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CHAPTER NINETEEN THE EUCHARIST AS THE NEW COVENANT


THE COVENANT WITH ISRAEL Jos 24: 1-28


In the Old Testament God made a covenant with Israel. He claimed Israel as his people and they


recognized him as their only God. God was present in the covenant. Through the covenant he created a people with whom he was at one. He was faithful to his people Israel and he promised to send them a redeemer.


THE COVENANT WAS SEALED IN THE BLOOD OF ANIMALS Heb 9 18-23


In the book of Exodus, Moses set up an altar which was the place where God was present among the people. In front of the altar he set up twelve pillars which represented the twelve tribes of Israel. He


assembled the people and God entered a covenant with them. In order to seal the covenant Moses sacrificed animals on the altar of God. He took the blood of the animals and poured it on the altar, then on the people. The blood of the animals was a sign of unity between God and his people. Then Moses and the elders ate and drank in the presence of God.


THE NEW COVENANT Jesus fulfilled the promise of God to send a savior. WAS SEALED IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS Heb 12: 18-25 1 Pt 1: 1-2


He did not destroy the old covenant but he fulfilled it and made it new. In Jesus, God was present among his people in the flesh. Jesus was the new


covenant. He united God and humanity. When Jesus gave his life on the cross, it was a sign of the great self-giving love that God has for his people. Just as the old covenant was sealed in the blood of animals, the new covenant was sealed in the blood of Jesus.


THROUGH THE


MEALOF THE NEW COVENANT WE ARE


Our sins stand in the way of our friendship with God. Jesus gave his body and blood so that our sins could be removed. When we receive the body and


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