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The Blood Covenant

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1 Samuel 18-19; 2 Samuel 9:1-10
(Program 2448, Airing on 12.07.08 and 12.14.08)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. Jonathan and David made a covenant with each other. The word “covenant” comes from a root word meaning “to cut”; it literally has the idea of a blood covenant. (1 Samuel 18:3)
    2. Jonathan alerted David that his father, Saul, wanted to kill David. (1 Samuel 19:2)
    3. David fled and went into hiding.
    4. After Jonathan and Saul were killed in battle, and David was proclaimed king, Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, was taken into hiding in a desolate land called Lodebar.
    5. David sent for Mephibosheth so that he could show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake; thus, honoring his covenant with Jonathan.
    6. It was up to Mephibosheth to decide whether or not to ratify the covenant.
  2. THE BLOOD COVENANT IS A BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE (1 Samuel 18:3)
    1. It is the subject of the Bible.
    2. It is the secret of blessing.
      1. Psalm 25:14
      2. Luke 22:20
    3. It is the source of boldness.
      1. When we understand the blood covenant and who we are and what we have in the Lord Jesus, we are then no longer bound to our feelings but can stand with boldness.
    4. Symbols of the covenant (1 Samuel 18:1-4)
      1. Jonathan gave David his robe, which symbolizes his position.
      2. Jonathan gave David his garments, symbolizing his possessions.
      3. Jonathan gave David his sword and bow, symbolizing his power.
  3. THE BLOOD COVENANT IS A STEADFAST PROMISE (1 Samuel 19:1-2; 2 Samuel 9:1-10)
    1. The blood covenant is an unbreakable covenant.
    2. Because of the blood covenant, Mephibosheth got to eat at the king’s table continually. (2 Samuel 9:10)
    3. Because of the blood covenant of Jesus, we are invited to eat continually at the King’s table. (Luke 22:20)
  4. THE SAVING POWER OF THE BLOOD COVENANT
    1. The Savior is pictured.
      1. Acts 20:28
    2. The sinner is pictured.
      1. Mephibosheth represents us.
      2. Like Mephibosheth, we are
        1. Deformed – crippled by a fall
        2. Dethroned – we lost our inheritance through Adam
        3. We have a sentence of death (Romans 6:23)
    3. Salvation is pictured. (2 Samuel 9:1-10; Ephesians 4:32)
      1. What the covenant brought to Mephibosheth and what salvation through Jesus brings to us
        1. The King’s forgiveness
        2. The King’s fortune
        3. The King’s fellowship
        4. We are part of the King’s family

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