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Blood Covenant # 4

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        I. In this V that we just read (HEB 8:6) Who is Paul referring to? Who is the Mediator of this better covenant? Of course, the answer is Jesus. Jesus is the mediator of this better covenant which has been established upon better promises.

              A. In the Bible we have 2 major covenants. The Old Covenant and the New Covenant or as the Bible puts it the Old Testament and the New Testament. (Same thing)

                        1. A covenant is an agreement or a contract between 2 people or 2 groups of people. A covenant is a contract between 2 parties.

                        2. In the Blood Covenant, which we're dealing with, is a contract in which all debts, liabilities, & assets are shared by both parties or groups.

              B. God has entered into a covenant relationship with mankind.

                        1. All that God owes & all that God owns is ours, and all that we owe & all that we own is His. (1COR 6:20) Says that we are bought with a price, & that price was the shed Blood of Jesus.

            C. The Hebrew word forcovenant” is “Berith” (ber-eeth) & it means “to cut in reference to the flesh.”

                        1. It also means to cut until blood flows.

                        2. God has made a contract, a covenant, with man which is sealed with Blood, settled with the Blood of Jesus — His Blood flowed on our behalf. (Which is the New Covenant)

        II. The Blood Covenant is a very sacred Covenant. It is the most sacred Covenant that mankind has ever known.

              A. Dr. Livingston & Mr. Stanley were missionaries in Africa for many years.

                        1. Blood covenants were very common in Africa.

                                  a. In all that time that they were there they never heard of a blood covenant being broken between 2 men.

                                  b. Mr. Stanley entered into covenants with at least 50 different African tribes.

                                           i. He had to cut himself 50 times until blood flowed.

                                           ii. These scars were purposely kept visible.

                                           iii. Every time someone wanted to kill Mr. Stanley, he would show him his scars.

                        2. You see, when you enter into a covenant with someone, not only does their possessions belong to you but it also meant that they would even fight to the death for you if necessary

                                  a. I'm so glad that we have a covenant with God.

                                  b. (2CHRON 20:15,17) Says, “Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle {is} not yours, but God's. (17) Ye shall not {need} to fight in this {battle}: set yourselves, stand ye {still}, and see the salvation of the Lord with you.”

                                  c. David said in (1SAM 17:47) “For the battle is the Lord's”

        III. The Blood Covenant has so much to do with who we are in the Lord Jesus Christ.

              A. All the things that we have in Christ, were made ours by the Blood of Jesus, & that's part of the Blood Covenant.

              B. In a Blood Covenant there are 8 ways or steps to be followed when entering into a covenant with someone.

              C. In the O. T. people usually only followed 2 or 3 of these steps. Jesus actually complied with all 8 when He entered into a covenant with us.

                        1. The 1st step would be to exchange coats or garments.

                                  a. This was a very important step. This act symbolized that all I have is yours & all that you have is mine.

                                           i. David & Jonathan did that & you can read it for your self later in (1SAM 18:1–4).

                                  b. Didn't Jesus also do that with mankind?

                                           i. (JOHN 19:23–24) ...

                                           ii. But Jesus gave us more than His earthly garments.

                                           iii. (ISA 61:10)

                        2. The 2nd step would be to exchange weapons.

                                  a. Jonathan & David did that (1SAM 18:4)

                                  b. Jesus gave us a weapon, the sword of the Spirit that is the Word of God.

                                  c. This step signifies that all their strength belongs to you.

                        3. The 3rd step was to exchange names in some way. (Take 1st name & use it as the last name.)

                                  a. This would give you the power of attorney to all that belonged to your covenant partner.

                                           i. You would have a legal right to use that name.

                                  b. Jesus gave us His name to use.

                                           i. He said in (JOHN 16:23) “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give {it} you.”

                                           ii. He also said in (MARK 16:17–18) “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

                        4. The 4th step in entering into a covenant is called the blood cutting.

                                  a. A cut was made on the wrists or palms of 2 people's hands. They would then Shake hands or mix the blood together.

                                           i. From that point on you became blood brothers.

                                  b. When Jesus shed His Blood on the cross we began to enter into a covenant relationship with Him.

                                           i. But when did Jesus' blood mix with ours?

                                           ii. John 6:53–56

                                  c. Jesus was saying in these Vs that If you want to have eternal life you need to enter into a Covenant with me.

                                           i. How do we partake of the Blood of Jesus?

                                           ii. Look at JOHN 6:35

                                           iii. Never thirst means having your thirst quenched.

                                           iv. Having our thirst quenched is referring to partaking of the blood of Jesus. But, according to this V, how are we going to have the Blood of Jesus applied to our lives?

                                           v. By believing on Him.

                                  d. When you put your faith in the Lord Jesus, you have entered into a Blood Covenant with Him & the very Blood of Jesus flows through your vines, with resurrection power.

                        5. The 5th step consists of the splitting of animals.

                                  a. They would cut the animal from the back of the head to the bottom of the spine.

                                  b. This symbolized something very important.

                                           i. It told everyone that they are now 1.

                                           ii. Just as the animal is 1 but 2 halves.

                                           iii. So we would be one with our covenant partner.

                                  c. (1COR 6:17) Says that we are 1 spirit with the Lord.

                                  d. In the O. T. this is how people entered into a covenant.

                        6. Step # 6 dealt with the pronouncing of the blessing & the cursings.

                                  a. A covenant is a contract & even more.

                                  b. Every contract has certain laws & conditions attached to it that must be adhered to, & if you fail to do so, then the contract is either annulled or you are obliged to pay a penalty.

                                  c. The blood covenant is the same way.

                                  d. In the O. T. we have the pronouncing of the blessing & cursings. They're found in (DEUT 28:1–14), but we also have the curse if we don't keep the covenant. They're found in (DEUT 28:15–24).

                                           i. It's much better to serve the Lord with your whole heart, He wants to bless us with so much.

                                           ii. Turn to GAL 3:13–14

                                           iii. Jesus took upon Himself all the curses for us. All we have to do is confess our sins to Him & he is faithful & just to forgive us all sins & to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

                                           iv. Look at 1JOHN 1:7,9

                        7. The 7th step was the setting up of a memorial.

                                  a. The memorial was set up to remind them continually, forever, that they have a covenant.

                                           i. A memorial could be just about anything; it could be a tree or the exchanging of sheep, or a bunch of rocks, or one rock with even the terms of the covenant written on it.

                                           ii. There's many different memorials written in the Word of God, between man & man, & between God & man.

                                  b. Lets look at the memorial between God & man. DEUT 5:2, 6–7, 22

                        8. The last step (8th) was to eat the covenant meal.

                                  a. They would eat bread & drink wine.

                                           i. The bread symbolized, or represented, the body of the person & the wine represented the blood.

                                  b. When the bread was given, by 1 to the other & they ate it, it symbolized again that they are 1.

                                  c. As they drank the wine, the wine represented the other persons blood.

                                           i. The Bible says that the life of the flesh is in the Blood.

                                           ii. Therefore the drinking of the wine symbolized that their life was now the others.

        IV. That is exactly what Jesus did when He broke bread with His disciples before dying & going to the cross.

              A. He shared the wine & the bread with them saying: “My body is yours, you are now the body of Christ, my life is yours”, He's given us the newness of life, the fullness of life, the abundant of life, & then He was saying, “You & I are one.” (David & Mephibosheth- So many people have the idea of God as the 1 that is going to do bad things to them) (You shall know the truth & the truth shall make you free.)

WOLCC SUN AM 10/4/92 From the Blood Covenant by Theo Wolmarans Chapter 1-3 pg. 1–53

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