The Blood Covenant of God
Throughout our ancient past and until our relatively recent past, the most binding agreement between, peoples, tribes or families was the Blood Covenant.
Blood Covenant, more than any other form of agreement, was responsible for establishing and maintaining peace between warring nations, or for the formalising of existing peaceful relationships, or for the development of alliances between peoples and nations.
Almost every culture in the world has its own style of formal agreement. While they may be referred to as an alliance, a treaty, a confederacy, a compact, or an agreement, the most binding, regardless of what it may be called, is the “Blood Covenant”.
The major difference between a Blood Covenant and any other kind of agreement is that a Blood Covenant was totally binding on both parties and their families. Under no circumstances could the covenant be terminated unless one, or both, of the families’ ceased to have any descendants. As long as a descendant of the families remained, the covenant was active.
These covenants and agreements naturally took various forms; yet there are several common factors among them and, remarkably, the closer they are to Blood Covenant the more similarities they have both in their ritual and their ceremony.
Much of the historical information we have concerning these Blood Covenant comes to us from information handed down from generation to generation and from mouth to mouth as fathers taught their sons. This is especially so with tribal treaties and covenants found in Africa, America, or Far Eastern countries.
Nothing could be more binding on a nation, or as positive for them, than for their king to be in a covenant relationship with a Great King. Security for all was guaranteed, peace and prosperity was to be enjoyed by everyone from the least to the greatest. Justice would be done and be seen to be done. The covenant was practical, dynamic and a reality for everyone and was embraced as often as the opportunity raised itself.
It is remarkable that this is the same avenue through which God has chosen to deal with us. Let there be no doubt we are in a Blood Covenant relationship with Jesus. The more we examine the word of God in the light of the covenant the more sense the word of God makes to us and the more real our covenant relationship with Him becomes.
God has entered into a Blood Covenant with us through the sacrifice of Jesus. We have been wonderfully elevated to a rich stature in him and he has committed his very existence and his very life to us and our welfare. He expects nothing less than this same level of commitment from us. This we know.
The Blood Covenant of God explains to us the how and the why and answers many of the other questions that we have and gives us the confidence in God's ability that we need to enable him to keep us as we keep our commitment to him.
As I confronted covenant issues in the word of God, and studied historical records I had to ask the question; Did God see fit to present His covenant to His people in a cultural form developed by Near Eastern empires, or did God’s original pattern for His covenant in Eden form the cultural pattern of the Ancient Near East?
I will leave you to decide, as you explore this subject with me. As we leave this introductory history lesson and take a journey through time and archaeology, the Bible and modern history we will begin to understand that we are united with Jesus as our Great King and with each other as His Vassals through Blood Covenant.
Blood Covenant is the reason for our relationship with Him, the means by which God will respond to us. It is why we must respond to Him and understand our relationship, as the seed of Abraham
After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great.”