The Covenant (1)
Our faith as believers is a function of a love relationship with God which exists within a context which is called a covenant. A covenant is an agreement that is legally binding. Why do we need agreement? An agreement increases the degree of certainty that the terms of a relationship will be met or that promises will be kept.
In Gen 15, Abraham was in this scenario in which he needed some assurance that what God had promised him in Gen 12 would come to pass. Time was passing and nothing was changing except his body and Sarah’s body. God told him to take some animals to cut them into halves. God had to come down to speak human language to Abraham in order to give him the assurance that what He promised would come to pass. In those days, people would cut blood covenants that way. A covenant cut with blood was literally cut with a person’s life. The blood covenant is the highest form of agreement. The two parties would pass through the middle. Those animals died on their behalf indicating that they had ceased to exist the way they were before. When the two parties passed through the middle, it means the old them is dead and there is a new them now and the two parties were fused together and were now one. So Abraham passed through the middle and in the evening, there came a burning lamp and it passed through the middle and God spoke to Abraham that He was going to give that land to his descendants. Abraham came out of that experience with faith exploding in his heart.
The validity of the covenant depends on the integrity of the parties in the covenant. This covenant cannot fail from God’s end because God will never lie. In Hebrews 6:13-20 describes what happened in Genesis 15. There is absolutely no threat to God’s capacity to fulfil His promises. God cannot lie because God cannot die. If He makes a promise to you, He will hang around you till it is fulfilled.
God will not lie because there is no power that can stop Him. God cannot be stopped by the power witchcraft. We were raised on the culture and diet of fear of witchcraft which has shaped our Christianity. Our concept of God and prayer point. If any entity anywhere can leverage supernatural powers to stop god, that god is not the God of the Bible.
In Numbers 23:19-20, Balaam was hired to curse Israel, he proclaimed that God has blessed and he can’t curse them. God cannot lie because whatever He says is created.
Our greatest aspiration in life should be to cultivate a relationship with God. Jesus said in Matt 22:37-38 that loving God was the first and greatest commandment. Unfortunately we have been indoctrinated into a transactional relationship. We recognize God because of what He can do. But love is a celebration of value. Loving God is celebrating His worth and value. Praise is celebrating what He does, Worship is celebrating who He is, His value. Your greatest ecstasy on this planet will be found in a loving a relationship with Him then ultimately you will be able come to the point where like Jesus in John 10:30, you will say “I and my father are one”