It is difficult to create superstitious and compulsory worship if the object/subject of worship is not some idol hanging from the rafters, but is present in the child in the third row, or within the pastor’s compassionate preaching, or within daily love of the quiet old woman in the back. Timeless, free from absolute definition, and omnipresent… the Christ is within all.
Why blood? The entire bible is filled with blood. Blood is one of the main features of the language of divine covenant, both old and new. So, why does God care so much about blood?
We sometimes act differently when we think no one is watching. From the way we speak to our spouses or our children, to the way we talk about a friend to others when they’re not about, to how we treat other people’s stuff, to acts of violence, to acts of perversion, to acts of jealousy, to even the truly evil… we all have our shadow sides that we think we can let out if “no one is watching”.
God showed us our own earthy and divine potential. God calls us everyday to attain it.
1 Peter 1
15. Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct;
16. for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”