But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter my covenant with you and your sons and your wife and and your sons wives with you.” (Genesis 6:18)

In Chapter 6 God begins by telling of a great judgment on the sins of the world. He made a covenant with Noah, his sons, his wife and the wives of his sons. As God’s people, we owe our existence to God’s mercy. In His mercy He seeks to purify and redeem us. As we work through this first book of the Bible, keep in mind God is not always concerned about our comfort, for He will willing to nudge us into areas we may never have considered, much less to be involved with. He was forming a covenant people, and it takes time to to form people into the mature people that we will one day will become.


Precious Abba, as you looked at what You had to work with, you must have shook Your head a few times, wondering if we would ever come to understanding of what it is You desire us to be. We are Your people, though at times we must look like a herd of sheep, but You are the One who knows what we can be, and though it may hurt us sometimes, You are still willing to work with us and expecting the best from us in spite of our faults. This prayer is intended to open the eyes of readers, to be willing to open our hearts and minds, in a way that is pleasing to You and beneficial to our fellow mankind. So Abba, let’s take a walk from the beginning again, and let’s see just what it is that we missed the first time and try to make a few corrections to the way we live our lives, and treat those around us. This we pray in your Son’s name. Amen


Are you still doubting the the Love of God?”


You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt and how I carried you on eagles wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for e a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites. So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the Lord had commanded him to speak. The people all responded together, ‘We will do everything the Lord has said.; So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.” (Exodus 19:4-8)

God continues to make for Himself a people even through difficult circumstances and throughout long periods of time. The promises which He made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were relevant for the people of a later day. God was building a kingdom, not just a few localized tribes and he made an agreement with the people of that day, full well knowing if would not be the last time. At Sinai, He extended the covenant to the people whom He delivered from bondage in Egypt. God desires to make all people His people. It was Jesus that ultimately established the church as His holy remnant; the Lord intended to make a treasured possession of the people whom He entered into covenant. Covenant people are people of responsibility, accountability, and dependability.


On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people, and thee at Shechem he drew up for them decrees and laws. And Joshua recorded these things to the Book of he Law of God. Then he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak near the holy place of the Lord. ‘See!’ he said to all the people. ‘This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the Lord has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue to your God.’” (Joshua 24:25-27)


Johoiada brought out the king’s son put the crown on him; he presented him with a copy of the covenant and proclaimed him king. They anointed him, and the people clapped their hands and shouted, ‘Long live the king.’ Jehoiada then made covenant between the Lord and the king and people that they would be the Lord’s people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people.” (2nd Kings 11:12, 17)

Commitments include responsibilities. Covenant people must live according to the demands of the relationship with God. Israel’s king had rights and responsibilities given by God. It contrast to rulers of surrounding nations. Israel’s king did not possess absolute authority. The only right of Israel’s king was to do right. Believers are not given unlimited authority. We cannot selfishly assert our rights. Our right is to do right before God. Our authority comes from doing the will of God. God’s covenant directs our lives. Remember when one word held meaning and intent? Maybe our Leaders of today could use some help in this area!

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