Today I write of afterthoughts of yesterday and foretastes of Sunday. The word covenant is one of the greatest words in all of scripture. It appears when God comes to Noah after the Flood, giving the rainbow as a sign. However, I don’t think Genesis 6 is the first place we see it. In fact, I think we have to look no further than Genesis 1 and 2. We see God with Adam and Eve (two parties), a promise given, conditions established, and the consequences of violating. Then, when the first humans break the covenant God Himself makes the first animal sacrifice clothing them in skin, doing for them what they could not do for themselves.
In the ancient near east, covenants were not like contracts with loopholes and escape clauses. They were established in blood of an animal as two parties would “cut a covenant” and then walk through the blood path essentially saying, “If I break the covenant, may it be done to me as was done to this animal.” Broken covenants usually required at least one life as settlement. What God did was unheard of, the only true Covenant-Keeper paying settlement Himself for the party who would consistently be unable to keep our part.
This week we read not about the first covenant in scripture, but perhaps the most significant one – the one that will see its final fulfillment in Jesus Christ, the one through which all nations of the earth would be blessed. God made it with a man named Abram and his wife, Sarai. God has a plan. It’s a good plan. And He chooses to use the very creatures that break trust time and time again. Why? Because He’s not interested in a broken contract. He made the covenant, and no matter what, He will keep it.