Biblical Evidence of the Blood Covenant of God in the OT:
Each one of these encounters further develops the prophetic picture, adding additional information to the Big Picture and to the total prophetic promise that will one day be fulfilled by God Himself, in all of its fullness and glory. This is some of what I believe Jesus communicated with Cleopas and his buddy when they were depressed, discouraged, unstablized, and confused, on their road to Emmaus.
Now is the time to Prepare your heart and mind to walk the same road, to receive the same insights, and to gain the same gifts, and to strengthen the same faith, that Jesus strengthened in his two disciples, that gloomy day some 2,000 years ago.
We will start with a brief introduction to the Big Picture. It is vitally important to get the Big Picture right, then later when you see the individual parts, you will see how perfectly they all fit into the Big Picture. So here is a brief summary.
Later on we can look more closely at the personal interactions between the God of the blood Covenant, and the individual lives of those he called, those he touched, and those who drew close to Him.
Here is the Big Picture, of the Blood Covenant of God:
Adam > Abel > Enoch > Noah > Abraham > Moses > Joshua > Judges > Kings > Jesus
- After Adam and Eve sinned against God, in the Garden of Paradise of God, God ejected them from the Garden of Eden. Then God sacrificed his innocent animals, and He covered Adam and Eve in the skin of these innocent harmless animals that had done Him no wrong. In other words, God received the blood of these perfect and innocent animals (very likely innocent sheep) in the place of the blood of Adam and Eve, as a propitiation for their sins. (Genesis 3:1, and following) This blood sacrifice will be made clearer and clearer as the whole story of the Blood Covenant of God unfolds.
[Definition of propitiation: the act of gaining or regaining the favor or goodwill of someone or something : the act of propitiating : appeasement, “a sacrifice in propitiation of the gods” Source: Merriam-Webster.com
“Propitiation is a two-part act that involves appeasing the wrath of an offended person and being reconciled to him…
The word propitiation is used in several verses to explain what Jesus accomplished through His death on the cross. For example, in Romans 3:24-25 believers in Christ have been “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed.” These verses are a key point in Paul’s argument in the book of Romans and are really at the heart of the gospel message.” Source: GotQuestions.org
- Abel, as a prophetic type of Christ, offered an acceptable sacrifice unto God (very likely a sheep from the flock) offering the blood of the sacrifice sent to God as propitiation for his sins. Cain offered an unacceptable bloodless sacrifice of vegetables. For this Cain was rejected, and as such Cain became filled with such jealousy, that it turned into a spirit of murder. Cain wanted nothing more in this life, than to kill the Son (his brother) that offered an acceptable sacrifice, who was pleasing to God, and approved by God. This same jealousy repeats itself throughout history, and culminates in the jealousy of the Saducees, Pharisees, Scribes, Priests, and Rulers of the people of Israel, who were jealous of Jesus, hated him, and planned on how to destroy and murder him once and for all. (Genesis 4:1) (More on this later.)
- Enoch was a type of Christ. Enoch was a prophet who walked with God. His name means: to Teach, to Train. He taught his children about God and told them to prepare for the Flood that was to come. How do we know this? He named his son: “Methuselah,” which means “His Death will Bring.” This name was prophetic. The last year of his life, the Flood of Noah came upon the Earth–and Methuselah lived 969 years, the oldest living man recorded in human history. That in itself is a picture of God’s Patience and His Mercy. God withheld the Flood until the oldest man in the world died, and then He sent the rains, that cleansed the earth, but saved Methuselah and Enoch’s Family Tree. The only family tree that would survive the flood. Finally, Enoch loved God so much that God took him. He was translated into heaven without dying. He is one of two people in history with that Testimony, Elijah (the Tishbite) being the other.
- Noah, as a prophetic type of Christ, was called to make an Ark. To provide a way through the seas, to bring God’s people safely to the promised land of Life. Noah was to guide his family to pass through the waters of death and destruction for the wickedness of sin, and to save those who would believe and obey God’s commands, while the rain of God fell 40 days. Noah was commanded to bring 7 times the amount of clean (sacrificial) animals upon the ark (Genesis 7:2), while only two of the unclean, because he would offer up certain animals as a pleasing sacrifice unto the LORD, as a propitiation for his sins. (Genesis 6:1, 7:1, 8:1, 9:1 ) (More on this later.)
- Abram was commanded to sacrifice five animals and cut them in half (Genesis 15:9). This was a part of the Suzerain Covenant ritual, a well known and well established and well understood blood covenant throughout the ancient cultures of the Middle East and ancient world. And Abram entered into a Suzerain Blood Covenant with God. (More on this later.)
- Abraham, as a prophetic picture of The Father, (the father of a multitude) was commanded to sacrifice his one and only Son, the son of the Promise, Isaac, who was also Son of the Covenant, the Son of the Miracle birth (Sarah was 90 years old), the Son God promised to bless, the one on whom which God would supply the covenant promise given to Abraham: “as many children as the Stars in the Sky.” God commanded Abraham and Isaac to take a three day journey to Mount Moriah, “the Mountain of Vision,” (the location being the same place in Jerusalem, the place of Golgotha, the place of the skull). And there, on that exact hill, Abraham was to offer up Isaac as a sacrifice. Isaac carried the wood on his back. Abraham carried the fire and the knife. Abraham laid Isaac upon the wood, and lifted the knife to take the life of his Son, the son of the promise, figuring out that God was able to raise Isaac up from the Dead in order to fulfill all the promises God had made to Abraham through Isaac his son. Instead, God commanded Abraham to halt, and not lay a hand on the child. Instead, God provided the lamb of God for the sacrifice. (Genesis 22:8, 13) So Abraham and his son Isaac, both offered up the ram caught in the bushes, and worshipped God and returned home, a three day journey. Thus fulfilling the prophetic picture. And thus teaching Abraham in a most intimate way, about the coming of the Messiah. Jesus said, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.” (John 8:56) This was an entire prophetic picture and personal testimony of a man who was carrying the promises of God of Life over the power of Death, and in his spirit, Abraham saw clear as day, the Crucifixion of the Son of God, the One and Only Begotten Son of God, and Abraham rejoiced to be a participant in the Blood Covenant of God, and was glad. (More on this later.)
- Moses was born, as a Son of the Promise, and is also a type and shadow of Christ. His life was also supernaturally preserved through the faith of his mother and family, and instead of being fed to the alligators in the Nile, he was rescued from the water by Pharaoh’s daughter. The same Pharaoh who commanded that all the male children be thrown into the Nile. One can immediately see the parallel to Jesus’s birth and the command of Herod to kill all the male babies two years old or less. He was preserved by supernatural direction just as Moses was preserved through the supernatural direction of God.
- Some what later, Moses, met God at the burning bush (where Moses meets Jesus). Moses was commanded by God to return to the people of Israel, and to deliver them from their bondage to sin and slavery in the land of Egypt.
- God through Moses made a spectacle of all the false gods of Egypt, defeating them, and forever proving beyond a doubt His superior power and superior authority over all the idols of Egypt. See the 10 Plagues (Ex 5:1–6:13; 6:28–11:10;12:1-51) each plague was a direct attack and demise of the idols that where being toppled one after the other. (Please note: the Egyptians worshipped 1) the Nile as a god, 2) the frog as a god, 3) the flies as a god (Beelzebub), and so on, the lice, boils, the cows, the thunder, the sun,
- During the 10th and final plague, Moses commanded the Israelites to put the Blood of the Covenant, a sacrificial lamb, upon the Doorposts of their houses (symbolic of their temples) as a propitiation for their sins in order to be saved from the plague of the death of the first born Child in Egypt. (Exodus 12:1-51)
- Moses as a type of Christ, was commanded to save the people of Israel from their enemies, by entering into the waters of baptism, the place of salvation from there sins of the past (many Israelites practiced the idolatry worship of the Egyptians), and the death of their enemies. Pharaoh and his armies were buried in the Red Sea.
- Moses was commanded to set up a Tabernacle and a Priesthood, for the prescribed offering and sacrifices of God to be offered as a propitiation for the sins of the people.
- Moses was called by God to lead the people into the Promised land, but the people rebelled against the will of God, and that whole generation of adults perished in the desert, after 40 years.
- Joshua is a type and foreshadow of Jesus. Moses raised up Joshua to become the new leader and Head of the armies of Israel, and prepared him to take the children of Israel into the Promised land to defeat ALL the enemies of God. And to pronounce God’s Judgement on them, for sinning greatly before the Lord, and doing the evil that God wiped out during the days of Noah.
- When Joshua is preparing to attack the people of Jericho, he meets the Commander of the Host of the Lord’s Armies, Jesus, and bows down and worships Jesus on holy ground, and receives the commands of Jesus. Joshua is a picture of the conquering Savior. When Jesus returns to Earth, he will conquer and put an end to all the armies of men who have pitted themselves against the Kingdom of God.
- After Joshua, many Judges become leaders of the people and demonstrate aspects of the Life and Calling of the Messiah.
- After the Judges (some good, some bad), came the Kings, both good and bad, and some horribly evil.
- During the Times of the Judges and the Times of the Kings, God raised up many Prophets (also called Seers) to speak the Word of the LORD to their generations. Jeremiah was just one example, he wrote the second longest prophetic book in the Bible.
Jeremiah 1:5-10 (NASB)
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
And before you were born I consecrated you;
I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then I said, “Alas, Lord GOD!
Behold, I do not know how to speak,
Because I am a youth.”
7 But the LORD said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
Because everywhere I send you, you shall go,
And all that I command you, you shall speak.
8 “Do not be afraid of them,
For I am with you to deliver you,” declares the LORD.
9 Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me,
“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
10 “See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms,
To pluck up and to break down,
To destroy and to overthrow,
To build and to plant.”
- King David, in many ways was a type of Christ, he was a prophet and wrote several of the most clear prophecies concerning the Life of Christ, especially about his Time upon the Cross (Psalm 22), setting his prophecies into a musical form
- King David was the second king of Israel and Judah. He was hounded by the first King who tried to kill him openly multiple times, out of jealousy, but David forbid himself or any of his followers to lay a hand on the current King of Israel.
- Later, King David, lived in a great house of Cedar and marble, while the Ark of the Covenant stayed in an old tent. He wanted to build a temple for the LORD, but was stopped by God, because He had blood on his hands. But David made many preparations and provisions for the building of the Temple.
- King Solomon, David’s Son and predecessor built the First Temple of God, for a permanent place, in Jerusalem (the place Abraham was called to offer up Isaac) for the Blood Covenant to be practiced on a daily basis.
- 490 years later, God destroyed the Temple of God (do to disobedience to His Commands) and He deported the People of God out of the City of Jerusalem, to become slaves of the People of Babylon, because of the horrific evils done against God, and against his Covenant, introducing the worship of idols in the Temple of God (and the sacrificing of their children to demon idols!) God would not be tolerate their acts of rebellion against the Covenant any longer. (more on this later.)
- After 70 years of captivity, God would raise up King Cyrus, a Pagan King, and anoint Him to deliver the people of Israel from captivity in Babylon and would fund the rebuilding of the Temple of God. It took seven seven’s (49 years to rebuild the Temple). Which was prophesied by Daniel. Then it took another sixty-two sevens (49 years + 434 years = 483 years) for the Messiah to come into the Temple of God, on the Week of Passover, circa AD 30.
- In another 490 years (actually 490 – 7 = 483 years to be exact), that the Messiah would Come and pronounce Judgment on the Temple of God and the People of God who did not know the time of their visitation, and actually rejected and crucified the One God sent to them to set them free. Because of this God announced, the Temple again would be destroyed (not one stone would lay upon another, which was literally fulfilled), again (in AD 70), due to their rebellion to God, and due to the the unbelief and unfaithful practices of the people of Israel in rejecting the promised Messiah of Israel.
- Note: Today, The New Living New Testament Temple of God, resides in the Habitation of the Holy Spirit in the Body of the Believer. “Know ye not that ye are the Temple of the Living God?” We are called to offer up sacrifices that are acceptable to God.
End of Chapter One.