What makes a document legally binding? A signature and notary make an agreement easier to verify, but this was not always the requirement.
Blood was the original requirement of a Covenant. Sounds pretty gruesome until you realize that blood is shed every time we sit down to eat meat.
From Marriage Covenants to Agreements made with family, friends or enemies, it was the meal that sealed the deal.
The First Blood Covenant
Genesis 3:15 gives some obscure hints of the First Blood Covenant. I will summarize the story of Man’s first leather outfit. Adam and Eve knew they were naked and hid themselves from YHVH. They sewed fig leaves together in an attempt to cover their mid-sections. YHVH plays hide and seek until they fearfully confess that they did the one thing they were told not to do. After the blame game, YHVH states the consequences, a promise and makes them animal skin tunics.
It may not say, YHVH cut a Blood Covenant here but animal skins would have definitely been available after a Covenant meal.
A Blood Testament
Keeping in mind Genesis 3:15 and the ancient Hebrew idiom of the woman’s Seed “bruising the head of the Serpent,” and YHVH’s Testament. This prophesy of a Seed or Offspring standing with one foot placed on the head of the Serpent was a picture of victory.
Even today we understand the concept of a Testament. After someone dies their final wishes are made known. We refer to this as their Last Will and Testament.
Back in the 1st Century A.D. a Testament meant a Blood Testament, it is the same term as cutting a Blood Covenant.
In Force Only After Death
“For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who cut it. For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who cut it lives.” Hebrews 9:16, 17
The above verse is referring to Y’shuah being the final blood sacrifice. YHVH’s Blood Covenants were building to this climax. Temporary physical shadows of the Lasting Spiritual fulfillment.
“They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the LORD, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:34
“FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES, AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE.” Hebrews 8:12
The author of Hebrews is quoting the above prophesy of Jeremiah and teaching Y’shuah was the fulfillment. YHVH was continually revealing the temporary state of mankind’s curse and the hope of His original Blood Covenant in Genesis 3:15.
Entering the Blood Covenant
For the Covenant is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the YHVH our God will call to Himself.” Acts 2:39
Practice Righteousness and Love
By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. 1 John 3:10