Blood Covenant, Israel, and the End-times
Bible Study by Judy DuCharme
Nehemiah 1:5 And I said, “I beseech Thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments.”
Deuteronomy 7:9 Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.
2 Cor. 3:9 For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. (first is old covenant, second is new covenant)
Covenant Heads or Partners are called Friends. This is not a light term. John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants . . . but I have called you friends.
2 Chronicles 20:7 Abraham, thy friend forever.
The Creator voluntarily initiated entering into covenant with the created.
Genesis 15:1 the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceeding great reward.” (This is the exchange of ___________)
Genesis 15:17 a smoking oven and a burning torch passed between the pieces. (of cut animals)
The ancient Hittites would cut animals and the lower party would walk between the bleeding pieces and take an oath of loyalty to the superior, “May the gods do so to me as I have done to these animals if I do not fulfill the terms of this covenant.” In Gen. 15:17, who is passing between the pieces and what does this tell you? ____________________________________________________
And do you see a significant comparison in the New Testament? _____________________________
God’s name: Jehovah which comes from Yahweh, which comes from Yah,which is pronounced like breath escaping “AH!” Read Genesis 17:5, 15. What did God insert into Abram and Sarai’s names?
________________________. Think about the sound of the breath. How does that relate to who we are? _______________________________________
Exodus 3:6,15 God now calls Himself the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob. And He says it is His name forever. What has God done here? ______________________________
God requires circumcision in Gen. 17: 10,13,26, a sign of cutting, of letting blood.
Read Deuteronomy 11:26-29. What is the condition or the key to receive the benefits of the covenant? ___________
Deuteronomy 28 lays out the benefits and blessings as well as the curses. List some of the blessings God provides for you in His covenant. __________________________________________________
Memorials established to remember the covenant – stones engraved or piled into a monument, sheep exchanged, trees planted.
Exodus 12:1-28 Passover, the Covenant Meal – the day, the meal, and the blood were all signs. Read verses 13,14. Do you see companion signs in New Testament? What are they? ________________
Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-30. Where does Jehoshaphat remember the covenant? ___________________
What does God tell them to do? _______________________________
God’s covenant is set, is promised, but we must engage it. How do we do that? _______________
When God said to Abraham, “Give me your son, your only son” in Genesis 22, Abraham knew it was covenant and that because of covenant God would do the same. He obeyed unquestioningly for it was covenant rights. And Abraham named the place ‘The Lord will provide’ for God asked for his son and then provided the ram. How did God later do just what he asked of Abraham? __________________ _____________________________________________________
When Jesus, in the Passover with his disciples, said, “This is the blood of the New Covenant”, the disciples had a thorough understanding of what it meant to enter into covenant.
After going through this, where do you see covenant evidence in your personal life?