A Covenant Faith - Arrival Series [7-5-20]

Updated: Jul 29, 2020

Do you remember what a covenant is? A covenant is, literally, a contract. In the Bible, it is an agreement between God and his people, in which God makes promises to his people and, usually, requires certain conduct from them. In the Old Testament, God made agreements with Noah, Abraham, and Moses. Those were covenants.

The covenant God made with Abraham was renewed with his son, Isaac:

Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father. I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. - Genesis 26:3-5

Here's an amazing insight into God and the covenant He makes. Isaac's son was Jacob. And God reiterated the covenant with Jacob. Here's the sureness of God's covenant. At that time, Jacob probably had no idea he and his family would be going to Egypt. For 400 years his descendants toiled as slaves as the promise seemed to come to a standstill. But while God's plans might stall, they cannot be stopped. Jacob had no idea God would renew His promise with Moses.

But we know what the Bible says. God's ways are seldom our ways. There are things we think we know that we don't know. There are things we don't know that we think we don't know. There are things that we don't think we know that we know. And there are things that we know that we know but we only know in part. It was always God's plan to move His covenant people through the trials and tribulations of Egypt toward the promised land. That was God's plan. God's covenant with Israel, begun with Abraham, was later solidified with Moses in the tablets on Mount Sinai.

Before we move through God's promises in Exodus, let's take an important short side-trip through the divine principle of God's covenant as touched on

by Paul in Romans 8:17:

And if children, then heirs - heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Jesus Christ makes us part of God's covenant people. And when we serve him sacrificially, we show that we are God's adopted children.

Here's the covenant rundown from Exodus.

1. In Exodus 19, God announced to Moses the general terms of the covenant.

  • If you obey and keep my covenant, you will be my special possession, a kingdom of priests, a holy nation.

  • Moses shared it with the people, and they said all the Lord has spoken we will do.

  • It's all good.

2. In the second half of Exodus 19, God told Moses to consecrate the people.

  • In three days God descended in fire and the mountain was wrapped in smoke.

  • God again called Moses up the mountain. This time, Moses returned with a warning from God - boundaries were set so the people would not approach too near to God. This was to guard against making false images and idols.

3. Then, in chapter 20, God Himself addressed the people {through Moses}.

  • God gave them the Ten Commandments.

  • The people were terrified when the presence of