Daily Devotional – Blood Covenant

By on January 22, 2020
Daily Devotional

Our scripture for the Daily Devotional today is taken from Psalm 105: 7-10. A covenant is a binding agreement between two parties. It is a legal treaty. God made a covenant with His people. He wrote it in His Word. He signed it with the Blood of His Son and He sealed it with the power of His Holy Spirit. This concept is of vital importance as one moves in faith for healing and deliverance. Foundational to every prayer of faith is the belief in one’s own heart that God will keep His promises.

“He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. He is mindful of his covenant forever, of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant that he made with Abraham, his sworn promise to Isaac, which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant “

Let’s look at what these words actually mean.

The word covenant denotes “cutting.” In this ancient custom, an innocent animal was slaughtered and cut in half. The two participants who were joining into covenant were thus vowing that if either broke covenant, the same fate as the slaughtered animal would fall upon them. Once the covenant was made, those involved would partake of a common meal, thus acknowledging their agreement. The blood of the innocent victim was then divided; one-half of the blood was sprinkled on the altar and the other half was sprinkled on the people.

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For the people of Israel, the sprinkling of the blood was an outward action, which was an acknowledgment of the atonement for their sins. Through this process, they were graciously introduced into fellowship with Jehovah, God. They were recognized as consecrated unto God and were His covenant people.

In the Book of Genesis, God made a covenant with Abram.

He promised that Abram’s descendants would be as numerous as the stars and that his heir would come from his own body. God brought Abram out of the land of Ur of the Chaldeans and promised to give him Canaan. God explained that his descendants would be foreigners in a land that was not theirs and that they would be enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years. God promised Abram that He would judge the nation which had held them captive and that after such time, the Israelites would come out of that place of bondage with many possessions. Abram brought animals to God for sacrifice. They were then slaughtered and God Himself passed through the pieces. Then a smoking oven and a flaming torch passed between the slaughtered animal, which symbolized the glory of God as He confirmed His irrevocable Word.

Henceforth, a relationship was established between God and His chosen people. It would be a bond that would promise posterity and greatness. An everlasting covenant was established that could not be broken. It was not reliant on a man. It was a divine agreement that would be perpetually acknowledged because it was grounded solely on the sovereign will of God. Four hundred and thirty years later, God did just as He said: He delivered His people from slavery.

While the Great Exodus from Egypt was a symbolic picture of salvation, it was also much more. There were four distinct aspects of God’s promise which were fulfilled:

  • He promised to deliver them from their captors.
  • He promised that He would make them His people.
  • He promised that He would be their God.
  • He promised that He would bring them to a land of promise, the land of Canaan, as a perpetual holding, and a spiritual picture of the New Jerusalem that awaits them.

God gave a promise of salvation, redemption, deliverance, and glorification in and through His covenant.

 God keeps His Word. Do you believe it? Can you read the promises of God and believe?

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the promises in your Word. Help me to hold on to each and every promise. Help me to understand that your word is reliable and true. I do believe that it cannot and will not change. It is a sure thing. Help my unbelief.

In Jesus name
Amen

EncouragementRobin Bertram is an author, speaker, ordained minister, and the executive producer and former host of the nationally and internationally syndicated television show, Freedom Today. She has been a leader of media leaders for 15 years and has placed several Christian programs onto the national and international stage. She is the author of No Regrets how loving deeply and living passionately can impact your legacy forever (Charisma House Publishing) and Hidden Treasures (Abingdon Press). 

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Daily Devotional – Blood Covenant