You might think that this blog title is a little off base for a website focusing on wisdom, health and wealth. But you would be wrong. For thousands of years civilized people have known that “the life is in the blood”. You lose your blood and you lose your life. The power for life in a living being is equal to how well the blood of that being carries out its function. If the blood, for one reason or another loses its power to carry out its job, the being will die.
Because of its connection with life and death, blood has always been a symbol which is used to secure covenants between different peoples and countries.
Blood covenants were a means by which different groups of people would join forces by which both groups would benefit from the strengths of the other. One group might be good at farming, but not good at fighting. Another group might be good at hunting but not so good at farming. By joining together in a covenant relationship, the hunters, who were not good at farming, could benefit from the farmers when game was scarce, and the farmers could benefit from the hunters skill when crops were not in season. These covenants were usually sealed by mingling blood from each of the leaders in a drink and then both leaders drank from the covenant drink. In a symbolic way they were now of one blood and one family. Each would lay down his life for his new brother, or sister, before he would break the covenant.
Another way of establishing a blood covenant, and to show the importance of it, they would take an animal such as a lamb or a calf or even a full-grown bull and kill it and split it down the middle and open it one side to the left and one side to the right. The parties of the covenant would then walk down the middle of the split carcass and pledge to keep the covenant and if they should break the covenant that their end should be the same as this bloody carcass.
The reason for the blood
Blood covenant was the most serious of all covenants. The covenant breaker was always put to death. Therefore, blood covenants were rare and only entered into when there was no other way to remedy a situation. Certain things were given up so that certain things would be gained. For that reason, blood covenants were rarely entered into.
When they were established they were lifelong covenants and in the case of families and nations they might be generations long. Rarely was a blood covenant broken because of the dire consequences involved. When they were broken, death ensued. The offending party had to die or the blood covenant would lose its power as a binding force.
Power of the blood
Blood has such an important role in a living being. It not only transports life giving nutrients to all the parts of the body, but it also transports those things which are not needed to where they can be taken out of the body. One of the most important things that the blood does is that it extracts oxygen from air in the lungs and carries it throughout the body to individual cells where it is used to create energy by which the cells of the body carry out their individual function for life. Without the blood doing its job, no other part of the body could carry on its particular function.
Without the blood, there is no biological life. In a blood covenant, each covenant partner pledges to give up his blood before he would break his part of the covenant. In other words, he would die before breaking the covenant.
The result of breaking a blood covenant
To break a blood covenant was the most serious of all crimes. If one party of the covenant failed to fulfill his part of the blood covenant, the other party was obligated to kill the offending party. We, who think we are so civilized, might think that to be a little extreme. But consider the consequences. What good is a covenant that can be broken and there not be grave consequences for the breaking of it. It is of no good.
So, when the offended party comes and takes the life of the offending party(the covenant breaker), he is not considered a murderer, but rather that he is fulfilling the rights of the blood covenant. He is considered righteous in that he has upheld the blood covenant in that the parties agreed that the one who would break the covenant would die. The breaker of the covenant is the villain, not the one who upheld the covenant.
There is a covenant
There is a blood covenant which the Creator of all things has established with His creation. This covenant was first established at the beginning of creation. The Creator entered into covenant with His highest creation when He granted dominion over the earth to Adam and Eve. That covenant was broken when they did the one thing that they were not supposed to do, they ate of the fruit of the one tree which they should not. The Creator had every right to end their existence immediately. But He extended mercy to them. Mercy is that state by which the demanded justice is delayed by the sacrificing of a stand-in sacrifice. In the original case, it was the skin of an animal by which the nakedness of Adam and Eve was covered. The Creator promised that there would be One Who would pay the price that would satisfy the covenant for all mankind. But it would be at the appropriate time. Until that time, the symbolic sacrifice of animal’s blood would remind them of their need of the blood that would satisfy the covenant that the Creator was establishing.
The blood of the covenant
The blood that established the new and better covenant was the blood that was shed by God’s only-begotten son, Jesus. Jesus came and lived as a human being, though He was the infinite God eternal. He lived a life which was in total conformity to the covenant established with Adam at the beginning. But, instead of claiming His rights as the perfect covenant keeper, He gave up that right and took the place of Adam as the covenant breaker and received the punishment that was due to Adam and all his descendants, whose we are.
The righteous Creator accepted Jesus payment for the sin of all human beings and His blood as the blood payment for all who would accept the blood of Jesus as their payment for breaking the covenant. How this is accomplished is a miraculous thing and is accepted only by faith. It is received by grace through faith in Jesus and His shed blood.
The blood that Jesus shed has established an everlasting covenant, one that shall never be broken because it is one that is established between the Father(our Creator) and His Son(Jesus, our substitute). They are each eternally righteous in Their covenant relationship).
How do we receive this right standing in this covenant relationship? We receive it when we, by faith in the grace of God, enter into Christ Jesus. The scripture says that “If any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new creation.” By entering into Christ you have died to yourself. You are now a new creation in Christ Jesus. God, the Creator, only sees Jesus, who is perfect in His covenant standing. Because you are in Jesus, you are perfect in your covenant standing. The blood that established that covenant will never lose its power.