The God of Covenantal Relationship


The God of Scripture is always forming “covenants” with his creation. And he is faithful to his covenants—even when his creatures are not.

In this week’s video, we will research the idea of covenant and observe places in the Bible where God acts in relationship to his covenant. Then we’ll analyze places where he responds to those who break his covenant.

Recommended Resources:

  • The Genesis Collection puts together 125 volumes of commentaries and monographs on the most foundational book of the Bible.
  • In Treaty of the Great King, Meredith Kline traces the relevance of the recovery of the treaty form for our understanding of the nature of Deuteronomy and the Ten Commandments.

Comments

  1. Felmar Roel Rap. Singco says:

    A covenant is basically an agreement, a contract, be twixt two parties.

    The agreement or contract basically says: I do this, and you do that also; or You do this, and I do that also; or Do not do this, and I will do this also; or Do not do this, that I will not do this.

    Ancient Roman law categorise them as among the so called “innominate contracts”, that is, contracts or agreements that have no technical appellation, and they are, thus:

    Do ut des. (I give that you will give.)
    Do ut facias. (I give that you will do.)
    Facia ut des. (I do that you will give.)
    Facio ut facias (I do that you will do.)

    Covenants when validly enacted, executed, and performed by the parties have the force of law be twixt them, and bind them, with corresponding privileges, rights, powers, and authorities, but also obligations, duties, punishments, and penalties.

  2. Other ancient cultures had covenants between the *king* and the people, but this is worth pondering:

    “The idea of a covenant between a deity and a people is unknown to us from other religions and cultures.”

    M. Weinfeld, “בְּרִית,” ed. G. Johannes Botterweck and Helmer Ringgren, trans. John T. Willis, “Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament” (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1977), volume 2, 278.

    So, Israel the only nation ruled directly by God? Is that what the covenant established?