Monday, 30 May 2016
I’ve just read about three elements that accompany the making of a covenant - signs, sacrifice, and a spoken commitment.
Sign: Jonathan demonstrated his covenant with David by giving him his robe, tunic and weapons.
Sacrifice: Jonathan saw - in David - the character fit for a king. Jonathan sacrificed himself. He placed his robe and tunic on David, symbolizing that David would be king instead of himself.
Beth Moore: Jonathan acknowledged David as prince of the Hebrew nation, a position he could have jealously and vehemently claimed as his own. Men like Jonathan are a rarity. Few people we meet in life have “in mind the things of God” at risk of their own favor and position (Matthew 16:23).
Spoken commitment: Jonathan symbolized the solemn oath by giving David his weapons of protection: his sword, bow and belt. He symbolically gave all he had to protect David from harm. Jonathan verbalized his solemn oath by pledging in 1 Samuel 20:13 to protect David from harm at great personal risk.
There was no mention of David returning Jonathan’s love. Jonathan’s covenant with David was based on Jonathan’s love, not David’s response.
Similarly, God’s covenant with the nation of Israel was based on His love for them – not their love for Him.
If you have accepted Christ as your Savior, you are part of the most wonderful covenant God has ever made with man.
Truth: God loves us for only one reason – because He chooses to – the Bible says,
Sign: God sent His only Son.
Sacrifice: He “sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins”
Spoken commitment: “If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God”
The basis of this covenant is the same as the basis of Jonathan’s covenant with David: “not that we loved God, but that He loved us”
What greater covenant could possibly exist?
I’ve heard complaints that some parents demonstrate double standard – they discipline other children but compromise when it comes to their own children. I’ve heard reasons for the wrong things that children do – sometimes parents blame themselves … many parents do not have the time to guide their children in the ways of the LORD.
Blessings always follow obedience. Disobedience has consequences (Deuteronomy 28). God is the same yesterday, today and forever. God’s character will never change. He is pure and holy. We must be mindful.
God chooses to love us. He is a good good Father. He is perfect in all of His ways. In spite of our imperfections, He still loves us. His love is amazing!
Can this kind of love exist between friends?
I have witnessed friendships being destroyed after one party was promoted. Jealousy is one of the devil’s deadly weapons. The enemy works through God’s family, depositing a little jealousy here and a little jealously there. We are often unaware.
Oswald Chambers: The response of the natural to the spiritual should be continuous conversion, but this is where we so often refuse to be obedient … God holds us accountable every time we refuse to convert ourselves, and He sees our refusal as willful disobedience. Our natural life must not rule – God must rule in us … There are areas of self-will in our lives where our pride pours contempt on the throne of God and says, “I won’t submit.” What God sees as stubborn weakness, we call strength.
Let us continuously allow the Holy Spirit to change us - inside out. I am convinced that we can be transformed into His image. Amen!
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary; pure and holy; tried and true; with thanksgiving; I’ll be a living sanctuary for You;
Thank You LORD!
Lam Yee Ling