This is my first attempt at posting a blog. The source of this information comes from the website written at the bottom. The comments are my own. Whether or not you agree with my comments is your prerogative. I realize that there is no Scripture, so you will have to do your own homework. It will give you a good reason to read your Bible. Anyway, here goes.
A series of events are set into motion when two people decide they want to “cut the covenant.” It is referred to as the blood covenant ceremony and is considered a most serious and solemn event.
AN ANIMAL IS SACRIFICED
Usually a bull, a goat, or a lamb is killed and cut in half down the center. The two halves are separated with a pool of blood between them.
Comment: In the beginning, God and man had a perfect relationship. When sin entered, it was like a “knife” that cut through that relationship and separated man from God.
THE EXCHANGE OF COATS
Each participant removes his coat, a sign of the tribe’s identity and authority, and gives it to the other participant. By doing so, each is saying, “Everything I am, [and] everything I represent now belongs to you.”
Comment: When a person is saved, God removes his or her filthy rags of self-righteousness and gives that person His “robe of righteousness.” The believer then inherits everything God has for him or her. In return, the believer’s life belongs to God.
THE EXCHANGE OF WEAPON BELTS
Each participant removes his weapon belt, which included his sword and bow. They would exchange these belts and, by so doing, declare to each other, “All my strength now belongs to you. My enemies are now your enemies.” It was saying that when an enemy attacked then my blood covenant brother had a responsibility to defend me the same as he would himself.
Comment: When a person is saved, God gives that individual His strength. God’s enemies become his or her enemies and that person’s enemies become God’s enemies.
THE EXCHANGE OF NAMES
Each participant takes the other’s name on himself. A person’s name represents his individuality. This exchange of names demonstrated a death to being an “individual.” Remember that covenant is the union of two people. In covenant you are no longer concerned only with yourself. Your concern now includes your blood covenant brother. You care for your blood brother the same as you care for yourself because the two of you are now one.
Comment: When a person is saved, he or she dies to self. Now that person is one with Christ, and his or her concern is to live for Christ from that point on.
THE WALK OF BLOOD
Each participant walks a path in the shape of a figure “8” between the halves of the slain animal, then stops in the middle in the midst of the pool of blood to pronounce the blessings and the curses of the covenant. The curses would be brought to bear upon the one who broke the blood covenant. It basically said, “the one who breaks this covenant will die just like this animal has died.” A pledge was also made that said, “Just as this animal gave its life so I will give my life for you if necessary.”
Comment: This is where Jesus steps in. With His blood, He bridges the gap of sin between God and man. Jesus, our substitute, walked “between the pieces” so to speak, when He died on the cross for our sins. That makes Him the keeper of the terms of the covenant that is between God and man. Jesus will never fail to keep those terms. Therefore, the Christian does not have to worry about breaking the covenant. Just as Jesus died for our sins, we should be willing to give our lives for Him, if necessary.
Notice the participants did a figure 8 between the pieces. I researched the 8th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The symbol for that letter is a fence. When Jesus went “between the pieces”, He removed the fence or the barrier between God and man.]
THE CUT OF THE COVENANT
A knife is used to make an incision in either the palms or the wrists of each participant. This was to allow blood to freely flow. The Bible teaches that life is in the blood. The two participants then engage in a handshake allowing the free flowing blood to intermingle. This symbolized the two bloods, the two lives, being joined into one blood and one life. In some cultures, the blood from each participant is mixed into a cup of wine. Each would drink from the cup demonstrating their union. The actual practice of “cutting the covenant” varies in its methods depending on the culture. When this event was finished, a substance would be rubbed into the wounds so they would never heal cleanly. This was done so that a permanent “mark” would be left. Wherever these men would go, they would be identified as a “covenant man” by the visible mark on their bodies.
Comment: Notice that the wrists or palms were cut to allow blood to flow. Afterwards a substance was rubbed into the cut places to produce scarring. Who does this remind you of? Yes. Jesus. Our life is joined with God. A believer’s identity is in Him. Wherever a believer goes, people should be able to tell a difference in his or her life as compared to the lost.
THE COVENANT MEAL
This is usually a meal of bread and wine. Each fed the other signifying that “all that I am is coming into you.” The covenant meal usually ended the blood covenant ceremony. At this point a new relationship is born. It is a love relationship. This kind of love is called “Hesed” in Hebrew and “Agape'” in the Greek. It is a love that says, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
Comment: This covenant meal is similar to the Lord’s Supper. Thus, we have the bread and wine. The wine is the Lord’s blood: the bread is His body. This is how a believer drinks His blood and eats His flesh that He talked about in the Book of John. Every time a believer does this he or she is remembering what Christ has done for them. His blood is for the forgiveness of sins, His body is for healing. The statement that “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” is the same promise that Jesus makes to the believer. Notice the word” never”. This shows the intensity of the promise.