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23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.
We were under protective custody of the Law [known also as the Law of Moses--in that he received the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai.]. The laws of daily living and sacrifice are spelled out for the young nation of Israel. These laws revealed that God could be approachable through the shedding of blood. Those who were allowed to approach God through these sacrifices were the priests, or the tribe of Levi. If anyone attempted to offer sacrifice on their own, they would die. Even on the Day of Atonement, the high priest offered a sacrifice for himself, and then the nation of Israel. For without the shedding of blood, there can be no remission of sin. These laws also revealed the Mind of God to Israel. As they walked in these laws, they received not only divine instruction, but revelation of who God was and is. The first time the act of shedding blood is found in Genesis 3:21 says that God made "garments of skin" [NASB] for Adam and Eve. They realized they were naked, and God made provision for them to be covered. This is the first instance of the shedding of blood for humanity.
We are blessed today in that we are a royal priesthood. We can boldly go the throne of grace, and find help in the time of trouble.