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The Covenant Relationship

It’s easy to overlook the resounding significance of the covenant rituals in Genesis 15. The ceremony is more like something we’d watch on the Discovery Channel than something that impacts our daily lives.

A covenant is not simply a business contract. It is a relational commitment, rooted in loyalty and love, like a marriage. In Biblical times, covenants were solidified by ceremonies. And they often included agreed conditions that, if kept, would lead to blessings or, if broken, curses.

God wasn’t just trying to draw up a civil agreement with Abram. God was entering into a deeper, more committed relationship with him. He promised Abram descendants as numerous as the stars and a land to possess. All Abram had to do was believe the Lord, and it was credited to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6)

God’s covenant with Abram was a shadow of the greater covenant to come. Through Christ, God has made a new covenant with his people. God has promised the gift of eternal life through his Son. In return, he asks us to enter into a covenant relationship with him by believing in Jesus and confessing Him as our Savior. Take a moment today to thank God for His promise of Christ and His loving commitment to a relationship with you.

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