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“he will ever be mindful of his covenant! ” (Ps 111:5)
I begin this Bible Study with a promise that once you truly grasp the
real significance and power of a covenant you will never be the
same again! Perhaps no Biblical topic is of more importance than
the topic of covenant! If we are to ever get a revelation of covenant
then we must realize that God always keeps his end of an
agreement. Notice Abraham’s bewildered response to God when
the LORD promised him that he would inherit the land of Canaan,
“And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit
it? ” (Gen 15:8). Abraham simply asked God for some kind of
proof! Abraham wanted to trust in God’s promise; nevertheless, he
wanted something that he could hang on to! The Bible is essentially
a book about, “our father Abraham” (Rom 4:12); hold between your
fingers the pages of your Bible from Genesis 11 through 1Pet 3:6;
those are the endpoints in the Bible that reference Abraham, the
father of the faith.
Why is Abraham so preeminent among Biblical figures? The Bible teaches
that Abraham, “staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was
strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what
he had promised, he was able also to perform ” (Rom 4:20-21). When we
think about the profound power expressed in that passage; we begin to
comprehend the depth of Abraham’s trust in God, “Take now thy son, thine
only son Isaac , whom thou lovest . . . and offer him there for a burnt offering”
(Gen 22:2). If, as we have just read in Chapter 15, Abraham needed help
earlier in order to believe God’s promise, then it is important that we fully
understand what exactly brought him to the point where he later, “staggered
not at the promise of God! ” We know that Abraham willingly raised his own
knife to sacrifice his son Isaac! How did Abraham go from bewilderment
(Gen 15) to assurance (Rom 4)? Let’s take a closer look at the complete
experience that Abraham went through as he became, “ fully persuaded ” that
God, “ was able also to perform!
Abraham somehow believed the promises that God had earlier given him of
becoming a father to many naitons, “thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of
many nations have I made thee ” (Gen 17:5). Abraham and Sarah received a
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miracle child of promise born unto them in their old age; obviously, Isaac was born
as a result of this specific promise from God! However, something even more
powerful happened to Abraham that cause him to react with such deep faith, “when
he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his
only begotten son , 18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead ; from
whence also he received him in a figure” (Heb 11:17-19). What was it that
empowered Abraham to keep from staggering at God’s command that he sacrifice
his son? In this Bible Study we are going to research one specific powerful event in
the life of Abraham that most Bible students simply overlook!
In order to arrive at an answer to our question concerning what it was that empowered
Abraham to experience such faith, we must start with that earlier question that we observed
Abraham ask of the LORD, “And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall
inherit it? ” (Gen 15:8). Abraham had a question of the LORD; the beginning of our
answer lies in the LORD’s response back to Abraham, “And he said unto him, Take me an
heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and
a turtledove, and a young pigeon. 10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in
the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. 11 And
when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away” (Gen 15:9-11).
Now what kind of an answer is this? Abraham asked God how he could know that he
would inherit the land and God responded by telling him to take animals and sacrifice
them! A more complete answer lies in the next few verses, “And it came to pass, that,
when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp
that passed between those pieces. 18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with
Abram ” (Gen 15:17-18). Essentially, God entered into a blood covenant with Abraham;
this is how Abraham knew that God would perform what He had promised. This must
have some great covenant! Since this blood covenant was so powerful, then we better get a
deeper and more complete understanding of that covenant!
The New Testament is essentially a covenant; therefore, it is imperative that we understand
the implications of what it means to enter into our New Covenant! The Bible uses the
Hebrew word, beriyth for covenant; that word originates in the concept of cutting.
Essentially, it comes from a blood compact made by killing an animal then cutting it into
two pieces; those making the agreement of the covenant then walk between the pieces of
flesh. Have you ever heard of someone say, “I cut a deal?” Cutting a covenant was not
something to be taken lightly! When making a blood covenant the people were acting out
that the animal that had been cut in pieces was symbolic of what might come upon
themselves. The covenant expressed their agreement that they would be so destroyed and
cut into pieces if they should not comply with the terms of the covenant.
There are only two words translated into “covenant” in the bible; one is the Hebrew beriyth
that we have already observed and the other is the Greek word diatheke which means a
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contract or a will. It is important that we understand covenant; the LORD said at the end of
the Old Testament,“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before
me: and the Lord, whom ye seek , shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger
of the covenant (Mal 3:1). The LORD, (the Messiah who was to come) would end up
being the messenger of the covenant; this prophecy was the last significant thing that Israel
was told to look for!
Exactly what was a covenant as understood by Abraham? Blood covenants between
peoples and tribes that were made in the land of the Chaldees, from which Abraham came,
demonstrated the following six major characteristics:
1. The two people or tribes would sit down and discuss the terms of the proposed
covenant;
2. In the case of covenants among tribes or groups, each tribe would select a
representative for its specific tribe. These individuals would become responsible for
their respective tribes during the creation of the covenant. This individual acted just
as if every member of each tribe were present;
3. Each representative would then pledge his life, loyalty, and honor to the other as
they went through a ceremony in which they would exchange weapons and coats;
4. The representatives from each tribe would next perform a blood sacrifice – Each
representative would make the ceremonial, “walk of blood” as they would walk to
and fro between the pieces of a sacrificed animal;
5. After the “walk of blood,” the entire family or tribe would participate in the
covenant meal which usually included bread and wine;
6. The names of the representatives and those represented would finally changed or
merged to reflect the newly formed covenant relationship.
We will reference these six steps of a blood covenant several times during this study.
The hope of any covenant is to forge a mutual understanding between each of the parties
involved; that new understanding will then lead to better peace, prosperity, and security for
all. If you think about it, every covenant is entered into because each party has something
significant to bring to the table. Even in our modern society, covenants are created under
many of the following situations:
Groups or individuals need the skills or abilities of some other person or group. In
order to secure these skills and abilities they are willing to render certain fees or other
services. Thus a new covenant is borne;
Individuals of the opposite sex form a covenant known in our society as a marriage
covenant;
Covenants are formed between the conqueror and the conquered – the Japanese signed
an unconditional surrender at the conclusion of World War II; the surrender was
dictated by the United States of America and its allies. The Japanese were only
signatories of the surrender;
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Covenants are formed between between enemies of equal strength who require the
capacity of the others – during World War II, the United States, Britain, Australia, and
other democratic nations realized that they all needed a combined capacity in order to
subdue the Axis powers of Germany, Italy, and Japan.
Covenants are formed between between those who never have faced one another on the
battle field as adversaries – The United States and Canada share a common peace
treaties.
In our modern age we view the word covenant as rather archaic and we therefore prefer to
designate an agreement as a contract. Indeed we now have whole groups of attorneys
known as contract lawyers. However the word “contract” is never used in the Authorized
Version of the Bible, neither is the concept of marriage as a “contract” used in God’s
Word. Nevertheless, the word “covenant,” is used nearly 300 times.
Discuss the mafia and their use of blood covenants.
The Hebrew root “to cut” is the basis of the word B'rit meaning covenant. The Hebrew
phrase Karât B'rit ; literally means to “cut a covenant.” We will discover more completely
how this cutting of a covenant relates to the rituals involving the establishment of the
covenant. Additionally, we need to realize that Abraham merely asked a question of God.
It was God’s idea in the first place to enter into a blood covenant with Abraham so that he
and all of his posterity could gain an understanding of what God was promising. Once we
really understand that we are in an agreement with God then we should stop worrying
about everything, “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh ,
who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made
by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth
of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise , having no hope, and without God
in the world ” (Eph 2:11-12). People who are “ without God in the world ” have a valid
reason to be fearful of the vicissitudes of life’s often-dangerous circumstances; however,
since we are no longer, “ strangers from the covenants of promise ,” we should no longer
fear! The problem is that many born-again Christians continue in ignorance of their
covenant and as a result they remain too long, “ strangers from the covenants of promise !”
The point is that if one does not know and understand that they possess a solemn covenant
with God then they remain, “ strangers from the covenants of promise , having no hope ,
and without God in the world (Eph 2:11-12). Far too many Christians continue in this
kind of a relationship with the Almighty! Remember that Abraham and Sarah were in their
nineties; this means that they existed in the world that was completely beyond any hope of
producing offspring! However, Abraham and Sarah trusted in the promises of the covenant
and they therefore had hope, which led to faith, which led to a child! One can only believe
in faith when they have hope based on the covenant of God! The world will say you have
no hope; but God’s covenant says you can believe! Paul often said, “I would not have you
ignorant” concerning some issue; in like fashion we must not be ignorant of God’s
covenant with us! The reason is that God is clearly limited in what He can do in the life of
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an ignorant Christian! If you have trouble with that statement, it will be clarified as the end
of this Bible Study. The point is that God is limited by His own word, “My covenant will I
not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips ” (Ps 89:34).
Since God’s covenant is so important to Him, we must get to the point where we
understand the blood covenant that Abraham made with God. What exactly happened
during that covenant? God literally came down and made a blood covenant with humanity
in the person of Abraham. That is why the New Testament describes Christians as,
Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal 3:29). We are participants of
Abraham’s blood covenant. We do not so much need the definition of a blood covenant as
much as we need a revelation of our New Covenant! We will get to that in a little while.
A covenant is a binding agreement between two people or groups of people and usually is
to be kept until death. The following is a model of an ancient covenant. The following
model that was earlier discussed in general terms uses tribe X and tribe Y to represent the
two parties who are making a covenant:
1.
Each tribe selects a representative for its specific people. These individuals are
responsible for their respective tribes during the creation of the covenant. This
individual acts just as if every member of each tribe were present.
3.
Both representatives would pledge their lives, loyalty, and honor to the other as they
exchange weapons and coats. The significance of giving an individual one’s weapon is
self descriptive; however, coats contain the symbolic signficance of an individual’s
authority. If you have not yet read the Rivkah Ministries study entitled “ Under the
Shadow of His Wings ” it is recommended that you obtain a copy of that Bible Study
from – http://www.Rivkah.org. Through casual observance of a military uniform one
can quickly discern the authority and position or rank of the owner; the same concept
was true in ancient times; however, authority was displayed on the talit (tunic or coat) .
Notice that Genesis teaches us that Israel loved Joseph and made him a talit (tunic) of
many colors; through that specific gift Israel was actually making an unspoken gesture
of a future pledge that Joseph would be the recipient of the family blessing, “Now
Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age:
and he made him a coat of many colours” (Gen 37:3). We can comprehend Israel’s
subtle act more completely by taking notice of the significance in the coat exchange
between Jonathan and David. “Then Jonathan and David made a covenant , because
he loved him as his own soul. 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was
upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow,
and to his girdle” (1 Sam 18:3-4). Clearly, Jonathan and David entered into a special
love covenant because of their friendship. We see that Jonathan took off the robe and
gave it to David along with his armor, sword, bow and belt. During ceremonies such as
these the participants, exchanged the weapon belts while saying, “I shall teach you and
protect you.” In the case of tribes, if tribe X is skilled in warfare they would promise to
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The two tribes X and Y sit down and discuss the terms of the proposed covenant;
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defend tribe Y who may be skilled at growing food. Together they would form an
alliance that was mutually beneficial to both;
4.
“Walk of Blood” – The representatives
from each tribe enter into a blood
sacrifice, as each representative would
walk to and fro between the pieces,
they would walk twice in a figure-8
pattern. (Note: The symbol for infinity
(forever) is a figure-8 on its side – .
Blood covenants are most likely the
origin of this symbol.) Then both parties stop and swear unto death while standing in
the midst of the blood, swearing by the Almighty and thus making God their 3rd party.
They would vow to kill the covenant breaker and his seed after him if the terms of the
covenant would ever be breached. Each representative would then cut himself in the
same place (often in the palm of the hand) , then they put their open wounds together so
that their blood mingles (this is the origin of the modern day hand shake; sometimes it
is known Biblically as “striking hands.” Notice the proverb, “Be not thou one of them
that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts” (Prov 22:26). Often some
form of powder was packed into the wounds, which would cause a lifelong scar. This
scar would be displayed during the lifting up of the right hand to show that a covenant
(oath) had been entered into. The wedding ring is a modern replacement (unlike a scar
it is removable) for the covenant scar. We should also remember that the covenant with
Abraham also resulted in circumcision. In “the walk of blood,” obviously animal(s)
was/were sacrificed during ancient covenants. The animal was cut in half and the two
representatives would walk in a figure eight pattern around the two animal halves.
Notice that in our modern society that elements of this symbolism persists in marriage
by the placement of families and friends on opposite sides of the room as the couple
walks between them. Often a large stone or pile of stones is set up to bear witness to
the oath, as in the covenant cut between Jacob and Laban “Now therefore come thou,
let us make a covenant , I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee. 45
And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar . 46 And Jacob said unto his brethren,
Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the
heap. 47 And Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed. 48 And
Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day . Therefore was the
name of it called Galeed; 49 And Mizpah; for he said, The LORD watch between me
and thee, when we are absent one from another” (Gen 31:44-49).
5.
The next activity would consist of the important covenant meal that usually included
bread and wine. We all will remember that when Abraham met with the great priest,
“Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine” (Gen 14:18). Here is a hint
of yet another covenant that Abraham entered into during his lifetime. After the “walk
of blood,” the entire households, tribes, or families come together to share a meal or
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6.
feast (further making them one, the concept being that the same food becomes part of
the bodies of both sides) . The elders first feed one another saying, “This is my body,
take, eat” (Meaning: I'll die and let you eat my flesh before I'll let you starve) . Then, the
elders feed each other wine representing blood “eat not the blood: for the blood is the
life ” (Deut 12:23). Notice the following passage, “let us take their daughters to us for
wives, and let us give them our daughters. 22 Only herein will the men consent unto us
for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they
are circumcised. 23 Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of theirs
be ours? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us ” (Gen 34:21-23).
After sharing food in a wedding have you noticed the feeding of the cake to each other,
by the bride and groom, and the drinking of the champagne with interlocked arms – this
is symbolic of the bread and wine shared at the covenant meal. Abimelech and Issac
observed a covenant meal, as a part of the covenant of peace and friendship that they
cut together “And they said, We saw certainly
that the LORD was with thee: and we said,
Let there be now an oath betwixt us , even
betwixt us and thee, and let us make a
covenant with thee ; 29 That thou wilt do us
no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as
we have done unto thee nothing but good, and
have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the
blessed of the LORD. 30 And he made them a
feast , and they did eat and drink . 31 And they rose
up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac
sent them away, and they departed from him in peace” (Gen 26:28-31). Note in another
covenant that there was the partaking of the moldy bread and wine from cracked and
dirty wineskins in the covenant ceremony between the Israelites and the Gibeonites,
“This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we came
forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy: 13 And these bottles
of wine, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our garments
and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey. 14 And the men took
of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD” (Josh 9:12-14). We
should also note that during the modern Passover service of the Jews a central part of
the meal includes the afikoman (hidden loaf) and the third cup of wine known as (the
cup of redemption) ;
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Next, there was a name exchange ceremony; tribe X became tribe XY and tribe Y
becomes tribe YX as they became one people. The Williams family and the Burg
family would create a new entity known as Williamsburg. The names of the
representatives are changed or merged to reflect the new covenant relationship (To have
one's name is to operate in his authority.) Names of individuals often carry the
evidence of past covenants. Remember that Abram and Sarai were renamed to
Abraham and Sarah, “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name
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shall be Abraham ; for a father of many nations have I made thee” (Gen 17:5). Jacob
was renamed to Israel So He said to him, “And he said unto him, What is thy name?
And he said, Jacob. 28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel:
for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed” (Gen
32:27-28).
Notice an amazing and interesting fact out of our modern society; we have a common
saying which is phrased, “Blood is thicker than water.” You probably don’t realize that
this particular phrase came from the ancient blood covenants. It is amazing how the phrase
has completely lost its original, covenant-related , meaning. Indeed the meaning has totally
flip-flopped from its original meaning. Today, the phrase is understood as meaning that
blood-related or family members should be considered more importantly than others who
are non-related. Surprisingly, the original meaning was, “The blood of the covenant is
thicker than the water of the womb!” It would follow that the relationship with those to
whom I am joined in covenant is to be considered of even greater value than the
relationship with a brother with whom I may have shared the womb! No wonder that
Solomon wrote, “there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother” (Prov18:24). It is
interesting that the term friend from that particular passage has also lost its original
meaning. It means far more than a close acquaintance or one of whom I share brotherly
affection; instead, the term friend was anciently used to refer to one with whom I am
joined, in covenant ! – This is very much like the David/Jonathan covenant.
Anciently, covenants were borne out of needs, strengths, and weaknesses. We have learned
that after a tribe had assessed those things that they lacked, they would then come to terms
with another tribe that could supply their need. Once those discussions were accomplished,
representatives would be chosen and a covenant would be made.
Throughout history, marriage is the most obvious example of the linking of tribes and
families. That covenant was often based upon the needs, strengths, and weaknesses of each
different people. Even in recent European history we see the linking of the royal families
as a means of establishing a covenant between peoples.
Notice the Biblical example of this type of covenant, “These men are peaceable with us;
therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for the land, behold, it is large
enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our
daughters” (Gen 34:21).
The Hebrews use the term chesed meaning love, kindness, and caring; we have observed an
example of this type of a chesed covenant between Jonathan and David who literally “cut a
covenant” as we see in the Book of 1st Samuel, “Then Jonathan and David made a
covenant , because he loved him as his own soul. 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the
robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to
his bow, and to his girdle” (1 Sam 18:3-4). In time, their covenant continued and even
grew stronger, “So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, Let the
LORD even require it at the hand of David's enemies. 17 And Jonathan caused David to
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swear again , because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul” (1 Sam
20:16-17). We can learn from Jonathan and David that love, especially chesed love, is not
dependent upon what one feels; rather, it's what one does!
As we turn our attention back to Abraham, notice that while he was asleep, the Shekhina
Glory of the Lord passed through the pieces or performed the “walk of blood” alone, “And
it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a
smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces ” (Gen 15:17). This
is the first Scriptural appearance of this Shekhinah manifestation of God’s Divine Presence.
We see it much later while the children of Israel left Egypt, “ the LORD went before them
by day in a pillar of a cloud , to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give
them light; to go by day and night” (Ex 13:21).
During the culture of Abraham’s day, if the contract being made was a conditional
covenant, there were certain things that the parties involved in the agreement would do. In
a situation such as the one described in Genesis 15 where a conditional covenant was being
made, both parties making the contract would walk together between the pieces of the
animals. Notice how Jeremiah brings light to this concept, “And I will give the men that
have transgressed my covenant, which have not performed the words of the covenant
which they had made before me, when they cut the calf in twain, and passed between the
parts thereof , 19 The princes of Judah, and the princes of Jerusalem, the eunuchs, and the
priests, and all the people of the land, which passed between the parts of the calf; 20 I will
even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life:
and their dead bodies shall be for meat unto the fowls of the heaven, and to the beasts of
the earth” (Jeremiah 34:18-19). In essence, the terms of the covenant would be mandated
upon both parties. If one party became guilty of violating any single term of the covenant,
it would free the other party from the necessity of fulfilling his own promises contained in
the covenant. However, notice carefully! Abraham and God did not walk together
between the pieces of the animals, “ a deep sleep fell upon Abram ; and, lo, an horror of
great darkness fell upon him . . . 17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and
it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those
pieces ” (Genesis 15:17). Since God alone performed “the walk of blood,” this meant that
Abraham’s portion of the covenant was based purely upon God's grace! It would never
matter how often Abraham or his descendants may fail in keeping up their end of the
bargain! God changed things so that Abraham could only be a recipient of the covenant
promises!
It is always about Jesus! Let’s take a look at Jesus’ role in the New Covenant –
MODEL BLOOD
COVENANT
NEW COVENANT
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Covenant
“he will ever be mindful of his covenant! ” (Ps 111:5)
MODEL BLOOD
COVENANT
NEW COVENANT
Parties making covenant
Parties making covenant – God and Mankind
Terms of the covenant
God alone establishes the terms of the covenant
Representative chosen
Jesus was both Son of God and Son of Man:
God’s representative is Jesus
Jesus said, “ O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass
from me: nevertheless not as I will , but as thou wilt ” (Matt
26:39)
God has decreed that Man’s representative would be Jesus
who would step in for us:
“For he (the Father) hath made him to be sin for us, who
knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God
in him” (2 Cor. 5:21)
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly
places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him
before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy
and without blame before him in love” (Eph 1:3-4)
“in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made
nigh by the blood of Christ” (Eph 2:13)
Representatives pledges his
life and loyalty to the other
He remains committed to us forever:
“I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my
covenant with you” (Judg 2:1)
Jesus said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb
13:5)
Blood sacrifice
Jesus was our blood sacrifice:
“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own
blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained
eternal redemption for us” (Heb 9:12)
“In whom we have redemption through his blood” (Eph 1:7)
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Covenant
“he will ever be mindful of his covenant! ” (Ps 111:5)
MODEL BLOOD
COVENANT
NEW COVENANT
Jesus still bears the scars; He openly showed His disciples
His hands, feet, and side. Indeed, He still bears the marks of
crucifixion; the only man-made objects in heaven are scars!
(These are the covenant scars!) : “The other disciples
therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said
unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the
nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust
my hand into his side, I will not believe. 26 And after eight
days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them:
then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the
midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27 Then saith he to
Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and
reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not
faithless, but believing” (John 20:25-27)
Name exchange
The Christian takes on Jesus’ name:
“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and
earth is named" (Eph. 3:14,15)
“But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one" (I Cor.
6:17)
“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name
they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly,
it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick,
and they will recover” (Mk 16:17,18)
Those in covenant relationship with God, in Jesus, will be
given new names, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the
Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give
some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white
stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one
knows except him who receives” (Rev 2:17)
“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of
My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on
him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God,
the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from
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Covenant
“he will ever be mindful of his covenant! ” (Ps 111:5)
MODEL BLOOD
COVENANT
NEW COVENANT
My God. And I will write on him My new name” (Rev 3:12)
The exchange of clothes
Jesus clothes us, “as many of you as have been baptized into
Christ have put on Christ (Gal 3:27)
Put on the whole armour of God , that ye may be able to
stand against the wiles of the devil” (Eph 6:11).
“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou
mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be
clothed , and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear”
(Rev 3:18).
Each keeps the covenant
even if it means death
Jesus died for us: He died the death of a sinner, so that we
would not have to die.
"He is the Mediator of the new covenant by means of death "
(Heb. 9:15)
" I have been crucified with Christ nevertheless I live " (Gal.
2:20)
The Messiah was to be cut-off, “ 26 And after threescore and
two weeks shall Messiah be cut off ( Karât), but not for
himself” (Dan 9:26)
So why does God say, “that he hateth putting away (divorce) ?” (Mal 2:16). When people
divorce they break covenant! Malachi had just said, “Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the
LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth , against whom thou hast
dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant ” (Mal 2:14).
You should have been getting the point by now that a covenant is a sacred thing to God!
God is extremely serious about covenants! Abraham was confident that God would
perform according to his covenant even if He had to raise Isaac from the dead! God is
serious about His word. Paul writes concerning, “the immutability of his counsel,
confirmed it by an oath : 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for
God to lie” (Heb 6:17-18). The Psalmist says, “ He hath remembered his covenant for
ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations” (Ps 105:8).
God obviously knows His word! The point is that when we know His word and then we
remind God of His word then we come into agreement with God! And when, “I say unto
you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it
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Covenant
“he will ever be mindful of his covenant! ” (Ps 111:5)
shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt 18:19). God loves His
covenant, “ My covenant will I not break , nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips ” (Ps
89:34). We need to realize that God has bound Himself out of an act of His own will to His
word! God cannot contradict His word! People argue that God is sovereign and He can
therefore do whatever He chooses; however, this is an incorrect statement! Yes! God is
sovereign; however, He has bound Himself to His word, “he will ever be mindful of his
covenant” (Ps 111:5). This ought to greatly excite us because we are in covenant with God
and this means that we are always on His mind!
We all need to get a covenant perspective of everything! If you do not know that God has
covenanted to heal you, “and with his stripes we are healed” (Isa 53:5); then when you
suffer symptoms of illness you will simply give up and in some cases die, “not discerning
the Lord's body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many
sleep ” (1 Cor 11:29-30).
Once a father was leaving home for an extended business trip and he had earlier promised
that he would leave some money for his son’s expenses during his absence. As the father
was leaving, the son had company over for the night and the father did not want to give his
son the money in the presence of another. The father
decided to leave ten 100 dollar bills in the Bible; and as
he was leaving he cryptically told his son, “Everything
you will need is in the Book of Isaiah.”
Sure enough the son’s need for money came up and he
could not purchase the item that he had so long desired.
It seems that the son thought that his father simply
wanted him to study the Bible, so he disregarded the
father’s words and did not look into the book of Isaiah to
find his needs.
I say to you, all of your needs in this life can be found in the Book of Isaiah, “I, even I, am
he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
26 Put me in remembrance : (Here God is telling us to bring His promises (covenant) up to
Him!) let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified” (Isa 43:25-26).
Written by M. Larry Perrino 13 2/28/2008
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