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day 11 | matthew 25-26

A covenant is a contract or agreement between two parties. According to tradition, a covenant is made between two people when blood is spilt and a life is sacrificed. The person that makes the sacrifice is essentially saying to the other, "If I don't hold up my end of the contract, may what's done to this sacrifice be done to me also."

Jesus talks about the blood of the covenant during the Passover meal with his disciples. The covenant is for forgiveness. We're used to thinking about God sacrificing Jesus for us, God doing this thing to Jesus for us, God willing Jesus to die for us. The thing is, Jesus tells the disciples they have to drink from the cup. That means the disciples have to be the ones to make the sacrifice, not God.

Yes, God sent Jesus, but people killed him.

So, when the disciples drink of the cup that represents the blood of the covenant, they are essentially saying to God, "If I don't hold up my end of the contract, may what's done to this sacrifice be done to me also." In this case, their end of the contract is allowing their beloved teacher to be killed.

Then, Jesus is praying in Gethsemane and he says this funny thing:

The Rainbow In Our Lives

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Noah endured the flood because of his obedience towards God and ultimately the grace of God was over Noah. Evidently, God's grace towards all humanity. Without Noah surviving, none of us here. Not even your grandma.

God and Noah went through an intimate relationship after this flood. After the flood, Noah performed a sacrifice which God loved. Inasmuch that He made a covenant with Noah saying that it's a promise of love. One that involved a rainbow which represented God not destroying man with a flood again.

In my relationship, I realize my love for my girlfriend is great. A "rainbow" in our relationship is our gifts. I have letter that she has given me, and each time I read it I'm assured of her love for me. In the same way we have a "rainbow" with God. That rainbow is the love letter He has given us: the Bible.

The biggest message that the Bible proclaims is one of love: Jesus Christ dying on the cross for you. His death is my rainbow for salvation showing me that I will not be forsaken or alone.

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