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His correspondents' troubles are the ever-felt background of every paragraph, sometimes emerging into the open, but always determining his selection and manipulation of catechetical, liturgical and hortatory matter; and it is they, illuminated by the passion of Christ Himself, which inspire and give point to his paradoxical summons to exultation. The tone of the epistle being thus mainly practical, we should not look to it for theology in the strict sense. It is, of course, packed with theology, but theology which is for the most part taken for granted rather than consciously expounded.
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3-8 describing the sealing of the covenant between Yahweh and His people (cf. its use in Heb. ix. 19-21 also). There we have the same stress on obedience (7: * and they said, All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient') followed by sprinkling; and just as there the Israelites were initiated with blood into the old covenant, so here those who have been chosen are introduced into the new by blood. In the Exodus story Moses poured the blood first on the altar, to signify the dedication of the people to Yahweh, and then on the Israelites to show that they now shared in His blessing and protective power.