15 COVENANTS

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The concept of covenant is central to the message of the Bible

The first personal appearance of the LORD in the Bible is in his capacity as a covenant maker.  Without an understanding of covenants – how can we understand the LORD (JHVH)?

This page looks at covenants in the Bible.  We pay special attention to the signs of each covenant.  The covenants will culminate marvelously in the New Covenant through the Blood of Jesus (which includes the Covenant of Melchizedek plus the Covenant of Abram; see the Graphic of All Covenants link below).

THE KEY IDEA

A covenant is NOT a contract (as we normally think).

A contract is an agreement between identified parties.  A contract is a transaction.

A covenant is an agreement that changes the identity of the parties.  A covenant is a transformation.

The concept of transforming one’s identity is novel to some.  Western thinking has moved to the principle of inalienable human rights from birth regardless of age, gender or station in life.  The foundation of Western civilization is Judeo-Christian belief as taught in the Bible.  In the Bible rights and privileges are not the same for all people and vary depending on age, gender, and many other criteria.  As we will see, the Bible shows it is possible to change one’s identity through covenant.  As would be expected, changing one’s identity changes one’s rights, privileges, and station in life.

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COVENANTS IN THE BIBLE

GRAPHIC OF ALL COVENANTS   (Diagram)

Covenant of Marriage                 (Two Become One Flesh)

Covenant of Adam                       (From Dust To Life)

Covenant of the Serpent             (From Life To Dust)

Covenant of Animal Sacrifice    (Covering of Sin)

Covenant of Melchizedek            (Gift of Righteousness)

Covenant of Abram                      (Possession of Promised Land)

Covenant of Circumcision          (Slave of God’s Law)

Covenant of Mount Sinai            (Slave of Law of Moses)

Oath of Beersheba            The Three Abrahamic Faiths

Oath of Beersheba 2        Child Dies – The Weeping Prophets

Oath of Mizpah                  War in Syria

 

10 Responses to “15 COVENANTS”

  1. Tisha August 12, 2019 at 9:14 am #

    Hello Mark,
    I mad a comment not seeing its or that it was answered. All my life even as a child I have been what others call different. Before i accepted Christ as my savior. I was always intrested in the sky, sun, starts and just some of the deeper things. As well as numbers. I just couldnt put my finger on it. And I stumbled accross your website and i know it wasnt bu accident. But i noticed in your first theme of numbers you talk about religion and how it is bad in the site of God. Can you explain a little more into detail? Because I have been feeling that in my spirit. When I go to church im greieved by whats going on or not going on if you understand and I have been praying to God about it and when I seen that theme with the scriptures associated with them I just wanted to know a little more because I don’t want to be displeasing or out of order to our Father. Please and thank you. God bless 😀

    • mark h lane January 20, 2020 at 1:58 pm #

      The only God-inspired religion was provided to us in the Law of Moses. ALL OTHER RELIGIONS ARE IMPOSTERS. The religion outlined by Moses had a specific purpose: it kept the Israelites in line with God’s will all the way to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus paid for sin once for all. Meaning Christians have no religious duty any more to build temples, submit to priests, support levites, etc. Jesus is our High Priest and His Tabernacle is in Heaven. The Book of Hebrews says so. If a Christian becomes a member of a religious society, starts worshiping at a religious site, under the authority of priests or paid pastors, they are besmirching the Cross, implying that Jesus’ sacrifice was insufficient, that Christians still have a sin debt to pay, which religious works will somehow offset. Rubbish. The Law of Moses never goes away. The teachings in the Law help us to understand the history of God’s people, how they sinned and were judged, so we can best appreciate Christ’s work on the Cross. But Christians must never put the yoke of religion back on our necks. This is anathema to our faith. Read the Book of Galatians. So how then do we live? We live like Jesus. Jesus was not a member of any religion. Jesus was not a Catholic. Jesus was not a Baptist. So neither am I. I am following Jesus and I fellowship and worship together with others like me wherever we want, in a park, in a home. But never under the authority of a man-made religion, which is any religion other than that outlined in the Law of Moses. Hope that helps. servant mark

  2. Henry Boateng May 29, 2019 at 8:32 am #

    I love your search and I will learn more.

  3. Terry April 16, 2018 at 8:51 am #

    Thank you so much for your web site. I have been using it for several years.

  4. Lisa March 8, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    Is a covenant the same as an oath? If you make a covenent between you God and another…. Not marriage ……does this fall into the same category as taking an oath?

    • mark h lane March 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

      Hi Lisa. Good question. When a witness puts their hand on a Bible and swears an oath to tell the truth before a judge – the witness does not change their identity. Whenever a covenant occurs we always see a change in identity. On the other hand, when a President elect takes an oath of office – he makes a promise before God and witnesses – to protect and uphold the constitution. His role in life changes from President elect to President in power. In a way he has entered into a covenant – he gets new powers – and he gets new responsibilities. Bottom line: taking an oath does not (always) imply entering a covenant. In my humble opinion – as a man whose main accomplishments in life include making hay and feeding chickens. No claims to be an expert here.

  5. John January 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Isn’t the new testament a covenant?

    • mark h lane January 15, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

      Hi John. Yes, the New Testament is a covenant. I have not posted that yet. Blessings. mark

      • AB April 15, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

        Thank you for creating this blog.

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