Blood Songs – a Conversation with a Missionary
Missionary – until you see the importance of the blood as well, you’ll miss the point of my preaching (and the Torah’s teaching as well).
Yisroel B. – I don’t deny the importance of the blood – I let God tell me exactly where it fits in.
Missionary – He’s telling you, but you’re saying you can do without it if necessary. You can’t!
Yisroel B. – At the pain of repeating myself – by assuming the blood offerings of scripture were simply done away with and replaced – and never really atoned anyways – that is “honoring” the word of God. But believing that the eternal nature of God’s word requires that they will come back, and yearning and hoping for that day – that is “mocking” the word of God?!
Missionary – I totally and completely differ with this statement, and it goes back to our first talk in PA. I honor the blood sacrifices in a way that you could never imagine, and I recognize that their efficacy in times past ties in directly with the extraordinary power of Messiah’s blood. Let me know how many services you have been in which praises to God are sung because of the power of the blood of the Lamb, the sin-cleansing power of the blood, the life-transforming power of the blood, the guilt-removing power of the blood . . . The list goes on and on and the prayers and songs and thanksgiving goes on and on — because I do not for a moment denigrate the system that God set up, whereas you and your father and his father and his father — for countless generations — can only hope that one day that system will be restored, having lived without it for almost the entire history of Rabbinic Judaism.
Yisroel B. – Your own argument underscores how non-scriptural your position is. You exalt the offerings in a way that God never imagined. There are many songs of praise and thanksgiving in scripture – how many of them praise God for the cleansing power of the blood?
Missionary – Now I feel like you’re talking out of both sides of your mouth. One moment I’m not taking the blood sacrifices seriously enough; now I’m exalting them in ways that God never intended! Tell you what: Ask Moses and Solomon which one of the two of us is getting things wrong.
Yisroel B. – I am being totally consistent – and the songs of praise that you quote prove my point. Each of our positions exalts the blood offerings to a degree and brings them down to a degree
You see my belief that atonement can be achieved without the blood offerings as denigrating them – let us call this point #1
I see your belief that they were replaced with Jesus as denigrating them – #2
You see my belief that these very offerings will be brought back with all of their intricate details as exalting them too much – #3
I see your belief that there is no atonement whatsoever without them as exalting them too much – #4
The fact that your belief inspires you to sing songs about the atoning power of the blood – something that the singers of scripture never do – tells me that I am right on target with point #4 – and it should tell you the same.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal