“Spattered in Blood”

The Transfiguration of Our Lord

“Spattered in Blood”

February 26, 2017

 Sermon Text: Exodus 24:8–18, Matthew 17:1–9    

 Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Quite a contrast we have before us this morning. Actually several contrasts that we would do well to consider and take to heart under the gracious guidance of God the Holy Spirit.

Probably though, it would first be good to do what is sometimes done at the beginning of television shows where it is announced that “viewer discretion” is called for because of the graphic nature of what will be shown.

We read in our Exodus text, “And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, ‘Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you.” (Exodus 24:8)

Blood dripping down the clothes of the men, women and children gathered there. Doesn’t get more graphic than that. The people of Israel spattered in blood… the blood of the sacrifice made at the base of Mount Sinai. That, indeed, was how a covenant was made, enacted and sealed. It was literally “sealed in blood”… in the shedding of blood.

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