Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has said we will do, and be obedient.” And Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you according to all these words.” (Exodus 24:7-8)
Covenants have always been ratified by blood but it is always required that those who enter into covenant with others know what they are agreeing to. That is why Moses read “the Book of the Covenant” to the people and then sprinkled blood upon those who agreed to enter into covenant with the Most High. Every person heard it and subsequently answered with a consent to do all that the LORD had spoken to them. With this response, they officially entered into the covenant with God, essentially marking the consummation of the relationship between them and the Almighty.
We, as followers of Messiah, follow this same pattern when we come to the LORD. We hear the words sanctioned by God as presented by His representative — e.g. a pastor or an evangelist — and we ask Messiah into our heart. It is at that moment that the blood of Yeshua cleanses us from all guilt and from the sins that had held us captive. Like Israel of old, we enter into the covenant with the God of Israel and are reconciled to Him. The biggest difference is that we are not absolved of our sin by the blood of bulls and goats but by the blood of the Lamb of God. As the writer of Hebrews said:
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins…(but) we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Yeshua the Messiah once for all. (Hebrews 10:4, 10)
For this reason we have a better covenant — not a different mind you — but a better one because it is predicated on the death, burial and resurrection of Messiah. Let us respond to this gift from on High with a commitment to do what we have been called to do and declare, as Israel declared, “We will do all that the LORD has commanded.”
Blessings and Shalom,