There is always time enough to reaffirm the covenant—it is important to realize what that means. The people of Israel knew that covenants were life changing promises. When they entered into the covenant with the God of the universe, it was not a decision to be taken lightly. He agreed to protect, provide and prepare them for entry into the promised land. Israel agreed to follow him and him only. God’s failure would destroy the credibility of all creation, Israel’s failure would literally define grace, patience and parenting.
Through the next 800 years, Israel was defined by their failure to keep their covenant. Division, destruction, exile and enslavement were all direct results of the failures of Israel, but, restoration, repopulation, the return and the redemption by Christ were all the pictures of a father’s love. God intervened for his chosen–time and again. God scooped up the children, loved them, forgave them and set them on the path again. Like any parent, God was in love with his chosen—he wanted them to enjoy peace and freedom. Despite their failures. He never considered walking away from the covenant he made.
He has entered into the same covenant with us. If we will follow him, he will protect, provide and prepare us for eternity—great news. Even if you fail—as I do, God will never walk away. We may face the consequence of our resistance—losing freedom, losing peace and even losing all we have received. Yet, he will never leave us or walk away from the covenant. He wants us to walk with confidence that we are loved and secure in his hands. That kind of security lies nowhere else than in the arms of a personal and loving Father God!
God Bless You
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You are to worship at a distance, 2 but Moses alone is to approach the Lord; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him.”
3 When Moses went and told the people all the Lord’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the Lord has said we will do.” 4 Moses then wrote down everything the Lord had said.
He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings to the Lord. 6 Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he splashed against the altar. 7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.”
8 Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”