Step 8 – The Memorial Meal

    After giving the terms of the covenant the men would sit down to a meal. But this meal is special. It is a “memorial meal”. They would take bread and wine (or grape juice) and take turns feeding each other a little of the bread and wine.

    It was as if they were saying to each other, “I give you this bread and wine just as I have given all of myself to you. As you eat this bread and drink the wine it is if I am coming into you and we are becoming one”


IN THE NEW COVENANT:   The Memorial Meal may sound familiar because it is carried over into our culture today. At weddings, the bride & groom feed each other pieces of the wedding cake. This comes from the tradition of a Memorial Meal in a Blood Covenant relationship. This should also remind us that marriage itself is a Blood Covenant relation-ship between man and woman. Today churches celebrate “communion” just as Jesus commanded His disciples to do in Luke 22:19. Communion is actually the Memorial Meal being reenacted to commemorate the New Covenant we have with our Heavenly Father through Jesus. In the Old Covenant ( or Law of Moses ) laws were given to show man what he must be like in order to fellowship with God. He must be perfectly righteous just as God is perfectly righteous. To break just one of the laws caused man to be imperfect and unable to fellowship with His Creator.

    But in the New Covenant, the laws against man have been nailed to the Cross of Calvary (Colossians 2:14). When we repent of the sins of our life and ask Jesus to come into our hearts we are given His Coat of Righteousness in exchange for our robe of self-righteousness. When asked which law was more important Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31)

    When we come to Jesus and ask Him to be our Lord and Savior we immediately take on His righteousness and are able to walk with Him living in our hearts on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes we sin but, instead of sacrificing an animal as the Law of Moses commanded, in the New Covenant we are able to repent and ask forgiveness on the basis of the one sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary.

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