The Bible is often termed the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. But what exactly does the term covenant mean for followers of Jesus? This book will encourage you in a significant and encouraging way concerning the very character of God - that He is a covenant keeping God.
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The Bible is often termed the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. When Christians take communion, or the Eucharist, they often recite the words of Jesus: ‘This is the blood of the new covenant.’
But what exactly does the term covenant mean for followers of Jesus? Covenants are essentially ‘legal’ agreements between two entities, which are then sealed or confirmed by the swearing of an oath. Covenants invariably included promises and conditions.
There are many covenants recorded in the Bible. Some of these are between God and man, either individually or collectively. Most of these God – man covenants are with the nation of Israel.
Jeremiah prophesied that God would make (or cut) a new covenant with Israel. This covenant, he stated, would not be like the covenant that God made with their forefathers when He led them out of Egypt.
Jesus later instituted this new covenant. Those who surrender their lives to Jesus, therefore, are in covenant union with God through Jesus.
This book provides some insights into the meaning of oath and covenant gleaned from certain episodes from Israel’s history, particularly the covenant between Joshua and the Gibeonites. These insights help us relate to how covenant was understood in
ancient Israel (and later by Jesus and His Jewish followers).
Chapter 1 - What is an 'oath of the covenant?
Chapter 2 - The covenant with Abraham
Chapter 3 - The covenant with the nation of Israel
Chapter 4 - The call of Joshua
Chapter 5 - Rahab, Jericho and Ai
Chapter 6 - The Gibeonite deception
Chapter 7 - The Israelite response
Chapter 8 - Life under the covenent
Chapter 9 - Covenants involving David
Chapter 10 - Consequences for breaking covenant
Chapter 11 - Where does it all lead?
The author Kelvin Crombie lived in Israel for some twenty-four years. Much of that time he was a local guide/evangelist, researcher and writer based at Christ Church inside the Old City of Jerusalem.