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MADE ONE WITH GOD blood of Jesus, we are united to God in friendship. Through the Eucharist, the meal of the new covenant, Jesus makes us one with God. He makes it possible for us to remain faithful until he comes again.


SCRIPTURE FOR CHAPTER NINETEEN Exodus 24, 1-8: The blood of the old covenant Footnotes:


24, 4: Pillars… stone shafts or slabs, erected as symbols of the fact that each of the twelve tribes had entered into this covenant with God; not idolatrous as in Ex 23, 24, although the same Hebrew word is used in both passages.


24,4: All the words of the Lord…God gave Moses the commandments. These rules and customs described how God wanted his people to live. The people agreed to be God’s people and live as he asked.


24, 5: Holocausts…The people killed some animals from their herds and offered them to God. They burned the animal to proclaim God’s complete power over life and to give honor to God.


24, 8: The blood of the covenant…The ceremony of sprinkling blood on the altar (the altar was a symbol for God) and over the people was a sign of the union between God and his people. Both were bound by the agreement they had just made. The sprinkling with blood was the solemn sealing of the agreement.


Exodus 24: 1-8


1 Moses himself was told, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, with Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You shall all worship at some distance, 2 but Moses alone is to come close to the Lord; the others shall not come too near, and the people shall not come up at all with Moses.”


3 When Moses came to the people and related all the words and ordinances of the Lord, they all answered with one voice, “We will do everything that the Lord has told us.” 4 Moses then wrote down all the words of the Lord and, rising early the next Day, he erected at the foot of the mountain an altar and twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 Then, having sent certain young men of the Israelites to offer holocausts and sacrifice young bulls as peace offerings to the Lord. 6 Moses took half of the blood and put it in large bowls; the other half he splashed on the altar. 7 Taking the book of the covenant, he read it aloud to the people, who answered, “All that the Lord has said, we will heed and do.” 8 Then he took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words


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