The Tokens of God's Covenant Relationship With Man
Jul 16, Here we find mention of God's covenant with Adam, which it describes as something added to man's relation to God as creature, and as "a. Fundamental to a clear perception of God's progressively unfolding purpose in the universe is the concept of covenant-fellowship offered, by Him, to men of faith . How does God relate to man? Since the creation of the world, God's relationship to man has been defined by specific requirements and promises. God tells.
It is up to us to see we keep our end of the covenant. The first recorded covenant God made with man was with Noah. God told Noah to build the ark for the saving of his household. The ark was not only for the saving of Noah's family, it was also for the saving of God's whole creation. Everything God created was preserved through the flood because of the faithfulness of Noah. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
If Noah would agree to this impossible task of building the ark to protect God's creation, God would honor him by saving his family. A covenant is always two-sided. Both parties must agree for the covenant to become valid. Noah covenanted with God to build the ark. God covenanted with Noah to save his family. Because of Noah's faithfulness in building the ark for the saving of God's whole creation, God made a second covenant, not only with Noah, but again with His whole creation.
And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth. As He stated the rainbow is a token sign between God and the earth. With every covenant God makes, He always gives a token of that covenant. What we need to ask is, "What does the token of the rainbow mean to us?
We need to ask, "Why do we have a rainbow? The rainbow appears only after a rain, when light shines through the raindrops. The raindrops act as a prism which breaks down light into colors. These colors are called the "light spectrum. Seven is God's perfect number. The new age movement has adopted the rainbow as their symbol, but there are only six colors in the new age rainbow.
Six is the number of man. The new age movement has made man the center of their existence. Those whom God has covenanted with have made the true and living God the center of their existence. God has given the rainbow as a token of His anointed light.
Are we keeping our end of His covenant by becoming God's anointed light in the earth today? I am the light of the world: He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. It was because the anointing was upon Him, just as the anointing was upon Moses when he came down from Mt.
Moses' face shown so brightly he had to put a napkin on his face when he talked with the people. The rainbow God set in the clouds is a token for all to know God's anointing is available to all who ask God for it.
A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. It is because of the anointing. Jesus promised, "He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life, John 8: The light of life is the Holy Spirit anointing.
God set the anointing of the Holy Spirit in the clouds for all the world to see. Paul warned the church at Rome: Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. Without the anointing, the light of life, we have no hope in God. In his letter to the Colossians, Paul informs us: The beloved John reveals: We must ask, "Why did God destroy the earth at the time of Noah? Man has not kept his end of the covenant, so God's judgment is eminent.
The people continued in their sinful lifestyle. Today man is taking no heed to God's approaching judgment. They look up at the rainbow with no fear, no awe, and no anointing. We know God will keep His end of the covenant to not bring judgment upon the earth by a flood. We also have God's promise this time His judgment on the earth will be by fire. The fire of God is an all-consuming fire.
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His judgment will come upon all those who do not have the Spirit because they are none of His. We need to ask, "Have we kept God's token He set in the clouds? Abraham was called the "Friend of God. And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? And He said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: Abraham divided the animals in half and watched over them until the sun went down. In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: It would be fourteen hundred years before Israel received this promise.
There were two other tokens of the covenant God made with Abraham. The covenant God made with Abraham was that his seed would inherit the land. We need to know and understand to whom this covenant was made. Paul discloses to the church at Galatia: He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to thy seed, which is Christ.
What land has God promised His anointed? The Psalmist David foretold our inheritance: It is made to those who have become as their example, Jesus. It is by this yoke and the Word that we become one with our Creator. Jesus stated, "I am meek and lowly in heart mind.
We need to learn of Him if we are to be one of His inheritors. Jesus confirmed the words of David when He proclaimed: How much land would Abraham's seed, the anointed ones, inherit?
The anointed seed of Abraham will receive the whole earth. We need to ask, "How do we come into this wonderful inheritance? We come into this inheritance by keeping the tokens God gave to Abraham as our end of the covenant.
The first token was the heifer of three years old. First we find the heifer God gave Abraham as a token was mature three years old. Secondly she was a virgin.
Heifers who were not bred to produce calves became oxen. An ox can be female as well as male. This three year old heifer represents the virgin church who must become God's oxen. Oxen were used for sacrifice.
They were also used for service. As the virgin church, we become God's oxen, willing to be used for sacrifice or service. Jesus is the Ever-Living One. Jesus is, was, and always will be the Lion of Judah. The second beast was like a calf. The word calf should have been translated "ox. The third living creature had the face of a man. This was to show Jesus' human existence. The fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.
The eagle represents those who rise above every situation. This again reveals Jesus who overcame man's last enemy death. If we are to keep our end of God's covenant He made with Abraham, then we must become as Jesus, ready to do service to God or to be offered to Him as a sacrifice.
God will keep His Word in giving us our inheritance if we fulfill his token and become an ox for the cause of Christ. Three is the number of completeness and maturity.
Everything is complete in three: Father, Son, Holy Ghost are three in one which completes the Godhead; yesterday, today, and tomorrow are complete; sun, moon, and earth complete the realm in which we live; animal, vegetable and mineral complete His creation; past, present, and future complete our time on earth.
If we are to keep our end of God's covenant with Abraham we must become this she goat. To understand the she goat we must look at the ceremony of the high priest before he entered into the Holy of Holies. The high priest entered the Holy of Holies once a year to offer sacrifice for the sins of Israel.Covenant Relationship Between God and Man
And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord and one for the scapegoat. And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the Lord's lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering.
This was the Lord's lot choicethe chosen vessel to be sacrificed for the sin offering. The prophet Isaiah gave us insight as to who this sin offering represents. Speaking of Jesus, Isaiah discloses: The first goat represents Jesus as the sacrificial lamb: And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness.
We need to understand who this second goat represents: The second goat reveals what Christ Jesus does in our lives. He became the scapegoat to remove our sin nature, and take it into the wilderness unknown place.
When the high priest layed his hands upon the head of the goat and confessed all Israel's sins, this represents the crown of thorns that was placed on Jesus' head. Isaiah revealed this goat was sent away by a fit man. The only fit man able to remove the sin nature from us is Christ Jesus. As we view these two she goats through Spiritual eyes, we know they reveal Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus to His elect.
He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: We are the living goat set free in the wilderness. We are to become the three year old, mature, complete, and whole she goat which was the token of the covenant God made with Abraham, the father of our faith.
As Paul revealed to the church at Rome: We now live in this temporary tabernacle of flesh, but we do not want to remain tabernacle.
We are God's holy place, and must become what Paul wrote to the church at Corinth: Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? As God's scapegoats, we must not only know our position in God, we must also know our duty to God.
If we are to keep our end of the covenant God made with Abraham, then we must become His ambassadors. We are the she goat of Abraham's sacrifice. We are God's scapegoat, but one had to die so we could have our freedom. By Jesus' words we know: Again this ram was complete, whole, and mature. The ram was used in the flock, not only to lead the flock, but also for the protection of the flock. He was to ward off the wolves and other predators who would prey on the flock. The token of the ram is God's ordained, anointed leadership.
This is one of the gifts of the Spirit. Paul disclosed this gift of the Spirit to the church at Corinth: This token of God's covenant with Abraham has basically and totally been ignored.
Today instead of God's church being run by a body of co-equal eldership, it is run by a pastor who has the total say and authority, a one man, one plan church or the pastor has a committee mostly to rubber stamp what he wants to do. Other churches have deacon boards which cannot be found in the Scripture, while other churches elect their elders and pastors, treating the church as a democracy, instead of a theocracy.
God's anointed leadership is to be ordained by God, not selected by men. So-called mega churches have cell group leaders. This also cannot be confirmed by God's Word. Other out of order churches ordain women as pastors, elders, and deacons all of which are out of order according to the Word of God.
These men continue to do as they please, and then wonder why their works do not produce the fruit of the Spirit in the lives of the people. God told Abraham to take the ram of three years old as a token of His covenant. The ram represents God's leadership in His church who must be mature and consecrated before God. If the church is to become what God expected it to be, and accomplish the purpose He intended His church to accomplish, then order God's order must be reestablished in His church.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul proclaimed: God will never repent of the calling of government in a person's life. Only the one who is called can turn his back on God's gifts and callings. Those who are given the gift of government are the ruling and reigning saints in God's coming Kingdom. Those who have this calling must fulfill this token of Abraham's covenant. The turtle dove was known for its gentleness. The turtle dove is a type and symbol of Christ, the Holy Spirit.
It was used as a clean bird for sacrifice, and also as a sin offering. When a man sinned, he was to offer a lamb as a burnt offering: If the lamb was too expensive or not available, then the turtle dove and pigeons could replace the lamb. As we view these sacrifices through Spiritual eyes, it becomes clear they are to reveal Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and Christ Jesus as the everlasting, all-glorious, risen Son of God.
Jesus Christ was called the Lamb of God. He became Christ Jesus. As Paul related to the disciples at Ephesus: John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on Him which should come after him, that is on Christ Jesus. As we understand this, we are not taking anything away from Jesus.
The turtle dove and the pigeons were to take the place of the lamb. Before Jesus' death, He promised His disciples: The Comforter would be the Spirit of truth which would lead His creation into all truth concerning Himself. The Comforter is the Holy Spirit which came on the Day of Pentecost as cloven tongues of fire to cleanse mankind so he could again stand in the presence of God. John the Baptist received the Holy Spirit while still in his mother's womb.
He was only the voice for the one crying in the wilderness of religious confusion. The one crying in the wilderness declaring, "Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand" was the Holy Spirit of truth.
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The Holy Spirit was crying out to make the way of the Lord straight. Today we would say to straighten out the way of the Lord in each of us. If we are to fulfill this token of Abraham's covenant, then we must know the way our God wants us to walk.
Religious confusion still exists in the earth today. The religious systems of John's day were the Pharisees, Saducees, and the Herodians. The Pharisees, Saducees, and Herodians are still with us today.
Only they call themselves by different names. They are present in all the denominational orders. Jesus proclaimed of these religious systems: He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.
When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: When we are not what we claim to be, then we are a liar, and our father is truly the devil. There are voices crying out today in the midst of the wilderness of religious confusion to warn man especially those who are called by His name to straighten out their walk in God. The all-wise Solomon spoke of our day in the Song of Solomon: The Smoking Furnace There were two other tokens given to Abraham, the smoking furnace and the burning lamp.
These tokens were given: The prophet Isaiah speaks of the day Abraham witnessed: We will first look at the smoking furnace. The smoking furnace represents the trials, testings, and cleansing in our lives. The prophet Isaiah informed us: When God wants to get our attention, He turns up the heat.
His afflictions are called "chastisement. He chastens us so we can overcome every adversity in our lives. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul declared: When we refuse chastisement, then we have refused the Father's correction.
Then the Father has nothing to do with our lives, and we have no Father, and we become bastards in His eyes. When we have no Father, we have no inheritance in God. God revealed to Paul to write to the Hebrews: Righteousness can only come when we are trained and educated to cultivate our minds and morals.
This we must learn in the furnace of affliction.
“Covenant Relationship: A Biblical Concept” by Eugene Garner
The prophet Malachi asked the question: And who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: He will cleanse us inside and out. The fuller's soap is to cleanse our minds from all the corruptions around us. When gold and silver are purged, the metals are brought to a boil which releases all the impurities.
The impurities are released and float to the top to be skimmed off. Babylonian contracts often expressed fathership and sonship, in their grants to actually mean a king to vassal relationship. He also argues that during this consolidation, the new state also had to unify the religious traditions that belonged to the different groups to prevent dissent from those who might believe that the formation of a state would replace direct governance from God.
Therefore, Mendenhall continues, these loosely bound tribes merged under the Mosaic covenant to legitimize their unity. They believed that to obey the law was to obey God.
They also believed that the king was put into power as a result of God's benefaction, and that this accession was the fulfillment of God's promise of dynasty to David.
Mendenhall also notes that a conflict arose between those who believed in the Davidic covenant, and those who believed that God would not support all actions of the state.
As a result, both sides became relatively aloof, and the Davidic covenant and the Mosaic covenant were almost entirely forgotten. Noahic covenant[ edit ] Noah's Thanksoffering c.
Noah builds an altar to the Lord after being delivered from the Flood ; God sends the rainbow as a sign of his covenant. Covenant of the pieces The covenant found in Genesis 12—17 is known as the Brit bein HaBetarim, the "Covenant Between the Parts" in Hebrew, and is the basis for brit milah covenant of circumcision in Judaism.
The covenant was for Abraham and his seed, or offspring,  both of natural birth and adoption. By contrast, Genesis 17 contains the covenant of circumcision conditional. To make of Abraham a great nation and bless Abraham and make his name great so that he will be a blessing, to bless those who bless him and curse him who curses him and all peoples on earth would be blessed through Abraham.
To make Abraham the father of many nations and of many descendants and give "the whole land of Canaan " to his descendants. In Hebrew, the verb meaning to seal a covenant translates literally as "to cut". It is presumed by Jewish scholars that the removal of the foreskin symbolically represents such a sealing of the covenant.
It is the obligation of the master to his servant and involves gifts given to individuals who were loyal serving their masters. In the covenant with Abraham in Genesis 15, it is God who is the suzerain who commits himself and swears to keep the promise. In the covenant there are procedures of taking the oath, which involve a smoking oven and a blazing torch.