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God Made Three Covenants



God made covenant's in the Old Testament with a few people. Those covenants speak to us today! Let us look at 3 covenants: -We have the Abrahamic covenant in Gen 15. -The Aaronic covenant in Numbers 25 - The Davidic covenant in 2 Sam 7

1. Abrahamic covenant: We find the covenant made with Abram, in Gen 15: 18

On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates- 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites."

I believe, and you may differ from me, spiritually this covenant speaks of our heavenly Canaan and in order to possess our heavenly reward or inheritance, we must overcome. Each nation speak/s of something we must overcome. Abram also received the land (heaven) through faith, just as we are made righteous because of faith. This speaks of our JUSTIFICATION through faith, and this is for all who come to Christ through FAITH. Also note that is a responsibility to take into possession.

This is cross references for Gen 15, note what it says to us: -Hebrews 11:9-11, "By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." -Rom4:3

For the Scriptures tell us, "Abraham believed God, so God declared him to be righteous."4 When people work, their wages are not a gift. Workers earn what they receive. 5But people are declared righteous because of their faith, not because of their work. 6 King David spoke of this, describing the happiness of an undeserving sinner who is declared to be righteous: 16 So that's why faith is the key! God's promise is given to us as a free gift. And we are certain to receive it, whether or not we follow Jewish customs, if we have faith like Abraham's. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. 17 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, "I have made you the father of many nations." -Galatians 3:6 In the same way, "Abraham believed God, so God declared him righteous because of his faith." -James 2:23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: "Abraham believed God, so God declared him to be righteous." He was even called "the friend of God." For those who have the Unger's Bible Handbook check out what it says about this chapter.

2. Aaronic covenant 10 Then the LORD said to Moses, 11 "Phinehas son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron the priest has turned my anger away from the Israelites by displaying passionate zeal among them on my behalf. So I have stopped destroying all Israel as I had intended to do in my anger. 12 So tell him that I am making my special covenant of peace with him. 13In this covenant, he and his descendants will be priests for all time, because he was zealous for his God and made atonement for the people of Israel."

In Abram's case the Lord promise to GIVE a LAND, because of FAITH.= Justification With Aaron however God promised PEACE and a PRIESTHOOD, because of his ZEAL. Zeal speaks of sanctification, something you have to do. The covenant of peace touches on fellowship with the Lord. 1 Kings 3:15 Then Solomon awoke-and he realized it had been a dream. He returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord's covenant and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. = [ Traditionally [ peace offerings ] ] Sin, guilt and burnt offerings were designed for atonement to RESTORE fellowship with God, but fellowship offerings were designed to MAINTAIN fellowship.

In other words I'm saying Aaron's (the priest's) covenant speaks to us of a person that have zeal for God, and that zeal will aid him towards fellowship with God. If we look at the tabernacle the general public, which is a picture of all believers or Christians born again, may enter the court of the tabernacle of the congregation. The sinner first entered the outer court where he offered a blood sacrifice on the brazen altar and washed himself in the laver that stood near it. We know this is a picture of a sinner applying the sacrifice of Christ and being washed of his sins. (The Abram covenant) Yet only priests may enter the holy place. Priests had to be holy set apart. The furniture in the holy place, the altar of incense speaks of unceasing prayer, which only Jesus could fully accomplish. Still the altar of incense as well as the showbread speak of continual fellowship with God. A priest had to intercede not only for his own sins, but also for the sins of others. Our prayer life life may be an indicator as to where we are in our walk. Are we carrying the burden of other people, like the priest carried the Israelites on their shoulders? - Exodus 28:12, "And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial." The tabernacle speaks of coming closer to His presence. How near we may draw to Him depends on our zeal or commitment to follow Him.

Cross references for Numbers 25: a.. Ps 106:30Then stood up Phinehas [the priest] and executed judgment {/interceded}, and so the plague was stayed.31And that was credited to him for righteousness (right doing and right standing with God) to all generations forever. b.. Numbers 25:12 Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him. c.. Malachi 2:5 "My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name.

d.. Fulfilled in Christ: Isaiah 9:7, "Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this." e.. 1 Peter 2:5 and yourselves as quick stones be ye above builded [and yourselves as quick stones be above builded] into spiritual houses, and an holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Note, all the people were not priests. A priest had to intercede for himself and others. Heb 7:27 Isaiah 66 21 And I will select some of them also to be priests and Levites," says the LORD .

3. The Davidic covenant: 2 Samuel 7:13-16, " I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever."

In the Davidic covenant, David overcame his enemies. 2 Samuel 7:1, " And the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies." This promise was made to Abraham that he would be given the land, but David was the only king that possessed all the land by overcoming his enemies. We must be resolute to overcome by God's grace all the battles we may encounter in our walk. What is more when David received all his hearts desire from God, he proceeded and search out how he could furthermore serve God. His heart did not center on gaining but on serving. Matthew 23:11, "But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant." This covenant of kingship also points to Christ, and provided a perpetual throne. According to Easton's dictionary the throne refers to a royal chair or seat of dignity (Deut. 17:18; 2 Sam. 7:13; Ps. 45:6); an elevated seat with a canopy and hangings, which cover it. It denotes the seat of the high priest in 1 Sam. 1:9; 4:13, and of a provincial governor in Neh. 3:7 and Ps. 122:5.

Cross references: 2 Chronicles 13:5, "Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?"

A "covenant of salt" (Num. 18:19; 2 Chr. 13:5) was a covenant of perpetual obligation. New-born children were rubbed with salt (Ezek. 16:4). Disciples are likened unto salt, with reference to its cleansing and preserving uses (Matt. 5:13). When Abimelech took the city of Shechem, he sowed the place with salt, that it might always remain a barren soil (Judg. 9:45). Sir Lyon Playfair argues, on scientific grounds, that under the generic name of "salt," in certain passages, we are to understand petroleum or its residue asphalt. Thus in Gen. 19:26 he would read "pillar of asphalt;" and in Matt. 5:13, instead of "salt," "petroleum," which loses its essence by exposure, as salt does not, and becomes asphalt, with which pavements were made. a.. Acts 13:22-23, "And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:"

Are we totally obedient, people after God's heart? a.. "Revelation 5:5, "And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof."Acts 2:25, "For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:" If we want to take into possession all 3 covenants we will only be able to do it by God's grace, and by our dependance on Him, (