The responsibilities of the parties of God’s solemn, blood covenant agreement go on endlessly or in perpetuity ,even though Mankind has been either unwilling or unable to hold up his side of the covenant. However, even though man broke his side, God continues to honor His part of the covenant.
Through other covenants that He made directly with the descendants of Adam, God kept working to restore man to his original position. Noah and Abraham furthered God’s covenant plans, proving their willingness and obedience by performing their side of the covenant agreement.
God said to Noah, “But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee” (Genesis 6:18). Again, God said to Noah, “And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you.” (Genesis 9:9). In like manner, He also spoke with Abram, later renaming him Abraham as a sign of an everlasting covenant in Genesis 17:1-2, 5-7.
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
Even though man faltered and at times gave up on the covenant, God was faithful to perform it. God continued to express His nature to rescue man from himself and to forgive and restore him. God honors His Word, regardless of the performance of His covenant partners.
The Power of God’s Covenant
The power of covenant only rests in the commitment of the parties involved. That is why a blood covenant is struck. Sharing or co-mingling blood between the parties is a sign of complete and total commitment to the established covenant. If one party or the other is not fully committed, the covenant fails. It is possible, however, for one party to carry the burden of both.
A true blood covenant required the blood of both sides. The original covenant that God made with man involved God supplying man with blood, but man did not commit his blood. That commitment did not come until God renewed the covenant as a blood covenant with Abraham. God discerns “the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Thus, Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac was tantamount to God receiving Abraham’s blood sacrifice to ratify the covenant (Genesis 22:1-19). I explore the account of Abraham’s sacrifice in Genesis 22:3-10 in more detail in “Abram and the Covenant”, Chapter 13 of my book, “Ideolatry – God Is Not Your Problem.”
God had provided blood to man for the first covenant relationship with Adam. Abraham was now able to provide blood ratification of the covenant through his obedient willingness to sacrifice the blood of his son Isaac. God is the stronger of the two covenant partners and used his power to uphold the weaker partner. This act goes beyond the comprehension of a man-made blood covenant that one party would honor even after the other failed the covenant. This is the power of the Covenant of God.
Whenever man fails to uphold his part of the covenant, God still performs His.
You can explore this concept in more detail in Chapter 12 “Getting in Agreement” in my book “Ideolatry – God Is Not Your Problem,” now also available in digital formats for Kindle, iBooks, Nook and Generic eReaders.
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