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The Blood of the Covenant

Then he said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship at a distance. Moses alone shall come near the Lord; but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him.” Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice, and said, “All the words that the Lord has spoken we will do.” And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. He rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and set up twelve pillars, corresponding to the twelve tribes of Israel. He sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed oxen as offerings of well-being to the Lord. Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he dashed against the altar. Then he took the book of the covenant, and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” Moses took the blood and dashed it on the people, and said, “See the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.” (Exodus 24:1-8, NRSV)

God made a promise to the people of Israel through Moses. Moses built an altar and set up 12 pillars one for each tribe and then offered burnt offerings and sacrifices. He then spread half of the blood on the altar and then read the book of the covenant to the people. Moses then took the rest of the blood and dashed it on the people. This sealed the covenant between God and the people.

Have you been dashed with blood?

Has the covenant between you and God been sealed?

 

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Signed. Sealed. Delivered.

What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it?Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:1-11, NRSV)

Signed. Sealed. Delivered. I’m yours!!!

So when we become God’s child, accepted by Him can we continue as we were?

It is the before and after pictures, you see all the time on Facebook and the internet. And sometimes I wonder if they are really pictures with no filters and if the change is there. I actually just read an article that talked about an Australian personal trainer that debunked before and after photos to sell products by doing a before and after change in 15 minutes!

But this change, the signed, sealed, delivered change of God, the change that Paul is discussing with the Romans, is not a fifteen minute make it look like something has changed. When God comes into your world, your world changes, and you can not continue the path you were on before.

You have been changed and the world should see it.

So be raised as a child of God and allow His light to shine in and through you.

 

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so I send you…

John 20 19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

Jesus returns from the grave, and immediately He gives the marching orders for troops…

Jesus came to teach us how to live and what it means to follow God, and here He gives the disciples, the Spirit, the breath of life. He breaths on them and send them out. Just as God sent Him here to teach us, now He sends out the disciples to teach the world how to live and love as Jesus did. It is Life 101 if you will! It is the way we should live. Sent!

We are a group of people so filled with God that we have something we have to share. We have something we know is so good that we have to share it. And that is what God does, He sent Jesus, and now He is sending us.

So go, and tell. You are sealed and filled to be His messenger. So go and tell everyone that Jesus was born, died and was raised from the dead, and He is coming again to take us with Him.

So go sent one!

 

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