blood be a key to more effective intercession?
Here’s the question, followed by my answer: “I have just read your article 'Priestly ordination for a Nation of Priests.' I would like to understand what was meant by Aaron interceding for the 12 tribes of Israel. Am I right in thinking that the 12 tribes represented the Nation of Israel, and the question relates to how we can intercede for the nation of Israel….
Aaron interceded for Israel, which was made up of twelve tribes, in the sense of being the go-between from the people to God by way of administering sacrifices. He wasn’t praying as we think of intercession. We’re functioning in the spirit; Aaron and his sons were functioning in the natural realm, sacrificing animals and burning offerings to make intercession for people’s sins to God. The sacrifices were an appeal to God for His mercy and forgiveness of sins: “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 souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement” (Leviticus 17:11). The New Living Translation (NLT) says it this way: “For the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the Lord. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life that makes purification possible.” The writer of the book of Hebrews says it clearly: “All things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22).
The blood of animals only covered the act of the sin. It did not render the person sinless, nor remove the sin nature that keeps us separated from God. The fact that there were on-going sacrifices in the temple is indication sin still abounded. Because, “in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins” (Hebrews 10:3,4). But God had a plan. “That is why, when Messiah came into the world, he said to God, ‘You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings. But you have given me a body to offer’” (Hebrews 10:5 NLT). The ultimate reason for Yeshua being born and living His life was to die as an offering of atonement for sin! It may be of interest to know, if you don’t already, that the book of Hebrews was written before the Temple was destroyed by a Jewish person who had come to fully grasp the atonement of Yeshua while sacrifices were still going on in the temple.
The Bible tell us that “Messiah Yeshua is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us” (Romans 8:34 my emphasis).Yeshua intercedes for believers on the basis of His own blood. Notice the verse connects His death with His intercession. (the verse interjects the resurrection because if He hadn’t been raised there would be no intercession, of course.) It is always the blood which distresses forgiveness which is the goal of intercession. It is Yeshua’s blood alone that was the final and complete atonement that removed the curse of sin and death for those who would receive it. To receive it, we only need to believe it. If we truly believe, as in a real conversion that turns-us-from-sin-to-God kind of change in our lives, we are cleansed by His blood so we will no longer be partakers of sin on an intentional basis. We become “partakers of grace” (Phil 1:7) instead of recipients of judgment. God’s wrath or judgment (or satan’s accusations for that matter) are rendered ineffective because the blood of Yeshua ever makes intercession for us. It’s always about blood.
If we are partaking of that grace, then we will live as people who are cleansed of sin, who live and love in holiness. We’re more comfortable with the word ‘righteousness’ than ‘holiness’ perhaps, but holiness is what God is looking for. Without going into it now (a subject for another time), the object of having sin entirely removed from us is a full identification with the death of Yeshua and a new self-identity that says, “I have been crucified with Messiah and it is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20). What does that mean practically? God has told Israel and, therefore, us as well, “You shall be holy for I the Lord your God am holy” (Leviticus 19:2). Peter, while writing about how one should live in holiness, spoke of “the sanctifying work of the Spirit to obey Messiah Yeshua and be sprinkled with His blood…” (1 Peter 1:2), and then quoted the same verse: “…like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY." (:15, 16).
Quite clearly, any blood-bought child of God will live out his or her life with a quest to walk in a manner consistent with Yeshua in holiness. The focus and goal of our lives will not be for ‘stuff’ or ‘acclaim’ but to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). Here’s the catch, however. If we attempt to live a supposed righteous life, and what ‘appears’ to be kingdom-seeking, but our goal is what we’ll get out of it, we’re not seeking His Kingdom nor righteousness. People may be fooled, but God – never.
Let me sum this up. Yeshua bled out his last drop of blood since the sacrifices were drained of their blood to make atonement. His blood, via His death, paid the price that enabled mankind to be restored to God as God had originally created mankind to be in union with Him. We access that forgiveness by faith (the very thing that Eve departed from when she doubted (lost faith in) God’s goodness and believed the lie of the snake instead). When we believe He paid for our sins and it becomes our reality, we can then live our lives as those who are freed from sin – we can live in right standing with God. Now that the barrier is gone we can have a relationship with God. We should be able to hear Him, as “My sheep hear My voice” (John 10:27). God becomes a part of our daily lives. Our desire is for His Kingdom and no longer is the world and it’s ‘rewards’ our highest priority. God’s will become our highest priority and while He may have us do those things which we desire, we will long for Him to be glorified in what we do. We are changed and made “new creations” (Galatians 6:15). We have a new nature, one that longs for holiness and the presence of a Holy God. If we make mistakes, we can go to God on the basis of the blood of Yeshua and receive the forgiveness that’s already ours.
Understand this is not a quickie dusting off of sin if we went into it willingly and intentionally. In that case, you need to deal with God to change your weak character so you can be who He’s made you to be – a person living in holiness. It does mean that when we fail, we are not to take on guilt and condemnation. “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Messiah Yeshua” (Romans 8:1). That’s no, none, zilch, nada. Conviction is not the same as condemnation. Conviction is being made aware a correction is needed. Condemnation is hopeless. We’re never hopeless in Yeshua! Rather, just as children learn from trial and error, and from their mistakes, so do we. God would not have made us “babes in Messiah” (1 Cor 3:1 KJV) if we were to be fully matured from the get-go when we come to the Lord. We have to learn. It’s a process. So each time we fail somehow to walk in holiness, or even if we make some dumb mistake, we can go to God for help because of the blood of Yeshua. The blood of Yeshua is alive and continually makes intercession for us, because it never wears out or becomes obsolete – It’s eternal!! “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4;16). We now have access to all God said because His blood obliterated the barrier that had existed between us and God. With no barrier – because of the blood – we have access to all of God!!
Now, with regard to our own prayerful intercession (which is what we started this article with), we can petition God on the basis of Yeshua’s blood for God’s blessings, prophecies and promises. These are rightfully ours (or those we’re praying for) because of the blood of Yeshua. They’re ours not on the basis of anything we’ve done but on the basis of what Yeshua has done to satisfy God’s wrath against sin. Perhaps we should consider telling God less of what we want Him to do and more of declaring what Yeshua did and already promised us. We often ask/plead/request/petition God to do things He may have already promised us: Healing, wholeness, family salvation, forgiveness, restoration, reconciliation, provision…. by virtue of living under Yeshua’s atonement. When we are wrestling in our lives and come to God in prayer about sin or weakness in ourselves, or are praying for someone else, we can come to Him with His Word related to what the blood of Yeshua accomplished (there are many verses to be found).
Rather than praying subjectively (out of our thoughts and desires) it seems much more would be accomplished in prayer by asking God to apply the efficacy of the blood of Yeshua to our situations and lives. Efficacy means the capacity to bring about the desired end, the effectiveness, power, productiveness, capacity, competency, potency, vigor, proficiency, capability, and efficiency. Wow. Oh, I just have to stop right here and pray. Will you pray with me?
Abba, we come in Yeshua’s name, believing that all that His blood atonement accomplished can be ours by Your Great Grace. Lord, bring about in each person’s life reading this (and my own), the full intention of Your will in Yeshua’s blood-shedding death. Together we ask that the effectiveness and the power of the blood of Yeshua would accomplish the productivity and competency of completely delivering us from any and every sin and its iniquity (ongoing consequences) in our lives. We ask, on the basis of Yeshua’s blood, that the fullness of Your Kingdom righteousness would be ours. We pray that the potency, vigor and proficiency of all His blood bought for us will work within us to enable us to be capable and efficient to bring Your salvation, Your healing and deliverance, and Your Kingdom to those whose lives we touch. We give you thanks for all of it even now for Your glory, Lord. We will watch and see what You will do as we continue to hold this before You. Amen.
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Lonnie Lane comes from a family of four generations of Jewish believers, being the first one saved in 1975. Lonnie has been in church leadership for many years, and has planted two “one new man” house fellowships, one in Philadelphia suburbs and the other in Jacksonville, Florida, where she now lives near 6 of her 8 grandchildren. Lonnie is the author of “Because They Never Asked” and numerous articles on this website. She has been the Producer of Messianic Vision's radio and TV shows and the International Prayer Co-Coordinator for Messianic Vision's intercessors. Click Here to order Lonnie's book, "Because They Never Asked."
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