PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Psalm 79
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“They have poured out blood like water all around Jerusalem.” (Psalm 79:3)
Blood represents the preciousness of life – all over the ground.
Every murder is an echo of Abel’s blood, crying out for justice (Genesis 4:10).
This Psalm was written by a Jew, but it also applies to all people.
Our world is filled with blood – like water – precious life wasted!
Is it because of God’s anger (v.5), or is it what leads to God’s anger?
God’s response is to step into the bloodshed and overcome it with love.
The blood of Jesus mingles with our blood in Jerusalem (John 19:34).
His blood cries a better word than Abel’s – justice and mercy (Hebrews 12:24)!
We’ve become desensitized to blood – in the news, in computer games.
We ignore appeals for blood donations — too busy shopping or watching TV.
We fight over communion juice, but say little about violence and death.
As Jesus followers, we should feel the preciousness of every life.
Jesus mingled his blood with the billions of victims through history.
He’s asking us to join our blood with his in crying out for justice and mercy!
Lord, forgive us for drinking your blood in communion for ourselves, but ignoring your blood in the millions who suffer and die every day.