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The Blood Covenant
THE BLOOD COVENANT - WHAT IS IT?
The entire Old Testament is a picture of his salvation message in Jesus.
What seemed to be meaningless rituals, customs, and happenings was really a shadow of the picture of salvation thru Jesus.
The Old Testament tells what is going to happen.
The New Testament tells that it did happen.
It is the story of God entering into a blood covenant with man thru the Lord Jesus Christ.
- John 5.39 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil,
unto the resurrection of damnation.
- Luke 24.44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things
must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
A blood covenant between 2 parties is the closest, the most enduring, the most solemn and the most sacred of all contracts. Read the Hebrew ritual
below and see how it describes what we acquired through salvation by the blood of Jesus Christ. See how it explains in more detail the extent
of our salvation.
- Matthew 5.17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
The Hebrew ritual of the blood covenant between 2 males:
THIS COMPLETES OUR CEREMONY.
- I TAKE OFF MY COAT OR ROBE AND GIVE IT TO YOU. A person's robe represents the person. Symbolically, I'm giving you all of myself.
being and my life, I pledge to you.
- I TAKE OFF MY BELT AND GIVE IT TO YOU. My belt holds my armor "together"; my dagger, bow and arrow, and sword.
I'm saying here is my
strength and all my ability to fight. If anybody attacks you, they are also attacking me. Your battles are my battles and mine are yours.
I will fight
- CUT THE COVENANT Take an animal and split it down the middle. This is only done in a covenant ceremony.
- We stand in between the 2 bloody halves of flesh with our backs to each other. Then we walk right thru the bloody halves making a
figure eight and come back to stop facing each other.
- In doing this we say we are dying to ourselves, giving up the rights to our own life and beginning a new walk with our covenant
partner unto death. Each half of the animal represents us. It says "God, do so to me and more if I ever try to break this covenant."
- RAISE THE RIGHT ARM AND MIX BLOOD We raise our right arms, cut our palms and bring them together and let our blood mix. Then we
swear allegiance to each other. As new blood mixes, we believe our lives are intermingling and becoming one life. So we are putting off our old
nature and putting on the new nature of our blood covenant partner.
- EXCHANGE NAMES. I take your last name as part of my name and you do likewise.
- MAKE A SCAR We rub our blood together and make a scar as a permanent testimony to the covenant. The scar bears witness to the
covenant we have made. It is there to remind us of our covenant responsibilities to each other. It is the guarantee of our covenant.
It was a reminder to any would be attacker that he would also have to fight the covenant partner.
- GIVE COVENANT TERMS All my assets are yours. All my money, all my property. and all my possessions are yours. If you need any
of them just come and get it. What's mine is yours and what's yours is mine, assets and liabilities.
- MEMORIAL MEAL Eat the memorial meal of bread and wine, symbolizing being one together in a new nature.
- PLANT A MEMORIAL We now leave a memorial to the covenant. We do this by planting a tree that we have sprinkled with the
blood of the animal. The blood sprinkled tree, along with our scar, will always be a testimony to our covenant.
From now on we are known as friends. You become friends only after you have cut covenant. And all our children are included in the covenant,
even unborn ones. When they are born and come to an age of understanding about our covenant, they can choose to stay in it, or reject it.
See 1 Samual18.1-9 as an example of a covenant between David and Jonathan that was fulfilled in 2 Samual 9 when Jonathan's son lived with
David represents GOD.
He loves his creation and wants to shows us mercy and kindness. He wants to adopt us, to sit at the table with HIM and live in a mansion
He's prepared for us.
Unfortunately we are rebellious and want to do our own thing. We don't want anyone telling us what to do, especially GOD.
We don't know GOD loves us and wants to bless us. We have always been told He is a God of wrath and wants to bring judgment on us
so we are afraid of him.
The Bible says in 1 Peter 1.18 that Jesus was forordained before the foundation of the world to be the lamb without blemish and without spot
that would be sacrificed for us.
He took on a body, born on the seed of the woman, not man, so the blood flowing thru his veins would be uncontaminated by sin.
In Luke 22.14 he gathered his disciples to participate in the covenant meal of bread and wine.
After the meal Jesus went out and left a memorial to the covenant. He planted a tree, and he poured blood on it -- his own --. He poured out
all his blood at the foot of the cross (tree).
He took on our own robe of self-righteousness which is like filthy rags (Isaiah 64.6).
He took on our nature
God says: Here are the terms of the covenant.
- Isaiah 53.6 He who knew no sin became sin for us.
And there is even more.
- I'll take on your liabilities, all your sins, and become sin for you. I'll forgive your iniquities and remember them no more.
all your self-righteousness and give you my own righteousness which is pure, holy and acceptable to me.
- You clothe me with your robe of sin and I'll clothe you with my garment of salvation and my robe of righteousness which is my pure
life blood poured out on the cross for you. I'll impute it to you and count you as righteous.
- I'll put my spirit within you and bless you with all spiritual blessings. You'll partake of my nature by the intermingling
of our blood. You can become part of me and I'll live in your heart.
My house will be your house. You can feast at my table. I'll be a father to you and adopt you as my own son.
- If you enter into this covenant, you will be known as my friend. (John 15.14-1).
You will even exchange names and be called a Christian.
- Like the scar, Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to all who will enter into covenant with him. John 20.22. The Holy Spirit is the
seal that bears witness and testifies to the covenant. Ephesians 1.13, 4.30, 2 Corinthians 1.22.
- Romans 8.14-17 As many as are lead...Spirit of adoption...joint heirs
- When satan comes against the Christian we show him our scar - the power of the Holy Spirit and he will flee. (1 John 4.4)
- God has raised and exalted Jesus.[(Ephesians 1.20-23)
- He has given Jesus the name above every name (Philippians 2.9-11)
- Romans 8.37 We are more than conquerors.
- Ephesians 1.20-23
- Hebrews 13.20-21 God, thru the blood of the everlasting covenant will produce in you thru the power of Christ all that is pleasing to Him.
So you see that studying this ritual gives us a more robust understanding of how strong our salvation is in Christ and gives us a better
understanding of what the covenant includes. We will expand on this in other articles.