Scripture: Judges 2: 1The angel of the LORD went up from Gilgal to Bokim and said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land that I swore to give to your forefathers. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you, 2 and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.’ Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this? 3 Now therefore I tell you that I will not drive them out before you; they will be thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.”
Observation: In a Covenant there are things happening on both sides. I will do A if you will do B. But if you don’t do B, I won’t do A.
Application: The Covenant of God between the nation of Israel can be complex, there are many laws laid out for the Israelites to follow, but at the same time if you break it down to its basic essentials its fairly simple.
They were to follow God’s commands and if they did that, God would prosper their nation. If they didn’t follow His commands, then their nation would be destroyed. And Israel does a very good job of displaying the fickle, undecided, wishy-washiness of the whole of mankind in their actions. At times they really try and do a pretty good job of following God for a while, and as they do God is always faithful and prospers their nation. Then after a while they will turn back to their lax ways and not obey God with their whole hearts and their nation suffers as a result of it.
Their covenant was more of a physical covenant than the one that Jesus Christ came to establish, it was more of a covenant on this earthly realm. But it had a heavenly goal in mind, because when Christ established the New Covenant, we now have an everlasting eternal covenant that will outlast even the earth itself. And although our covenant is more of a spiritual thing, at its core it is still the same. There is an exchange – there are things happening on both sides. If we do A – Then God does B. But God will not do B, until we do A.
So what are the ABC’s of the new covenant? Ha- Ha! – I just came up with that….
It is a covenant of faith – If we confess Jesus Christ as Lord, and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead, we shall be saved.
Do you see both sides there? We confess and believe, – God saves. It seems simple doesn’t it? But I tell you this my friends, it isn’t simple, not in today’s world of intellectuals and unbelievers.
We are fighting a spiritual battle today to try and uphold the covenant that God has made with us, and it may be even more difficult for us now than it was for our Hebrew friends of the Old Testament when God told them to take possession of their own promised land. We are marching into a spiritual land – and we are fighting a spiritual battle every day to gain more ground and tread out the blessings that God has provided for the faithful.
Just as God was faithful when Israel was faithful, and just as He would allow destruction to come upon them when they were not, so is He today in our New covenant. He is faithful to save us when we have faith, but if we allow our faith to falter, He will also allow us to bring ourselves to destruction. It is not the power of any man that is able to pull us from the hand of our Savior, it is our own turning away, our own lack of courage to stand firm on the faith of our youth and be steadfast in our belief.
The great New Covenant of God stands strong today – the battleground before His people is the fertile soil of our hearts. Do not let your foot slip my friends. Stand firm, and if you have allowed the enemy to plant seeds of doubt in your heart. I encourage you to return to the Scriptures and dedicate yourself to understanding them again. Be prayerful and ask God to increase your faith. And know that if you Ask you will Receive!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know that I have been guilty of allowing the world to seep into my faith. And I confess that I have been an instrument in allowing it to seep into the hearts of my friends and family as well. Please forgive me of my unbelief and strengthen and build up the faith of my youth. Grant me the fire and zeal of my salvation once more in a double portion so that I may demonstrate to all the truth of your grace, and help us all to stand firm on your New Covenant of faith, and the Blood of Your Son in whose name I pray.
Yield: I release my need to agree with the world and cling to the faith of God through Jesus Christ His Son.