The Law Served As a Guide To Lead Us To Christ (Part 2)

The covenant of blood – YAHSHUA’S blood implies life- the life of YAHSHUA poured out to give men eternal life, through the remission of their sins. It was done once and for all. Sin separated men from God, but the blood of YAHSHUA  reconciled men to God with forgiveness and with God’s acceptance of His Son’s sacrifice once and for all. In Moses we see the demonstration of what was to happen many years later through the life of YAHSHUA: He took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he dashed against the altar… then he read the Book of the Covenant in the hearing of the people.. and he took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the Covenant which the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words (Exodus 26: 6-8). YAHSHUA, when He had broken the bread, He gave it to the disciples and said, This is My body; He took the cup and gave it to them, saying, This is My blood of the new covenant, which is being poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins (Matt.26: 26-27).  Moses took the blood of an animal, which was the blood of the covenant God had made with Israel, and sprinkled on the people and dashed it on the altar, so ratifying the covenant. However, a new covenant God established with all whosoever will believe Him, through the blood of His only Son. Before His death, He introduced this new covenant by presenting the bread as His body and the wine as His blood which was going to be poured out not long after those words. He said to his disciples, He who feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood has life, and I will raise him up on the last day, for My flesh is true and genuine food, and My blood is true and genuine drink (John 6:54-55). In the true sense of the meaning of His sacrifice – it was His body and blood comprised of His life. When He taught His disciples this truth, many left Him, for not being able to understand and fathom the expression of His love being offered to them. Later, in their rejection of Him, the same crowd condemned Him to the death of crucifixion. They shouted, Away with Him! Away with Him! Crucify Him! Pilate said to them, Crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar! Then he (Pilate) delivered Him over to them to be crucified. And they took YAHSHUA and led [Him] away; so He went out, bearing His (our) own cross, to the spot called The place of the Skull (John 19: 15-17).  That was the reality of the Law given to the Israelites. The Law had been established for thousands of years when the Lord YAHSHUA came to fulfill it. The nation of Israel however, continued rejecting its meaning and the person through it was fulfilled. They could not face the holiness of our Lord, to deal with their own sinful estate and have their evil deeds exposed to be forgiven. They loved the darkness more than the Light; and so the majority remained where they were for generations to come.

We cannot face the holiness of God dressed in our wretched and proud attitude. Only in brokenness of heart and spirit can we approach Him through our High Priest, YAHSHUA Who intercedes for us:  So too the [Holy ] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in or behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groaning too deep for utterance; He Who searches the heart the hearts of Men knows what is in the mind of the  Holy Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes and pleads in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will (Rom. 8: 26-27).

As our part of the covenant with Him we must practice self-denial, the taking up of the cross, to follow Him all the way. As Israel had to obey the Law in its entirety not to suffer the consequences,  we too must walk in harmony with  the new covenant, as the Bible reiterated: for any person who has violated and rejected and set at naught the Law of Moses is put to death without pity or mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses, how much worse punishment do you suppose he will be judged to deserve who has considered the covenant blood by which he was consecrated common and unhallowed, thus profaning it and insulting and outraging the Holy Spirit [who imparts] grace? (Heb. 10:28-29).

The Law stood with the pointing of finger and punishment, but it was established for the purpose to bring about righteousness to Israel’s heart, in preparation to receive their Messiah, Who was to come from God Himself. YAHSHUA was present with Israel in their days and years of wandering through the desert. That experience constituted a period of training, a spiritual journey pointing them to the One Who would fulfill the Law for them and provide them freedom and salvation. Even though Israel failed her part of the covenant, God’s faithfulness in performing His part brought in the fulfillment of His promise. YAHSHUA summarized the Law in one word: love. Love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself. Against this there is no law.  His life, as a sacrifice of love, perfectly fulfilled the Law. The Lamb of God shed His life so we could have life; He suffered scourging- hundreds of them for our physical healing. He nailed on the cross the Law and its demands with His own body and replaced it with perfect love and forgiveness, as He took upon Himself the sins of the world. His blood erases the sins of all those who repents and accept His love. In Him we have hope and freedom from eternal punishment, for only He is the fulfillment of the Law, in which only His sacrifice was able to atone for the sins of men.

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