The Blood Covenant
In Geneses chapter 15 we have the story of the Abrahmic Covenant in which God promised Abram who was seventy five years old at the time and who had no children or heir to inherit the promises contained in the covenant, that he would become the Father of Many Nations and in particular the twelve tribes of Israel who were named after the children of Jacob whom God later named Israel, the son of Isaac, the promised son, and heir of Abram and Sarai. Abram’s descendants were to inhabit all the land on which Abram set foot. The land the Lord God promised Abram is about 98 and a 1/2 times bigger than Israel is today and of which the world is trying to squeeze God’s people out of by reducing it even further to make room for the Palestinians whose descendants God kicked out of the land because of their sin.
The land of Israel does not belong to man to give away, reduce, or destroy. The land (as well as all the earth) belongs to the Lord God and He gave this portion of land to Abram and His promised seed, Isaac, and his descendants forever because Abram was part of the covenant agreement made between the Lord God (the smoking furnace) and His Son, (the burning torch) to which Abraham was a witness. However Abram was not an active participant in the covenant itself, but was the beneficiary of the deal struck between the Father and the Son who stood together in the shed blood of the sacrificial animals whose lives were required to make this blood covenant legitimate. Without the shedding of blood there is no covenant. Hence, people who become blood brothers do so by the cutting of one’s arm until the blood flowed freely, then the two parties would place their cuts one over the other while their blood intermingled, and thus, they became brothers by blood. The blood brothers would then make promises to one another to assist, to provide for, to defend, and to promote the general welfare of the other because they were bound to the other party by blood. These covenants were not taken lightly. Once the covenants were in force there was no backing out of them, and the breaking of them by one party or the other generally meant death for the offending party and the loss of the agreed upon priviledges for his family.
By the Son of God taking the place of Abram in this particular covenant, He pledged to forfeit His life if Abraham or his descendants broke the covenant agreement. Well, we know the covenant was broken many times by the Israelites, and since the Son of God had entered this covenant on behalf of Abraham, or, took Abrams place in the covenant, He had to pay the penality as a man for the sins of man. John 1:14 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…” and in verse 14, He tells us, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, (John is talking about Jesus, the Son of Man, the Son of God in the flesh) and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten (Son) of the Father, full of Grace and Truth.” Jesus is the sent One from God who came to pay the penality for the sins of man for breaking the covenant the Son (the burning torch) made with His Father (the smoking furnace) of which Abraham’s descendants were the beneficiaries.
Still you may not fully understand what a covenant agreement is; so let me digress here for just a second. A covenant is a binding contract between two or more people in which there is a blessing for keeping it, and a penality imposed for breaking it in much the same way as there is a blessing and a curse attached to our marriage vows. I said earlier that there must be the shedding of blood to make a covenant of this type official or legal. I know today people don’t understand how this principle pertains to marriage because not many women are virgins when they marry; but at one time the man and woman shed the blood of their newly formed covenant on their wedding night thus completing the blood requirement and making their covenant binding. If the woman wasn’t a virgin who could complete the blood portion of their marriage covenant or vows as we call them today; the man was entitled to divorce her and in some societies the husband could have her stoned to death because of her inability to fulfill the blood requirement of their marriage covenant. Let’s take a look at two verses of scripture on marriage that has confused a lot of church goers today. And these two verses of scripture Jesus is talking about have to do with covenants and the shedding of blood. Matthew 5:31-32, “Furthermore it has been said, whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce. But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.” In these two scripture on marriage Jesus is referring to marriage from a Godly covenant standpoint since He is talking to people of the Abrahamic Covenant. He said the only acceptable reason for revoking a blood covenant is when one or the other parties commits an unpardonable atrocity against the other party. In the case of marriage, adultery with another person is the only acceptable grounds for divorce. Merely getting rid of our wife because we tire of them is not sufficient grounds in the kingdom of heaven to break a blood covenant. Therefore anyone who marries a woman given an illegal divorce is party to adultery because the party who issued the illegal divorce decree has not yet died; thus if the woman remarries while she is still in a legally binding blood covenant relationship with her first husband, even though he (or the court system) might have given her a written decree of divorcement, she becomes an adultress because she doesn’t have the right to enter into another covenant relationship with another man while her husband yet lives. I guess you understand by now that in God eyes, death and adultery, are the only two things that can end a blood covenant.
The Abrahamic Covenant when it was instituted was a covenant for the Jews, but would later be ratified by the Son of God to include all believer’s regardless of their race, nationality, or tongue. When Jesus said in John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER (the word ‘whosoever’ in this scripture is all inclusive meaning it includes all who) believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world (again the word ‘world’ as used in this scripture is all inclusive, and includes all peoples, nations, and tongues) through Him might be saved.” And in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” Jesus used certain word terms in these passages of scripture to tells us that in this present church age the whole of mankind is now included in and bound by the terms set forth in this covenant agreement between the Father and the Son. If we do not keep the covenant, we are called sinners; but in reality, sinners are really covenant breakers, and the penality for breaking a covenant agreement with God is physical death and eternal spiritual separation. God calls this eternal separation, ‘Hell’.
This particular subject matter can get very deep and the explanation thereof quite long, but I have tried to condense it into a realtive short simple blog entry and yet make the point that God takes our oaths or covenant agreements very seriously. That’s why oath breaking through the deceit of lying are chief sins in the kingdom of heaven and rank right up there alongside murder as the chief sins. King Solomon wrote this pertaining to that in Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue. They that love it shall eat the fruit of it.” DThrash
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