Hebrews 9: 16-22

In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. When Moses had proclaimed every commandment of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

A Thought

The first covenant was from God given to Moses to proclaim to the people the will of God. When the first covenant was put into effect the scroll containing God’s commandments along with all the people, the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies had to be sprinkled with calf’s blood. The people were commanded to keep all the laws of God. They could be cleansed from sin by the offerings of blood sacrifices yearly. We now have the blood of Jesus that was shed for each of us as the new perfect, complete covenant where we can be forgiven from all sin by accepting and living in the will of God for our lives.

Our Prayer

Thank you for your son Jesus Christ, our redeemer, who was perfect but died a sinners death so we could receive forgiveness. Help us to now live in a close relationship with you and obey your word. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.