8/12 A Review of Hearing God and His Covenants made with Individuals

 It always helps to do a review of the series of this length.  It is so important to think through the summary so you can apply more of the information to your own life.  For me, studying and writing this series has build my own faith as I can see an over-all plan by our Creator.  The Plan has always been for restoration and for our good.  Join me as I review the important points for each covenant.

A.  Some Covenants were fulfilled no matter how Israel responded to Jehovah.

1.  The Old and New Testament speak of eight major Covenants.

Three of these covenants – ones made with Abraham, the Promised Land agreement and the Covenant with David – were unconditional in nature.  That meant, regardless of the nation’s obedience or disobedience, Jehovah would still fulfil His promises.

2.  However, three covenants were made to included the entire human race in general.

These included the covenant with Adam after the removal from the Garden, with Noah after the flood and the New Covenant made between Father God and Jesus Christ.

B.  A Review of each Covenant:

1.  When we examined the Covenant made with Adam, we found it was in two parts.

The first Agreement with Jehovah, the Covenant made in the Garden of Eden, was made with an innocent Adam before rebellion entered the human race, Genesis 1:26-30; 2:16-17.  Here the Creator outlined the responsibility given to Adam and later to his wife.  The central theme was the requirement of their obedience to not eat from ‘the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil’.

2.   The second part of the Covenant resulted when Eve was deceived and Adam followed her into the temptation to break the Creator’s commands.

As a result, it was a sad Creator who then pronounced the results of their disobedience, including the curses that would now enter the human race.  They gave away their right to rule in the Garden to the enemy that would now rule over them, Genesis 3:16-19.  However, they were not abandoned even though they had to leave the Garden of Eden, Genesis 3:15.  Creator God provided a way for restoration of grace with Him.

3.  The Second major Covenant Agreement was with Noah after the flood.

The Creator promised He would never again destroy all life from the Earth with a flood, Genesis chapter 9. Noah was given the sign of a Rainbow, reflecting the change in weather conditions on the Earth.

4.  Next we traced the Covenant with Abraham.

On this Covenant, God promised many things to Abraham upon his obedience to leave his land, his family and come to a new land, Genesis 12:1-3, 6-7; 13:14-1715, 17:1-14; 22:15-18. Abraham was to become the ‘father of many nations’, (Genesis 17:4-5.  He was given the geographical boundaries of a Promised Land, Genesis 12:7; 13:14-15; 15:18-21.  Abraham was promised that through him, all the nations would be blessed, Genesis 12:3; 22:18.  Through his line would come ‘the Seed’, the promised One.  This was in reference to the one who would deliver the human race from the warfare with Satan, the Messiah.

5.  This Fourth covenant give to Joshua as they prepared to enter into God’s Promised Land.

The Palestinian Covenant fulfils the promise make to Abraham, Deuteronomy 30:1-10.  However, the people broke their relationship with Creator Jehovah.  The consequences were the nation wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.

Later due to their continued disobedience, God scattered the people around the world, Deuteronomy 30:3-4,ending up in Egypt.

6.  Next, the fifth Covenant with Moses lead to the giving of the Law.

Jehovah called for a choice from the people – blessings or curses, Deuteronomy 11:26-28.  Moses received the Ten Commandments, along with over 600 commands of moral and hygienic principles.  Many of the books of the Old Testament detail how the people failed in obeying these requirements.

7.  The Sixth major Covenant we covered was with David, 2 Samuel 7:8-16.

Jehovah gave David specific promises concerning the eternal nature of his kingdom, verse 16.  A ruling individual would continue to exercise authority over the kingdom given by God.  These promises point to the future King, Jesus, Luke 1:32-33.

8.  The New Covenant includes all people -‘Gentiles’ and Jews.

In this Covenant Father God restores all of the human race back to Himself through the perfect life, death and resurrection of the Word become flesh, Jesus Christ, Jeremiah 31:31-34.

Jesus came to fulfill all the requirements of the Law of Moses, Matthew 5:17.  Now, both Jews and Gentiles are free to choose to follow God through a new birth experience, becoming a ‘New Creation’ through the work of the Holy Spirit. We are giving the choice to receive salvation as a free gift, Ephesians 2:8-9.

9.  The last and final Covenant, the Eternal Covenant lays out the Creator’s full plans for restoration of the Heaven and the Earth.

This final agreement made in the very beginning verses of Genesis sets out the term of the eternal Covenant.  Although little is given in actual detail, we know that the loving Creator will judge His people, the unbelievers and those who have turned their backs on His free gift of life.  After this, the real plan of all the ages will begin as we step into an totally unimaginable existence, walking and talking with the One who made us.

I sincerely hope that I will meet you there one day.  Come and share with me what truths the Holy Spirit has applied to your life.  In our next series, we will return to the basics on Hearing from God in a Unit called ‘Calling Your Heart to Follow the Lord’.

We will see that we have a heart and that our heart is in different conditions.  Jesus is the Answer to the healing we all need in this journey of pain and affliction.  Then we want to lay out just what it means when our heart faces the pains of life and not turn away from following our Lord.  We are offered a pathway of grace not works so that is Good News for our heart; we can’t earn our salvation.

From there, we return to the examples of the Israelites struggles to trace our own journey in the ‘types and shadows’ of the Old Testament.  How do their lessons apply to us today?  Finally we’ll finish with questions on why our Heart is often reluctant to share this Good News and the story of our walk with Him.  So join us then and find some new truths to help in your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ and hearing God.

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

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