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Wednesday, November 14 2018
A Bible Journey, 74: The Blood Of The Sinai Covenant
"And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words"
The Exodus (see A Bible Journey, 63: The Exodus Lesson) and the establishment of Passover (see A Bible Journey, 62: Why Is It Called Passover?) were simultaneous events of history. The Exodus was made possible by the events of Passover, while the Passover happened to make possible the Exodus. Moreover however, both of those events of history are yet to be ultimately fulfilled in prophecy.
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) delivered His Ten Commandments (see A Bible Journey, 70: The Christian Ten Commandments) to the Israelites as a means for them to chose a free life for themselves (see A Bible Journey, 72: The Perfect Law Of Liberty). It was a timeless object lesson, delivered on a national scale, of salvation (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
"24:1 And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off. 24:2 And Moses alone shall come near the LORD: but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him." (Exodus 24:1-2 KJV)
The Law of the LORD is an offer of life that people have to choose to accept and obey. The Israelites did obey, but only at first: "And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient."
"24:3 And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do. 24:4 And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.
The Agreement was sealed with "the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words" (see also The Water and The Blood).
"24:8 And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words." (Exodus 24:8 KJV)
Centuries after the Exodus, the Son of God plainly and authoritatively declared that no man, except the Messiah, has seen the Father (see the Fact Finder question below).
"1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." (John 1:18 KJV)
No man has seen the Father. But many people have seen the LORD God, as stated in the verses below, Who was later born as Jesus Christ. It was Jesus Christ Who delivered the Israelites in the Exodus, and it was Jesus Christ Who gave the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai:
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
Moses then returned to the top of Mount Sinai where he received the Covenant in writing (as with any contract, the parties discuss the terms of the agreement before it is put into writing). The Ten Commandments were first spoken ("And God spake all these words" Exodus 20:1 KJV), to which the people spoke their acceptance ("they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient") - after which it was placed in writing.
"24:12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.
Fact Finder: The Messiah plainly stated that no man as seen the Father. What then does the Father look like?
This Day In History, November 14
565: Roman emperor Justinian died at age 81. The "Imperial Restoration" temporarily occurred during his reign, but it was too late; the original Roman Empire (see Biblical Eras: The Roman Empire And The Church Of Rome) had already moved north, into Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1533: Spanish "Conquistadors" under the leadership of Francisco Pizarro arrived in Cajamarca of the Incas.
1666: Samuel Pepys reported on the first blood transfusion (between dogs).
1792: Captain George Vancouver, a British officer of the Royal Navy, began his exploration of the west coast of North America. His expeditions circumnavigated the planet and landed on five continents
1851: Moby Dick by Herman Melville was published (see also The Origin Of Moby Dick).
1916: During the First World War (1914-1918; see The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the Battle of the Somme ended. It was one of the bloodiest battles of all time with over 1,000,000 troops killed or wounded.
1922: The BBC began daily radio broadcasts from Marconi House.
1940: During the Second World War (1939-1945), Coventry, England was severely damaged by German bombers in the "blitz." It was the worst single-day bombing of Britain of the war; over 1,000 were killed (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator).
1941: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal was lost after being torpedoed by a German submarine.
1951: French paratroopers captured Hoabinh, Vietnam, thereby involving France in the foreigner-incited Vietnam civil war for most of the 1950s. The U.S. replaced France in that intervention for most of the 1960s and early 1970s. The Vietnamese of the north defeated the Vietnamese of the south and made Vietnam into a single country again, as it had been for over 2,000 years (Vietnam has a recorded history that extends to the third century BC) before meddling foreigners divided Vietnam into north and south (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1969: 250,000 people marched in Washington to protest the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam civil war.
1983: The first U.S. cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads arrived at Greenham Common airbase in England amid protests from British people who didn't want foreign weapons of mass destruction in Britain (Britain itself has a large nuclear arsenal of doomsday weapons; see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang? and The Rockets' Red Glare).
1994: The first fare-paying passengers on the new rail service traveled through the Channel Tunnel linking England and France.