The Eternal Covenant and today’s polluted World
Isaiah 24: 4 “… The world is pining, withering. The heavens are pining away with the earth. The earth is defiled under its inhabitants’ (all the nations’) feet, for they have transgressed the Law, violated the Precept, broken the everlasting Covenant. So a Curse devours the earth and its inhabitants suffer the penalty”.
Amazing! Prophetic Scripture correctly predicted the polluted, restless, deteriorating condition of the earth as we see it today. Even more amazing is the fact that it ascribes this terrible condition as being due to the breaking of the Covenant by all the nations of the earth! How then dare we contemplate that the Almighty could ever have canceled His Laws upon which His eternal Covenant is founded? The only and best thing to do for the searching soul, is to repent from rebellion against His Law … accept the proposal of the eternal Covenant … and live according to the Precepts, Ordinances and Judgments thereof.
Deuteronomy 30:11-16 “For this Law that I enjoin on you today, is not beyond your strength or beyond your reach. It is not in Heaven, so that you need to wonder: ‘Who will go up to Heaven for us and bring it down to us, so that we may hear it and keep it?’ Nor is it beyond the seas … No! The Word is very near to you: it is in your mouth and in your heart for your observance. See, today I set before you life and prosperity, death and disaster … If you love YHVH your God and follow His Ways, if you keep His Commandments, His Laws, His Customs, you will live and increase…”
And as if not simple enough, the Almighty goes even a step further in His ‘New Covenant’, and promises to enable the striving soul to observe the eternal Covenant by the indwelling of His Spirit.
The ‘Old’ and the ‘New’ Covenant are merely descriptive titles referring to two dispensations or two applications of the same Everlasting Covenant. They differ from each other in one respect only: YHVH indwells or possesses the individual by His Power or divine Influence (i.e. His Spirit), in order that the individual automatically realises the vital importance of a lifestyle subject to His Law and committed to His Covenant. YHVH has sealed (signed) this Covenant with His own Blood, shed on Golgotha under humiliating circumstances, as opposed to the ‘Old Covenant’ which was sealed with the blood of a sacrificial lamb. What more should He do? How wonderfully tolerant and merciful is our Creator and Saviour, the Almighty YHVH? Let us then be careful, not to interpret His Grace as the “anulling” of His Law and His Covenant!
Deuteronomy 7:9-13 “Know then that YHVH your God is God indeed; the faithful God Who is true to His Covenant … for a thousand generations towards those who love Him and keep His Commandments … He is not slow to destroy the man who hates Him. You are therefore to keep and observe the Commandments and Statutes and Ordinances that I lay down for you today. Listen to these Ordinances, be true to them and observe them, and in return YHVH your God will be true to the Covenant and the kindness He promised your fathers solemnly. He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers.”
Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call Heaven and earth to witness against you today: I set before you Life or Death, Blessing or Curse. Choose Life then, so that you and your descendants may live…”