By Not Known
I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians (Exodus 6:7).
Exodus 6:7 is a wonderful message from God to Moses! The Covenant-keeping God remembered His promises to Abraham and his descendants (Gen. 3:1-3) and partially fulfilled them in Exodus 6:7.
What is a Covenant? Rev Stephen Renn defines Covenant as “An intimate relationship between God and man sovereignly initiated, maintained and fulfilled by God alone and involving a commitment for life and death from both God and man.” In simpler terms, it is God who originated the agreement, yet, He is the One who designed it for the benefit of the people who agreed upon it. God would uphold and complete His Covenant with a life and death commitment and the people who agree with the Covenant will find life (Gen. 15).
It is recorded that God made a total of 8 Covenants — the Covenant of Redemption is an overarching Covenant and it begins from Genesis to Revelation, subsequently the Covenant of Creation, Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic and the New Covenant. The making of all the Covenants reveals to us that we have a long- suffering God who is willing to go to great length to ensure that all Covenants are fulfilled. We are the recipients of the New Covenant which is found in Christ. Paul reveals the essence of the New Covenant in 1 Cor. 11:25, “In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new agreement (covenant) between God and you that has been established and set in motion by my blood. Do this in remembrance of me whenever you drink it.”
What are God’s expectations of our responses to Him as the Covenantal God?
• We are to obey His instructions when He reveals His will to us.
• We are to be grateful to the loving God who is willing to send His Son to die on the cross to fulfil the New Covenant.
• We are to worship Him, for indeed, He is worthy of our lifelong worship.
• We are to trust Him totally in His words revealed in the Holy Scripture.
• We are to serve Him with all our hearts, minds and souls.
• We are not to be afraid of what could happen in our lives, whether in sickness or troubles, for we have a Covenantal God who promises us that He will not forsake nor abandon us.
Let us reflect on our responses to the great Covenantal God!