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The Cup of the Covenant

Updated on January 2, 2018

Introduction

Mark and I had talked some months ago about having a grand huge anniversary party this year; our wedding anniversary date is June 21st.

This year is ten years for us, and we are both excited about how far we’ve come, even though we have far yet to go should Yeshua tarry yet a while. Our marriage started out not good. For those who watched our relationship from the beginning, you know. For those of our friends who came into our lives midway or more into our marriage, you might find it hard to believe that Mark was ever gruff, rough, and tough, even though he is still quite outspoken about a lot of things.

So, we’ve been talking about a grand huge anniversary party; however, we have a grand being born in the Spring, just before, a grand being born mid- to late-June, at the same time, and a grand being born in August, just after. Aaaaannnnnddddd, that’s okay. I’ll take three new grands over an anniversary party any day. A quiet dinner at home it shall be.

Besides, it’s not the party that makes the wedding.

The New Covenant

Matit’yah-ha’Levi (Matthew) 26:28--”For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins.”

First, I want to call your attention to the word “new”. We live in a time when fallacy is mistaken for absolute truth at every turn. The truth of the word “new” is this: A thing that has already existed and been; but, is now experienced as new. The covenant that Yeshua made through His birth, life, death, crucifixion, burial, resurrection, and ascension was the same covenant that YeHoVaH had made with His people since the beginning of the beginning. The newness of it was that His death-for-life sacrifice was the final sacrifice, once for all (Mashiakim Yehudim (Hebrews) 1:1-16). What was nailed to the cross was our deaths (should we confess and repent of our sins) not the Torah and not our obedience. We are still required to obey the Torah, only now obedience comes because we have been saved, not to gain salvation.

When Mark and I bought this house, back in August of 2012, it was new for us, though it was not a new house. A new contract was signed for a new mortgage and a new set of front and back door locks were made with new keys; but, the house itself was not new. We have done many renovations and still have many renovations to make, and these renovations make the rooms new without being new.

Going back to marriage, and the covenant of marriage. It is ancient tradition that when a man wishes to wed a woman, the man would present to his bride a cup of wine. To drink of this cup of wine was then up to the bride, the choice was hers… accept the cup or reject the cup. If she chose to reject the cup, there would be no marriage. If, though, she willingly took the cup and willingly sipped of its contents, the woman was considered engaged (betrothed) to the man, and a wedding would be forthcoming at a later time.

Mark did not present me with a cup of wine when he proposed. And, oh, it was such a romantic proposal, even if was corny at the time. I was already his; Mark knew this and I knew this, even with all the problems that had crossed the threshold of our relationship. Mark proposed marriage, and it was my choice to accept his proposal or reject his proposal. Because this year marks ten years of marriage, you can all guess what my decision was! And, yes, we’ve had many ups and downs and ins and outs and arguments that lit up the night sky; but, no, neither one of us are going anywhere. There is a certain persecution of legally married men and women in the world today, and Mark and I covenanted with one another to stand amidst this persecution and endure the threat to a godly and God-ordained marriage to the end.

Yeshua has offered us the cup of the covenant. It is our choice to either accept it or not. His offered covenant is His invitation to become engaged (betrothed) to Him. His offered covenant, if we accept it, is forgiveness of sins and a choice to be present with Him at the Marriage of the Lamb (Hagilu Natan Elohim (Revelation) 19:7).

And, there’s more. To take the offered cup of the covenant from Yeshua means there will be persecution from the world, which continues to grow in apostasy with all its idolatry and immorality of every kind. When we partake of the cup that Yeshua offers, we are saying, “I am willing to suffer with Yeshua to and for His glory. I pledge my life as willing to walk the same path that He walked and to accept similar consequences as He did.

Let me remind you, we drink “of the cup”, not of the wine … of the cup. The bride who drank of the cup of wine from the groom drank of the cup, not of the wine; essentially, she became a cupbearer by pledging to covenant herself to the groom, bearing burdens of the covenant and joys and blessings of the covenant. Likewise, we have become cupbearers to the Groom, the King, the King of all kings, we have covenanted ourselves, if we have accepted the cup of the covenant, to bear all the burdens, as well as all the joys and blessings. To drink of the cup of the covenant that Yeshua offers to us means that we renounce a life of this world and live in the Way, in the Truth, and in the Life, Who is Yeshua ha-Meshiach (Yochanan (John) 14:6).

The world over has celebrated a new year that has come upon us, 2018. Today, right now even, is the perfect time to make new, or renew, or experience as new that which has already existed and been your covenant with Yeshua ha-Melech (King Yeshua). Do it now. Don’t wait. Don’t procrastinate.

A Blessing

Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam,

asher natan lanu Meshiach Yeshua

ve-hadiberot shel ha-berit chadashah.

Baruch ata Adonai, notein ha-berit ha-chadashah.

Blessed are You, Adonai Eloheinu, King of the universe,

Who gave to us Yeshua ha-Meshiach

and the commandments of the new covenant.

Blessed are You, Adonai, Giver of the new covenant.

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