Agreement Requires Two
In the book of Genesis, God reveals that He actually struck a blood covenant with man, but man broke it. Genesis 2:7 states, “And the Lord God made man from the dust of the earth, breathing into him the breath of life: and man became a living soul.” God breathed life, but of necessity, He also infused man with blood. God further set the conditions of the covenant that He made with man in Genesis 2:15-17.
And the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to do work in it and take care of it. And the Lord God gave the man orders, saying, You may freely take of the fruit of every tree of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you may not take; for on the day when you take of it, death will certainly come to you.
The penalty for breaking the covenant was death, but it also included a number of other curses that God enumerated in Genesis 3:16- 19.
To the woman he said, Great will be your pain in childbirth; in sorrow will your children come to birth; still your desire will be for your husband, but he will be your master. And to Adam he said, Because you gave ear to the voice of your wife and took of the fruit of the tree which I said you were not to take, the earth is cursed on your account; in pain you will get your food from it all your life. Thorns and waste plants will come up, and the plants of the field will be your food; With the hard work of your hands you will get your bread till you go back to the earth from which you were taken: for dust you are and to the dust you will go back.
The responsibilities of the parties to a solemn, blood covenant agreement go on endlessly or in perpetuity. Humans have been either unwilling or unable to hold up their side of the covenant. However, even though man broke his 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 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 you I will make an agreement; and you will come into the ark, you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you.” (Genesis 6:18). Again, God said to Noah, “Truly, I will make my agreement 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.
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord came to him, and said, I am God, Ruler of all; go in my ways and be upright in all things, And I will make an agreement between you and me, and your offspring will be greatly increased.
No longer will your name be Abram, but Abraham, for I have made you the father of a number of nations. I will make you very fertile, so that nations will come from you and kings will be your offspring. And I will make between me and you and your seed after you through all generations, an eternal agreement to be a God to you and to your seed after you.
Consider the following:
- 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.
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Ideolatry - Chapter 12 - Getting In Agreement
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