Upholding The Covenant
The responsibilities of the parties to a solemn, blood covenant agreement go on endlessly or in perpetuity. However, humans have been either unwilling or unable to hold up their side of the covenant. However, even though humans break their side, God continued to honor His part of the covenant. Through other covenants that He made directly with the descendants of Adam, God kept working to restore men and women to their 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 men faltered and at times gave up on the covenant, God was faithful to perform his part. God continued to express His nature to rescue mankind from himself and to forgive and restore him. God honors His Word, regardless of the performance of His covenant partners.
The power of covenant 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 sides.
A true blood covenant requires the blood of both parties. The original covenant that God made with man involved God supplying man with blood, but man did not commit his own blood. That commitment did not come until God renewed the covenant as a blood covenant with Abraham. Since God discerns “the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12), Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac was tantamount to God receiving Abraham’s blood to ratify the covenant (Genesis 22:1-19). We will explore the account of Abraham’s sacrifice in Genesis 22:3-10 in more detail in Ideolatry Chapter 13 – Abraham and the Covenant.
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 failed to uphold his part of the covenant, God still performed His.
God knew that man was unable to always keep his end of the covenant, so He put in protections and safeguards to help him. God always sought to preserve the life of His covenant partner, and prosper him in spite of himself. God provided a number of helps and assurances to mankind, such as protections from fear, oppression, and lack of resources. God also provided a way for man to worship and to serve Him.
May God richly bless you in all that you do! - Dr Rich Masek
I invite you to read Ideolatry - God Is Not Your Problem - The Character and Nature of God to go deeper into this subject.
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