The Inauguration of the Old and New Covenants- through the Blood

Posted: January 17, 2013 in Blessings, Christian Beliefs, From Adventism to Christ, Outreach, Running the Race, The Bible

Introduction

English: The Covenant Confirmed, by John Steep...

English: The Covenant Confirmed, by John Steeple Davis (1844-1917), as in Exodus 24 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The other day I was reading through Exodus 24 and came upon the passage we’re going to look at first below and then thing that struck me the most about it was what was done in verse 8. This was a solemn ceremony of dedication to the Lord, the Israelites were being brought closer to God by means of the Old Covenant– it was God’s provision to draw them close to Himself. Making them a peculiar people and a Holy nation.

However that’s not all we’re going to talk about today, we’re also going to talk about the New Covenant which was also inaugurated by blood and sacrifice. However this was the best sacrifice spilling the only blood that can take away sin. The New Covenant was something wholly different from the Old Covenant so much so that even in Hebrews the Old Covenant was stated as being “about to disappear.

Let’s look at the Inauguration of the Old Covenant.

Inaugurating the Old Covenant

Moses came and told the people all the commands of the Lord and all the ordinances. Then all the people responded with a single voice, “We will do everything that the Lord has commanded.” And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. He rose early the next morning and set up an altar and 12 pillars for the 12 tribes of Israel at the base of the mountain. Then he sent out young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed bulls as fellowship offerings to the Lord. Moses took half the blood and set it in basins; the other half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. He then took the covenant scroll and read it aloud to the people. They responded, “We will do and obey everything that the Lord has commanded.”

Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you concerning all these words.”

Exodus 24:3-8

To set this up one must realize that in Chapter 20 you have the Ten Commandments given to Israel to set them apart from any other nation. Chapters 21-23 are all about the Ordinances that the Israelites were also to keep in order to be Holy to the Lord. Great care is taken here to go into the minute details to ensure that all of the ordinances have clarity so none can be incorrectly understood and thus broken without knowledge.

In verse 3 Moses comes to the people and tells them ALL the words of God from chapters 21-23- all of those items that God knew they couldn’t possibly keep. The people were of one accord and called out: “We will do everything that the Lord has commanded”.

So Moses wrote everything out and the next day:

  • He rose early and set up an altar.
  • Set up 12 pillars for the 12 tribes of Israel at the base of the mountain.
  • Had young men of Israel sacrifice goats and bulls as fellowship offerings to the Lord.
  • He took half the blood and set it in basins, the other half he sprinkled on the altar.

After this he took the scroll that he had written the day before of all the words of God and read it aloud to the people ingraining the knowledge further into their heads.

“We will do and obey everything the Lord has commanded.”

Then he takes the blood (the half the blood set in basins) and he spends goodness knows how long walking through the people of Israel, sprinkling them with this blood saying:

“This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you concerning all these words.”

The Old Covenant / Mosaic Covenant does not do away with the Everlasting Covenant god made with Abraham, the one in which only God is the fulfilling party.

Nor is the Old Covenant everlasting…nor was The Law (The Ten Commandments as it should be noted hadn’t existed until Chapter 20 of Exodus). As it states in Jeremiah 31:31-32:

The New Covenant

31 “Look, the days are coming”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 This one will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant they broke even though I had married them”—the Lord’s declaration.

And concludes in Hebrews 8:10-13:

10 But this is the covenant
that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, says the Lord:
I will put My laws into their minds
and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be My people.
11 And each person will not teach his fellow citizen,
and each his brother, saying, “Know the Lord,”
because they will all know Me,
from the least to the greatest of them.
12 For I will be merciful to their wrongdoing,
and I will never again remember their sins.

13 By saying, a new covenant, He has declared that the first is old. And what is old and aging is about to disappear.

The New Covenant is also a Covenant of Blood- but not the blood of bulls and goats like was used to usher in the Old Covenant. This time it was the perfect Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The blood that was spilled at the scourging, that cast off as our savior was lashed until his skin was tattered and his muscles and sinew were laid open to the air.

The blood that dotted the streets of Jerusalem as he carried His cross to Golgotha.

The blood that dripped from the crown of thorns down His face, from his wrists as He bled there for us.

Isaiah 53:5 puts it this way:

But He was pierced because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on Him,
and we are healed by His wounds.

He took our Sin on the Cross and gave us His Righteousness.

His Blood made our sins white as snow- forgotten- cast away as far as the east is from the West.

Whereas in the Old Covenant the sacrifices only covered up scene and could never do away with it.

Isaiah 53:10-12 makes it very clear:

10 Yet the Lord was pleased to crush Him severely.
When You make Him a restitution offering,
He will see His seed, He will prolong His days,
and by His hand, the Lord’s pleasure will be accomplished.
11 He will see it out of His anguish,
and He will be satisfied with His knowledge.
My righteous Servant will justify many,
and He will carry their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give Him the many as a portion,
and He will receive the mighty as spoil,
because He submitted Himself to death,
and was counted among the rebels;
yet He bore the sin of many
and interceded for the rebels.

We are rebels and He interceded for us, the Father was pleased to crush Him because He (the Father) would be able to give Him (The Son) many as a portion.

Where though does it say that Christ’s blood inaugurates the New Covenant, Matthew 26:27-29

27 Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood that establishes the covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 But I tell you, from this moment I will not drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it in a new way in My Father’s kingdom with you.”

The New Covenant is established by the Blood of Christ a once at one time sacrifice for many (because not all will choose to accept this most amazing gift)- whereas the Old Covenant sacrifices were done over and over again. And under successive High Priests also because people die and new High Priests would continue…over and over again covering up the sins of the people.

However not Christ He is a High Priest forever under the order of Melchizedek.

He was crucified, died, rose again, ascended to Heaven and SAT at the right hand of the Father- signifying that His work was complete.

Notice also that in the Old Covenant the words of God were initially preserved on a scroll, then tablets of stone (twice). The Law was written on dead parchment and dead stone. It was a ministry of death pointing only to our inability, our incapability to keep the Law.

In the New Covenant though the Law of the Spirit is written in our new and living heart and our reborn mind. No longer external but internal.

We no longer have to go about to each other explaining that this is the Lord.

For God the Holy Spirit lives in us and seals us for Heaven the moment we are spiritually reborn into the New Covenant via the Blood of the Lamb.

He dies under the Law to free us from the Law so that we could be reborn into a New Covenant reality so I urge you as Paul did to the Galatians:

Christ has liberated us to be free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery. Take note! I, Paul, tell you that if you get yourselves circumcised, Christ will not benefit you at all. Again I testify to every man who gets himself circumcised that he is obligated to keep the entire law. You who are trying to be justified by the law are alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace.

Galatians 5:1-4

Paul here is talking to Christian believers at Galatia who are under attack by Judaizers  who are compelling them to be circumcised. People who are wanting to boast about numbers, saying a mixture of Law and Grace is the correct way to go. However one is saved by grace through faith not the Law. And you can hardly finish what’s already complete by adding to it keeping the law- if you do that you might as well be nailing Christ back onto the cross!

In Conclusion

Let’s not forget that with Christ His blood sacrifice is more than enough, it saves, cleans and welcomes the sinner into a right relationship with the Father.

To those of you who aren’t saved Christ’s blood spilled on the cross is sufficient for ALL people to be washed in it and saved from your sins. Yet you must choose to be a whosoever and therefore making it efficient unto salvation.

For this is as true as it ever has been:

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The Blood of Christ is the only blood that saves.

In Christ,

Ross

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Comments
  1. briiiiiiiiiiiiii says:

    ross you are as stubborn as Balaams ass.

    • rossbondreturns says:

      Thanks for such a great compliment Brian!

      You see Balaam’s ass was a smart one who listened to the Lord and refused to go against the Lord’s command. It was in fact Balaam who was stubborn and trying to go against God.

      I’m striving to share God with the many who visit my blogs, God is reaching out to people around the globe through these posts. And all you seem to do is not read them and attack me in the comments section. This means I am doing my job well and only encourages me to continue.

      God Bless you Brian, allow Him to lead you to His Rest through the Cross of Christ. Stop resting one day a week and enter into the true rest in one greater than the Sabbath.

      In Christ,

      Ross

      • A fly on the wall says:

        Ross the problem I see is that your witness could be so muc orf\e effective if you got an education in theology How many peopple do you really think you realy think you are teaching> Why ot blog and also get an education?

      • rossbondreturns says:

        So my witness is disqualified because I have no theological training?

        Well Brian, I’d have to agree to disagree there. The Disciples are a case in point, fisherman, lawyers, et cetera- not theological masters. And yet because they followed Christ and were given the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit, just like every Christian receives at spiritual rebirth. It is through God the Holy Spirit in us that we as believers come to a clearer and richer understanding of spiritual truths.

        That’s why we’re called to emulate the believers at Berea who studies the scriptures daily to learn from them. As we walk in the spirit and stay in the Word we by the Holy Spirit do in fact attend the finest Theological Seminary at no cost to ourselves that prayer, belief and an open heart to God’s teaching and forming our beliefs.

        To answer your question about how many people I, and God through me (the more important part) are reaching at the least thousands as of today.

        Once again Brian to address a number of your comments I am not going to approve, going in the order you sent them.

        1: The truth can hurt yes, the Truth also sets you free. Are you a slave to the Lord and free in Christ? Or a Slave to the Law which cannot save but only brings condemnation and death?

        2: My boss who you keep asking about is My God and Savior Jesus Christ.

        I love you very much Brian because God loves you and reaches out to you through me, I show love and compassion to those He loves and is calling. However you are not my brother in Christ, it is clear from the attacks that you continue to send my way that are not of God’s Spirit mark you as not yet being Born of the Spirit. Christ wants to remove you from the Domain of Darkness, He has shown you the way- but it is up to you to come to Him.

        In Christ,

        Ross

  2. brii says:

    ROSS

    You are accountable to Christ I agree but God also gave us a free will. I know you won’t change so my attacks are motivated out of frustration and if they hurt you I am sorry but I think we are both trying to get our points across. You in a more conventional manner and I in a more blunt manner I have pointed out a few things and you have come back and responded in kind. I guess if you feel God has led you to this place [edited for content I’ve CONTINUOUSLY told you is off limits] who am I to be the judge but from a Biblical or rational perspective I don’t understand how you can [edited again for discussing off limit topics] Anyway I have voiced my concerns the rest is between you and the holy spirit who we are all accountable too. Again if I have hurt you I am sorry.

    • rossbondreturns says:

      Hello Brian,

      As you can see I had to edit your response in a few areas. We’ve discussed what was there in private in the past. We’ve discussed what God the Holy Spirit and God the Father have led me to peace about. This topic need not be brought up again- it will save both of us a lot of writing in the future.

      I also fixed the spelling etc in your comment (which was much better by the way) so that I could address this comment because you as usual make some good points. I am accountable to Christ, certainly, the Believer is not His own and the life He lives has been brought by the price of Christ’s blood of the New Covenant. God the Holy Spirit lives, indwells and seals the Believer the moment they are spiritually reborn.

      You say the God gives us free will, again very true, however as a believer His will IS my will. It will not perfectly be God’s will until we get to Heaven- but as a Christian grows His will and God’s will slowly become one in the same. This transformation takes a lifetime, it took an obvious step forward this week for me. I say with John the Baptist- “He must increase and I must decrease”.

      Brian, I want to be clear, your comments don’t hurt me. They simply encourage me. To continue to share my faith and beliefs accurately and let God’s Agape love flow through me.

      I encourage you to continue to write comments like this that are well thought out and contain fewer grammatical errors so that we can continue to share discussion.

      In Christ,

      Ross

  3. brii says:

    Ross is your fixation on gramar a defense mechanisim bcause you dont know how to respond to my criticisims. Well you are the moderator so I you can say or do what you want iin your blog. King Ross yer the boss. By the way respond how you want to to my comments I have” thick skin”.

    • rossbondreturns says:

      Hello Brian,

      My fixation as you put it on grammar is two parted.

      1. Bad grammar makes it so that I simply will not put a great many of you comments because you don;t take the time to use the spell checker that comes with this software.

      2: Bad grammar reflects badly on both you as the person commenting and me as the owner of a blog.

      Is my spelling always perfect…not at all. However I can tell what I am trying to say, while reading your comments is often impossible.

      And to answer something from your other post that I didn’t approve because it was woefully filled with errors; former Adventists don;t “attack Adventism” because of bad experiences growing up in the family.

      We attack the teachings of Adventism because they are false teachings…and sometimes even blasphemy.

      In Christ,

      Ross

      • briiiiiiiiiiiiii the baddddd gramarrrr guyyy says:

        Ross you place way to much importance in a blog nobody really reads an if i thought that my gramar or lack of it as you seem to really have an issue is just a way for you to ma your inner insecurities about your situation. as far as the faf thing look up the the definiion of a cult and the faf meet quite a few of the criteria it is a bunch of embittered former adventists look for a place to vent it seems to me you feel safe there because you can hide behind yo excuses and not move on with your life. If i wasnt reaching you on some level you would have cut me off I suspect.

      • rossbondreturns says:

        Brian,

        God is the one who makes this blog what is is, not me. This blog along with the Undercover Adventist blog are what God has called me to do to share the Gospel of His Grace online. Every work of God’s is of great importance to Him….nearly 12,500 individual hits have been registered at this blog. These hits are from locations all around the world by believers, non-believers, seekers, agnostics, atheists all in varying walks of life at varying times of life. No one but God knows how man individuals are behind those hits, are there families reading around one lone laptop or personal computer, odds are very much so in come countries. Could people be projecting a webpage through a project onto a screen to share it with a congregation, sure…large or small God reaches out through all of the works He puts in motion.

        This is His will and His work for my life to deny it would be to deny what He has called me to do.

        As for your grammar Brian it does reflect badly on you when you cannot spell, it looks bad for the blog if I post nonsensical hard to read comments. Not posting peoples comments, or your comments, because they cannot be read or understood protects both of us and helps reading comments/conversations is comments much easier.

        It’s not to mask insecurities in my situation. In fact I am very secure in my situation.

        Let me help you out with something Brian, you call me to look up the definitions of a cult and compare them to FAF (Former Adventist Fellowship) which is simply a Bible Study/Help Community for people coming out of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. If I were to do that I would not find them a cult…however…if I were to do it to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church I would find the following.

        Link to Page on SDA Church as a cult.

        I am going to copy and paste the contents of the link here because I’m not certain you’d go there.

        If this list was one item long it would still mean that Adventism is a NRM/Cult, unfortunately the list is much longer that one erroneous item.

        The List of Points Where Adventism Deviates from Biblical Christianity

        1.The group is almost always outside of dominant religious forms and culture and displays an oppositional style and substance meaning it is elitist and exclusionary.

        2.Often there is a “new authority” (Ellen G. White) or a new revelation (all her writings) besides the Bible truth from which adherents of the group must find ultimate truths.

        3. It is also possible that the group might claim “all we use is the Bible”. After which they reinterpret the Bible to justify, defend and promote false teachings. (Investigative Judgment, Soul Sleep, Remnant Church, The Clear Word (Adventist Bible Paraphrase))

        4. The group is centered around a central figure (EGW) who is/was a prophet-founder “chosen” by God to deliver a special message to the modern world (See point 3). This message is not found in the Bible nor has it been known to genuine Christians in the history of the Church, they might also “recover” a teaching of the ancient Church that has been lost through the centuries.

        5. This leader (EGW) was […] authoritarian.

        6. Often this group teaches that the Bible foretold the coming of its particular group or leader. (In a sermon by Dwight Nelson he stated that just as John the Baptist came before Christ…that EGW would also come before Christ’s Second Coming) when I find that sermon I will link to it.

        7. The group thinks of its belief system as the last bastion of God’s work on earth, the adherents are God’s “final and last group” and they play a central role in the last things. They have the exclusive spiritual truth and without them the world is doomed.

        8. The group believes its adherents are being persecuted (and will be persecuted in the future by Christians no less)- (National Sunday Law).

        9. The group engages in predatory and destructive recruitment of new members with vigor, zeal and high pressure. Often they are very deceptive and fail to reveal their full theology.

        10. The group sanctions wayward and rebellious members.

        11. The group is fixated on eschatology (end times) and is usually apocalyptic in its teaching. (This is especially true in Revelation Seminars and Recruitment).

        12. The lifestyle of its groups members is highly legalistic.

        13. Some groups (within Adventism) are strictly controlled by and authoritative power that basically is in charge of controlling multiple aspects of those involved with the group.

        14. The group emphasizes secondary issues and minor points of theology.

        15. The group claims that it is in harmony with the Bible and traditional Christianity but in fact it reduces and discounts the Bible or otherwise adds to scripture. (Bible writers like EGW in other words fallible, adds to Scripture or butchers it entirely Steps to Christ/The Great Controversy/The Clear Word (Adventist Paraphrase…big time Paraphrase of the Bible).

        16. The group has hijacked traditional Christian vocabulary, but has redefined and reinterpreted terms and concepts from the Bible- making the words do double duty to defend abhorrent doctrine. Their language is pliable and has no fixed meaning.

        17. The group denies at least one central truth of Christianity in this case Adventists have heretical views of The Trinity, Jesus, the eternality of the Spirit, Christ’s finished work on the cross, Christ’s omniscience, The New Covenant, the work of the Holy Spirit and many more traditional Christian beliefs.

        18. The group teaches a “salvation through works” system whereby members must ultimately save themselves. (EGW taught and Adventists believe they will have to stand perfect without a Mediator).

        19. The group dabbles in the Occult and Spiritism. (EGW and the Green Cord…and more).

        Brian, I have moved on with my life. I am not even close to the same person I was as an Adventist. I have been transformed by Christ into a strong defender of the Faith and have a much much deeper understanding of the Scriptures so that I can share and uplift those I meet with the hope of God. And it is especially because of God’s reaching out to you through me, and Him so earnestly reaching out to you that I won’t cut you off.

        It has nothing to do with you getting through to me Brian and everything to do with God calling out to you- using me to do it.

        Just like He has done for the multitudes of people this website blesses.

        Praying for you,

        Ross

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