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sins of Israel’s leaders,

“…who shed within her the blood of

the righteous”

(Lam. 4:13).

They will ask this, even though they are given the answer

quite succinctly (and in an historic nutshell) by the first martyr

of Christ (the Messiah)—Stephen, in the 7th chapter of Acts.


Jeremiah is a type of the Messiah who compares himself to

a lamb. He had been a gentle “lamb” who was led to the

slaughter. They wanted to,

“…cut him off from the land of the


(Jer. 11:19). This passage is clearly the type of the man

of sorrows (Jesus Christ) described in Isaiah 53:

“…he was led

like a lamb to the slaughter. For he was cut off from the land of

the living”

(Isa 53:7-8).

At the crucifixion of the Messiah,

“All the people answered,

‘Let his blood be on us and on our children’”

(Matt. 27:25)! At

the cross, His appearance was disfigured and,

“…marred be-

yond human likeness, so he will sprinkle [shed the blood of]


(Isa. 52:14-15).

Because the Messiah’s people have rejected Him,

“the gen-

tle flowing waters of Shiloh,”

He will bring,

“the king of Assyr-


(the Antichrist) to overrun and overflow His people (Isa.

8:6-7). Since all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of

God, and not just His own people (Rom. 3:23), the Lord will

also shed the blood of Gentiles who have rejected Him (Rev.


The Bible makes it very clear that all people are responsible

for crucifying Christ, even though the plan of salvation was