Presentation on theme: "Covenant- (To Bind) a binding relationship between two parties in which each pledge to perform some service for the other. Biblical Covenant- “a relationship."— Presentation transcript:
Covenant- (To Bind) a binding relationship between two parties in which each pledge to perform some service for the other. Biblical Covenant- “a relationship rooted in God’s initiative, in what He has done for the people, but looks for a response from the people.” Biblical Covenant- “a binding relationship of eternal consequence in which God promises to bless and His people promise to obey.”
J.I. Packer- “God's covenant of grace in Scripture is one of those things that are too big to be easily seen... [and so we often] study such realities as God's promises; faith: the plan of salvation; Jesus Christ the God-man, our prophet, priest and king; the church in both testaments, along with circumcision, Passover, baptism, the Lord's Supper, the intricacies of Old Testament worship and the simplicities of its New Testament counterpart; the work of the Holy Spirit in believers; the nature and standards of Christian obedience in holiness and neighbor- love; prayer and communion with God: and many more such themes, without noticing that these relational realities are all covenantal in their very essence.
Covenant with Adam (Covenant of Works) Genesis 2:16-17 Genesis 3:15 Covenant with Noah (Covenant of Safety) Genesis 9:8-17 Covenant with Abraham (Covenant of Destiny) Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-21; 17:1-27; 22:18 Mosaic (Sinai) Covenant Exodus 24:3-8 Covenant with David 2 Samuel 7:12-16
V.31 New Covenant v/s Old Covenant V.32 [Not like] the covenant I made with their fathers Sinai Covenant (Exodus 19-24) Exodus 19:3-6 "Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: 4 'You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings, and brought you to Myself. 5 'Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; 6 and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' Exodus 24:3-8
V.3- Moses recounted to the people all the words of the Lord “All the words which the Lord has spoken we will do!” V.7- he read the book of the covenant in the hearing of the people Book of the covenant Ten Commandments ch.20:1-17 Ordinances chs “All that the Lord has spoken, we will do, and we will be obedient!” Reactive and Ritualistic V/s Received and Relational
V.32- My covenant which they broke Broke (Destroy) Sinful man is incapable Jeremiah 2:1-3, 20 Exodus 24:18- Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights Exodus 32 Received and Relational V.32- Even (although) I was a husband to them Ezekiel 16:4-15, 30-34
Jeremiah 31: "Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them," declares the LORD. 33 "But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the LORD, "I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 "They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."
Reactive We will do (Exodus 24) Received I will V.31 I will make V.33 I will make V.33 I will put V.33 I will write V.34 I will forgive V.34 I will remember no more
Reactive Exodus 24:7 “We will be obedient” Relational V.32- Even (although) I was a husband to them Ezekiel 16:4-15, 30-34
Ezekiel 16: When you were born, no one cared about you. Your umbilical cord was left uncut, and you were never washed, rubbed with salt, and dressed in warm clothing. 5 No one had the slightest interest in you; no one pitied you or cared for you. On the day you were born, you were dumped in a field and left to die, unwanted. 6 "But I came by and saw you there, helplessly kicking about in your own blood. As you lay there, I said, 'Live!' 7 And I helped you to thrive like a plant in the field. You grew up and became a beautiful jewel. Your breasts became full, and your hair grew, though you were still naked.
8 And when I passed by and saw you again, you were old enough to be married. So I wrapped my cloak around you to cover your nakedness and declared my marriage vows. I made a covenant with you, says the Sovereign LORD, and you became mine. 9 "Then I bathed you and washed off your blood, and I rubbed fragrant oils into your skin. 10 I gave you expensive clothing of linen and silk, beautifully embroidered, and sandals made of fine leather. 11 I gave you lovely jewelry, bracelets, and beautiful necklaces, 12 a ring for your nose and earrings for your ears, and a lovely crown for your head. 13 And so you were made beautiful with gold and silver. Your clothes were made of fine linen and were beautifully
embroidered. You ate the finest foods-- fine flour, honey, and olive oil-- and became more beautiful than ever. You looked like a queen, and so you were! 14 Your fame soon spread throughout the world on account of your beauty, because the splendor I bestowed on you perfected your beauty, says the Sovereign LORD.
15 "But you thought you could get along without me, so you trusted instead in your fame and beauty. You gave yourself as a prostitute to every man who came along. Your beauty was theirs for the asking! 30 "What a sick heart you have, says the Sovereign LORD, to do such things as these, acting like a shameless prostitute. 31 You build your pagan shrines on every street corner and your altars to idols in every square. You have been worse than a prostitute, so eager for sin that you have not even demanded payment for your love! 32 Yes, you are an adulterous wife who takes in strangers instead of her own husband. 33 Prostitutes charge for their services-- but not you! You give gifts to your lovers, bribing them to come to you. 34 So you are the opposite of other prostitutes. No one pays you; instead, you pay them!
Relational Marriage Covenant V.32- Even (although) I was a husband to them Ezekiel 16 V.33 But I will be their God, and they shall be My people The Ten Commandments Exodus 20 Making God their relational priority
I covenant to relinquish my love of _______________________, so that I can receive the Love of God, realize His Personal Presence, and rejoice in His purpose for my life!