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What is a covenant? Need we be concerned about covenants? What covenant have all Christians entered into?
What is a Covenant?
We start with a list of bullet points that have been extracted from the following research. These points are to generate an interest about the significance (importance) of covenants. Every child of God has entered into a covenant with Him. And if you are His, let this be a starting point to seek a fuller understanding of your part in the covenant He has made with you.
(Contents in the following may be shortened, but not modified; highlighted or underlined to draw attention.)
Webster 1828: COVENANT, n. [L, to come; a coming together; a meeting or agreement of minds.]
Need I be concerned about covenants?
AmTrac: (American Tract Society Bible Dictonary)
The word testamentum is often used in Latin to express the Hebrew word which signifies covenant; whence the titles, Old and New Testaments, are used to denote the old and new covenants.
A covenant is properly an agreement between two parties. Where one of the parties is infinitely superior to the other, as in a covenant between God and man, there God’s covenant assumes the nature of a promise, Isa 59:21; Jer 31:33, 34; Ga 3:15-18.
The first covenant with the Hebrews was made when the Lord chose Abraham and his posterity for his people; a second covenant, or a solemn renewal of the former, was made at Sinai, comprehending all who observe the law of Moses.
The "new covenant" of which Christ is the Mediator and Author, and which was confirmed by his blood, comprehends all who believe in him and are born again, Ga 4:24; Heb 7:22; 8:6-13; 9:15-23; 12:24.
The divine covenants were ratified by the sacrifice of a victim, to show that without an atonement there could be no communication of blessing and salvation from God to man, Ge 15:1-8; Ex 24:6-8; Heb 9:6.
Thus God covenanted with Noah, Abraham, and David, Ge 9:8, 9; 17:4, 5; Ps 89:3, 4, and gave them faith in the Savior afterwards to be revealed, Ro 3:25; Heb 9:15.
In common discourse, we usually say the old and new testaments, or covenants-the covenant between God and the posterity of Abraham, and that which he has made with believers by Jesus Christ; because these two covenants contain eminently all the rest, which are consequences, branches, or explanations of them. The most solemn and perfect of the covenants of God with men is that made through the mediation of our Redeemer, which must subsist to the end of time. The Son of God is the guarantee of it; it is confirmed with his blood; the end and object of it is eternal life, and its constitution and laws are more exalted than those of the former covenant.
Vine’s: [diatheke ]
primarily signifies … a mutual undertaking between two parties or more, each binding himself to fulfill obligations…
Have I entered into a covenant?
Yes, if you have accepted the new covenant with Messiah. So what is the New Covenant?
The term "New" Covenant necessarily implies an "Old" Covenant, and we are reminded that God's dealings with His people in the various dispensations of the world's history have been in terms of covenant. The Holy Scriptures by their most familiar title keep this thought before us, the Old Testament and the New Testament or Covenant… both mean a solemn disposition, compact or contract-- The theological terms "Covenant of Works" and "Covenant of Grace" do not occur in Scripture… The "New Covenant" here spoken of is practically equivalent to the Covenant of Grace established between God and His redeemed people, that again resting upon the eternal Covenant of Redemption made between the Father and the Son…
Christ's Use at Last Supper:
Looking at the matter more particularly, we have to note the words of Christ at the institution of the Supper. In all the three Synoptists, as also in Paul's account (Matt 26:28; Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20; 1Cor 11:25) "covenant" occurs. … The expression, in any case, looks back to the old and points the contrast; but in the contrast there are points of resemblance.
It is most significant that Christ here connects the "new" covenant with His "blood." … Christ, by speaking of His blood in this connection, plainly indicates that His death was a sacrifice, and that through that sacrifice His people would be brought into a new covenant relationship with God. He specifically mentions one great blessing of the new covenant, the forgiveness of sins--"which is poured out for many unto remission of sins" (Mt 26:28).
Use in Epistle to the Hebrews:
The writer draws out fully the contrast between the new covenant and the old by laying stress upon the perfection of Christ's atonement in contrast to the material and typical sacrifices (Heb 9:11-23). … and by that perfect offering He has secured "eternal redemption" in contrast to the temporal deliverance of the old dispensation.
The Mediator of the New Covenant:
Thus Christ fulfils the type in a twofold way: He is the sacrifice upon which the covenant is based, whose blood ratifies it, and the Mediator of the covenant. The death of Christ not only secures the forgiveness of those who are brought under the new covenant, but it was also for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, implying that all the sacrifices gained their value by being types of Christ…
"Inheritance" and "Testament":
Not only does the blessing of perfect forgiveness come through the new covenant, but also the promise of the "eternal inheritance"
Relation to Jeremiah 31:31-34:
This new covenant established by Christ was foretold by the prophet Jeremiah, who uses the very word "new covenant" in describing it … The first covenant was not faultless, otherwise there would have been no need for a second; but the fault was not in the covenant but in the people who failed to keep it…I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah." …"I will put my laws into their mind, and on their heart also will I write them: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people." This at once shows the spirituality of the new covenant. Its requirements are not simply given in the form of external rules, but the living Spirit possesses the heart; the law becomes an internal dominating principle, and so true obedience is secured.
Ezekiel had spoken to the same effect, …Eze 36:27: "I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep mine ordinances, and do them." Other important foreshadowings of the new covenant are found in Isa 54:10; Isa 55:3; Isa 59:21; Isa 61:8; Hos 2:18-23; Mal 3:1-4. We may well marvel at the spiritual insight of these prophets, and it is impossible to attribute their forecasts to natural genius; they can only be accounted for by Divine inspiration. Archibald McCaig
"Covenant" … on God's part gratuitous, requires man's acceptance of and obedience to it, as the consequence of His grace experienced, and the end which He designs to His glory, not that it is the meritorious condition of it.
The legal covenant of Sinai … "It was added because of the transgressions" (Gal 3:19), i.e. to bring them, and so man's great need, into clearer view (Rom 3:20; 4:15; 5:13; 7:7-9). But the promise to David (2 Samuel 7; Psalm 89; 2; 72; Isaiah 11) took up again that to Abraham, defining the line, the Davidic, as that in which the promised seed should come.
In the Old Testament the Hebrew word berith is always thus translated(Covenant).
This word is used of a covenant or compact between:
The word is used with reference to God's revelation of himself in the way of promise … to men.
God's covenant is said to be confirmed with an oath (Deut. 4:31; Ps. 89:3), and to be accompanied by a sign (Gen. 9; 17). Hence the covenant is called God's "counsel," "oath," "promise" (Ps. 89:3, 4; 105:8-11; Heb. 6:13-20; Luke 1:68-75).
God's covenant consists wholly in the bestowal of blessing (Isa. 59:21; Jer. 31:33, 34).
The term covenant is also used to designate:
All praise to God the Father of Yeshua Messiah our Savior and soon coming King. Let not this be the defining of the covenants of YHVH but the beginning; for our relationship with our Maker is therein defined. Be obedient to the terms of the covenant we have entered into with Yeshua.
John 14:15"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
Proverbs 19:20 Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days.
Proverbs 3:19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens.
The covenant’s of God can be called His "counsel," His "oath," and His "promise".
The term covenant is also used to designate the regular succession of day and night (Jer. 33:20)
"A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on." Carl Sandberg
Meditate on this for awhile to grasp the depth of this saying. When YHVH calls and we accept; we become a new creation. New, as a baby or a little child that depends on the parent; so must we depend on our covenant Maker Yeshua the Messiah.
In our pursuit of humility: (Lesson from humility in daily life.)
"The humble person feels no jealousy or envy, He can praise God when others are preferred and blessed before him. He can hear others praised and himself forgotten, because in God’s presence he has learned to say with Paul, "I am nothing." He has received the spirit of Jesus, who pleased not himself and sought not His own honor as the spirit of his life, " Andrew Murray
When we covenant with Messiah, He becomes our Master; it is He that imparts His Spirit to each of us. It is Messiah that is head of the whole assembly of saints: Colossians 1:18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
Therefore being part of the body we must each look to the Head, Yeshua as our example, our direction, our empowerment and nourishment. Then and only then can we look at our brother in true humility. We will be focusing on acts of service, on being closely nit together and dwelling in unity; that we, together, may truly glorify our Head.
All praise, honor and glory to God the Father of Yeshua and our Savior and Master.
Understanding the precepts of prayer.
YHVH is Faithful (you can trust Him)
Genesis 32:9-12 Jacob said, "O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD, who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your relatives, and I will prosper you,’ I am unworthy of all the lovingkindness and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to Your servant; for with my staff only I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two companies. Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, that he will come and attack me and the mothers with the children. For You said, ‘I will surely prosper you and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which is too great to be numbered.’"
Reading Jacob’s prayer "Deliver me, I pray (now, I beseech)…" There is so much to glean from this prayer. Consider some of them:
Matthew Henry Commentary: (edited)
Now it is worth while to enquire what there was extraordinary in this prayer, that it should gain the petitioner all this honor.
I. The request itself is one, and very express: Deliver me from the hand of my brother. …he believed the power of God could rescue him…
Note: We have leave to be particular in our addresses to God, to mention the particular straits and difficulties we are in; for the God with whom we have to do is one we may be free with: we have liberty of speech at the throne of grace.
II. The pleas are many, and very powerful; never was cause better ordered. He offers up his request with great faith, fervency, and humility. Deliver me, I pray thee.
1. He addresses himself to God as the God of his fathers. …a God in covenant with his ancestors; and this he could the better plead because the covenant, by divine designation, was entailed upon him.
2. He produces his warrant: Thou said unto me, Return unto thy country; … in obedience to God’s command.
3. He humbly acknowledges his own unworthiness to receive any favor from God: I am not worthy; it is an unusual plea. Note: Self-denial and self-abasement well become us in all our addresses to the throne of grace. [in other words "In humility"]
4. He thankfully owns God’s goodness to him in his banishment, and how much it had outdone his expectations…
5. He urges the extremity of the peril he was in: Lord, deliver me from Esau, for I fear him. The people of God have not been shy of telling God their fears; for they know he takes cognizance of them, and considers them.
6. He insists especially upon the promise God had made him: Thou said, I will deal well with thee, and again, in the close: Thou said, I will surely do thee good. Note: The best we can say to God in prayer is what he has said to us. God’s promises, as they are the surest guide of our desires in prayer…
He pleads also a particular promise, that of the multiplying of his seed.
Ps 119:49 Remember the word to Your servant, In which You have made me hope.
Proverbs 15:29 The LORD … hears the prayer of the righteous.
This example gives us great courage to humbly seek the face of YHVH.
How does God feel about issues we face today?
This new section "The Heart of God" will try to take some aspect of modern day life and address it from His point of view.
Luke 12:21So is he (the foolish) that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Previously in this section we looked at being good stewards with our trash. This time we will look at being good stewards with our possessions. We should realize that all our blessings come from God. He wants us to share them with others. If we are holding on to something without intentional plans to use it - that is hoarding. We need to give it away to someone who can use it. That is a blessing. Letting stuff become too important to give away is when it becomes a sin. The verse of Luke 12:21 is from a parable of a man who built bigger barns to store all his stuff. But he died in his covetousness before he could use it. If you were told to sell what you have, give to the poor and follow Yeshua (see Matt 19:21), could you do it? God wants our hearts to be given to Him, not the things of this world which will soon pass away. Where is your treasure?
Matt 6:21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.
Two Stories, BOTH TRUE
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An older gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, a renowned surgeon, perform the operation. As he was about to get the anesthesia he asked to speak to his son. "Yes Dad, what is it?" "Don't be nervous, son; do your best and just remember, if it doesn't go well, if something happens to me … your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife...."
It's 3:00 A.M. and Goldie wakes up to see her husband pacing the floor.
A young man called his mother in Florida.
A young woman teacher explains to her class of children that she is an atheist. She asks her class if they are atheists too.
The Doctor: Mrs. Cohen, your check came back.
Mrs. Cohen: So did my arthritis
An old man and a young man are traveling on the train. The young man asks: "Excuse me, what time is it?" The old man does not answer.
"Excuse me, sir, what time is it?" The old man keeps silent.
"Sir, I'm asking you what time is it. Why don't you answer?!"
The old man says: "Son, the next stop is the last on this route. I don't know you, so you must be a stranger. If I answer you now, I'll have to invite you to my home. You're handsome, and I have a beautiful daughter. You will both fall in love and you will want to get married. Tell me, why would I need a son-in-law who can't even afford a watch?"
Have a good day!
It is a tragic thing watching the downfall of a nation. My heart can’t help but weep.
(Michael Boldea Jr.)
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a gift to be enjoyed.
To understand people, you must understand their memories.
It doesn’t do any good to sit up and take notice if you just keep on sitting.
Trying to dim someone else’s light doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.
Psalm 89 is based on the covenant made with David, found in 2Samuel 7. It is about the promised Messiah. This is a most beautiful Psalm and contains not only the promise of our Messiah but praise, glorifying His attributes for what He is to His seed. (Does His seed dwell in you?)
3 "I have made a covenant with My chosen; I have sworn to David My servant,
8 O LORD God of hosts, who is like You, O mighty LORD? Your faithfulness also surrounds You.
11 The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; The world and all it contains, You have founded them.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You.
20 "I have found David My servant; With My holy oil I have anointed him, (Holy Spirit)<
26 "He will cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.’
34 "My covenant I will not violate, Nor will I alter the utterance of My lips.
Blessed be YHVH(Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
1. Blood - Revelation 19:13
2 Ecclesiastes - Ecclesiastes 1:1
3. In the cave of Machpelah - Genesis 59:1-13
4. Two very small copper coins (all she had) - Luke 21:1-4
5. 120 years old - Deuteronomy 34:7
6. Sarah - Genesis 18:10-13
7. Delilah - Judges 16:6
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