Category Archives: Covenants
(Ver 1.1) Today will be a little bit different perspective on a familiar old subject. This subject is widely taught in many different circles and it is interpreted very differently in most of them. We will look at some familiar verses using the light of the Word of God to see what they mean. Using the Bible to interpret the Bible, we will begin to see and understand the truth of the Word of God. The basis of our lesson today comes from the book of beginnings, Genesis chapter 15. As with many things written in the book of Genesis God uses symbolism to convey hidden spiritual information. This chapter of Genesis is certainly no different. In this chapter God tells Abram that he will have a son, who will be his heir. God tells him that the number of his seed will be as the stars of the heavens. In other words God declares that Abram’s descendants will be innumerable, more than he could count. While these words can certainly be taken completely naturally, I believe that God is speaking about spiritual things in a prophetic way. If you have not ever realized it, God is more interested in spiritual things than He is with natural things. If God can fix you spiritually, then you will do the right things naturally. That is the root cause of America’s problem and the rest of the unsaved world. People want to raise children and think they can do it without God and ignore the Bible and then they are surprised to find our prisons overflowing. You will never fix the sin problem, until you allow God to fix the spiritual problem within the hearts of man with His Word. Teach the Bible in school to your children and see if the world doesn’t change.
Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
We can learn much, by reading God’s commentary in the Bible. God purposely gives us clues in the Bible to what other verses mean. Often times these explanations are revealed in the New Testament. This verse in Galatians is very interesting, since our subject is the Abrahamic Covenant and I just mentioned the Seed of Abraham. We can now begin to see and understand that God was speaking prophetically and in a very tricky manner when talking to Abram about his seed. Seed is one of those types of words that can be either singular or plural and you can’t really tell the difference by just looking at it. However, God reveals that Abraham’s seed was singular and this was symbolic of the one man called Christ Jesus. So we know that Jesus Christ is the Seed being referred to in Genesis 15.
Gen 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
What we begin to see is another example of a Biblical Paradox or Puzzle being given to us. How can one man, Jesus, the Seed of Abraham number beyond the number of stars in the heavens? That of course is a very difficult puzzle to try to answer in a single blog like this. Unless you start to think spiritually and consider what the New Testament reveals to us you will never understand it. Galatians and other books of the New Testament speak of the church as being the children of Abraham. The N.T. reveals that Abraham is the spiritual father of the many people who have come into the church. This is the beginning of understanding this spiritual paradox.
In Genesis 15:9-10 God instructs Abram to take 5 animals and kill them. God tells him to split three of the animals into halves. Now we have a bloody mess on our hands. God tells Abram to spread them out on the ground. We then discover that birds try to come and devour the animals and Abram has to drive them away. These are also all key symbolic references and they symbolize spiritual things. The bloody animals killed represents the covenants of God. The birds of the air represents the demonic forces attempting to prevent the covenant. Blood is always symbolic of the forgiveness of sins. Also in Bible covenants, the animals were split into pieces and they were saying, “thus it be done to me, if I brake this covenant”. So we see that God is revealing to us some very important information about Bible covenants. When two parties would enter into a covenant, they would pass between the bloody pieces of the animals and “cut an agreement” that was mutually beneficial to both participants. Both parties in the covenant were required to follow the terms of the agreement and to be faithful to it. If one party in the covenant had need of something that the other had in their possession, then it would be freely available to the other party. It is exactly like a marriage between a husband and a wife who now have joint ownership of everything. But, did you notice what happens in this covenant in Genesis 15? Who does it say walked between the pieces to cut the covenant with God?
Gen 15:12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
After Abram drives away the birds, the sun goes down and it gets dark. It says Abram enters into a deep sleep and he is overwhelmed with darkness. Darkness never represents God, but the opposite of God. Darkness always represents Satan and his domain. God gives Abram some prophetic words about his natural children being in bondage for 400 years, but tells him they will come out at a certain time. These verses 13 thru 16, no doubt contain symbolism and information beyond the natural, but I will not attempt to teach what I do not know fully. So let’s look at verse 17, for it is really getting good with this verse.
Gen 15:17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.
As you recall Abram killed 5 animals and laid the pieces upon the ground. Now normally if this covenant was between God and Abram, God and Abram would now be walking between the pieces and cutting the covenant with God. However, we find that Abram is asleep on the ground and two different symbolic people walk between the bloody pieces to cut the covenant. What does this tell us? I believe that it tells us that Abram was incapable of keeping the covenant that God wanted to make, so God makes a covenant with himself. Did you notice what the two symbols were that passed through the pieces? One was a “Smoking Oven” and the other was a “Burning Lamp”. I really do not know how these two symbols can represent anything other than God. Both are God in different forms and using different descriptions. Much like God the Father and God the Son are one God but both are unique and separate at the same time.
In Hebrews 12:29, it informs us that God is an all consuming fire. I know this is not exactly a smoking oven, but you can get there mentally if you think about it. People in Bible days did not have electric power and they cooked with fire. If you look up the term translated as “Oven” you will find that it means a “Fire Pot”. So fire is involved in cooking with an ancient Oven. In Deuteronomy 9:3 God is again called a “Consuming Fire” who destroys. However, everything in the Bible has symbolic meaning if you can find it. In Deuteronomy 4:24 God is again called a consuming fire, but it then further stipulates why. God is said to be a “Jealous God”. That means God does not like it when His wife sleeps around like Israel was guilty of. It is very difficult to actually say that the smoking oven represents God, because we cannot find a direct reference in the Bible that says that. However, if you do a word search and look for the word “oven” in the Bible you will see that it more often than not, refers to a place where wicked and evil people are consumed. People who are consumed by the fire of God. God is certainly the fire, but the smoke could be the evil being burned up and consumed. So it is a little more complex than we can imagine right now to declare that God is covenanting with himself. We can look up the word “Smoking” and see what else it reveals in the Bible:
Exo 19:18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.
It would appear the “Smoke” is associated with the Old Covenant since “Sinai” is mentioned in this verse in Exodus. We know that God gave Moses the law on Sinai. We know that this verse says God is again the fire that descended upon the mountain. The Smoke is equated to that which ascends upwards. We can again derive, that which is consumed by the fire of God is evil and whatever is left would be the ashes and the smoke, that which remains after God’s burning. Fire normally consumes, oxygen, fuel, oil, or whatever is placed in it. God is definitely the Fire, the flame, the heat, the light. But, the oven and whatever is consumed is a different substance than God. If God is the all consuming fire as we have seen in the Bible, the smoke would be representative of that which is burned up or consumed by God.
Psa 18:8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
God is again compared in terms of being a device that produces smoke, like an oven, a furnace or any other similar fire burning device. Out of the nostrils of God comes smoke from something that is burned up or consumed by the fire of God’s mouth. It is a very interesting symbolic representation being given to us.
Psa 37:20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
You see the same terms being repeated in this verse of Psalms 37 and it says God’s enemies who are the wicked, shall be as the fat of the lambs, and they shall be consumed into smoke. Verses like these are helping me to see that God’s covenant in Genesis 15 is God walking between the pieces of animal flesh. So we have in a roundabout way identified one symbol that has been said to walk between the pieces and cut the covenant.
The Lamp on the other hand is more easily interpreted using verses in the Bible. We can find several good examples that declare that God is the burning lamp. A lamp of course is a light in the darkness or night. A lamp involves fire, oil and light. All of these symbols are used for symbols of God in the Bible. Let’s find some of these verses and review them:
2Sa 22:29 For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
This verse is exactly what I just said and refers to God as the Lamp that gives us light in the darkness. Darkness again represents the spiritual domain of Satan. People are born into the world that is ruled by Satan. The hearts of men and women are said to be in darkness until they are saved and Jesus Christ shines spiritual light into them.
Psa 119:105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
You cannot separate God from His Word, they are one in the same. God is light and in him is no darkness. God is also His Word! God’s word is a spiritual light unto our spirit man within us. By reading and studying the Bible we bring light to areas that have never seen the glorious light of God. God and His Word are the Lamp that is lit to show the way unto righteousness.
Pro 13:9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
So many verses in the Bible are very informative and this one has hidden meaning within it. If God is the lamp and the light, what is this verse telling us? The light of the righteous will be GLAD, and the lamp of the wicked will be put out. If Satan is the evil one that rules the darkness, His light or lamp of God has now been put out. To put out a lamp means it is deprived of oxygen or oil or starved of any substance that causes it to burn. This involves any means of causing the flame to be extinguished. We can clearly assume that Satan use to be in the light of God, but God has now turned that light out. It also has spiritual implications to those in the world that refuse God’s salvation and they also walk in the same darkness of spiritual night.
Isa 62:1 For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
God prophesies that a burning lamp will come out of Jerusalem. This lamp will burn with the light of Salvation. This very bright lamp will also establish righteousness. So who do you think God is talking about? This is a prophetic statement for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ that was to be crucified in Jerusalem to bring salvation to the world.
Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Jesus speaking to the nation of Israel, says He is the bright burning lamp that contains the light of the world. But, Jesus then said that men loved darkness more than this light so they were unable to see the light. Jesus equates the evil deeds of men to be of the darkness of the world. God is therefore being contrasted as being the source of good, the initiator of kindness, goodness, grace, mercy, love and compassion, but the men of Israel as a whole, chose to reject these good things and to remain in their evil darkness.
Joh 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Jesus is again very clear in telling us that He is the Lamp that lights our spiritual paths. Jesus says that if we follow Him, we shall not walk in darkness. We could say in modern language that Jesus is the Flashlight of the present dark World. If you have ever been camping in the forest, with no electricity you better take a flashlight or two. To walk in the woods without one would be crazy. This is how people are in the world, without Jesus and the Bible. They are walking in spiritual darkness and they do not know where they are going or what they bump into or stumble over. The symbolism within the Abrahamic covenant is very powerful, the spiritual implications are very informative. We can see that God, the lamp of the world makes a covenant with the smoking oven that contains the consuming Fire of God. It would appear to me that God in His infinite wisdom took the place of Abraham in the covenant and made a covenant with Himself. In this way God could implement an agreement that both parties were capable of keeping. Abraham was a physical natural man and incapable of keeping the covenant at the level that God wanted to establish, so God made a covenant that He could keep in the spiritual realm with Jesus Christ who was the promised Seed that now establishes our eternal covenant with God. So what was God’s solution for man not being able to keep a covenant? The human race is sin prone, error driven, ignorant of spiritual things and God’s ways. How is God going to make a covenant with people who are prone to errors and mistakes? God’s solution is to became one of us, a man who is both human and God to implement an unbreakable covenant with Himself and His eternal man. We then can see that God has used Jesus Christ, the Promised Seed to bring the rest of the human race back into right standing with God. Everyone that accepts the free gift of salvation will be included. It doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, the door is open to all. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or if you are poor, the door is open to all. It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, the door is open to all. Because of what Jesus has done, we have now have the opportunity of a life time being presented to all of us. I pray that you make the right choice.
The Bible is so complex that it is impossible to know everything that is in it and to comprehend what everything in it means is also impossible. So we do the best we can, with God’s help in figuring out what it all means. We would be lost without His help, so I am eternally grateful and I hope that you are too.
I want to discuss a subject found in the Bible that is hard for many Christians to get their minds around. Too many Christians like to put everything on God and make God responsible for everything that happens to them. However, when you read the Bible and study it closely we find out some very surprising things that should cause us to begin to think differently. When God makes a covenant with People on the earth, you will find that God is always capable of keeping the covenant and to Him it was a forever agreement. However, what we find in the Bible is that it is not all completely up to God and that you and I have a part to play in the relationship and the continued blessings of God. Let’s review the principle and then establish this spiritual law Biblically and learn what we can:
Isa 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
In this verse in Isaiah, God puts forth a promise to His people. But, this promise comes with conditions. In order for God’s people to eat the good of the land, they must be willing and obedient. Two little requirements that are placed upon the People! If they do one and not the other, they fail and do not eat the good of the land. This is the basis of a spiritual law, that I call the “IF” YOU DO “THEN” I WILL DO LAW! This is a popular programming construct that is widely used in programming languages. There is also a converse or inverse part of the law that goes something like this:
IF YOU DO THIS
THEN I WILL DO THIS
ELSE THIS HAPPENS!
God knew about IF THEN ELSE computer programming constructs before we knew there were computers. God uses this construction in the Bible in the promises that He makes with men and the Covenants that He implements with the People. If we apply this construct to the verse we just read in Isaiah 1:19 we can see it more clearly:
IF (YOU ARE WILLING AND OBEDIENT)
YOU WILL EAT THE GOOD OF THE LAND
YOU WILL NOT EAT THE GOOD
This is very basic Computer Logic applied to the Word of God and yet so profound! If you understand what I have said so far, then let’s go through some other verses in the Bible and determine what else God says about conditional requirements.
Let’s go back and review some words spoken to Natural Israel by Moses from God. These are the Words of God spoken directly to them, but if you look closely they are also prophetic and you will also notice they are very conditional:
Exo 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
What does it mean to be conditional? If I said I would give you $1000, if you would stay silent for 24 hours, is that $1000 conditional or automatically yours? No, you see conditional means, if you follow the instructions and rules you will get the $1000, otherwise you do not. The key word is “IF” you satisfy the requirements! Pretty simple concept isn’t it? However, Christians I guess do not understand these concepts, especially when it comes to God and the Bible. When you read a verse like Exodus 10:5 and it says to Israel that “you shall be a peculiar treasure unto me and above all people”. What was the requirement for this to happen in the natural realm? God clearly said, “if you obey my voice and keep my covenant”, then I will do what I said and make you above all others. So when did natural Israel ever fulfill any of these requirements? If you searched your Bible and could not find it in the Bible, I have to admit that I couldn’t either. It would seem to me, that Israel has a major problem. Let’s continue with the next verse:
Exo 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
Exodus 19:6 continues to demonstrate what God will do, if Israel obeys and keeps the covenant. What we see in these two verses are a discovery of the fact that God’s blessings to Natural Israel are conditional. In order for those in covenant with God to obtain the best that He has for them, they must do something to qualify for them. Did any of the words in these two verses ring any bells to you? Did you see any parallels or glimpses into another reality that God is prophesying about? To me it was obvious, but to others they miss it, because they are dull of sight. These key words are echoed in a verse found in the New Testament:
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Peter writes to the church and declares to them that they are these “peculiar” people, the holy nation unto God, being priests and kings of the Most High. Isn’t that an amazing coincidence? Of course God doesn’t do anything by accident and this verse is put here to show you who the church really is. I know I haven’t introduced you to this concept yet. Many Christian people do not like to think or believe that the Church is a spiritual version of the natural nation of Israel, but yet it is so prevalent in the Bible I do not know how people miss it.
Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Again we see John this time writing about the church and to the church, calling them the kings and priests of God. That qualifies the church as being these royal rulers of the spiritual domain of God. That makes the church the new spiritual priesthood unto God. This is of course difficult to fully accept for many believers.
Heb 8:9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
So as we have seen, the blessings of God are conditional. The continuation of the participation of the covenants of God are also conditional. People want to put all of the responsibility on God to whether or not a covenant is valid and that is not what God says in the Bible. You can always depend on God to be faithful and He will never fail you, but that does not relieve you of your responsibility in the relationship. What if you are married to a spouse and you are the one that is faithful and they are not. Will that work for very long? I know my wife would not put up with it. If you think you can then you are a fool. Is faithfulness a two way street that is required of both participants? Of course it is! So do not put all of the responsibility upon God, God will not fail the covenant. God is eternally faithful. However, men fail, men make mistakes and God will forgive them, but only if you ask for forgiveness. Repentance is a valuable key part of any Christian life. If you are not sorry for how you use to act and the things you use to do, you are not a Christian. You are just someone who doesn’t want to go to hell. Hebrews 8:9 clearly tells us that God disregarded Israel, because Israel did not keep the covenant. The Bible says this, God says this and I did not write the Bible. Is God anti-Semitic? That is what some will try to call me for saying something like this. So you can accept it for what it says or you can attempt to explain it away. Covenants with God are always Conditional! Let’s review another Old Testament example of these conditional promises of God:
Deu 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
The key word “IF” is given to the nation of Israel and God tells them that “IF” they would diligently follow the Word of God that “THEN” God would make them above all nations. There are very specific requirements to the blessings of God and if you continue to read down in this chapter you will also find that there are very specific curses for not following these instructions. This is a Bible principle and a spiritual law being established by God. This is how God works and this should inform you of your responsibilities. You start by recognizing that you have some responsibilities and then you go about finding out what they are and how to follow them or fulfill them.
Jer 4:1 If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, the shalt thou not remove.
You see in Jeremiah God says to Israel, if they would return and put away their abominations, that God would not remove them. There is a very strong statement with very direct consequences being made to the Natural Nation of Israel. There are just many verses in the Bible that declare God will do something if you first do something. You cannot pray and ask God for something and then when it does not come, think that God said NO! Many times things like praying for specific answers in the Bible have specific conditions and requirements attached them. You have to pray the right way, believe the right things, do the right things, act in the appropriate manner and then God will do His part. This is a staggering concept to many Christians, but yet it is in the Bible if you look. God always tells you what to do and then expects you to do it. Then God will always step in and do the rest. Read the Old Testament very closely. Notice things that God instructs Joshua in taking Jericho and other such examples. God would always tell them to do something and if they did it, God would come through and do the rest. When Moses went to God with a problem, either Pharaoh or the children of Israel, God would always tell Moses to do something with very specific steps. If Moses followed and obeyed, God would always do His part faithfully. The Bible is full of examples like this.
Jer 31:36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.
I guess many Christians cannot comprehend that God would require humans to do anything in order to obtain God’s Grace. It is almost unimaginable that Israel could do anything that would cause God to end their Covenant. I have read in a few blogs that some people think that God’s love and all of the blessings of His Covenants are unconditionally guaranteed and nothing that anyone does can cause God to back out of it. If you should go back and reread the Bible and look for how many times the word “IF” is used in verses concerning Israel, you will discover that God has put conditions on many of the things that He has given. God placed responsibility of the continuation of the covenant into the hands of those who He was trusting to do the right things and be obedient. If you study carefully you discover that Israel did a very bad job of fulfilling their end of the bargain. What a bargain they had, the fastest and most direct way to the Messiah, they had the first choice at Salvation, they were the keepers of the Holy Word of God and they blew it.
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Just as the Old Covenant was conditional, entrance into the New Covenant is also conditional. There is no such thing as Universal Salvation. There is no such thing that everyone is saved automatically, because God wants them to be. God always requires action by man. People need to realize that God has already done everything that He needs to do to get all of the people on the earth saved. However, that does not mean everyone is saved or will be saved. Jesus tells us clearly in Revelation that He is standing at the door of the heart of man, knocking and that clearly indicates that He wants to come in. However, the conditional part of the verse clearly states that the Man on the inside is required to hear the knock and open the door to let Him come in. There are conditions to people getting saved. People are required to act appropriately and let Christ in. There are specific conditions to staying saved. I really do not want to get into this subject any deeper for I have touched on this subject in other blogs. Realize and understand that the Old Covenant of God with natural Israel was a conditional agreement. It was very clear in the Bible that in order for Israel to remain in Covenant with God, that Israel was required to be faithful to God. Just like in any marriage contract a covenant works this way also. Both parties are either faithful to the vows and conditions of the agreement or the agreement is terminated. If one party is faithful and the other party is not, the agreement is terminated. There are many very difficult things like this in life and they are also revealed to us in the Bible. Recently in national news several prominent men have been caught being unfaithful to their wives. They have discovered the hard way that there are consequences to their actions in life. Israel should learn very soon that she has also encountered the consequences of her actions.
(ver 1.1) The Bible speaks of God in many different aspects with various described characteristics. The New Testament also states that we in the church today are now in a better covenant than the one that came before (Heb 8:6). What makes our covenant better now than the one that was established with the natural nation of Israel? I will not attempt to fully answer that question, but I will give you some pertinent clues to why I think it is better now. In the Old Testament God was certainly for the nation of Israel. God was certainly with the children of Israel. But, I do not think that God was ever in the children of Israel. God dwelt with the nation of Israel only in things that were built with the hands of men. Moses made God a temporary dwelling place using tents. Solomon built God a temple in Jerusalem. But, all of these things were just temporary patterns made by men for something that was to come that was made by God. Let’s examine the Bible today for God’s realities and why we have a basis of a better covenant now.
We will start with God being with us and look for Bible verses to establish God’s presence with His people. What does it mean for God to be “with” us? One definition of the term “with” is to be in the company of. In other words to be in the same company. God is said to be in our company. You could say that God is said to be our companion. Here is a Bible verse that appears to convey this thought:
Psa 46:7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
God is the Lord of hosts and this verse establishes the idea that God was with the children of Israel in the Old Covenant. We can read stories in the Old Testament when Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, how God went before them in the day as a cloud and a fire by night. So we can clearly see how God was present with them during their time in the wilderness.
Isa 8:10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.
We can clearly see that there are implied benefits for God being with us as this verse says that God was with Israel. This verse is speaking about the subject of spoken words and this verse implies that they can be weapons against us. But, elsewhere in the Bible God also said that no weapon formed against us will prosper, so we can see this is possible because God is with us. God is on our side, by our side and that is a very good thing. We have specific benefits, because God is with us.
Mat 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
This verse in Matthew is a little different than the others. This time God is spoken of in terms of becoming a man like us and walking around with us on this planet. God in the flesh, walking around looking just like us. That is the powerful story of the salvation and redemptive plan of God. If God never came to be with us, we would all still be in dire straits. Let’s shift gears and look at the next dimension of God, God For Us!
Rom 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
It is said that God is “for” us. This is contrasted as an antonym to the word to be “against”. I am certainly glad that God is not against us. However, I think that many religious people struggle with the concept of God not currently acting as the judge, the jury and the executioner. Whenever, 9/11 happened and terrorist flew planes into NY and Washington D.C., I heard many Christians try to say it was God’s judgment upon us. However, these are ignorant Christians who do not understand that God is “For” us and not “against” us. If God was “against” you and that was His judgment, no one would be alive to tell the tale. There is coming a day of judgment, but that is in the future. Right now Satan is responsible for all of the killing and murder going on in the world, not God! Satan is against you, God is for you. I could give you many more verses that speak to God being for us and not against us. But, I want to move on to the third dimension of God that makes our covenant much better than the Old Covenant God had with Israel. You see God was “with” Israel and “for” Israel, but never “in” Israel. We have this gift of God and it makes our covenant much better than the old.
Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
You see in this verse in Romans, God is saying that those who are born again, have the Spirit of God dwelling in them. God further stipulates that the Spirit of God is also called the Spirit of Christ. You cannot separate Christ from God nor God from Christ, they are one in the same. What is the difference between Old Testament prophets and New Testament Prophets? Both have a prophets anointing, but the New Testament prophet has God living on the inside of them and the Old Testament prophet did not. An anointing is like an outward pouring of the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God comes “Upon” a human and is anointed to do a specific job for God. David was anointed to be King by Samuel. The prophet poured the oil over the head of David and this was symbolic of how the Spirit of God came upon him. If David would have had the Spirit of God on the inside of him, David would have had to drink the oil. Little details like these are often times missed when casually reading the Bible.
Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
This is another verse in the same chapter of Romans, that declares that the Spirit of God dwells in the believer. This of course is very hard to describe to someone who doesn’t believe. I can tell them that I have sensed the presence of God within in me at times, in the past sometimes very strongly, like my insides were on fire. Other times I have felt nothing at all. But, regardless of the feeling or sensations that I perceived with my senses, I know He is there because His word says He is. He said He would never leave me nor forsake me, so I know He is there all the time. God can give you sensations that can be physically felt if He so desires and thinks that you would benefit from them. However, it is dangerous to pray and ask God to do this, because Satan can also manifest to deceive you. I never prayed or asked God to make me feel like I was on fire on the inside of my chest, God choose to do this because I guess He thought I needed it. Be very careful what you pray for, make sure it is based upon scriptures. I do not know of any verses that says God will give you any specific feeling in your flesh to confirm His presence.
Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
There are many verses like this one that I could include, but they just go to confirm the fact that the Spirit of Christ now dwells in those that believe. This is truly a mystery to the world and to the natural Jews. They have never experienced this, but they do have the opportunity to participate in this great mystery if they choose to. The free gift of life and salvation is open to whomsoever will. What does it mean to have God dwell in us? To dwell somewhere implies a place or a location that we live. Say a specific address or a specific city. I dwell in Dallas, TX, some might be able to say. A dwelling also implies a home. God has made his home in us. We are now the new home of God. Where we were not His home we have become His home. This is really an awesome difference between the New Covenant and the Old Covenant. The church is the New Jerusalem, the spiritual city of God’s new home. We have become this spiritual city built up in Christ, Jesus Christ the chief cornerstone, where in we all fit together being built up in the spiritual realm.
So God is For You! God is With You! and God is In You! if you are a believer and have made Jesus your Lord and Savior.
This is now Part 5 in the series on Understanding Bible Covenants. If you have not read from the beginning, I would recommend that you go and start with “Part 1“. We have been discussing Bible covenants as being a marriage relationship between two individuals. We can see that these individuals can be either spiritual beings, natural beings or any combination of them both. Covenants with God always result in God being the husband and the people in covenant as being the wife in the relationship. We know that Jesus is the initiator of the New Covenant. Jesus is therefore the Bridegroom and the church is the bride. Many have agreed with the scriptures in the New Testament that declare the church to be the body of Christ without understanding how the church became the body. This transformation was accomplished by marriage, when God declares that the man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and they two will become one flesh. One flesh is a synonymous term for body. Therefore one flesh refers to one body. A body consists of flesh and bones. Adam was opened up and his wife was taken out of him and Jesus the Last Adam was opened up and His wife was joined to him on the cross. The Bible actually says we were crucified with Christ, yet none of us hung on the cross physically as he did.
So in the eyes of God a covenant is a marriage and a marriage is a covenant. I gave you many scriptures that confirm this reality. As a marriage God provided us natural things to help us to understand spiritual things. Marriage covenants are a complex system of many dependent and interrelated aspects. Sex is one aspect of a marriage that demands and expects faithfulness of those in the relationship. Faithfulness is another aspect of marriage that applies to a covenant relationship with God. As your spouse trusts and expects you to be faithful to them, God expects and trusts you to be faithful to Him. We can clearly see that the natural nation of Israel was not faithful and as a result had spiritual intercourse with other gods, religions and idols. This unfaithful infidelity resulted in God divorcing His Old Covenant wife. The net result of the divorce was a termination of the covenant relationship without any hope of reconciliation. I base that statement on the law of divorce given to us in Deuteronomy where it says the first husband is forbidden to marry his divorced wife again after she has been married to another. I then attempted to give you scriptures that showed that Israel according to established spiritual laws was in a covenant relationship to another spiritual being other than God.
These are all very deep things that God has taught me from the Bible and I know it will be difficult to get people to see them. It is not my responsibility to make you understand or to make you see the truth. I simply present the information found in the Bible the best that I can and it is up to you to accept it or reject it. That is the way God designed the system and I can’t improve on it. I have found that people can read the same verse of scripture and pull out whatever they want to hear and close their eyes to whatever they don’t agree with. It is funny that God wrote a book that allows people to be wrong. God will always enforce your right to be ignorant and stupid. God will never force you into knowing the truth. You are free to be a fool and God will not stop you. Ok, let’s get back to our subject.
I know there are many other aspects of marriage that also apply to the subject of covenants and perhaps someday I will expand to include them in this teaching. A marriage covenant is the establishment of a new family unit. Marriage always results in a new household, with a new head of the house. These two married covenant individuals enjoy a sexual knowledge that is only experienced between the two in covenant. Physical sex is just a pattern of a spiritual knowledge that Jesus desires to have with His wife. I showed you earlier that Adam “Knew” his wife and they had a son and I told you this was a pattern for the Last Adam, Jesus and his wife. These are all new concepts, new ideas and new thoughts based upon a new perspective from God’s Word. You can read the Bible and study it for yourself. All of this has been a review of stuff that I have already covered so I hope you understand them.
Today I want to explore another aspect of marriage and covenants and show you some new information based upon what we have learned about covenants so far. I alluded in a previous blog on this subject that the Heavenly Jerusalem was a free woman that came from an allegory given to us from Galatians 4 of Sarah’s relationship to Abraham. This relationship was a physical picture and representation of God’s spiritual relationship to the city called the Heavenly Jerusalem. I concluded that this free woman was the wife of God and therefore in covenant with God. In looking at other verses in Hebrews we can determine that this Heavenly Jerusalem consisted of the angelic beings. This means that Lucifer the top angelic being in the past was included in this relationship. So how does God terminate a marriage covenant relationship without the law? We know that the earthly Jerusalem is now in bondage with the law and God used the law to end the Old Covenant marriage relationship. But the heavenly Jerusalem was called the free woman or the woman outside of the law. We also know from verses in the New Testament that without the law there is no punishment for sin. So how does God terminate a marriage relationship with a group of spiritual beings without any law or legal precedence? It is a fascinating problem to consider and it is very perplexing puzzle to solve, but God always has a plan and an answer.
If you recall from my previous blogs, I gave you numerous scriptures from Galatians 4 that spoke about two women in covenant with God. The one bond woman (Hagar) was directly said to be the natural nation of Israel and corresponded to the earthly city of Jerusalem. Then the other woman was the free woman and she is called the heavenly Jerusalem. What we saw in Galatians was the presentation that the bond woman had a husband and the implication was given that free woman did not? That seems like a paradox or a contradiction to what I just said that both of these women were in covenant and married to God in the past. What happened to the husband of the woman in heaven? That is a really good question. Let’s figure it out by going back to the Old Testament. This verse in Galatians 4:27 was a direct quote from a verse found in Isaiah 54:1. We know that Paul got his revelations from what he taught directly from Jesus Christ. We also know that Jesus must have used the Old Testament as a foundation for whatever he revealed to Paul. Paul and other New Testament writers frequently quoted Old Testament verses and this one in Galatians is a very important one:
Isa 54:1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
We can see that these are the direct words of God himself spoken through the prophet Isaiah. We can see again this verse is speaking of two different women. We could conclude that only one of these women is now married by just reading this verse. However, we know from God’s explanation in Galatians that these women are Sarah and Hagar, and both were married to Abraham. If you recall from New Testament verses that I gave you, if you have sex with someone, God considers you to be married to that someone. Having casual sex has major consequences in the eyes of God. So far this has been more review, but as we read down the rest of Isaiah 54, we can see the answer to our question, of what happened to the husband of the Heavenly Jerusalem.
Isa 54:4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
Here in verse 54:4 of Isaiah we see the answer to the problem. The heavenly Jerusalem who was called the barren and the free woman in Galatians 4, is now declared to be a widow. What exactly is a widow? This is not a trick question, a widow is a wife whose husband has died. Uh oh? That sure make life difficult for many ministers that I heard, who say God can’t die. What is death? That is of course the 64 thousand dollar question? We know from the book of Ruth that the only separation of Ruth from her mother-in-law was by death. We know Ruth said to Naomi, “until death part me from thee”. Without death we know that the wife is bound to her husband and if she marries another while her husband is alive then she is considered an adulteress.
Rom 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
We see in Romans that Israel can only be called an adulteress if while her husband is alive, she has sex with another man and becomes his wife. We can therefore conclude that based upon scriptures in Jeremiah, Isaiah and Hosea that Israel is called a whore, because she has committed adultery and become married to another man while God was alive and in covenant with her. The Living God then divorced Israel his wife, and ended that covenant using the law. We also know that this heavenly woman if she was married to God, she would be bound by the law of marriage as being one spirit or one flesh with her husband also. So if this heavenly Jerusalem consisted of angelic and demonic beings, how would you get rid of the demonic spirits, while keeping the good angelic spirits? Fascinating, isn’t it? By Jesus Christ being crucified, God accomplished a major conglomeration and combination of things simultaneously. This was God’s demonstration of His true power. Through the death of Jesus Christ, God multi-tasked salvation for us with the termination of His covenant relationship with Satan, simultaneously. Through this death, it resulted in the heavenly Jerusalem becoming a widow. She is now free to marry another. The heavenly Jerusalem was now the widow and that makes it legal for her to marry another by the definition from the Word of God. But by Satan becoming entangled with Israel under the law, we now see that his relationship with God has now completely ended by the separation of death. Because Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, God died in Jesus Christ. I guess I could say God experienced death through Jesus Christ hanging on the cross, since spirit beings do not actually die. Nevertheless, we can see that Satan’s future was sealed due to what transpired on the cross. So while it is technically impossible for a spiritual being to cease to exist, it is not technically impossible for a spiritual being to experience death. Through death, He destroyed him that had the power over death (Heb 2:14). This is why the Bible says if Satan would have known the consequences, he would not have crucified the Lord of Glory (1 Cor 2:8).
Many marriage vows today include a statement, “till death do us part” in the wedding vows. Wedding vows are covenant words of commitment to each other. We can clearly see from the Bible that death represents a termination of a covenant relationship. If one spouse dies, the other is said to be free to marry another. So death is a dividing point. It represents a separation of the two that were said to one when they were joined in covenant. We can therefore easily understand why the Heavenly Jerusalem is called a widow and why God did this. God would have been one with this spiritual city. So God could not have punished Satan without punishing himself along with Satan. When a husband abuses his wife, he is abusing himself because she is his body, they are one flesh. God found himself with a problem that needed to be resolved. Without the law of divorce how did God terminate his covenant marriage with Satan and his angelic beings? I really hope you are seeing this spiritual reality. Death is a legitimate separation for a covenant. Because Christ died, we died. Why was it necessary to be born again? To be born again represents another new beginning and an opportunity for a fresh start. Jesus was called the first born from the dead, so being the firstborn He is the head of this new family. Jesus now had preeminence over all other spiritual beings. Where Satan use to be one with the Father, he is no longer in covenant with God because of the death of Jesus Christ. Since we were also crucified with Christ, we are no longer in covenant with death or hell or Satan, either. The work of God was full and comprehensive. By Jesus being crucified on the cross, God accomplished salvation for us, payment for sin, reconciliation of our relationship with God and the termination of our and His relationship with Satan. God is so much smarter than we are and if you can see these things that I just described to you, you will increase your understand of the Word of God by leaps and bounds above where you use to be.
Jesus said if you continue in my Word, then you will be my disciples and then you will know the truth and then Jesus said the “truth” that you “know” will set you free. I pray that the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened in the knowledge of Him.
(Ver 1.1) Obviously by the title I have more great controversial topics to discuss today. We have been discussing Bible covenants in some new terms using scriptures in the Bible that many have not seen before. I know this is a very deep subject and the complexities are vast. It is a very hard thing to accept new things when they are first revealed. I believe the natural human tendency is to reject the new, to fear the new, to not believe the new, because we trust in our old understanding so much more. The problem is that the majority of Christians do not have a clue what the Bible really says. Learning always involves growing in understanding. That implies an ever increasing knowledge base. Building on what we learned yesterday from what we learn today. Therefore learning involves change. Being flexible and open is a key to growing with God. In my last blog I went into Old Testament verses that reveal the law of marriage and divorce. If you have not been following this series from the beginning, I would strongly suggest that you go back and start with Part 1 Covenants and Marriage.
In my last blog I talked about Israel being divorced from God. Then I had also given you several scriptures that strongly implied that Israel is now married to another spiritual being. This means that this spiritual being is now in covenant with the law. Why was this necessary? Why would God want to get someone under the law? How would God accomplish such a task? These are all important questions to consider. But first let’s determine if this is even possible? Here are some interesting verses from the Old Testament:
Isa 28:14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
We can clearly see who these next words of God are addressing by looking at verse 14 and seeing that God is speaking directly to the rulers of Jerusalem. This is the earthly city Jerusalem and God is speaking directly to the men that ruled that city. These were the old covenant people that God was married to. So what does this next verse say?
Isa 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
We can again clearly see covenant words of marriage in regards to the natural nation of Israel. This time it says that these people are in covenant with death and hell. That prospective doesn’t sound very good, does it? Who does the New Testament say had the power over death? This verse in Hebrews should help you:
Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
So we can see from what God says in Hebrews that Satan held the power of death in the Old Testament. We can therefore conclude that if Israel was in covenant with death and hell, that would mean they were in covenant with Satan. What does Jesus have to say about these Old Testament verses in Isaiah 28?
Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
We can see by this statement that Jesus implies these people in Jerusalem were married to a spiritual being that made them the children of hell. This implies a covenant relationship or marriage between a husband and a wife that has produced children of hell. Are you following these statements? Parents have children, produce families, establish households. Basic physical biology dictates that a male and a female participate in order to produce children. If Israel is the woman who can have children, that was married to God, then who is the husband and the father in this relationship? Remember that it always takes two to tango. Jesus often times asked, if you don’t understand natural things, how will you ever understand spiritual things? So apparently these natural things are patterns into spiritual things so that we can understand them. Here is another statement of Jesus to the natural nation of Israel:
Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.
Did you see what Jesus said to the natural nation of Israel? He said that they were children of their father and that their father was the devil. This makes it almost impossible for you not to realize that in order for them to be Satan’s children, Satan must be in covenant and married to Israel. What we see is the identity of the male in the covenant relationship to the natural nation of Israel being the female. A simple husband and wife relationship that has produced children. These are of course spiritual and not natural children. We know that Satan like God is a spiritual being. We can conclude that because God can be married to Israel any spiritual being can be married to Israel, it is only logical.
Why Was the Law Given to Israel?
Let’s change subjects a bit here and continue by asking what was the purpose of God giving the law? Why was the law given to Israel in the first place? I have heard many say it was to show man how bad they were and to show that they were incapable of living up to God’s standard of excellence. I do not deny that could be a part of the purpose of the law. But, I have found that when God does something He usually accomplishes more than one thing at a time. Humans tend to focus on getting one thing done at a time. But I have learned from being a computer programmer, that the true power occurs when you are able to accomplish many tasks simultaneously. Here is a verse that will help to shed some light on this subject of why God gave Israel the law:
Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
Here we begin to see some major clues to why God gave the law to Israel. It is a lot like our laws that our government makes for us to follow. You see there was a time when child pornography was not against the law. But did that make it right or OK to participate in? Of course not. But the government could not do anything about the people who participated in this until they passed a law. People were free to do wrong because there were no consequences for their error and stupidity. Does that help to clear up the reason for God giving Israel the law? You see in this verse in Romans, it says we would not have known sin except that we were given the law. I sometimes wonder if people read the Bible and never think about how these words apply to other spiritual beings like Satan or Lucifer as he was called originally? Thinking and asking questions is absolutely essential when studying the Bible. We know from Old Testament verses that sin was found in Lucifer (Eze 28:15), but according to Romans, if you don’t know the law then you can’t face the consequences for your sin. Do you understand what I just said? God could not enforce Satan’s punishment without first getting him under the law. To be under the law means that you know the law and are in covenant with that law or in covenant to those people who are in charge of keeping the law. These are truly amazing things to consider. Here is another very important verse on our current subject of why God gave Israel the law:
Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Wow, these are powerful words when we apply them to Satan. In order to stop Satan’s mouth and cause him to be found guilty he must be put under the law. Are you still following this? The implication is given unless you are under the law, you cannot be found guilty and you will not face any punishment for your sin. I know God is a just God and in whatever He does, He does it in a fair and impartial legal way. God applies the same principles and requirements to everyone, everywhere, including Himself or He would be showing favoritism and we should know that He does not do that.
Is Israel in Covenant with Satan?
I just gave you the foundation for why it was necessary to get Satan to be in covenant with the natural nation of Israel. Before that I also gave you several statements that Jesus made to Israel that would imply they were in covenant with Satan. We can now continue to analyze if this is what the Bible says happened. I’ll do this by going back to some scriptures that I used in an earlier blog. But hopefully bring out some new information that will help us to see what God is saying on this subject of is Israel married to another man?
Gal 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
If you recall this verse, you can see two women being referenced. The first woman is the bond woman and the other is said to be the free woman. Abraham is a type or pattern of God. These women are patterns of the wives in covenant with God. These woman represent two covenants as we will see in this next verse:
Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
You see in this verse that God says these two women are allegorical and represent a greater spiritual truth. In Biblical Allegory, God always uses a real historical natural occurrence to describe a parallel spiritual reality. Most of the time if you read this story in the Old Testament you would not have a clue how it relates to the spiritual truth. However, since God gives us a specific example of how He encoded this information into the Bible in these verses in Galatians, we can begin to understand how this is possible. This is a very tricky method that God has chosen to hide these spiritual mysteries in the Bible. The bond woman is said to be Hagar and she corresponds to the law given to Moses on Mt Sinai. So Hagar is in bondage to the law and she gives birth to a child after the flesh. Hagar is the natural nation of Israel and the earthly city of Jerusalem. This is in direct contrast to Sarah, the free woman who gives birth to the promised child after Hagar. Who do you think the promise child represents? Of course it is Jesus Christ, the risen savior. However, Hagar who represents the natural Israel, gives birth to Jesus of Nazareth the man after the flesh. But, Jesus Christ is also the firstborn from the dead. That would imply that Jesus Christ had two different mothers, one natural and one spiritual. These are very deep truths and very hard to see at first, simply because they are so new. Let’s continue in Galatians:
Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
God reveals to us that this Hagar is a type or pattern of the Earthly Jerusalem, who is now in bondage with all of her children under the law. Israel continuously tries to keep the law and earn their salvation and have not realized that they are incapable of saving themselves. I also showed you earlier that Jesus declared that Satan was the father of these children. But, let’s continue with the next verse and look at Sarah:
Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
We can see that there is clearly a different woman, called the free woman that is called the Heavenly Jerusalem and she is said to be the spiritual mother of Jesus Christ and the church. So what have seen? A bond woman called the Earthly Jerusalem who is in bondage to the law. We then see that there is another woman called the Heavenly Jerusalem who is free, meaning she is not under the law. We know form studying the Bible that these two women were in a covenant and married to God at one time. By looking at the story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar we can see that the younger Hagar had a child first, but was still in bondage along with her child. Finally Sarah the older woman came along and had the promised child and she was free along with her child. The Heavenly Jerusalem (Sarah) existed prior to the younger Earthly Jerusalem (Hagar). The younger earthly Jerusalem (Hagar) has a son that is older than the promised son of the free woman (Sarah). These are all allegorical truths to a spiritual reality that has been right before us but one that we haven’t seen until now. Now take a look at the next verse, because I want to show you something very important:
Gal 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
Who is the barren woman? It was a type of Sarah, the Heavenly Jerusalem, the free woman. What can we see by looking at this verse in light of the story of Abraham? We can see that this heavenly Jerusalem (Sarah) was God’s wife even before the earthly Jerusalem (Hagar) ever came into the story. We can conclude logically that this covenant with the Heavenly Jerusalem (Sarah) existed before there was a natural man Abraham or natural nation of Israel. God (Abraham) was in covenant with this free woman (Sarah), not under the law for a long time before the bond woman was given to Him (Abraham) to have a child with. But we can also see this verse is telling her, the free woman (Sarah) to rejoice because more are the children of the desolate woman. The desolate woman is a descriptive term for a woman incapable of having children as Sarah was for many years. Sarah eventually got pregnant but, only after many years passed beyond her normal child bearing years. But with God all things are possible, the barren woman has more children than the bond woman. God promised this free woman that her children will be of a much greater number than those of the woman in bondage to the law. We can then see the punch line in the last part of that verse. This verse ends with the statement “she which hath an husband”. Since God is only talking about two women in these verses, we can very easily determine who He is speaking of. God is speaking about the Earthly Jerusalem (Hagar) in the terms that she now has a new husband. The clear implication is given to us that the Heavenly Jerusalem (Sarah) does not have a husband now. We know from reading verses in Isaiah and Jeremiah that God divorced Israel and ended His covenant relationship with the Earthly Jerusalem (Hagar). I even showed you scriptures in Deuteronomy that said it was now illegal for God to marry this woman again. So we know that God is not in covenant or married to Israel. So who is? Who is the husband of the bond woman? Who is now in bondage under the law? Who wishes that they had never crucified the Lord Jesus Christ? If you don’t know this is Satan you need to go back and read this again. Who wants to destroy Israel and wipe them from the face of the planet? How would Satan get out from under the law of his wife Israel? If his wife Israel were dead then Satan would be free from the law. If Satan were free from the law, then punishment of his sin could not be applied to him. There are just so many things to learn, but I’ll stop there for today.
If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons on Bible covenants you may go to “Part 5“.
(Ver 1.1) This is Part 3 in the series on Understanding Bible Covenants. If you have not read this series from the beginning I would recommend that you go back and start read with “Part 1“. We have covered the Bible subject of covenants in a new spiritual light. In the first lesson I showed you scriptures that states a Bible God kind of covenant is a marriage relationship between a male and a female. In God’s covenants He is always the husband and we the people are always the female. In the second lesson I featured a modern unfamiliar qualitiy called “faithfulness” where trust is placed in each covenant participant to remain faithful to their covenant partner. When unfaithfulness occurs the resulting infidelity nomally causes the intended everlasting relationship to fail. Which brings us to today’s new topic called “divorce”. Using this new perspective I have been exploring the Bible using God’s created concepts found around the subject of marriage. Because it is so radically different than anything you have probably heard before it will be difficult for many to accept. It is interesting that this is the same response that Paul got in many places that he went into to teach the Word of God. Here is a scripture that describes Paul’s experiences:
Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
This scripture describes two different groups and types of people. It speaks of one group being more noble than the other. The term noble is a symbol of royalty, those of nobility. These people were more noble than those in Thessalonica because of two things that they did or one featured quality and one action they performed. The first difference was these more noble people received the Word of God with an “open mind”. Meaning they were willing to listen and hear something totally new and radically different. But instead of accepting everything that was taught them by faith and blindly following Paul, they did something else to prove what was being taught to them was actually what God said. It says they searched the scriptures daily to see if what Paul was saying was really in the books they called God’s Word. In those days they only had the Old Testament books and scrolls so that is the only thing that they had to search. Today we can see that this also includes the New Testament writings. You can learn so much by following the example of the more noble group of people. You see there is nothing new under the sun, what was, is that, which shall be again. What you have seen before, is that which will occur again. God does things the same way today as He did in the days of the early church. History has always run in cycles that repeat specific divine patterns in the human pattern of events. So when someone like me comes along and teaches something so radically new, what should you do? You should start by keeping an open mind to what is being said and then you must search your Bible to see if it is actually true. That is all I’m asking you to do.
In my last blog we were talking about sex and infidelity in the context of a covenant marriage relationship. We saw that physical things gives us patterns into spiritual things. People who follow physical faithfulness probably have an easier time with spiritual faithfulness. There has been an increased awareness of natural unfaithfulness due to a well know unnamed sports figure that has recently been caught up with the seeds that he had been sowing. Without God no one really has a chance to be perfect, we have all been there and all share in the mistakes that we have made. Also, in my last blog I referred to the fact that divorce was not permissible unless a spouse had been unfaithful. I guess this golfer’s wife certainly has grounds for divorce. I’m sure she is not a happy and content wife. One thing that we can count on is the faithfulness of God. God will always be faithful, so the only opportunity for failure falls on us.
So we were looking at Israel as being called the unfaithful wife in the Old Covenant. She is accused of spiritual adultery by following other gods and worshiping idols. There is really a very sincere lesson to learn from this, if you think about it. Recently on the news I saw a story that spoke of many so called Christian churches starting to introduce other practices into their congregations. I don’t know if they were attempting to draw more people in or what, but the net result will be disastrous. These churches wanted to bring in yoga and far eastern mind religions. Things like far east meditation and mind relaxation and control techniques that just open them up for Satanic interaction. By introducing these foreign religions into their churches they are succumbing to the same result that the natural nation of Israel fell into. This spiritual infidelity will result in sexual covenant relations with other gods just like Israel. I hope you are hearing me and understand what I just said.
So today I want to open a new can of worms that I know will not go over with a lot of people, but I really have no choice but to teach what God has taught me from the Bible. In my last blog I gave scriptures about God’s wife Israel being unfaithful to her husband and God said I divorced her. If a covenant is a marriage, then a divorce is a termination of that covenant. This is absolutely critical that you see this and understand it God is not in covenant with Israel anymore or ever will be again. I know that is a shocking statement, but look it up in the Bible and see what it says. Israel has the same opportunity to marry into the new covenant with Jesus, but the old covenant is over. Here is another witness to this fact:
Isa 50:1 Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.
We have seen that the prophets Jeremiah and Isaiah, both have declared the termination of the marriage covenant between God and Israel. This verse in Isaiah also implies a selling of Israel to another buyer or owner. This sounds like a new covenant relationship to me. The Lord God says “I have Put Away your mother”. Those are terms for divorce based upon Israel’s Godless acts of infidelity. So we can conclude that the divorce is final in the eyes of God.
Today I want to show you what the law says about marriage and divorce. It is so relevant to our discussion that I hope you can see it. The law concerning divorce is found in the book of Deuteronomy in chapter 24:
Deu 24:1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.
Here is what God did to Israel. It is an exact representation of what happened to the nation of Israel. This verse says a man shall take a wife and marry her. We know that God took Israel by the hand and led her out of Egypt and married her. Then it says if the man finds uncleanness in her and we know that God found his wife Israel unfaithfully following after other gods and worshipping idols. So we know that according to the law, the man (God) then can write her a bill of divorcement and give it to her and God did this using his prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah, His two witnesses to Israel’s whoredom. You then see that this verse says that the woman is now not a part of this husband’s household anymore. She has been kicked out of the relationship due to her unclean acts of wickedness. This is exactly what happened to the nation of Israel, if people choose to see it.
Deu 24:2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.
I read these words and see how God foretold what was about to transpire with his wife. This verse says this divorced wife has become the wife of another man. We saw scriptures that implied strongly that Israel was another man’s wife now. I could give you many other scriptures that would also confirm this but I just don’t have the room in this blog to extend to these. I’ll skip over verse 3 because it is about her new husband divorcing her. What I want you to see is the next verse and what it says:
Deu 24:4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
You see according to the law, it would be illegal for God to marry Israel again. God said it would be an abomination for Him to take back a wife that has defiled herself with another man. It is therefore illegal, according to the law for God to enter into covenant with the nation of Israel again. I am glad I didn’t write the Bible, I just read it and see what it says. But, I don’t see how He could take her back and not make himself out to be a liar.
I know these are very strong words and the implications are very far reaching. Nevertheless I didn’t write the Bible so don’t shoot the messenger. You have the opportunity to embrace what the Bible says or you now have an opportunity to reject it and ignore what God said. I suspect I’ll have both reactions. The Bible was written in an encoded fashion that forces us to correctly divide the words to come up with the truth. That means some will see it and some will not. That also means everything in the Bible is not always self evident or self revealing and since I don’t know everything maybe there is something that I don’t know yet that could change the outcome of Israel. If God wants to keep something hidden it will remain hidden, if God wants to reveal the truth then nothing will stop Him from doing that either.
We have seen scripture that declares Israel’s relationship with God being terminated. I then showed you the law of God that declares this relationship is over for good. I’ll end this blog with this last statement, there is more in the Bible that you don’t know than what you do know. I don’t care how long you have studied the Bible or how much you have memorized and you can quote. Quoting scripture does not mean you know it. The term to “Know” means understand and I guarantee you don’t understand very much of the Bible. God’s intelligence level is so far beyond ours that every word in the Bible has significance and meaning and most of the time we just read them like they don’t mean anything. The one reality that I am faced with every time I study the Bible is this: The more I learn, the more I find out I don’t know. If you are not there yet, you have a lot more to learn. In my next blog I’ll attempt to explore natural Israel’s new covenant relationship.
If you would like to continue reading in this series you may now go to “Part 4“.
(Ver 1.2) This is now Part 2 in the series of Understanding Bible Covenants. The Word of God is so awesome, I just love studying the Bible more than anything. I hope you are as excited about learning about God as I am. In today’s lesson I want to continue talking about understanding Bible covenants. I want to give you several new established scriptures to expand your foundation for a sound understanding of what a Bible God type of covenant is. Today’s subject as you can tell by the title will certainly be different than most anything that you have probably heard before and represents an advanced study on the subject of covenants intended for mature Christians. If you are not a mature Christian then please just go read someone else’s Bible lesson for today. Also if you have not read from the beginning of this series I would strongly suggest that you go back and start with Part 1 dealing with Covenants and Marriage.
In my first blog in this series, I introduced you to some of the basic concepts and parts of what a Bible covenant is and some of what a Bible covenant is not. I told you that a Bible covenant is like a legal contract relationship between two separate individuals but yet it is certainly much more than this. I then described this legal contract to be equivalent to a natural marriage between a husband and a wife. I also introduced you to the fact that a Bible covenant relationship can be between any two of the following:
- A spiritual being (God the Father, Jesus, Lucifer, etc.)
- A physical being (Abraham)
- A group of natural beings (Israel)
- A group of spiritual beings (church, angels, etc.)
A covenant will always be between two of these categories of individuals. I should also point out that a covenant can be between two individuals of the same type, for example a spirit being to a spirit being or a physical being to a physical being, or even a nation of people with another nation of people. It is of course difficult to think of a group of people as being a single united entity, but that is what the Bible declares so I’ll stick with that. In my last lesson, I gave you examples of the natural nation of Israel being in covenant with the creator God. In these verses, I then showed you scriptures that God called this covenant a marriage relationship. We can see that in a covenant with God, God is always the husband representative and the nation, group or individual in covenant with God is always the female wife representative. This pattern established in the Old Covenant was continued in the New Covenant with Jesus being the husband and the church being His wife.
In my last lesson I also introduced you to the concept that when two people or individuals are married, that they become one flesh and/or one spirit. I gave you scriptures that describes God’s law of marriage first given to us in Genesis 2. Today, I do not want to get too graphic and turn you off or on, but I will warn you that today’s subject matter is of a very mature nature. If you didn’t realize it before now, God created physical things like sex as a pattern for us to understand a hidden spiritual truth. If God created natural sex, it must be good and have a purpose. I will begin by saying that sex was of course designed to be limited within the boundary of a covenant marriage between a husaband and his wife. Since I have been talking about covenants as a marriage, it doesn’t take long to realize that sex is a integral part of the covenant relationship. Satan wants to pervert sex and make it a casual normal practice for anyone and everyone, even young children dating. You can’t watch TV or movies without seeing sex promoted in a very prevalent and a dominate fashion. If Satan wants to pervert the subject, it must have a legitimate purpose and reason for existence for God’s glory. What we need to begin to realize is that physical sex only points us to a spiritual truths within a much higher dimension.
So, what does sex have to do with Bible covenants? We should start by understanding that spiritual beings do not have sex, yet natural sex is a pattern for a spiritual truth. Let us go to the Bible and use the law of first mention and see what God reveals to us on the subject of sex. The first mention of sex that I found in the Bible was Genesis 4:1:
Gen 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
Here we have a pattern of Christ and the church. Adam, the first man was a created pattern of Jesus Christ who was going to marry the church. This verse in Genesis represents God’s way of describing physical sex in the covenant relationship between Adam and his wife Eve. There is however, a fascinating concept given to us. To “know” something or someone, what does that mean? I’ve often heard the term for sex to be described as having “carnal knowledge of” them. Carnal knowledge is just another synonymous term for natural sex. The actual Hebrew word YADA (H3045) that was translated as “knew” is defined as follows: “to ascertain by seeing”. It seems to be a form of knowledge, but going further than just a casual surface knowledge something or someone but it rather means to understand the something or someone.
There are many varieties of knowledge in the world. To know a friend is not the same as for you to know your wife, or at least it shouldn’t be. Let’s think about a different form of knowledge other than physical sex for a moment. You see you can also go to school to learn some specific subjects. For example, you can sit in class to know algebra, to know geometry or to know trigonometry and these are all representative types of having sex within the confines of a physical marriage according to God’s selection and usage of the word. This word to know (YADA) can apply to either type of interaction by God’s design. You can know a subject intimately so that it becomes a part of you and you understand it and this is representative of a covenant relationship, to know and to understand husband or a wife subject intimately. What we have to see and understand are the concepts given to us by God. Understand that there are parallels to knowing a subject and how that is related to sex. God when He was in covenant with the natural nation of Israel, wanted them to know Him so He gave them the law and the words of the prophets. Jesus wants the church to know Him so He gave them the Epistles. Us studying and having intimate knowledge of Jesus in His Holy Word is the spiritual form of a wife having a physical relationship with her husband. In our covenant marriage case we are His wife and He is our husband.
You might be of course struggling with the concept of what I am teaching today so I’ll give you some more key scriptures to help us more fully understand the subject of sex and knowledge more clearly. I’ll turn to a verse that you have probably never considered what God teaches us and we will look into it to learn about covenant marriage relationships:
1Co 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
This verse represents the very complex subject of covenants utilizing other phrases, words and terms. We can see that there is an inferred meaning that the church is now married to Jesus Christ in this statement. We can then see that since we have become the body of Christ by covenant marriage, that we can still go and commit adultery and become the members of a harlot. We can see that it is still possible to be joined spiritually, physically and sexually with another. This is God’s law of natural marriage from Genesis 2 being restated and applied using other words and a spiritual application. According to God the author of the Bible to become one with a harlot is to be joined with her physically or spiritually through sex (to know or having knowledge of). This statement is actually a parallel to some Old Testament realities that transpired many years before Paul wrote these words. What we can observe and understand from this is an implication that if one wife can commit adultery then any wife in covenant can commit adultery. Let’s look at the next verse to learn more confirmation to what is being taught by God:
1Co 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
In this next verse we can see some more outstanding spiritual implications being given to us by God. We can very clearly learn that sexual relations with a harlot in the eyes of God is the exact same thing as a covenant marriage. That means that having casual sex or a one night stand with any woman or a whore will cause you to be in covenant relationship with her. In the eyes of God sex is marriage and marriage means there should be sexual intimacy. That is some very strong words I know, but you can read it for yourself. Study it out and see if this is not what God is saying. Even a casual one night stand causes the participants to be in covenant relationship. We know recently in the news that a prominent sports figure was accused by several women to be in relationship with all of them. These fourteen or more women all accused this married man of having had sex with them. According to the scripture verses that we just read this man now has a bunch of wives. These physical realities are parallel to the spiritual realities that God is attempting to get us to see and to understand. We can see this in the next verse:
1Co 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
You see in verse 17 we see another implied reference to Christ being married to the church. The verse speaks directly that the church is “JOINED” to the LORD. That is a marriage term and is the same word that is translated in other places as “cleave” to his wife. This verse then declares that the church is One Spirit with our husband Jesus Christ. Again more marriage terminology. We can understand that this new covenant marriage is suppose to be a sexual relationship just based upon the context of the surrounding verses speaking about people who have sex with harlots. In fact these verses are a warning written to the spiritual bride of Jesus telling her not to be involved with joining herself with other gods, idols or whoever or whatever. There are certainly many things to consider about these statements and we can apply them to both natural and spiritual covenant relationships. These constitute concepts of physical faithfulness and they should apply to us in our spiritual relationship with Christ as well. The bottom line of these verses in 1 Corinthians 6 point us to being faithful to Christ Jesus our husband and not to wander off with a deception of Satan.
There are some very stout words given to us in the Old Testament concerning the natural nation of Israel. Remember that according to verses in Jeremiah an other ones that I could give you that the natural nation of Israel were the wife of their husband God. These words it seems have not been clearly understood. But, before we go to the Old Testament let me show the law of marriage again restated for us in the New Testament:
Rom 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
We can see new meaning in these words when we apply what we have just learned about the term “know”. To know something or someone is a sexual term that denotes a covenant act and relationship. So this verse is written to those that were in covenant with God and the law and this could only be the natural nation of Israel because the Law was given to them by Moses on Mt Sinai after coming out of Egypt. Let’s see what God is saying to them that “know” the law:
Rom 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
These are some interesting words given to us from God. These words declare that a woman is bound to the covenant law of her husband as long as he is alive. We know from previous study that Israel is called the wife of God in the Old Covenant. So we are told by God that this group or nation of natural people were bound by the law of God as long as He lives. God says very clearly that only when the husband is dead is she free to marry (enter covenant) again.
Rom 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Here we have God’s definition of an adulteress. I do not understand how people have not put these things together, but I guess they are just hard to accept so they refuse to see them. Any way verse 3 of chapter 7 says if her husband is alive and she marries another man, then she shall be called an adulteress. An adulteress is a noun title for a woman who has committed adultery. Adultery is defined as “an extramarital sexual affair” and “infidelity” also known as unfaithfulness. This is what is called the state of being unfaithful to your covenant spouse. Are you following these concepts? How do we apply these physical things to spiritual things? We know that the natural nation of Israel did not have physical sex with other gods, idols or religions, but God said numerous times in the Old Testament that they were very unfaithful to Him. So apparently spiritual sex follows after a pattern of natural sex and is treated no differently by God. In fact in the eyes of God it is exactly the same. Spiritual sex would involve worshipping false gods, idols and other such unfaithful acts. These spiritual acts of the knowledge of foreign gods are covenant acts of infidelity in the eyes of God. This was Israel His wife making herself in covenant relationship and being joined with other gods as we have just learned from the New Testament. Let us start looking at some Key Old Testament verses that speak about this subject:
Jer 3:1 They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.
Yet more difficult words to swallow from God. It is a struggle to understand how Israel the natural nation of people are said to have committed adultery with many lovers. In fact this verse actually says that Israel has become the wife of another man by being unfaithful even while being married to the living covenant God. Remember what we read in 1 Corinthians, that the sexual act itself causes you to become married in covenant with the harlot. This verse in Jeremiah calls Israel the harlot and the wife of someone else and this husband is not God. The implications to these statements are huge and very powerful. The ramifications and consequences to Israel’s acts of unfaithfulness are enormous. Who is this one that Israel is accused of having spiritual intercourse with, and is in covenant with, if it is not with God? It will certainly be a new thing to research and consider using the Word of God.
Studying the Bible on this subject is incredibly difficult, because it implies so many heavy and deep things for us to consider. Many ministers in the church teach and preach such favorable things about the nation of Israel and I guess that they gloss over and ignore statements in the Bible about her infidelity and unfaithfulness. As we continue with this lesson it will not get any easier for me to teach or for you to accept. Let’s continue with this verse also in Jeremiah 3:
Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
In Malachi 2:16 God makes the statement that he hates divorce, however in Jeremiah 3:8 we see a direct statement that God has just divorced Israel, because of her repeated adulteries. If you recall from the definition of an adulteress in 1 Corinthians, an adulteress is any woman who has sexual knowledge outside of her covenant marriage while her husband still lives. God says backsliding Israel has committed adultery while I yet lived as their husband. What are the consequences of those transgressions? Here is a statement by God that directly breaks and terminates the old covenant marriage with the natural nation of Israel and completely ends the relationship. When God gave these words to His Prophet Jeremiah, the nation of Israel was divorced by law and no longer could be called the covenant wife of God but she is called the wife of another man in this book and others because of her sexual relationships with those gods. Because of Israel’s infidelity she has become the wife of another by the simple act of spiritual adultery. I told you that this wasn’t going to get any easier to accept. We are now heavy duty into the subject of divorce as it relates to the subject of marriage covenants. What gives God the right to divorce His unfaithful wife Israel? Let us confirm the divorce for the naysayers so there is no confusion: Please read another witness from the prophet Isaiah:
Isa 50:1 Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.
Here we can clearly see God speaking about His covenant wife Israel. This verse was written to the Lord Jesus speaking to Him to ask His mother about her divorce. What I want you to see that God very clearly says “I have put her away”. This Hebrew word translated as put away means to cast out. Also in this verse God uses the Hebrew word H3748 that is only used 4 times in the O.T. This word is translated as “divorcement” here and it literally means a cutting of the marital bonds. The only other time this word is used is found in Jeremiah 3:8 that we just looked at and in the Law of Moses written in Deuteronomy 24:1-3 where God permits divorce because of the hardness of the hearts of the people of Israel according to Jesus in Matthew. Let’s look at that verse quickly:
Mat 19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
Notice what Jesus teaches about covenant relationships. Jesus said there was a time when this was permitted but it was only because they were hard hearted. Then Jesus says very clearly that this was not the intended design of God from the beginning. This would help confirm to us why God wrote in Malachi 2:6 that it is written that God hates divorce. God does not want to divorce anyone. God also does not want anyone in the world to divorce each other either. Divorce is far from the perfect will of God. God only permitted divorce under the law because of Israel’s repeated unfaithfulness while committing whoredom over and over and over. Let’s look at another verse that Jesus directly speaks concerning divorce in Matthew:
Mat 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
Jesus enforces God’s right to divorce His unfaithful wife Israel here in this verse in Matthew. Here we have Jesus speaking of divorce as not being a legitimate alternative to end any covenant relationship except for the reason of “fornication”. The Greek word G4202 that was translated as “fornication” here actually means “Harlotry” or “whoredon”. I have not heard many or any Christian leaders, preachers and teachers teaching these concepts. I wonder why? Do they exist in the Bible? It is also interesting that harlotry is the physical or natural meaning of this Greek word, but it also conveys the spiritual meaning of “idolatry” in the case of natural Israel. In the case of God’s relationship with natural Israel His wife, the sole legal reason for His divorce to her is based upon Israel’s constant interaction with other gods, religions and their idols. They worshipped false gods and idols instead of the true and living God. They became those that worshiped the creation more than the creator. Wow does that sound familiar?
Jer 3:20 Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD.
Here we have another incredible scripture that relates Israel to be the wife of God. The word “as” is added to the verse by the translator thinking that they were making a comparison, but Israel was the covenant wife by God’s own admission that God was speaking to in this verse. It goes on to describe her as a woman that has “departed” and “left” her husband. God does not like that one bit. A wife should not depart from her loving husband ever. In this verse it is implies that she (Israel) has left her husband for another man. I wonder why these scriptures are not taught and have been overlooked and ignored in the Bible? Are these verses written in the Holy Book? Did Israel commit adultery and fall into a covenant with another spiritual being? How could this be and who is this spiritual being that is now in covenant with natural Israel? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you should. They are truly important to your understanding of the Word of God.
I have to limit the number of verses that I could include on this subject due to lesson length. But please understand that just because I gave you a few verses, it doesn’t mean that there are not many, many others that say the same thing. You are welcome to search and find them out for yourself. You can find many verses of the whoredom of Israel in Jeremiah 3, 16, Ezekiel 16, 20, 23 and 43 and the book of Hosea to name the major references. Go read them and study them all for your self and learn what spiritual adultery represents. This was a woman that has left her husband to go and commit an act of sexual knowledge with another god besides her husband.
What I did was attempt to give you a foundational overview of a very complex subject, showing you how natural things are directly related to spiritual things. Marriage, sex, infidelity and divorce are all subjects that you should be familiar with in the natural. But, knowing how to apply them to God’s designed spiritual things is the challenge we are all faced with. I have shown you that God’s Old Covenant wife was unfaithful to Him and as a result, God has divorced her. That at least implies that this old covenant is over and done with for God the Father but not for natural Israel because of the law. Let’s go back to Romans and see a verse that I did not give you yet about this subject of covenant marriage:
Rom 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Here is a complex verse that does not make any sense if you do not see that it was only written to those that “knew” the law. God says you that knew the law have been freed from that bondage of covenant relationship because your husband God died on the cross in the flesh. Then God says directly to these people that were bound to that covenant that they could be married in covenant with another man named the risen from the dead the Lord Jesus Christ. You see this verse does not make any sense for a Gentile that was never in covenant marriage with God. It can only apply to the natural nation of Israel. Any way we look at it, the natural nation of Israel must enter into the marriage covenant with Jesus Christ or they will not enter into everlasting life. Jesus declared quite literally that He was the only way to the Father and that no one could enter in by any other way and that means covenant also.
There are multiple implied verses given to us in the Bible that the woman natural Israel is now married to another spiritual being and this could be the reason why Satan wants to wipe Israel off of the face of the planet. If you didn’t already know that you must have been living in a vacuum or a bubble. Satan is trying diligently to wipe Israel off the map and probably will attempt something dramatic very soon. As soon as countries like Iran develop nuclear weapons, Israel is in deep trouble. These weapons are not for defense, they are for the sole purpose of eliminating Israel. Many Christians view natural Israel and call them God’s chosen people and assume that is why Satan wants to kill them. I would suggest that Satan may want to kill them for a different reason. Perhaps in my next bible lesson we will get into more verses concerning this unfaithful woman that was in covenant with God but, appears to be married to another now.
If you would like to continue reading this series on Bible covenants, you can go to “Part 3“.
(Ver 1.2) Most people who have read the Bible, know that the Bible is divided into 2 covenants. The first is called the Old Testament and the other is called the New Testament. The Word Testament is really just a synonymous term for the word covenant. A last will and testament are what many people write to control what happens to their assets when they die. This is an amazing realization of the Bible to some extent. It is also important to know that these two covenants are completely different and separate from each other. In fact each of these covenants involve 2 completely different individuals. The two individuals of the Old Covenant are not the same two individuals of the New Covenant. I know that statement will cause many to think. What I am doing is being very specific and detailed oriented when I make that statement. I don’t think a lot of people think that way when they read the Bible. The Old Covenant was between God and the natural nation of Israel. The New Covenant has been established between Jesus and His bride the church. The old covenant was made with God the Father and the new covenant was made with God the Son. I know it sounds like I’m nit picking because there is only one God that is made up of three revealed personalities, but it is a very important designated difference to understand. There is a major difference between these two revealed covenants. I have personally heard that many Christians think that the new covenant spiritual church was grafted into the old covenant natural Israel covenant and therefore God has produced a combined and integrated mixed up conglomeration of the natural and the spiritual individuals in a single combined covenant with God. But this is not true and does not conform to scriptures.
God reveals to us in the Bible that the body of Christ (the new covenant people) are made up of a widely diverse conglomeration of individual members from every natural race and creed that we can find on this planet. But, even that does not mean that God has included the old covenant and combined it with the New Covenant. However, I will say that new covenant Christianity is based upon the established morals and principles found within the Jewish Old Covenant, but God has implemented a New Covenant that is so unique and fresh that it is completely different while being completely the same simultaneously. Always remember this establish truth, the old covenant a covenant with a natural people in the physical world and the other is a brand new covenant with a spiritual people in the spiritual realm. If you do not know the difference between those two, you are reading Bible lessons from the wrong Bible teacher.
Let’s understand basic logic and apply it to God’s Word. We never say that something is new without first understanding that it is NOT the same as what is called the old. If I said that I bought a new car, you would automatically know and understand that the new car is not the old car that I use to drive or own. I might still have an old car, but the car that I have now is newer and certainly much different than the car that I use to have. When God said I will make a New Covenant in His Word, you must automatically conclude, know and understand that it is not the same as the old covenant. These are basic principles based upon basic logic and grammatical syntax for adverbial qualification. One never needs to place the adverb new qualifier before the noun covenant if there are no other covenants to distinguish it from. But yet we have people teaching a wide variety of things that go against these truths.
Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Everyone that reads this verse almost always automatically assumes that God is talking about the natural nation of Israel. However, this of course is a problem to make any assumptions without studying to find out who God is talking about. Making assumption will normally lead to error 100 times out 100 attempts. We have a widespread problem within the body of Christ of people taking one truth and attempting to make it all of the truth. I really don’t know if you understood what I just said, or not? But, we can find many truths in the Bible, but the Bible is much more complex than that. For example, there are natural things and then there are spiritual things. There are also multiple different things, items or people called by the exact same name in the Bible. Sometimes one of them is a natural people, item or location that reflects an image or a pattern of a spiritual reality. God uses a wide variety of methods of concealing information and truths in the Bible. In order to correctly understand what you are reading, you must understand how the Bible was written and why God concealed things in this encoded fashion.
Let’s get back to our subject, what is a covenant? If we look in the dictionary we can see several definitions for the word covenant. The basic definition of the word covenant is a formal sealed agreement or legal contract. In many commercial loans from banks, the legal document produced between the bank and the customer making the loan often times contains a list of covenants. These are usually legal stipulations, restrictions and requirements concerning the terms and usages of the money that is loaned. However, this type of covenant does not accurately represent a Bible covenant. Then if you’ve ever bought a piece of property in an established organized neighborhood or development, most of the time the property comes with a set of covenants. These are usually restrictions and rules of property usage. These often time will tell you what kind of fences you can build, what kind of buildings you can add, even what colors you can paint your house. This also does not represent a Bible covenant.
The Hebrew word translated as covenant occurs approximately 284 times in the Old Testament. This Hebrew word is H1295 according to the Strong’s and it has the following definition:
From H1262 (in the sense of cutting (like H1254)); a compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh): – confederacy, [con-]feder[-ate], covenant, league.
We can see that this word also means a legal contract, but it also has a basis founded on division or the cutting of flesh. You see in the definition that the word implies the presence of a knife that must be used to cut and produce blood. This definition would also imply that there is the necessity for the flow of blood if someone were cutting flesh. We can find this reality given to us as a pattern in the Old Testament. For example, the Abrahamic covenant in Genesis 15 involved the killing and splitting down the back bone of 3 different 3 year old animals, a male ram, a female heifer and a female goat. As you can imagine this would have been an extremely bloody mess after this cutting took place. Abraham cut the animals into two pieces and they were then laid on the ground. Then the covenant was made by walking between all of the pieces. So a foundational principal of blood covenants involves cutting. This is the concept of dividing one piece into two. This is very significant whether you realize it or not right now. There is a principle being established within a Bible covenant. It involves the creation of a covenant relationship between two individuals. But it also involves a separation of those who are in covenant from those who are not in that covenant. Did you understand that statement? It is very important that you do. So why is this so significant? In the Old Covenant, God made a covenant with the nation of Israel and they became God’s covenant people. The establishment of this covenant made the natural nation of Israel God’s people and all those not in this covenant excluded from being called God’s covenant people. We can clearly observe the establishment of a division, or a partition of distinction between the covenant people and the non-covenant people. What a powerful concept that God has implemented through is superior divine wisdom.
The closest thing that we have to a Bible blood covenant in this world is a marriage between a man and a woman. Of course modern marriages today can come with pre-nups and other legal restrictions that disqualify them from being an example of a Bible covenant. In an example of a Bible covenant, the one party making the covenant with the other says, what I have is yours and what you have is mine. There are no exclusions, exemptions, or exceptions and it is an all or nothing proposition. A Bible covenant is the 100% commitment from both participants in the covenant. Each participant in the covenant can fully count on the resources of the other participant if they have need of them. This was how Bible covenants worked and this is how marriages should work
You can also see by studying this subject that there are different strengths of covenants in the Bible. One of these is the blood covenant, which is the strongest covenant that can be made between any two individuals or parties. David made a blood covenant with Jonathan in the Old Testament. Even though Jonathan’s father Saul tried to kill David, David never retaliated against that family because of the covenant. Even after Saul and Jonathan were killed, David tried to establish the blessings of the covenant with the descendants of Jonathan. You can read these accounts of David in 2 Samuel and it has a story of how David wanted to honor the covenant that he made with Jonathan. David sends out his people to find a crippled boy named Mephibosheth to confirm and establish his covenant with Jonathan. Mephibosheth was in hiding because he thought that David the king was going to kill him, but David just wanted to bless him. These are types and patterns of Jesus and the world. Jesus came and died to save the world and they are all afraid of Him becuase they think that He just wants to kill them also. So we have a stand-off, the world is in hiding and those who are sent out to tell them that, Jesus loves them and wants to bless them because of the covenant. Mephibosheth was eventually brought to the king’s palace and given the best of the best. That was done only because of the covenant that David made with Jonathan, Mephibosheth enjoyed everything that David enjoyed. This is an example of a Bible covenant, a blood covenant that describes Jesus and the church.
I guess this should establish the fact that true Bible covenants have blessings attached to them. If the one party of the covenant has any need of something that the other party in the covenant has, it is available for them to freely use and partake of. This is one of the key ingredients to a Bible covenant. I think in most people’s minds today, a marriage means you also take the bad or the curses along with the good and the blessings. But with covenants with God, He is always good and only provides us with blessings. God does not intend to do any harm or anything bad or evil for or to any of us. He wants to bless us with only the good. This is what a Bible covenant is all about.
Bible, covenants are always between two parties exactly like a marriage is only between a husband and a wife. It is important to note that covenants can be between a diverse type of individuals. You will understand this better as we go on in the series. God many times considers a group of people such as the nation of Israel to be identified corporately as a single entity, personality or even named individual. Everyone in the nation is treated the same, given the same benefits and blessings.
Covenants can be between any of the following three groups or classifications of individuals:
1. spiritual being to another spiritual being or a spiritual group of beings
- God and Lucifer
- Jesus and the Church
2. spiritual being to a physical being or a physical group of people
- God and Abraham
- Satan and Adam
- God and Israel
- Satan and Israel
3. physical being to another physical being
- Natural husband and wife
- Adam and Eve
- Abraham and Sarah
- Abraham and Hagar
- David and Jonathan
I tried to give you some examples of some of the possibilities of each of these types of covenant relationships. I know you have probably never heard of many of these covenants that I mentioned, but yet that doesn’t mean they don’t exist, it just means you never researched them and studied them to see if they exist. I have done the research and I am convinced that every example that I gave you is a valid covenant found in the Bible. There is of course one noteworthy difference in some of these covenants. Covenants with God are a blessing and covenants with Satan are a curse. God wants to bless you and Satan wants to kill, steal and destroy you and everything you have. There are major consequences, distinctions and differences between the party you are in covenant with and who you are not in covenant with. I don’t know you personally and only you and God know where you are right now and who you are in covenant with. But I can guarantee you that you are in covenant with someone right here and right now, either Satan or God.
Some have tried to differentiate between covenants that involve God and covenants that don’t involve God. But the principles and practices of Bible covenants apply across the board to whoever is in covenant with another. So there really is no difference in the basic concepts of Bible covenants, they apply equally across the board to all participants and all types of covenants mentioned in the Bible.
What I will do now, is to give you some scriptural backing for what these covenant types are to help you understand them more completely. Let’s start with a physical or natural husband and wife type of covenant. We call these covenants, marriages and in the eyes of God a marriage is a covenant relationship and a covenant relationship is a marriage. If you asked me if I could prove that by the Bible, I would say yes. Let’s look at a verse found in the book of Malachi to begin this part of the study. This verse is a scripture that is certainly very relevant to our subject:
Mal 2:14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.
We can clearly see a relationship being established between a husband and his wife. God chastises the man for mistreating his wife. But he ends the verse with a statement that declares his wife to be in direct covenant relationship with him. A husband and wife are the natural example of a Godly Bible blood covenant, or at least they should be. It is funny how perverted our society has gotten. So who were the first husband and wife? Of course they were Adam and Eve in Genesis. God created a natural covenant family as a pattern for us to see into the future spiritual realm. Let us go back to Genesis 2 briefly and discover what God says about the law of marriage.
Gen 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
We can learn from this verse in Genesis that the woman was taken from a man and that her body was his body. This is a natural pattern for a spiritual reality of Jesus and the church. The church is called the body of Christ and most accept that reality without asking how the church got to be the body, if you want to learn more about this I would recommend that you read my blog on the subject. How the church became the body of Christ.
Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
In these two verses in Genesis 2 a spiritual law is established by God that governs every true covenant relationship, both physical and spiritual. God establishes a precedence that two will become one. Either one flesh or one spirit, depending on the two parties in covenant. If they are both physical, then they are one flesh. If they are both spiritual then they are one spirit. If one is a spirit being and one is a natural people, then they are the least common denominator, or one flesh but that is my opinion and I haven’t found that in the Bible yet. I do know that the church is called the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27) and is also said to be one spirit with Christ (1 Cor 6:17). We can learn from these two stated dimensions that Christ has been joined with the church both physically and spiritually.
So a marriage covenant represents a union as well as a division. The taking of two separate individuals and making one out of them, with the exclusion of all the rest. That is the basis of a Bible covenant. Now what one has the other has. What one has need of the and the other has, it is automatically made available without conditions or cost. This is the foundation of a Bible covenant, how well does it fit your marriage? So let’s shift our focus to a spirit being in covenant to a natural physical people example and see if it fits the pattern that I have described for you:
Jer 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
Wow, this verse really blew me away! The creator God of the entire universe was married to a natural people. The verse speaks directly about a time when God led the people of Israel out of the country of Egypt and He says He took them by the hand. That is what a man does to a woman when he proposes marriage. We can clearly see that God intended it that way, but did Israel? Obviously not. Israel didn’t understand what they were getting into, even though it was the best offer they ever had, at least until Jesus came along. God called himself the husband to the nation of Israel. God directly links marriage to be a covenant and His covenant with Israel to be a marriage to them. God does not with the association of words from H1285 translated as covenant and H1166 translated as husband. An omnipotent God married to a physical natural nation of people, both males and females. That would make the entire nation of Israel the female wife (bride) to the LORD GOD. I truly hope you are grasping the concepts of this lesson because they are so very important. Could it really be possible that a spirit being could be in covenant marriage to a natural nation of people. Obviously it was true. However, this was the Old Covenant, which was only a natural pattern for the coming New Covenant.
Now I will briefly show you the New Covenant so we can see if it also fits the pattern that I have described as being a husband to a wife. There are many scriptures that I could give you but the best one is found in Ephesians 5:
Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
These verses in Ephesians 5 starting around verse 22 are specifically directed to natural husband and wife relationships. But, intermixed into this context of these natural marriage verse is also the spiritual relationship between Christ and the church. So we can clearly see that God believes that the church is the bride of Jesus Christ and that Christ’s relationship wit the church is a marriage. Here in verse 30 we can read that we are members of His body. Then it declares the words of the law of marriage we read earlier in Genesis 2, we are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. These are marriage terms and direct conformation to how the church became the body of Christ. Then in verse 31:
Eph 5:31 For this cause shall a man (Jesus) leave his father (God the Father) and mother (Israel), and shall be joined (married) unto his wife (church), and they two shall be one flesh.
We again see the law of marriage being restated and applied for us. I filled in the blanks and put in parentheses who God is talking about in this statement to help you see it. I have had people question me about Jesus leaving His father and mother and being joined to His wife, but I just simply go by what the verse says. . For we then see the realization to the truth in verse 32:
Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
God declares this covenant relationship to be a great mystery. Obviously it has been greatly misunderstood even today. There are many who refuse to believe the church is the bride/wife in covenant with Jesus, yet God tells us directly in verse 32 that He is speaking of Christ and the church as being a husband and a wife. I’ve noticed that you can’t make people see the truth, you can only tell it like it is and hope they see it eventually. I have given you three really great examples that describe covenants to be marriages and marriages to be covenants. These included 1) physical to physical marriages, 2)spiritual to physical marriages and 3) spiritual to spiritual marriages/marriages. These are all examples of Bible covenants that fit the truth of the pattern given to us in the Word of God.
It is important to note who originates Bible covenants. True Bible covenants are always initiated by the man and God the Father is always the male in every covenant relationship, except when we see the new covenant that was initiated between the risen Son of God and His bride the church. Always remember that Jesus represents a male son within the Triune Godhead. The Triune Godhead is actually made up of three male personalities and all of them are One God. In a normal human marriage the male asks the female to be his wife. The female then has the choice to become one with this man or to walk away. This is a picture and a direct pattern of the New Covenant relationship with the bridegroom Jesus Christ. He has invited everyone on the planet to be in this covenant, He has proposed marriage and everyone on the earth has a choice to make, either to accept or reject. A non decisions is of course the same as a rejection and a mistake with eternal consequences.
I hope that you are grasping these concepts, because they are truly great spiritual realities. God created and implemented natural things, systems, types and patterns to help us to see and understand spiritual unseen things. I think I will end this lesson today on that note for now and hopefully continue the lesson of what a Bible Covenant is in my next lesson in this series. Thank you for reading and studying the Bible with me and I pray that you will continue to grow in all of the knowledge of Christ Jesus. If you would like to continue reading this series, please goto “Part 2“.