Chapter 6. The Blood Covenant
When man disobeyed God and partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he became aware that he was naked. His solution was to make aprons of fig leaves. This was not good enough. God made them coats of skins. Animals had to shed their blood and die to cover the results of sin. This then was the beginning of the blood covenant between God and man.
Abel brought of the firstlings of his flock. Cain brought of the fruit of the ground. Cain’s offering was not accepted. Why? There is no blood in fruit or vegetables.
When God made a covenant with Abraham, He had him to slay an heifer, a she goat, a ram, a turtledove and a pigeon. A smoking lamp and a burning furnace passed between the pieces and the Scripture records that in the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abraham. This was a blood covenant.
In Exodus chapter 12 Moses is told to take the blood of a lamb and put it over the doorpost and the two sideposts of the Israelites. They did this and they were protected from the destroyer. The Blood Covenant serves as a protection for us. It is essentially a hedge or covering about us.
We can abide under that covering or within that hedge of protection as we remain obedient to God. Psalm 91 says:
We can break a hole in the hedge or get out from under His covering by our disobedience. Ecclesiastes 10:8 says “... and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.” Christ provides a hedge of protection for us but sometimes we break a hole in the hedge by our disobedience and a serpent (unclean spirit) attacks us.
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come high thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come night thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”
The man provides a hedge of protection for his wife (or wives). The wife can break a hole in her hedge of protection by disobedience to her husband. That’s why the Scripture says:
Some women may choose to be single so as not to have to submit to a man. If this is done in rebellion against God’s direction (“he shall rule over thee” Genesis 3:16) then the woman is opening herself to be attacked by the adversary because she is refusing to be under man’s authority, which is rebellion against God.
“Wives submit yourselves to your own husbands as unto the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.” Ephesians 5:22-24.
Now there are other cases where single women desire to be married but can find no single Christian man willing to marry them. In cultures where plural wives marriage is considered wrong, sinful, or unlawful, these women have no option but to place themselves in the hand of God and rely upon His mercy and grace and protection.
This is not God’s best or perfect way but the men, due to lack of knowledge and incorrect training in one man - one wife cultures, have no concept that some of them would be called upon by God to provide for and protect more than one wife, just as King David did.
The blood covenant he makes with each wife (with virgins the hymen is broken and a small amount of blood is actually shed) as he consummates the marriage through sexual intercourse makes the two one and gives her his name (nature) and lets every unclean spirit or fallen angel know in the spirit realm “this woman belongs to this man and is under his protection. If you mess with her, you mess with him!”
First created on 27 September 2001
Updated on 20 June 2016
Copyright ©1999 Andy Nonymousman
Reproduced by permission and with thanks by HEM, 2001
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