Summary: There is a fountain filled with blood, Drawn from Immanuel’s veins; And sinners, plunged beneath that flood, Lose all their guilty stains. - William Cowper 1771
Dakota Community Church
February 9, 2014
There is a Fountain Filled With Blood
Blood is the life-giving and life-maintaining fluid that circulates through the bodies heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries.
The average person’s blood is about 8% of his body weight
The average woman has about 4.5 litres of blood in her body. The average man 5.5
One out of seven people entering hospital needs blood
Someone needs blood every two seconds
One pint of blood can save three lives
Here is an important and undeniable fact: Blood gives and maintains lives.
Christians should know this better than others.
- Anthony Carter (Blood Work: How the Blood of Christ Accomplishes Our Salvation) 2013
There is a fountain filled with blood, Drawn from Immanuel’s veins;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains. - William Cowper 1771
Sin will yield to nothing less potent than the blood of him whom God hath set forth as a propitiation. - Charles Haddon Spurgeon 1866
•"Propitiation properly signifies the removal of wrath by the offering of a gift,"
(The New Bible Dictionary).
•"Propitiation signifies the turning away of wrath by an offering,"
(Baker's Dictionary of theology, p. 424).
•The act of appeasing the wrath and conciliating the favor of an offended person (dictionary.com).
•"The act of appeasing the wrath,"
(Webster's dictionary, 1828).
O precious is the flow, That makes us white as snow.
No other fount I know.
Nothing but the blood of Jesus. - Robert Lowery 1876
We don’t need to re-imagine Christianity, we need to rediscover it. - Chris Rosebrough 2009
A.) In the beginning
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” 2 And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. 3 In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. 6 The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”
8 Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. 9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?” 10 And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to me from the ground.
Cain and Abel must have been instructed on acceptable offerings - “If you do well”
We are not free to offer any sacrifice we may prefer - Cain likely came assuming his offering would be pleasing to the Lord, he had worked hard to obtain it, especially compared to Abel’s.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.
Cain’s offering was the fruit of his effort.
Abel’s offering was the death of a lamb.
Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
The inventor of humanistic religion murdered the first recipient of grace.
And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to me from the ground.
For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. 20 For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.