Scripture Reference: Exodus 19 and 20; Deuteronomy 28; Hebrews 7, 8,9,10
Main Text: Mark 14:24
‘This is my blood of the new covenant which is poured out for many”
The Amplified Bible defines a covenant as a solemn pledge between God and man. It is a contract that is based on two parties, both having roles to play and obligations to fulfill.
The Bible is full of covenants between God and man. God established several covenants:
With Noah in Genesis 6:18 and 9:16 → where God promises not to destroy the earth with water again and He sets the rainbow as a seal to the covenant.
With Abraham in Genesis 15:18, 17 → where circumcision was the sign of the covenant.
With Jacob and Isaac Exodus 2:24 →
With the children of Israel Exodus 19-20 →
There is a pattern to be seen in every covenant. There is the part that man plays. Then there is the part that God plays- His promises. In all these covenants, there is the shedding of blood.
In Exodus 19 and 20 →, God establishes a covenant with the children of Israel where Moses is given laws in which they must follow and in return God promises to be their God and to bless them. Deuteronomy 28 →
The elements of these covenants are: keep my laws and I will bless you; turn away from them and you shall be cursed. See also Exodus 24
The covenant was based on man’s keeping of the law and the promises of God were based on performance…if you keep this you are blessed, if you do not you are cursed.
But because of the fact that man was born in sin and his nature was and is sinful, he could not attain the righteousness through the law. He constantly sinned. For this reason, the Levites were appointed as priests in order to offer sacrifices to God on behalf of the people and to make atonement for them so that God would be merciful towards them. See Leviticus 16
But as the writer of Hebrews points out in chapter 8, the blood of bulls and goats would never take away sins and every year there would be an annual reminder of sins.
So the Israelites would forever be sin conscious and guilt conscious.
The covenant posed two great threats to the people:
BUT JESUS comes down as man on earth to take on the flesh of humanity and fulfill all that was in the law. He fulfills the law and takes up our sin and lays it on His body. Like the scape goat in Leviticus Chapter 16, He is slain outside Jerusalem, outside the camp. He pours out His blood which seals the covenant and acts as our remission for sin.
He then resurrects and becomes the High Priest in the order of Melchizedek, forever interceding for us to the Father. His sacrifice for sins is permanent. He does it once and for all and He imputes to us His righteousness. (Hebrews 10:10)
He does a perfect work and finishes the work for us so that our portion is not to strive to attain righteousness but to receive it as gift. When He says He has come to fulfill the law, He means that He has come to do everything that was and is needed so that we do not have to.
We are free and we are in peace and at rest because His blood has ushered us into a new covenant that is based on faith in what Jesus has already done.
Let us stop striving and let our Good Shepherd lead us into quiet and still waters. Let us experience His love and receive and accept His sacrifice on the cross for us.
By bearing sin, He takes up all the curses and becomes a curse for us so that through Him we might attain all the promises and all the blessings of the covenant. Gal 3:13-14 →
By removing all the curses, Jesus has left us to enjoy and live in His blessings and favor, now and forever.
Through Him we can access healing and we are accepted and loved by our Father.
In the old covenant everything was based on us and how well we performed.
Exodus 19:6 “now if you fully obey Me and keep My covenant, then out of all nations you will be My treasured possession. Although the whole earth is Mine you will be for Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”
Rev 5:9-10 → “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals because You were slain and with Your blood You have purchased men for God , from every language and tribe and people and nation. You have made them priests to serve our God and they will reign on the earth”
Beloved you are in a new covenant and you are in Christ Jesus, hidden under His wings, surrounded by His grace and mercy, healed by His blood, provided for by His riches.