Shining Face | Devotion 3: Covenant
Pastor Manning Brown
Covenant is a word used throughout the Bible, but so much more than a word. Merriam-Webster defines a covenant as a usually formal, solemn, and binding agreement; a written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties, especially for the performance of some action.
There are covenants between individuals, organizations, and so many more. Much of what we do in life requires contracts or covenants: from renting a house to buying a car. When you borrow money from the bank, you are essentially entering a covenant stipulating that the bank will lend you so much money with a set of terms (finance rate, length of the loan, and other details). When you sign that loan agreement, you are legally bound, and failing to meet those terms can mean loss of possession, and possibly jail time. My son, who is a police officer, told me that warrants could be issued for failing to pay a debt owed as a result of a settlement in civil court.
Throughout the Scripture, God uses covenants between Him and man. God made a covenant with Noah, that God would not destroy the world again by flood, and that through Noah and his family, God would preserve man. God made a covenant with Abraham, that if he left Israel and followed God, and led his family in the ways of the Lord, God would bless him with land and bring blessing to his family and to all of humankind through his family. There are many more covenants throughout the Old Testament.
As is often the case with contracts, they can be breached or broken. The first covenant to be broken really goes back to Adam and Eve, where God instructs them not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge. That covenant was broken, and its result was the fall of man. There are repeated instances where God has established a covenant, and man, not God, has failed in keeping with the terms of the covenant.
However, the New Testament tells us of a new covenant. As Jesus broke the bread and drank the cup, He established a new covenant. Through His death, burial, and resurrection, reconciliation with God is made perfect to those who place their hope and trust in Christ. God has and will always keep His covenants; that gives a fallen man eternal hope.