If you are a believer, then you are aware that you have some kind of relationship with God. The relationship of being His child. In the Bible, there are several relationships many people had with God. The Creator can be a friend, ruler, teacher, father etc.
However, not so many have a good idea of this relationship with God known as a partnership. A partnership is in essence working together to accomplish a goal. This can be seen all over the Bible; starting from the very beginning.
In the Book of Genesis, the Creator made the earth full of potential. He called it good. Then He set these unique creatures called humans on the earth as His partners to co-rule, draw out earth’s potential and create a world on the earth full of more goodness.
However humans rebel and chose their own path on how to create their own world. They broke partnership with God, and as a result corruption, injustice and chaos and death found its way into our world.
In order to correct that error God stepped in. He chose a small group of people and formed a new partnership with them with the goal that the blessing out of that partnership will transform the whole world. These new partnerships God formed are what we call in the Bible, Covenants.
What is a Covenant?
A Covenant is partnership between God and human(s) where God makes promises and in exchange the other partner(s) is asked to fulfill certain commitments.
The Old Testament records 4 main covenants that God initiated with people. Here they are God’s covenant with:
It was through these covenants with a few that God intends to renew his partnership with all of humanity once again.
Covenant With Noah
This covenant was right after God cleansed the earth of human corruption and evil with a massive flood. Noah and his family were the only ones who survived. God made a covenant with them, all of humanity and every creature (Genesis 9:.
God promised without expecting anything in return from humans. He knew that human corruption will rise again, however, he promised not to destroy the earth again irrespective of the level of depravity and wickedness. Noah had to do nothing.
Let’s move on to the next one.
Covenant with Abraham
The next covenant God made was with Abram and his family. In this covenant God promised to bless Abram exceedingly and make him a father of nations. That’s how Abram became Abraham. God changed the name. Abram in Hebrew means “Exalted Father” God took the root words out of the Hebrew word “hamon” which means “multitudes” and added it to Abram’s name. Abram in turn was expected to train his people in the ways of the LORD (YHWH), starting with the act of circumcising every male (Genesis 17:2-14).
The goal of this covenant that God initiated was for Abraham’s descendants to a channel through which God would bless the entire human race. On to the next one.
Covenant With Israel
Centuries later, after God brought them out of the slavery of Egypt through Moses, God made a covenant with the people of Israel. He promised to bless them and make them his treasured people. They would be his representatives to the rest of humanity and display God’s majesty to all. Their role was to obey His voice and keep His commandments. The people of Israel readily agreed:
Exo 19:8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.
On to the next covenant…
COVENANT WITH KING DAVID
Israel grew to become a great nation ruled by king David. God made a covenant with king David. God promised to give rulership to David’s descendants and also that one of His descendants will bring the blessing of God’s kingdom to the entire human race. This descendant will rule the earth.
David’s role was for him and his descendants to lead the nation in line with God’s commandments.
What happened to all the covenants? Well, for the first one, Noah and his descendants were not expected to do anything. It was all about God’s promises. Because God knew that humans will fail on their part. He was right. The people of Israel together with their kings forsook God and worshipped the gods of the other nations. They committed so much injustice and many even went as far as burning their children alive as a sacrifice to the god Molek. They broke every single covenant they made.
Just like God, Moses knew from the beginning that the people of Israel will break their covenant (Deuteronomy).
They even broke their first covenant the very next after it was made by worshipping a golden calf right beside God’s presence (Ex)
The New Covenant
Then a young Jewish lad arrived on the scene. His name was Jesus. This strange man called fulfilled all the expectations required for every covenant. He kept all the commandments and covenants that the others failed in doing,
Jesus was a descendant of Abraham and he extended the blessing of Abraham to the whole world. He was also the faithful Israelite who was able to truly keep God’s law and also ad descendant of King David, He fulfilled that covenant by extending the rule, peace and justice of God’s kingdom to the rest of the earth.
The most impressive thing about Jesus is that there is more to him than meets the eye. He is not just any human. He was actually God who came as a man.
It’s good to note that God was faithful to His part of the covenants. Humans weren’t. However, God did not give up on humanity. If Abraham’s family was called to be the channel of God’s blessing to the rest of humanity, humanity will suffer if God kept on to the old covenant He made with the people of Israel.
God set off to restore all the covenants by Himself by doing something beyond adorable. He came as a human to also fulfill the human role of the covenants. Therefore reactivating the goal of restoring the blessing to all of humanity. God did all that through Jesus.
And through Jesus, God has opened up a new way. A new covenant. Any human can simply join in with no expectations on their behalf as partners to restore God’s blessing to creation.
These humans have transformed anew into a new race and family of God taking up the mantle to be a channel of blessing.
The Story of the Bible ends with a renewed world only full of God’s goodness, peace, and joy. Where God once again partners with this renewed humanity through Jesus to extend this goodness and blessing of God’s kingdom as it was intended in the very beginning. A new story begins.
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