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“I was born in the Holy Land, nearly seventy years ago. As a child I was taught to read the Law, the Psalms and the Prophets. I attended the synagogue and learned Hebrew from the rabbis. At first I believed what I was told, that ours was the true and only religion, but as I grew older and studied the Law more intently, I was impressed by the place the blood had in all the ceremonies outlined there, and I was equally impressed by its utter absence in the traditions of modern Judaism.
“Again and again I read Exodus 12 and Leviticus 16‑17, and the latter chapters especially made me tremble, as I thought of the great Day of Atonement and the place the blood had there. Day and night one verse would ring in my ears. ‘It is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul’ (Leviticus 17:11). I knew I had broken the law. I needed atonement. Year after year, on that day, I beat my chest as I confessed my need of it, but it was to be made by blood, and there was no blood!
“In my distress, at last, I opened my heart to a learned and respected rabbi. He told me that God was angry with His people. Jerusalem was in the hands of the Gentiles, the temple was destroyed, and a Muslim mosque was reared up in its place. The only spot on earth where we dared shed the blood of sacrifice, according to Deuteronomy 12 and Leviticus 17, was desecrated, and our nation scattered. That was why there was no blood. God had Himself closed the way to carry out the solemn service of the great Day of Atonement. Now we must turn to the Talmud and rest on its instructions and trust in the mercy of God and the merits of the fathers.
“I tried to be satisfied, but couldn’t. Something seemed to say that the law was unaltered, even though our temple was destroyed. Nothing else but blood could atone for the soul. We didn’t dare shed blood for atonement other than in the place the Lord had chosen. Then were we left without any atonement?
“This thought filled me with horror. In my distress I consulted many other rabbis. I had only one great question: Where can I find the blood of atonement?”
Did God Say
“When you eat the motsah?”
An elderly Jewish man said, “During Passover week, my Jewish brethren, you will have put away all leaven from your houses; you will eat the ‘motsah’ (unleavened wafers) and the roasted lamb. You will attend the synagogue services and carry out the ritual and directions of the Talmud, but you forget, my brethren, that you have everything but that which Jehovah required first of all. He did not say, ‘When I see the leaven put away, or when I see you eat the motsah, or the lamb, or go to the synagogue,’ but His word was, ‘When I see the blood, I will pass over you’ (Exodus 12:13). Ah, my brethren, you can substitute nothing for this. You must have blood, blood, BLOOD!”
“Blood.” It is an awful word for one who reveres the Talmud and yet has no sacrifice. It constantly speaks about the blood, but “the blood” is missing in the Judaism of today.
God’s Answer to My Search
“One night I was walking down one of the narrow streets of the city, when I saw a sign announcing a meeting for Jews. Curiosity made me go in. Just as I took a seat, I heard a man say, ‘The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin’ (1 John 1:7). It was my first introduction to Christianity, but I listened breathlessly as the speaker told how God had declared that ‘without shedding of blood is no remission’ (Hebrews 9:22), but that He had given His only begotten Son, the Lamb of God, to die, and all who trust in His blood are forgiven all their iniquities. This was the Messiah of Isaiah 53; this was the Sufferer of Psalm 22. Ah, my brethren, I had found the blood of atonement at last. I trusted it, and now I love to read the New Testament and see how all the shadows of the law are fulfilled in Jesus. His blood has been shed for sinners. It has satisfied God, and it is the only way of salvation for either Jew or Gentile.”
Have you found the blood of atonement that poured from Jesus’ side after He said, “It is finished”? “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). God says, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you” (Exodus 12:13).