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Covenant

Covenant

23 January 2009

Scripture:

2 And God continued, “I am the Lord. 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as God Almighty, though I did not reveal my name, the Lord, to them. 4 And I entered into a solemn covenant with them. Under its terms, I swore to give them the land of Canaan, where they were living. 5 You can be sure that I have heard the groans of the people of Israel, who are now slaves to the Egyptians. I have remembered my covenant with them." (Exodus 6:2-5 NLT)

Observation:

Moses was learning an important lesson about God. God is a covenant-making, covenant-keeping God. The pagan gods of the Egyptians were fickle and impulsive and had to be appeased. The God who appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob is the “I Am” who is eternal and who remembers his covenant with his people.

In the months and years ahead, God would give his people a book that contained the promises and provisions of his eternal covenant with them. From generation to generation, they could read for themselves and know that God – the eternal, covenant-keeping God – would remember his covenant and keep his promises to them.

Application:

This is the same God I worship. This book I read every day is record of the same covenant, made by the same God, who appeared to Abraham, Isaac, Moses, Samuel, David, Isaiah, Daniel, Mary, Joseph, Peter, John, Paul, and all the generations of believers who have heard his message and believed his promises and have lived in relationship with him.

Each day I go to his book to listen for his voice to remind me that this God is the covenant-making, covenant-keeping God who remembers his covenant and speaks to me in real time about my real life.

Prayer:

Father, I pray today for myself and for all who have joined me on this daily devotional journey. Remind us who you are. Remind us that you make covenant and keep covenant. Speak to us in real time about our real lives. Amen.

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