The great sacrifice'
by David Robinson
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Abraham in Genesis 15:9-21
If you are at all familiar with the Old Testament, you probably remember how people made covenants with one another. The two parties making the covenant would agree together about whatever their covenant would be. They then would take various animals—some of the common ones were heifers, goats, and rams—and slaughter them.
They would then cut the animals in half. The animals were sliced right down the middle. Nothing was removed. The blood obviously ran out and covered the ground, but the entrails and all were still in place. The halves of those creatures would then be laid out in two rows with a space between just wide enough for the two people to fit. Then those making the covenant would walk between the halves of those slaughtered animals.
In doing so, the two parties were saying, ‘If I ever break this covenant, May what happened to these animals happen to me.’ This was a deadly serious ritual with powerful significance.
This is the same type of covenant that God made with Abraham in Genesis 15:9-21. The Lord told Abraham to get the animals, kill them and cut them in half. So Abraham did exactly as he was instructed... God then caused Abraham to fall into a deep sleep, and the Lord went between the animal halves alone. While Abraham was unconscious, the Lord walked the space between those cut-in-two animals unaccompanied. In essence, what God was saying by His actions was, ‘If either of us ever breaks this covenant, May what happened to these animals happen to Me.’
That’s exactly what Jesus did for us on the cross. He took the punishment that you and I deserved and gave us mercy and forgiveness.
Isaiah 53:5 penned, ‘the chastisement of our peace was upon him and with his stripes we are healed’
After Calvary, after the lamb was slain, after the new covenant in his blood was sealed, after Christ had ‘walked through the winepress alone’, after he ‘took our infirmities and carried our sicknesses’ Matthew 8:17… In Pilates judgement hall ‘they made his back like a ploughed field they laid long their furrows’ at the cross, ‘they cut him off from the land of the living,’
He passed from death to life through the pieces of his broken body declaring, ‘because you broke the covenant let it be done unto me as was done unto the sacrifice’
He then took the blood of the new covenant and made atonement for the sins of the whole world…
That’s why Peter could record so boldly… ‘by whose stripes we were healed’ 1 Peter 2:24… That the reason Paul could write ‘there is now therefore no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus’
Proverbs 20:30 supports the truth;
(KJVR) The blueness of a wound cleanseth (cleanse for purification) away evil: so do stripes (that is, a weal, or black and blue mark itself): - blueness, bruise, hurt, stripe, wound.) the inward parts of the belly.
To Cleanse from; bad or evil (naturally or morally). adversity, affliction, bad, calamity, + displeasure, distress, evil + exceedingly, X great, grief, harm, heavy, hurt, mark, mischief, misery, sore, sorrow, trouble, vex, wickedness, worse wretchedness, wrong.
‘Stripes… ((kaw-rath') to cut off, cut down or cut asunder; to destroy or consume; specifically to covenant i.e. to make an alliance or bargain, originally by cutting flesh and passing between the pieces:
2Ch 2:10 And, behold, I will give to thy servants, the hewers that cut (kaw-rath')
timber, twenty thousand measures of beaten wheat, and twenty thousand measures of barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil.
(KJVR) The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
From H2266; properly bound (with stripes), that is, a weal (or black and blue mark itself): - blueness, bruise, hurt, stripe, wound.
From H4838; properly a scouring, that is, soap or perfumery for the bath; figuratively a detergent: - X cleanse, (thing for) purification (-fying).
From H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (naturally or morally). This includes the second (feminine) form; as adjective or noun: - adversity, affliction, bad, calamity, + displease (-ure), distress, evil ([-favouredness], man, thing), + exceedingly, X great, grief (-vous), harm, heavy, hurt (-ful), ill (favoured), + mark, mischief, (-vous), misery, naught (-ty), noisome, + not please, sad (-ly), sore, sorrow, trouble, vex, wicked (-ly, -ness, one), worse (-st) wretchedness, wrong. [Including feminine ra’ah; as adjective or noun.]
2Ch 2:10 And, behold, I will give to thy servants, the hewers that cut timber, twenty thousand measures of beaten wheat, and twenty thousand measures of barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil.
A primitive root; to cut (off, down or asunder); by implication to destroy or consume; specifically to covenant (that is, make an alliance or bargain, originally by cutting flesh and passing between the pieces): - be chewed, be con- [feder-] ate, covenant, cut (down, off), destroy, fail, feller, be freed, hew (down), make a league ([covenant]), X lose, perish, X utterly, X want.
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