THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT
Studies in the Blood of Jesus – (Part 3)
With the Abrahamic Covenant, as it is commonly called, that God made with Abraham, I want to open your eyes to something very important that everyone overlooks when reading and studying
this section of the Scriptures – and that is the names of Abraham and his wife Sarah. When Abraham was first mentioned in verse 1 his name appears as Abram. Now let us do some important Bible study about the Covenant and the names of persons involved in it. So listen very carefully for you are going to hear something that you may have never heard before.
When a covenant was made, blood flowed. In Gen 15 we read of Abraham entering in to covenant with Cod, or more correctly, God entering into covenant with Abraham. You will read there that Abraham had to bring a heifer, a goat, and a ram along with a dove and a young pigeon. These were cut open and each half laid opposite each other on the ground. They formed a long line with a pathway, as it were, between them. When these offerings were cut into halves blood flowed as a result and drained into the ground. Abram waited for the Lord to complete and finalize the Covenant, and he waited until sunset. Then something very wonderful happened.
We read in Gen 15:17, and the first part of verse 18, the following, “When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a blazing brazier with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram…” Just what was this blazing Light that Abram saw. It was the Shekinah glory of God, it was in fact the Lord Jesus, entering into covenant with him on behalf of God. There are three persons in the Godhead, and one of them came and took man’s place in the covenant. Abram saw somebody else taking his place in the covenant, it was like a radiance passing through the pieces of the blood covenant. This reminds me of the Transfiguration of Jesus and the radiance that surrounded Him. In the New Covenant, Jesus also came and took man’s place on the Cross of shame.
Jesus once told the Pharisees in John 8:56, “Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” The Jews angrily answered Jesus with these words, “You are not yet fifty years old, and you have seen Abraham!” Jesus answered with these significant words, “Before Abraham was, I AM!”
“I AM” was God’s name, and that was why they tried to kill Jesus. Here Jesus confirmed that he was the one party of the Abrahamic Covenant.
Now let us look at the significance of the name changes. Abram had his names changed. The name of God in Hebrew contains one important letter – the letter “H”. The name for God in the
Hebrew is unpronounceable. The Jews made it like that so that they could not desecrate the Name of God, they just could not pronounce it. The central letter of that unpronounceable Name was “h”(breathy h). God said to Abram, “I will now put My Name into yours and call you Abra-(breathy H)-am, Abraham. Your wife is in on this too. I will put part of My Name – the letter “H” – at the end of her name. Her name will be changed from Sarai to Sara(breathy H), Sarah.” Then another wonder occurred. God said that He would put Abraham’s name into His Name. From that day onwards God was known as the “God of Abraham”, and Abraham as the “Friend of God”.
In the New Covenant God puts His Holy Spirit into all who enter into covenant with Him, when they become born-again, when they repent of their sins and when they let Jesus become Lord and Master of their lives. I trust that what I have just shared with you will have become a real revelation to you to just what a covenant relationship with God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit really means to the Christian, to you and I, today, and just what part the blood plays.
Perhaps now you have a better understanding of what Rev 3:12 says, “Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the City of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.”
Returning to our reading in Genesis 17, we see that with the cutting of the Covenant with Abraham blood flowed, as a sign of the Covenant that looked forward to the time when, from a seed of his in the future, blood would also flow so that many nations could be blessed. Gal 3:16, “The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say ‘and to his seeds’, meaning many people, but to ‘his seed’, meaning one person, who is Christ.”
In Exod 4:22-26 we read another interesting incident in the life of Moses. God had told Moses to go to Pharaoh and tell him that he(Pharaoh) had to let all the Israelites go and, if pharaoh refused, to tell him that He(God) would kill his first-born son. On the way to Pharaoh we read the following in verses 24-26, “At the lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him.” Why, you ask, would God want to kill Moses just after He had given him an assignment to do? Listen carefully and you will see why. “But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. ‘Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,’ she said. So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said ‘bridegroom of blood’, referring to circumcision.)
Let me explain:
Moses was under the Abrahamic Covenant and as such had to have the sign of circumcision. One of the commands was that all males under the Covenant had to be circumcised. Moses had disobeyed God in this respect and God was only going to fulfill his promise that all who did not have the sign would be cut off from the nation of Israel. Ziporrah’s fast action saved her husband’s life. You can see in this that the shedding of blood saves lives. God does not, and cannot, use anybody who deliberately sins and disobeys Him.
Another interesting question arising from the above is this: Just why has the foreskin to be cut off and not a mark made on any other part of the body? The blood-line comes from the seed of man. You will notice this in many places. Genealogy always mentions the male descendants; stallions are always used to produce certain blood-lines, and so we can go on!
Today, after the once-only shedding of Jesus’ blood on the Cross, and being under the Dispensation of Grace, anyone who is not under the Blood of Jesus will go through the Great Judgment Throne to eternal life in Hell. Hard words, but it is according to the Scriptures. If you do not want to come under the judgment of God then make sure that you are truly born-again, a new creature according to 2 Cor 5:!7, “If any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
In Exod 4:27 there is the expression of Zipporah, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me.” This looks forward to the time of Jesus Christ. Let me briefly explain: When someone enters into a blood covenant relationship with someone else, the usual procedure is that either a finger or the palm of both parties are cut so that blood flows. The cut parts of each person are placed together so that each other’s blood mingles with the other’s blood. By this symbolic act it is said that they are now joined together, Married as it were, each one being bound to help the other out in times if difficulties. Lots more can be said about this act, but what I want to tell you, is that Jesus took His blood, on our behalf, into the Holy of Holies to the Father. If you come under the protection of the blood of Jesus by accepting Him as your Lord and your Master you also become what is called in the Scriptures as the “Bride of Christ”. Even if this term is for the collective use of all the Believers, if you believe, you are part of the Bride of Christ.
Jesus is our “Bridegroom of blood”.
Finally, I invite anyone who has not yet Jesus as Saviour, to come to Him this morning, to cast yourself at His feet, to learn of Him, and His wonderful love. It is my sincere desire that everyone reading this message will not switch off their minds before asking Jesus to come into their life today. Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today, for tomorrow may never come for some of us. When that happens, and we are not right with God, the chance to make right has gone for ever.