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

 

6 Responses to “15 COVENANTS”

  1. 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.

  2. 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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