God’s Covenants with Man
After Adam committed high treason, God was on the outside looking in. His man Adam had sold his rule to reign to satan and now satan was the god of this world system, with God on the outside. [II Corinthians 4:4]
God had given His Word and He would honor it no matter what. But God is never caught off guard and He had a Plan! Let’s look at His Plan.
God had to legally get back into earth and we know that He had to work through a human being born on the earth. Enter the Covenants – God’s entrance back into the earth. And as you know, a covenant is between at least two people. But before we get into that, let me give you a short synopsis of what a covenant means.
Basically, a covenant means that each party agrees that whatever they have is totally available to the other party whenever the need arises, even to the point of death. Covenants have been around for millennia and are usually sealed with blood. They’re called blood covenants and are recognized world-wide. Blood covenants are even found among the most primitive people.
God found Noah, who was a preacher of righteousness and made a covenant with him.
Genesis 9:8-13 (KJV) 8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
As you can see, the rainbow is a sign of God’s covenant with mankind and the animals.
Animal blood sacrifices were instituted to cover man’s sins but couldn’t actually redeem man. That didn’t happen until Jesus went to the Cross.
Continued next time – Pamela