Covenant Meaning: It is found in Yeshua as the agent of creation who upholds his promises to Israel and Judah greater than he upholds creation. He places his Torah in our hearts to help us conform to his own image. It is the promise of the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying power in our lives. It is found in Yeshua’s victory over sin and death, and much more!
It is evident in our own Marriage vows, unity of faith exemplified in John 13:35, & God’s Grace seen in Genesis 2-8
There is so much confusion about YeHoVaH’s instructions, as well as His Covenant Promises. Galatians 3 reveals that we as believers in Yeshua ha Mashiach, inherit the promises of God in covenant with Abraham! Romans 3 has something to say about Abraham being justified through his faith and that means that he looked forward to the Yeshua that we now trust, and it was counted to him and us as righteousness.
YeHoVaH has always dispensed grace to those whose hearts brought them into covenant with him under those promises that we are grafted into and brought near to the commonwealth of Israel.
It is the character of YeHoVHa as our loving, grace-filled Father God that has been attacked most these days through the errors of Dispensation Theology. It becomes a monumental undertaking to cut through the error and misinterpretation surrounding this important life changing Biblical truth!
The meaning of a covenant is tied to the honor and character of parties in solemn agreement together. God’s covenants start at creation. God made an unconditional covenant with creation. After I share this message we will look at the New Marriage Covenant that was established in the blood of Yeshua it is important to remember that Yeshua was the agent of creation by the will of the Father (John 1:1-3).
The book of Collossians declares that God through Yeshua unconditionally upholds his creation. In Jeremiah 31:31-36 God makes a promise as part of His New Marriage Covenant.
That promise is to uphold His covenant with Israel and Judah with greater fidelity than his promise to uphold the Sun, Moon, and Stars. If He allows the Sun, moon, and stars to depart from before Him, then He will allow Israel and Judah to cease from being a nation as their husband in this New Marriage Covenant.
In the case of signs and wonders as part of God’s miracles, he intervenes supernaturally to endorse his prophets that are called by his name for his kingdom purposes.
31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
35 Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name:
36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.”
This world’s Covenant meaning:
Solemn agreement & promises made by two or more parties having consideration, terms, benefits, & consequences if the covenant be broken.”
Yeshua’s Covenant Meaning:
Yeshua’s covenant meaning exceeds the world’s meaning of covenant.
It is based on God’s magnanimous loving mercy, and grace. It proceeds from and according to his perfect character, omnipotence, omniscience, plan of redemption, and reconciliation through his son’s atoning work as the perfect lamb of God on the Cross.
In certain stages of the revealing of God’s plan it is unconditional. Ultimately, it unconditional upon first believing in faith through God’s grace in Yeshua Ha Mashiach as God’s free gift, that is shown through good fruit :
I will be your God and you will be my people, and I will dwell among you”
All Christians inherit the promises from God to Abraham in the unconditional Genesis 12:1-3, 15:18-21 Abrahamic covenant per Galatians 3:9, and 19. That covenant was enlarged over the nation of Israel at Sinai, and which has been enlarged to bring us Justification.
It dropped the wall of separation and allowed anyone who trusted in Yeshua as their Lord and Savior to be the “Romans 11” grafted wild olive branch into the cultivated root of believing Israel. It is all made available to all in the death on the cross, burial, and resurrection of Yashua ha Mashiach in the New Covenant with his atoning blood.
It is by God’s covenant as our creator that we are imbued and born as human beings in his image. We bare his image as human beings created on the 6th day. Our existence in time, as players in redemptive history gives us the opportunity to choose life. We are given the opportunity to choose Yeshua.
From the beginning, true knowledge of God was passed down from generation to generation. Deeper still, guilt felt emotionally from within, and knowledge of God through innate natural theology is “shown by God” to all (Romans 1:19b).
That is a deep and manifest creation covenant based knowledge. It causes all that have ever lived, and who have come to the age of accountability to know manifestly “that which may be known of God” (Romans 1:19a).
First act of sin-First braking of Covenant
In Genesis 3 we see the first act of sin, in defiance of God’s covenant. Adam and Eve hid in shame from Yeshua, which is part of sin separating us from God and allowing Satan a foothold.
The covenant between God and man was broken, but in God’s mercy on us he provided an animal that would cover their shame. That animal did die that day as a way of showing that blood is shed as a result of our disobedience in the garden, and thereafter.
Adam and Eve did not die that day as they were cast out of the Garden of Eden, but they cut themselves off from the presence of God, and God’s imputed dominion over the whole earth.
And, we can only speculate that it was a perfect lamb that was sacrificed to prefigure the atoning sacrifice of Yeshua Ha Mashiach, the Perfect Lamb of God.
In glory we can ask Yeshua if he explained it as such to the two disciples on the Luke 24:13-35 road to Emmaus. It does make sense as a pre-figuring of his ultimate “Passover Lamb” type and shadow that he fulfilled.
At that time man’s life time was many centuries long, but still within one “God day.” 2 Peter 3:8 says that for God one day is as 1,000 years, and visa-versa. All men and women have died within 1,000 year time frame after the Fall.
Within the first marriage there is the first betrayal of marriage covenant
I am intimately familiar with the idea of God marrying a man and a woman in his garden. My wife and I just celebrated our 12th Anniversary two weeks ago. Twelve years ago, before God and man my wife and I stood at an alter made by God as in the Garden of Eden. We chose the beautiful seascape of Treasure Island beach close to St. Pete and Tampa Bay in Florida.
Because of feeling a bit like Adam in the Garden marrying the most beautiful woman in the world, I see blaming my wife for any misfortunes in our lives as the pinnacle of failure as a husband, which leads to greater sins.
In Genesis 3 we see Adam, who is supposed to be the head and spiritual leadership over his family, blaming God. He blames God for making Eve, which he goes on to blame for his downfall. Already the covenant of marriage is broken with that act of cowardice.
Truly, as Ephesians 5:25 states, Yeshua is the example for all husbands to follow.
One of my favorite love passages is 1 Corinthians 13. That is a wonderful working definition of love in action. However the commandment to love one another in the unity of the faith is in John 13:35.
We are each others’ keeper
In Genesis 4 Jealousy and pain caused by feelings of rejection cause Cain to murder his brother Abel. We learn that we are our brother’s keeper.
Murder is a grievous sin and the blood in the ground cries out to God. Asking forgiveness and staking that ground in the name of Yeshua that is marked by sin covers the blood spilled on that ground. That is the power of Yeshua’s blood in action.
God had mercy on Cain after marking him, and announcing his curse to wander in the earth, unable to cultivate the ground. God made an unconditional promise, or covenant with Cain, that any one who murders him will be avenged by God seven-fold as part of the mark. This covenant may just be copied by demons in a “same-but-opposite” fashion as part of their return to the delivered if they are not saved and sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
Later, Lamech ups the ante and declares vengeance 7 times seventy when he commits manslaughter. Maybe Yeshua in Matthew 18:22 had this in mind as a same but opposite too when it comes to forgiveness.
I saved the best for last. Yeshua’s covenant was a marriage covenant with Israel at Sinai and Romans 7 reveals the truth of how Yeshua can take us to be his bride too. Douglas Hamp did a beautiful job of explaining this mystery in his recent video presentation: ”
Old Covenant vs New Covenant-It’s About God’s Divorce and Remarriage to Israel
The next blog post will briefly touch more on these topics, but will deal with a beautiful prophecy on the return of Yeshua in glory as our king, kinsmen redeemer, and avenger of blood. Click the link to find out how it relates to your ministry of discipleship!