The Principles Of The Blood Covenant
Be finding please in your Bibles I Samuel chapter 18, I Samuel chapter 18. I really don't know of any subject in the Bible that excites my heart and causes me to want to walk around Zion and count all the towers more than the subject that we're going to be looking at this morning Now more than 2 years ago we studied together the blood covenant. And as I was meditating on this past week, and as I was thinking about it the Lord just impressed upon my heart how rich and how full of meat and how profound the principles of the blood covenant are. And so today again we're going to study together the principles of the blood covenant. I begin reading here a very interesting passage of Scripture that deals with the deals with the covenant in 1 Samuel 18 and verse 1, Where it came to pass when he had made an end to speaking unto Saul that the soul of Jonathan," that is Saul's son, "was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him," that is, Jonathan loved David as "his own soul. And Saul took him that day and would let him go no more home to his father's house. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant." Just underscore that phrase. "Jonathan and David made a covenant because he loved him as his own soul." I reiterate, I emphasize, I underscore with all of the unction and function and emotion of my soul that one of the greatest concepts that you can ever learn is the concept of covenant, of blood covenant. Now what was a covenant? A covenant was an unbreakable commitment of one man to another man or one woman to another woman, one person to another person. It dealt of an unbreakable partnership. And blood covenant has been practiced from time immemorial in the oldest tribes upon the face of this earth. And no one who entered into a covenant with another person would enter into that covenant lightly because of the grave consequences and because of the deep implication of that covenant. Now here's the way that often ancient people would symbolize the fact that they had entered into a covenant. First of all, one would remove his coat and give it to the other person which symbolized because we're in covenant together, my possessions are your possessions. And then that person would take up his weapon, perhaps his bow, his arrow, his spear, whatever he might have and he would give to the other person a weapon which symbolized, my power is your power, my strength is your strength. And then they would do something else. They would take a sharp knife and make an incision, many times there upon the wrist and each of these persons who were entering the covenant would make an incision. For the word that is translated in our Bible, "covenant," comes from a root word which means "to cut." "To cut." And the word covenant is translated in some Bibles blood covenant, because blood was involved when a covenant was made. And so the one person would make a cut upon his wrist and the other person would make a cut u ...
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