Monday, February 11, 2019

The 7 Covenants: INTRODUCTION:


The Covenants are like stairs, a ladder, a mountain, a journey, where one step, one experience, one revelation builds upon and does not replace the other. You don’t climb a ladder and cut out the rung below that you just stepped up from. The previous rung helped you get to the next and continues to give strength and stability to the ladder as you progress upwards. The rungs you left behind and moved up from are still vitally important and not forgotten or disposed of. You don’t graduate high school and move on to college or university by forgetting all you learned in K through 12! No, K through 12 was your foundation and building blocks to elevate you and prepare you your higher education. You built upon the foundation of kindergarten and added to your learning and understanding with each passing grade. The Covenants are no different. They are progressive, building upon the foundation of the other before it. Many falsely believe or assume that each previous Covenant was either: broken, fulfilled or scrapped for a better one. But no, they were left intact and the next Covenant was simply a continuation or a progression of the prior. The Covenants were made by God to one family, one line, from one generation to the next, progressing and building upon the one before, becoming more detailed and fuller as the Covenant is expanded and erected higher, bringing its members closer to God. They are like hitched train cars of blessing, like the cascade of a falling line of dominos, the previous effecting the one that came after.  They are like a series of powerlines, feeding from station, to pole, to pole, to pole, to the final destination of a home. Each pole is necessary for the power to reach its destination. Again, so too with the Covenants. You can’t dispose of the past Covenant without making the current Covenant meaningless, null and void. The Covenants need each other, like the rope needs the shoulder, waist, sound bow, bead line, mouth and lip in order to make the clapper move so as to be able to strike the bell and make the ringing declaration. Taking away but one of the Covenants is like removing the clapper from the bell, making the bell useless. You have to have all the parts to make a bell ring and you have to have all the Covenants to make the current one meaningful and viable.

I quote a few times from Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s paper, “The Eight Covenants of the Bible.” Some may wonder if I am missing a Covenants seeing as he deals with eight and I deal with seven. Dr. Fruchtenbaum speaks of a Land Covenant that is contained within the Abrahamic Covenant and deals with it as a separate Covenant. I see no reason to do so, as the Land Covenant is part and parcel with the Abrahamic Covenant itself and the reason my Covenant count differs from his.

Come with me as we explore the importance, unity and meaning of the Seven Covenants of the Bible.

The following is from my personal Statement of Faith:

The Covenants

I believe all the Covenants:
  • The Adamic Covenant
  • The Edenic
  • The Noatic Covenant
  • The Abrahamic Covenant
  • The Mosaic Covenant (Torah)
  • The Davidic Covenant
  • The Renewed Covenant

All still exist and are in full effect, each one confirms and build upon the other.  None of them have been nullified, or cancelled out on account of Yeshua Messiah’s death, and resurrection.  On the contrary, they are reaffirmed, and brought, and will be brought into their fullness.

 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations; Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac; And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant – I Chron. 16:15-17
 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant – Psa. 105:8-10