The Lord Of The Covenant Essay

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Our greatest example for covenant-keeping is the Lord himself: “‘For your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is his name…The Lord will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—a wife who married young, only to be rejected,’ says your God. For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.” (Isaiah 54:5-6 New International Version 1984) Through the prophet, Isaiah, the Lord conveys to Israel the perseverance of the covenant between Israel and himself, despite Israel’s violation of the covenant. The Lord promises restoration to himself through his compassion because of his love for Israel. Israel was painted as an adulteress in Hosea, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and many other scriptures due to her pursuit of other gods, yet, like Hosea and his prostitute bride, the Lord welcomes her back countless times because of his own faithfulness to the covenant (Patterson, 2008). The Lord has shown since ancient times his desire for the covenant bond of marriage to reflect his own relationship with his people. Now he shows this marriage covenant through Christ and the New Covenant. The people of God are broadened to include Gentiles through the Lord’s covenant with Abraham (Galatians 3:6-9) and are all pledged in relationship with God through the blood covenant of Christ’s sacrifice. When the covenant is entered, nothing can sever it, including our own actions (Romans 8:38-39). On this foundation, the Lord establishes the

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