The first chapter of the book Echoes of His Presence is about the blood covenant between God and Abraham. When two parties would make a “treaty” they would each slit a goat’s throat and walk barefoot, together, through the spilled blood saying:
“I will pay with my life if I break this covenant/promise I am making with you.”
Each party was responsible for his side of the covenant. What is truly amazing is that God claimed responsibility for both sides of the covenant. In essence, God said that if He or Abraham is unfaithful or breaks this covenant, God will pay the price with His life.
And God did!
Ray Vanderlaan does a phenomenal job bringing the first century in Palestine to life for a modern reader in Echoes of His Presence. He also brings a depth of understanding of the Scriptures as to how Jesus would have understood Jesus.