If you’ve been with us for a while, you may know that I was looking at the Book of Exodus and the lessons which we learned from the event of the Jews coming out of Egypt. And, in Corinthians, Paul tells us that these things which happened are examples to us who have come to faith in Jesus the Messiah.
As we look at the pattern of events which took place with the Exodus, we can see that there are many things which apply to us, which connect to the New Covenant and to Yeshua Jesus as the Messiah.
Last time I spoke on this I was looking at the Ten Commandments. I want to move on now to Exodus chapter 24. So, if you have your Bibles we’re going to read Exodus chapter 24.
Let’s just have a word of prayer as we come to the Word of God. Lord, we would like to you thank you for your Word; we thank you that it is truth and pray that you bless the reading and the preaching of your Word and guide us into all truth. We pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah, amen.
This chapter is actually pivotal in our understanding of the Hebrew scriptures of the Tanakh, the Old Testament. It shows how God sealed the covenant with Israel through the Torah (the Law) and how this was going to be the means by which He would communicate and relate to His people in the time between Moses and the Messiah.
When the Messiah Yeshua would come in, He would bring in the New Covenant but, up until this time, God would communicate through the Covenant with Moses.
We see that this is a covenant sealed with blood, a covenant which God makes which is of great significance in our understanding of the Hebrew scriptures and indeed, of the whole of the Bible.
There are a number of significant parallels between what happens here and what happens in the giving of the New Covenant, particularly in the day of Pentecost.
Interestingly, these two events (Old and New Covenants) took place at the same time in the Hebrew calendar, on the day of Pentecost, the feast which the Jewish people hold called Shavuot which is the equivalent of Pentecost.
Now I want to make a few points on this subject if I can get through them all.
As part of our study into Exodus 24, we’ve looked at:
Which brings me on to the next subject. Notice that as Moses gives the people the Torah, he offers the sacrifice. Verses 5 to 8:
This is the blood of the covenant. If you look through the Old Testament you’ll find that every covenant which God makes is sealed with blood.
And we see that, in the New Testament, particularly in the Book of Hebrews, it draws this point out and it quotes directly from this passage in Exodus.
Let’s read Hebrews chapter 9 starting at verse 11:
A bit of a complicated argument there but Paul’s saying that ‘if you make a will and you leave some money to somebody, while you’re alive, that doesn’t benefit them, it is only when you die, that’s when they’re going to get the money‘.
Therefore, there is the necessity of a death here in order to receive the promise, and so:
This is speaking directly to this passage here in Exodus 24.
In other words, it’s an absolute requirement of God that there should be a shedding of blood in order for God to relate to human beings.
People think that sounds a bit ‘bloodthirsty’.
And God, in His mercy, said that if another dies in your place, He can relate to you and you can be saved from the penalty of sin. Under the Old Covenant, it was the taking of the animal which was innocent, which was offered as a sacrifice, which shed its blood in order that God could relate to you.
Judaism also, today, has no sacrifice of blood. Because once the Temple was destroyed in the year 70 AD, after this Jesus died and rose from the dead, it was not longer possible to offer the sacrifices. There was no longer a priesthood, there was no longer a sacrifice. And rabbis came along and said that God no longer requires a shedding of blood, that He is pleased to accept prayer and fasting and good deeds to cover our sins.
The Bible doesn’t say that. Prayer and fasting, good deeds, no matter how many you do, no matter how sincere you are, will never cover your sins. You have to have the blood of atonement. There must be the blood of sacrifice, and the only way in which your sins can be covered is through the blood of atonement, through Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah.
That’s why all other religions don’t work either. Whether it’s Islam, Hinduism, whatever the idea in all religions, when you come down to it, is that if you do a few good deeds, they’re going to cover out your bad deeds. When you come down to it, every religion says, more or less that.
So, going on in Hebrews, it says in verse 23:
Wonderful verses those! They tell us what Jesus came for. He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself and, if you are not a believer today, I appeal to you to put your trust in Jesus, to be saved. Because there’s only one way you can be saved from the judgment of God: it is appointed under man to die once and after death the judgment.
So, now is the day of salvation, now is the day to put it right, to get it right with God and to have Salvation through Jesus the Messiah.
It is appointed unto men to die once and, after death, the judgment but Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. (Hebrews 9.27 & 28)
To those who eagerly wait for Him, He will appear a second time apart from sin, for salvation.
Hebrews tells us that almost all things are purified with blood without the shedding of blood there is no remission.
Leviticus chapter 17 says:
The reality of sin requires the shedding of blood, something to go under death, the death of an innocent party on behalf of the guilty in order that we might enter into the covenant with God.
Jesus paid the price and so He died once for our sins and that’s what’s missing in every other religion. Just look at what Jesus said at the last supper:
He took the wine and he said to the disciples to remember Him through the eating of the bread and the taking of the wine. He says: this is My blood of the New Covenant which was shed for many for the remission of sins.
Jesus is coming. 1 John says:
I get quite a lot of people telling me they haven’t sinned, they’re good people. Well, if you measure yourself by others, sort of look at Adolf Hitler, then someone may say: ‘well I’m a good person compared to him.’
You’re meant to measure yourself by Jesus Christ and if you live as good as life as Jesus Christ’s then you could say ‘I’m not a sinner‘. But nobody does. So, we need, all of us, to repent and believe, and receive forgiveness through Him.