Marriage as a Covenant
Proverbs 2:16-17 . . . the strange woman . . . who forsakes the friend of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God
Malachi 2:14 . . . The Lord has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion, and the wife of your covenant.
Biblical Covenants Typically Involve the Shedding of Blood
Exodus 24:8 Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, “Look, this is the blood of the covenant, which the Lord has made with you concerning all these words.”
Zechariah 9:11 As for you also, because of the blood of your covenant, I have set free your prisoners from the pit in which is no water.
Hebrews 9:18-20 Therefore even the first covenant has not been dedicated without blood. For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.”
Luke 22:20 Likewise, he took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
Hebrews 10:29 How much worse punishment do you think he will be judged worthy of who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant with which he was sanctified an unholy thing, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?
Hebrews 13:20 Now may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep with the blood of an eternal covenant, our Lord Jesus
The link between circumcision and the shedding of blood
Exodus 4:25-26 Then Zipporah took a flint, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet; and she said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me.” So he let him alone. Then she said, “You are a bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.
Link Between Circumcision and Covenant
Genesis 17:11 You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin. It will be a token of the covenant between me and you.
The Age at Which Circumcision Should Ideally Occur
Genesis 17:12 He who is eight days old will be circumcised among you, every male throughout your generations . . .
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