Oh my, am I ashamed of my lack of consistency for preparing a weekly devotional. Please accept my apologies. On the flip side, I have been busy and that is a good thing. Family is here and settling in and folks are coming to the church regularly. Life is good – I won’t complain.
And now…From Jeremiah 31:31 31“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. 33For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
My wife is my better half for sure. Melani is my second brain, I need two. I rely on her to fill in the gaps that I often overlook in messages because of my fast-paced thinking that ignores little details at times.
For instance, in Sunday’s message on the new nature we are offered in Christ, it escaped me as I shared the importance of knowing and understanding the unity of the Divine Covenants made with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David and the lesser agreements made with Isaac and Jacob and a guy named Phineas (Numbers 25:12). I realized that I did not define the theological basis of “Covenant.” The following is a crash course on the divine covenants of God with humanity; completed in Christ. [Starting point – COVENANT means a contractual promise. It’s a beret in Hebrew – no not burrito!] The following are the historical perspectives of God’s promises with God’s people.
- Adam: The covenant of the beginning of life and creation. God created all things good and asked humanity to follow the rules. But we dropped that ball.
- Noah: The covenant of preservation of life. We broke the first covenant and God offers a new opportunity and a promise to never destroy life through mass devastation (the flood) again.
- Abraham: The covenant of redemption and hope. This is the promise to stay the course with God’s people (first a small group – the Jews). Through this God will teach humanity how to live.
- David: The covenant of kingdom, lordship, and leadership. God offers humanity a king. The king is a noble, honorably, and righteous representative of humanity. The kingly lineage will lead to the final king, the Messiah.
- Christ Jesus as Prophet, Priest and King: The covenant of grace and consummation. In Christ, all other covenants are completed, fulfilled, and abrogated. God with us is the sacrifice that takes away the sin of the world; broken from the first covenant. This is the completion of the Old Testament obligations that were made for the small group of people, the Jews, and as God increased the promise grace makes its “Way” to all people. Through this covenant, we receive the Holy Spirit, forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting redemption by grace thru faith. The land of promise is now a city on a hill. The acceptance of Jesus as your personal Savior, is acceptance of the contractual agreement, the Covenant of Redemption, is Jesus our Lord the transforming act is Christ crucified and raised from the dead.
So, I hope this helps you understand the importance of knowing our biblical history. The consequential lesson to learn here is how God wants to be a part of our lives. God created to be involved and implicated that relationship with love, a love so strong He was willing to die for you.