A God of Covenant

“For I know the plans I have for you,”  declares the LORD,  “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  Jeremiah 29:11-13.

The Tree of Life was a covenant, one which, if they had eaten of it after their rebellion, would have allowed mankind to live for ever.  God keeps His covenants, though mankind has not.  Even in their sinful state God would have kept His covenant the tree of life’s fruit represented.  He drove them from the Garden in order to prevent eternal sinners.

And the LORD God said,  “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.  He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”  So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.  After He drove the man out, He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.  Genesis 3:22-24

God makes a covenant and keeps it.  No addendum once the agreement has been made.  However, He always remains thorough in His deals with mankind in order to keep things clear.  The reasons are not always clear because many things He requires won’t make sense to a darkened mind, yet once we become accustomed to the light the reasoning behind them grows more sensible.

Some people have argued we have a right to the tree of life and that God is being unfair to keep us from it.  Yet they fail to realize just what eternal life with sin would mean to the human race.  Sin doesn’t promote self-control or limits on desires or behavior, which points us to the simple logic:  If man lived forever, population would grow exponentially beyond what the earth could handle, one person’s evil would grow beyond containment and human suffering would equal one’s lifespan.

God’s word through Jeremiah, however, speaks His heart toward the creatures He made.  There are somethings worse than death, folks, and if we just use a little imagination or read the papers, we would know what they are pretty distinctly.  God drew a boundary around sin to contain it in order to keep it from infecting the whole of life.  He is a God of covenant, never breaking His word for anything or anyone.

What this should mean to you and me is we can count on Him.  If He says He will do something, we know He will.  The requirements God puts on us look nothing like the world’s for He asks us to merely submit to goodness, righteousness and mercy.  He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the LORD require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.  Micah 6:8.  Those aren’t evil rules of conduct or anything negative.  He tells us we are to love mercy, for ourselves and to show to others.

It’s amazing how twisted people get with the gospel or even the OT.  It’s like we can’t help ourselves but need to make things harder than God requires.  To be just, love mercy, and walk humbly with God would seem to me to be a great reality to live.  Unfortunately, without God’s mind living in us, we refuse these things in their purity and opt for hybrids (usually adjusted to our own specs).

Mankind’s history speaks to an inability to keep their word or remain faithful to their commitments when the chips are down or no one’s watching.  God, on the other hand, shows Himself as good as His word every time.

If God is willing to make a deal with us and all He requires of us is to be just, merciful and humble with Him, what’s problem?

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5 Responses to “A God of Covenant”

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