Part 1: The Covenant With Noah, Abraham And King David
Part 2: The Old Covenant Of The Ten Commandments
Part 3: The New Covenant Of The Passover
Many who professed Christianity have taught that the Old Covenant is no longer valid. And that is correct, the Old Covenant made at Mount Sinai in Horeb ended when JESUS CHRIST the SON of GOD, the LORD GOD of the Old Covenant died at the hands of murderers — the Jews and the Roman overlord ruler of Judea.
This is because the Old Covenant was a marriage covenant (with a Spiritual context, because the LORD GOD being one of the party and GOD is SPIRIT) between the LORD GOD and the nations of Israel and Judah. And in marriage covenants when one party die, the covenant for the party is ended, except in the case when the man or husband die (because of the husband being the head and owner of the whole family), that entire marriage covenant with all the involved other parties (i.e. wife or wives) also ended. This means that the wife or wives are all free to remarry. That is the same in most nations of the world today (2015 C.E.) with some exceptions including where any one party can end the marriage (from the legal status of the law of that nation) albeit subject to meeting their legal requirement under the relevant political nation entity.
The same LORD GOD of that covenant was born as JESUS CHRIST, a SON of man, the first born SON of Mary. When HE died the marriage covenant with Judah (the nation of the Jews and all the Jews bound in that covenant made at Mount Sinai) therefore ended (Romans 7:1 – 3). Things in those early years of human civilization were much simple then, with less state meddling and control over the private affairs of man (includes woman). But nearly all professed Christianity seem to have confused the Old Covenant with the Old Testament's Scriptures of the Scripture of Truth thinking and believing that Scriptures and Covenants are the exact same thing, which of course they are not.
Some examples are sales and purchase agreements, loan agreements, hire-purchase agreements, employment agreements, membership agreements, subscriptions agreements, licensing agreements, usage agreements, partnership agreements, mutual trade treaties, defense treaties, peace treaties etc. In all these agreements there are usually many different kinds of terms such as main and ancillary terms, the legal framework, scope, duration, non conformance penalty to provide for failure of compliance of the parties involved, voiding or invalidation terms, etc. These terms spelled out the obligation of all parties to the agreement on what they have agreed and entered into as the required performances from each of the parties involved. Non conformance to the agreed terms by any party will result in penalties or punitive entitlement against the offending party or parties. Non conformance may also result in the voiding or the termination of the agreement especially if they involve the main terms. Likewise too persistent or continuous failure to perform even ancillary terms even when penalties are extracted may also result in the voiding or the ending of the agreement.
If you are a citizen of a certain country which for this illustration we shall not name in case they should be offended through this illustration that we are using. One day as it eventually happens, you have grown to adult maturity and started to have an attraction for members of the opposite sex. This was when you began to notice all the lovely young maidens of your country. Followed on this development you started to court as many as had taken your fancy. And being very attractive and robust young man who was left with quite an enormous inheritance by your parents, you were not only able to win these maidens you courted but got them to agree to marry you. You then proceeded to marry these ladies going through the marital ceremonial rites with them individually.
From the perspective of this laws and commandments of GOD, there are only two provision to end the marriage covenant: firstly the marriage covenant is ended when the life (or lives) of one or both parties to the covenant comes to an end; or when one or both parties was/were unfaithful to the covenant through extra marital relations (sexual adulteries).
And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”
Matthew 19:4 – 9
Exodus 16:4 – 5
Today the meaning of the word GOD had been totally corrupted by mankind, professed “Christianities” not excluding, just as they have done with the words faith, belief, love, religion and worship that almost none today fully comprehend what is entailed when they say that they are a worshiper of the Christian GOD or that they believe in this GOD.
Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. And the LORD said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws? See! For the LORD has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” So the people rested on the seventh day.
Exodus 16:22 - 30
So Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words which the LORD commanded him. Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.” So Moses brought back the words of the people to the LORD. 9And the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.”
Exodus 19:3 – 9
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. “You shall have no other gods before Me
Exodus 20:1 – 2
Exodus 24:3 – 4
Numbers 32:11 – 13
I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. ‘You shall have no other gods before Me.…………..’
Deuteronomy 5:3 – 7
That was the reason even as the covenant was proposed and agreed on Mount Sinai with their fathers which naturally also included them also as the inheritors then as well as for the all their future generations (conditional upon their compliant to this Covenant to be faithfully obedient to the OWNER KING and GOD), Deuteronomy 5 verse 3 recorded ‘The LORD did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, those who are here today, all of us who are alive’ because their parents (failed to honor and keep the Covenant and so) died and never entered into the covenant to receive the promised inheritance even as they had agreed to it in Horeb by Mount Sinai. But the children being the progeny and descendants too have been entered into the same through their parents, this is from the context of inheritance because the children being heirs were by default (when there are no exceptions made in the will of their deceased parents) inheritors of the land and material property of their parents.
Also since the context is that of nationhood (i.e. of being citizenry of a nation) as well as that of dominion (i.e. a place or habitat to live and carry out their lives), the children (already living or not yet born) being non adult dependents whether they were party to their parents or not to the undertaking of citizenry pledge of allegiance (i.e. covenant) they (including all their generations that would follow) are citizens by default of their parents admission as citizen to the nation. Here we shan't again discuss the concept of dominion and the collective or shared fate (as the ultimate consequence or result to and from what we do) as we have discussed this is the previous part of this subtitle.
This too is the reason the Rainbow Covenant is binding on all the generations and subsequent generations that descended from the families that were saved in Ark and bound by GOD to the Rainbow Covenant for as long as rainbows will appear in the heaven (i.e. the sky or atmosphere). This of course is something very simple (and a very common practice in law and nationhood) that everyone who would not be deliberately pretending stupidity will automatically understand. A point to note about the Rainbow Covenant is that it is the only covenant made by GOD where HE did not bound mankind to be HIS subjects with HIM as their GOD, OWNER and SOVEREIGN, the ONE they must love with all their hearts (i.e. attitude and emotions), minds (i.e. intelligence), soul (i.e. live and psyche) and strength (i.e. power). But this do not mean that HE cease being the GOD and absolute RULER and OWNER of all things including all mankind whether they accept HIM as GOD or not. GOD still is GOD and owns all that HE still sit as SUPREME JUDGE (i.e. the one who will require an account and to render a judgmental pronouncement) over all their expressions in thoughts (i.e. all their contemplation and imagination) acts (i.e. all they do) and words (i.e. all they communicate).
Why Was The Covenant That GOD Made With Ancient Israel A Marriage Covenant?
I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
This is a reworked extract from the chapter ‘Self Righteousness And The Righteousness Of GOD’:
In the context of nationhood (i.e. kingdom) the King or Sovereign is the absolute head of the kingdom, holding absolute power authority. And in the context of creation (of an all powerful Creator who creates everything absolutely) the creator is absolute second to none in authority by virtue of rights (i.e. of having entitlements by virtue of oneself being oneself outside of any other consideration). The one who creates everything naturally (from the stand point of ownership rights) owns everything and have absolute rights and authority to do whatever he pleases with what, with all that, he fully owns. Therefore from the standpoint of creation, the creature has no rights whatsoever when in comes to whatever the creator is please to do to creature. This has been the reason the Christian Holy Scriptures never explicitly discussed rights, of anyone (other than GOD) having any rights (because from the context of creation, no one other than GOD has rights). Every power and authority that a creature holds or wields, there is a unbreakable requirement of the CREATOR that the creature wields it with responsibility towards (i.e. answerable and accountable to GOD in) that which is mandated in and by the Royal Law And Commandment of Love enshrined in the two Great Commandments, to love GOD absolutely (without any excusable clauses no matter what) and to love neighbor equally.
Even as essentially and in the final analysis from the context of the creation there is only one kingdom, namely the Kingdom of GOD, GOD had allowed mankind to formed kingdoms of their own ‘creation’ and derived power after they had proven themselves to be just fully focused on evil and wickedness during the period of the Antediluvian Age, having totally no willingness to a self control commitment to anyone or anything except to lust wholly and fully whenever they could be able (i.e. have sufficient impunity) to do so. To this end, GOD allowed them to form their own kingdoms and systems of beliefs (i.e. religions) through the Rainbow Covenant whereby they would be free (from having any true knowledge of the CREATOR and) of the requirement to sincerely and fully love and obey their CREATOR GOD, to become the beasts and animals they lusted to become instead of being mankind made in the image and likeness of GOD. But GOD being truly and absolutely the CREATOR OWNER GOD of all things, warned all those who would be descended from the families saved in the Ark that at the appointed time GOD would require from them the penalty and accounting for all the evils that they will do against GOD's Elect (all those selected and called in a Covenant with GOD to be the people and subject of GOD) and all GOD's creation (all of creation including all mankind who have chosen to become animals).
The Rainbow Covenant then is GOD's ordained Covenant for all life on land that proceed out of the Ark that save them from drowning in the Flood that destroyed the Antediluvian Age. This is the next milestone event (after the Garden of Eden and the post Garden of Eden period) in the process that has been GOD's one single plan for evil to be given full expression in the creation that at the appointed time for the Fulfillment of All Things, evil as an expression of freewill intelligent personages can be seen and fully understood (by all those who are sincere to seek to understand what evil is).
And for the same reason (that there is effective only one Kingdom, the Kingdom of GOD, from the standpoint of ultimate power authority), in the marriage covenant, the husband is the absolute head (within the context of being subject to the laws and authority of GOD) of his family of wives, children, slaves, livestock and all other physical material property. For the discussion of husband, wives and family, and why the man is the head of the family and women seemingly delegated to being a property please read the chapter ‘Sons Of GOD, Daughters Of Men’ of ‘Bible 101 – The Holy Bible Expounded’.
This too applies to the Church of GOD but in a different perspective since the Kingdom of GOD is not yet restored (Acts 1:6 – 8; Revelation 11: 15); contrary to the lies of both the mother church and most of the daughters churches of the Christmas religion that their religion and their churches are the fulfillment of the Kingdom of GOD.
Revelation 11: 15
Revelation 19:6 – 8
The reason they were not divorced by GOD was because of GOD’s promises to David that he will never failed to have a son to sit on his throne. And if you have the faith to believe it this throne of David still has a seed of David seating on it even as the nation of Judah as a nation of GOD was no more for almost two thousand years. Here you should understand that ‘the throne of David’ and the ‘nation or Kingdom of GOD’ are two different conceptual entities and they can be separated without either losing its definitive meaning just as was the case with the house (household or family or nation) of Judah and the house of Israel when this two nations were separated after the death of Solomon. A more complete discussion of GOD's promises to David is discussed in ‘The New Covenant Part I: Noah, Abraham And David’.
2 Chronicles 21:6 – 8
“I have made a covenant with My chosen,
I have sworn to My servant David:
‘Your seed I will establish forever,
And build up your throne to all generations.’” Selah
Psalm 89:3 – 4
“Thus says the LORD: ‘If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that there will not be day and night in their season, then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, My ministers.
Jeremiah 33:20 – 21
John 1:10 – 11
So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.
1 Samuel 8:19 - 20
1 Samuel 10:17-19
2 Kings 18:11 – 12
Even though GOD later returned the Jews to their land during reign of the Mede Persian Empire, the Jews never fully committed (Jeremiah 3:10) to their covenant with GOD. They began to return to their old ways soon after. This they do in a different manner by pretending to love HIM and being faithful to HIM. While they professed to seek to obey HIM they changed HIS laws and ordinances to their convenience. They paid microscopic details to their tithes but did away with the real intent of HIS commandments by establishing traditions that does away with the need to obey these commandments. All these JESUS CHRIST testified to during the years of HIS ministry as a SON of man. Finally the covenant with the Jews too came to an end when JESUS died to mediate a New Covenant based on the better promises of eternal Spiritual inheritance as opposed to those of the Old Covenant which pertains only to this temporary life of physical and temporary things.
After JESUS' death a period of one hour of GOD's timeframe for mankind were given to the Jews to accept and enter into the New Covenant made through the blood of JESUS CHRIST. There after the nation even then only just a vassal nation would soon be no more. From that time forth the Jews or nation of Judah too ceased to be the people and nation of the CREATOR GOD.
Yet GOD had not cast them (both Israel and Judah) off forever because of his covenant promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. A time is soon coming when GOD will bring the surviving descendants of these nations back to inherit the land promised to them in GOD’s covenant with Abraham. GOD never breaks HIS covenant with those who had faithfully kept and honor them.
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The New Covenant   
Part I: The Covenant With Noah. Abraham And David
Part II: The Old Covenant
Part III: The New Covenant
THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE NEW TESTAMENT. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11i 11ii 11iii 11iv 12 13 14i 14ii 14iii
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