Text: Deuteronomy 26:17-19
Verse 17 of our text says “You have declared today that the Lord is your God; and you have promised to walk in His ways, and to obey His decrees, commands and regulations…”
Then we read these words in verse 18 “The Lord has declared today that you are His people, His own special treasure, just as He promised…”
From our text we understand that Almighty God made a covenant with His people; it is important to note, that this contract was not the means by which the Israelites would obtain righteousness, but it was meant to be an act of faith and a response to the Lord their God who had promised to be their saviour, provider and protector.
The Hebrew word for covenant is “Beryth” which means an agreement between two parties whilst the Greek word is “Dia-theke” which is normally used in reference to a “Last Will and Testament”.
In ancient times, two parties were involved in a covenant and the agreement had two elements to it:
- The obligations and responsibilities
- The benefits
For example, the bond between Jonathan and David in 1 Samuel 20:16-17More importantly, whenever God makes a covenant with man, it is never a bilateral agreement because man is not God’s equal!
We see this in Genesis 15 where God promised to make Abram a father of many nations though his wife was barren.
The covenant was guaranteed by God alone (Genesis 15:17) and was ultimately fulfilled in Genesis 21:1 “The Lord kept His word and did for Sarah exactly what He had promised.”Believers, there are two immutable facts about our God:
- His word cannot change; it is forever settled in heaven
- It is not within the realm of possibility for God to lie
With this knowledge, you can be confident that every promise God has given you shall surely come to pass.
For all those avouched to the covenant keeping God, He tells us in 1 Peter 2:9 “…you are a chosen people, you are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession; as a result, you can show others the goodness of God for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.”We are history makers and destiny changers!
Pastor G Ferguson.