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The Covenant

The covenant is a contract between two parties in which one party would agree to accomplish certain tasks and the other party would provide certain profit or benefit in return, and whoever disobeys the contract would be under the sanctions clause.

There are different forms of covenants. It can be between a strong king and a weaker king, whereby the weaker would obey the stronger king, while the latter would provide protection to the former. It can also be a contract between the bride and the groom, a love contract from heart to heart despite its legality. God made pacts with Adam, Noah, and Abraham, and symbolized it with circumcision. Then God made a testament with Moses to establish Israel as a nation, take them from slavery into freedom.

 

Forms of Covenants:

Verbal Covenants:

-          Testament with Adam: And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)

-          Testament with Noah: But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark--you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you. (Genesis 6:18)

-          Testament with Abraham: But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark--you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you. (Genesis 17:7)

Written Covenants:

-          Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” 28 Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 34:27)

What is required from me as a believer in God?

 

-          Acceptance and approval of the covenant: Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, "We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey." (Exodus 24:7)

 

-          And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

 

-          Memorizing and living the covenant clauses: Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. (Genesis 17:9)

 

-          Blessed is the one   who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. (Psalm 1: 1-2)

 

-          Living according to the covenant: For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. (Romans 2:13)

But what deeds should we do? St. Paul tells us in his message to Ephesians:

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

Therefore, it is required that we give our life to God’s will, and ask for the ‘measure’ or the deeds that the Lord has planned for us and made available in the new testament after the Lord Jesus reconciled us with his sacrificial blood after tearing the temple veil.

Consequences of Ignoring the Covenant:

-          Eternal Perdition: my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.   “Because you have rejected knowledge,  I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God,   I also will ignore your children. (Hosea 4:6)

-          End of Blessings: If you violate the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the LORD's anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you." (Joshua 23:16)

-          End of Power: Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, “Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant. (1 Kings 11:11)

-          Curse: Tell them that this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Cursed is the man who does not obey the terms of this covenant (Jeremiah 11:3)

Is the covenant still valid with us?

 

This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God,  and they will be my people.

 

Has what is written become true in your life? Do you keep the laws in your heart? If the answer is no, hurry up! As this life is short, and many things can take us away from the way of salvation.

 

Do you want to know what the Lord has prepared for you and what road for you to take? Listen to the bible while you are driving your car, or while you are doing simple things or relaxing. Ask for your copy from our website, and download it onto your mobile phone, or your car and start listening and living the Lord.


By: Laith Maqadsi

Edited By: Ghassan Allo

 

 
 

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