Have you heard of Kay Arthur? She is the co-founder of Precept Ministries International, a ministry for the edifying and building up of the body. She is a Bible study author and teacher. She was my mentor for fifteen years, not in the flesh, but via videotapes and through leadership training conferences. Much of what I know concerning the scriptures I owe to her method of teaching: in-depth, inductive Bible study.
The animals had been slain — cut in half down the spine. Their bright blood stained the stones, the dirt, the grass, vying with sprinklets of wildflowers in their display of color. A covenant was being cut.
The two men stood opposite one another. Each removed his own robes and handed them to the other, then clothed himself in his covenant brother’s garment.
I am putting on you…and you me. We are one.
Picking up their weapons from the ground, each handed the other his sword, his bow. By this action they understood…
Your enemies are now mine…and mine yours.
Then they handed each other their belts.
When you are weak, my strength will be there for you.
In a figure-eight path, both walked through the pieces of flesh lying opposite one another. It was a walk into death.
I am dying to my independent living…and to my rights.
They swore by an oath as they pointed first to heaven —
God, do so to me…
and then to the slain animals.
if I break this covenant!
Then each made a cut on his wrist, and with a handclasp the two men mingled their blood.
It is agreed: We — once two — have now become one.
In turn each recited what he owned and what he owed; from this day forward they would share all their resources.
What is mine is yours…what is yours is mine.
Each reached down and scooped up dirt mingled with small stones and rubbed this abrasive into the cut in his wrist.
Wherever I am, when I lift my hand and see the scar, I will remember I have a covenant partner.
They exchanged new names.
Because of covenant I have a new identity.
They sat to partake of a covenant meal. One broke bread and placed it in his covenant partner’s mouth; then the other did the same.
You are eating me, and I you.
Finally, a memorial was set up — a pile of stones, a planted tree, a written contract — as testimony of the covenant they had made.
Now I call you Friend — my Friend who sticks closer than a brother.
When God promised Abraham a land and a seed, a seed that Galatians 3:16 tells us was Christ, God cut a covenant with Abraham, and He alone walked through the pieces. It was an unconditional covenant promising Messiah, the Christ.
And the Seed came, just as God promised.
But when do we reap the promise of that covenant?
When in faith we walk through the pieces of the Lamb of God slain for the sins of the world!
When by faith we come to God through the rent veil of that Lamb — the rent veil of His flesh.
When we come to God the only way we can,
who is Himself the Covenant;
Jesus who is the Way, the Truth, the Life…
There is no other way,
for no one comes to the Father
but through Him.
Listen to the inspired writer of Hebrews — watch the blood, the veil, the believer — as in the context of his teaching on the New Covenant he tells us,
Therefore, brethren…we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh!
By tearing the veil, God was showing us that the way to enter His presence, to walk into the Holy of Holies, was through the Lord Jesus Christ. It was a picture of entering into covenant with Him; He was inviting us to walk through the pieces…
The New Covenant was cut almost two thousand years ago when the Lamb of God hung on Calvary’s tree. It was cut for you. It was cut for me.
But we must walk through the pieces — it is the only way to God. A walk into death that results in life.