Today is Eid al-Adha here. According to wikipedia, it is also known as the “feast of sacrifice” and is celebrated by M___ms worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael (no, that’s not a typo. It’s what they believe.) as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a sheep to sacrifice instead.
So bright and early this morning, all over the city, goats and sheep and cows were being sacrificed in the streets to remember the sacrifice and provision a couple thousand years ago. Now, it wasn’t quite so bad in the area I live in since there are so many foreigners who don’t necessarily believe the same thing. I’m told, though, that there are areas of the city where the blood runs down the streets and sacrificed animals are piled many feet high. We did see men walking down the streets carrying fresh hides, trucks driving down the streets with sacrificed animals piled inside, and smelled the stench of blood and death in the air. After all the sacrifices are made, the people go to prayer and then have a feast of meat. In addition, the wealthy people will take some of the meat to the poor, therefore getting points to get into heaven.
Pretty intense, huh?
So as all this was happening outside, a song popped up on iTunes that completely broke me. I had to listen to it a few times, pull up the words, and sing along. Listen to Kari Jobe’s “O the Blood” here: http://youtu.be/LcG807YGsfY
Stop. Actually click on the link and listen to it...even if you know what song I’m talking about. Listen to it.
O the blood of Jesus shed for me
What a sacrifice that saved my life
Yes the blood it is my victory.”