Four young people. Enjoying pizza and beer. Socializing. Married (I saw their rings). Just enjoying each other’s company. Laughing. Talking.
They probably didn’t realize they were in a covenant relationship with each other.
Really? Aren’t covenant relationships legal and formal and spoken or written?
A covenant is an agreement or a pledge between people or in the Bible between men and God.
Whether we are aware or not, almost all our social relationships have unspoken and assumed covenants. We assume our friends will treat us courteously and with respect. We assume dinner out with friends won’t end with a fist fight in the parking lot. We trust our friends will honor the marriage vows we made to our spouses.
We agree to treat each other like we would like to be treated.
God established covenants with His people. Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were all in covenant relationships with God. Now in chapter 24 of Exodus, God reminds His people of their covenant with Him.
Exodus 24:4 Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. Then he arose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain with twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.
Exodus 24:7 Then he took the book of the covenant and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient!”
God’s words were not the only part of the covenant. Before Moses read the words of God to the Israelites, there was a blood sacrifice. After Moses read the words of God, the blood from the sacrifice was sprinkled on the Israelites.
Exodus 24:8 So Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”
God’s covenant relationship with His people included both the book and the blood. It’s still true today.
The people of Israel proclaimed “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient!”
Our covenant relationship with God was not forced on us. He offered it. It was our choice to enter into it. When we accepted the blood sacrifice that Jesus made for us we agreed to follow and obey God.
Some things we need to daily ask ourselves:
- Have we fully entered into a covenant relationship with God?
- Do we agree to treat him courteously and with respect?
- Will our conversations with Him not end with a “fist fight in the parking lot” where we demand He perform?
- Do we honor our marriage vows as the bride of Christ by not chasing after others?
God does His part. It’s our responsibility to do ours.
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Scripture references from the New American Standard Bible
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