Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Exodus 24:1-8 NLT
[1] Then the LORD instructed Moses: “Come up here to me, and bring along Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of Israel’s elders. All of you must worship from a distance. [2] Only Moses is allowed to come near to the LORD. The others must not come near, and none of the other people are allowed to climb up the mountain with him.” [3] Then Moses went down to the people and repeated all the instructions and regulations the LORD had given him. All the people answered with one voice, “We will do everything the LORD has commanded.” [4] Then Moses carefully wrote down all the LORD’s instructions. Early the next morning Moses got up and built an altar at the foot of the mountain. He also set up twelve pillars, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. [5] Then he sent some of the young Israelite men to present burnt offerings and to sacrifice bulls as peace offerings to the LORD. [6] Moses drained half the blood from these animals into basins. The other half he splattered against the altar. [7] Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it aloud to the people. Again they all responded, “We will do everything the LORD has commanded. We will obey.” [8] Then Moses took the blood from the basins and splattered it over the people, declaring, “Look, this blood confirms the covenant the LORD has made with you in giving you these instructions.”

Reflection . . .

The covenant God made with the people of Israel through Moses was sealed with blood, the blood of an animal sacrifice. The shedding of blood is necessary to seal a pact, a covenant between God and mankind. Why?! Because Scripture tells us that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

Hebrews 9:21-23

21 And in the same way, he sprinkled blood on the Tabernacle and on everything used for worship. 

22 In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.

be The Good News is that Christ shed his own blood so that animal sacrifices no longer need to be made. Christ brought a New Covenant made between God and mankind. He gave his own life for us. He dealt with sin once and for all by shedding his own blood, dying on our behalf so that we might be forgiven and no longer slaves to sin. That makes Jesus Christ the King of Glory, the one who is worthy of all praise. Just as the Israelites confessed their desire to obey and fulfill the law God gave them, so we can affirm our desire to obey Jesus the King of Glory by worshipping him, listening to him and doing what he desires for us.