The Blood of the Covenant

       Shalom, We have been talking a lot lately in our congregation about the correlation between covenant and seeing the Glory of the Father. Yeshua HaMoshiach (Jesus the Messiah) gave us some good advice to follow about looking at ourselves, and the revealing of our character.

Luke 6:45  The good person produces good things from the store of good in his heart, while the evil person produces evil things from the store of evil in his heart. For his mouth speaks what overflows from his heart.

We will speak what is in our heart, as well as Yeshua spoke what was in His heart. He said His heart was to be about the Fathers business, and it was not His own words He spoke but the words of the Father.

John 14:10  Don't you believe that I am united with the Father, and the Father united with me? What I am telling you, I am not saying on my own initiative; the Father living in me is doing his own works.

That statement causes me to think, if our messiah said the mouth speaks what is in the heart, the words He spoke were not His own but the Fathers. Where else did the Father speak.

          In Exodus (Shemot in Hebrew) 19 and 20, it is said God spoke to the entire nation. This is significant because it seems every religion looks back on the “spiritual enlightenment” of one individual as their starting point. Here at the mountain the Father spoke to EVERY individual, the whole nation. What other people can say that? So, He broke the silence and spoke to everyone. His heart for His people from the beginning was for every person to have an intimate relationship with Him and to hear His voice. The problem is, the people backed off out of fear. Now, the Father will speak to Moses and Moses will deliver the heart of the Father to the People. Remember out of the mouth the heart speaks, so when the Father spoke, He spoke His heart. The words He spoke revealed His heart and Character to His people. Today we receive our Messiah as the living word of God! When the Father spoke, he spoke of His son. John chapter 1 says in the beginning was the word, the word was with God and the word was God, He became flesh and walked among us.

          After the words were spoken the Father wanted to draw the people close to Him. They were afraid and backed off but, the Father wanted intimacy with them. He remedied this by cutting covenant with them. For the sake of time and space I will not go into all that was involved in a covenant, other than to say, a blood covenant cannot be broken. The Father cut a blood covenant with the nation of Israel. Moses put the blood from the offerings into two basins. Half the blood he splashed onto the altar, the direct link they had to the Father. The altar could be referred to as the table of God, it is there at the altar His offerings were given completely to Him as an elevation offering. The blood being splashed on the altar signifies the life of the sacrifice (or the ones who gave it) being dedicated completely to the Father. Because, scripture says “the life is in the blood.”

Leviticus 17:11 KJVR  For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

The other half of the blood was splashed on the people signifying the life of the Father being put on the people. While this was being done there was an awesome declaration being made. Moses declared “behold the blood of the covenant!” This sounds very similar to what is said by Yeshua later. Our Messiah understood covenants and came to set a covenant in place for us.

   Matthew 26:28  For this is my blood, which ratifies the New Covenant, my blood shed on behalf of many, so that they may have their sins forgiven.

Something wonderful happened after the people entered into the covenant. Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy elders (seventy represents the nations in the word) were called up to the mountain to eat a covenant meal. Scripture says they ate and drank and they SAW THE GOD OF ISRAEL! This is an amazing statement! How could these men see God and live when scripture states none can see God and live?

Exodus 33:20  But my face," he continued, "you cannot see, because a human being cannot look at me and remain alive.

Our first thought would be “this must be a Christophany, they saw Yeshua.” We see other places in the word where Yeshua showed Himself to people. In those places it is not marveled at that they saw God and lived. So, since scripture does not lie or conflict, this needs to be looked at deeper. The reason they were able to see God and live was because of what had just happened. They had just entered into a covenant with the Almighty! They sacrifice had just been made! Furthermore, the BLOOD OF THE COVENANT WAS ALL OVER THEM!  Because the blood was on them the Father did not reach His hand out against them. They had not yet changed their clothes that had the blood on them, and had just been given access and provision to the Father by that blood! This has wonderful connotations for you! Yeshua our Messiah declared His blood as the blood of the covenant for us, and commanded us to remember that each time we approach the Lords table for communion. In essence He told us to drink His blood and eat His flesh. The significance of Him saying the wine represents His blood and that we should drink it is; What was once over them and on them, WILL NOW BE IN THEM! The life and blood of Yeshua your Messiah is IN YOU! It is because of that fact alone that you are able to stand before the Father as a new creation, saved by the blood of the covenant (Lamb.)

Baruch Hashem B’Yeshua HaMoshiach! –Bless the name of Yeshua the Messiah!

Every blessing to you and  שָׁלוֹם

David