In receiving the Word of Truth, we are guided into fellowship with the Father. As we put our trust and faith in HIS Word, HE replaces our darkness and death with HIS Light and Life, that we might come to know the Knowledge and Power of God in Christ. As the Word of God abides in us, He reveals to us the Father through Himself, that we might know through Him, the Father's Will. And when we respond to the Word of God, we are responding to the Father, WHO draws us out of darkness into HIS Light, that we might be joined in fellowship with HIM through the Spirit of Truth. And by HIS Spirit, HE writes HIS law, or HIS covenant of love upon the tables of our hearts.

In seeking to understand the Word and what is meant by His coming to fulfill the will of the Father, one might ask the question, "What is a covenant?"

In order to understand the word "covenant", we must define its meaning. According to the Hebrew definition in the Strong's concordance, the word "Covenant" is defined at

(No.01285) as "Berith", this word is from the primitive root definition at (No.01262) in the sense of cutting [like (No.01254)]; a compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh): -Confederacy, [Con-]feder[-ate], covenant, league.
The word Compact: in Hebrew, is defined at (No.02266) - as a primitive root; to unite, join, bind together, be joined, be coupled, be in league, heap up, have fellowship with, be compact

From the above definition at No.01285, the word "covenant" is defined from these root words:

No.01262 Barah a primitive root; in the sense of cutting to seclect; also (as denominative from 01250) to feed; also (as equivalent to 01305) to render clear (Ecclesiastes 3:18):-Choose, (cause to) eat, manifest, (give meat)

No.01254 Bara a primitive root; (absolute) to create; (qualified) to cut down (a wood), select, feed, (as formative processes):-choose, create (creator), cut down, dispatch, do, make (fat).

No.01250 Bar from 1305 (in the sense of winnowing): gain of any kind (even while standing in the field); by extens. the open country:-corn, wheat.
Winnowing: defined in the dictionary, (1): to remove(as chaff) by a current of air (2): to get rid of (something undesirable or unwanted) (3): to SEPARATE, SIFT (4) to SELECT, to separate desirable and undesirable elements.

No.01305 Baw-ar a primitive root; to clarify (i.e. brighten), examine, select:- make bright, choice, chosen, cleanse (be clean), clearly, polished, (shew self) pure (-ify), purge, (out).

Based on these Hebrew definitions, the word "Covenant" in essence, means to be seclected from; to be chosen from; to be joined with the one who made the selection; to be coupled, or seclected to fellowship by firmly being drawn together, or being purged, or cut from something undesirable.


Example (1)
The Covenant God made to Noah and every living creature
that was with him, for perpetual generations.

The meaning of the word "Covenant" is seen when the LORD purged the earth from the wickedness of the world. The LORD created man in HIS own image, that he might reveal HIS glory. But when Adam and Eve eat the fruit of Satan's misrepresentation of God, they brought upon men death and darkness. This resulted in a distortion of God's character as reflected from the heart of man. Because of the wickedness of man, the Word preached a message of warning through His righteous servant Noah that those who would obey and respond to the Word would be saved. However, those who entered the ark with Noah were the only ones that responded to the Spirit of God and were selected from those that would be cut off by their own choosing. The LORD said, "...My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years" (Genesis 6:3).

The LORD made a covenant with those who responded to His Word. "And God spoke unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; And with every living creature that [is] with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

"And God said, This [is] the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that [is] with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which [is] between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

"And God said unto Noah, This [is] the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that [is] upon the earth. And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham [is] the father of Canaan. These [are] the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread" (Genesis 9:8-19).

The Covenant with Noah
and his sons and every living creature
that was with him in the Ark

From all that go out of the ark
I will establish my covenant with you.
Neither shall all flesh be cut off any more
by the waters of a flood
neither shall there any more be a flood
to destroy the earth.

The token of the covenant

I do set my bow in the cloud.
This is the token of the covenant which I make
between me and you and every living creature
that is with you, for perpetual generations

Notice: that the covenant that the LORD established, was with Noah, and his sons, and every living creature, and their seed that shall come after them for perpetual generations. Anyone who joined in fellowship with Noah and his household to enter the Ark, they would have been included in the covenant that the LORD had made. But no one other than Noah's household responded to the message of salvation. For the Word says, "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith" (Hebrews 11:7).

To this day, a rainbow can be seen in the cloud as evidence of the unbroken covenant that God established with Noah, and his sons, and all their descendants, and the animals, and the earth, that all flesh shall no more be cut off by the waters of a flood and neither shall there be any more a flood to destroy the earth. This evidence of the rainbow in the cloud is a token, that God can be trusted to keep HIS covenant, which He has established.


Example (2)
The Promise and Covenant the LORD made to Abram

The name of Abram in Hebrew is defined as "exalted father". With this name, the LORD appeared unto him and said, "Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" (Genesis 12:1-3).

The Promise
to Abram
I will make of thee a great nation,
I will bless thee,
I will make thy name great;
Thou shall be a blessing:
I will bless them that bless thee,
and curse him that curseth thee:
In thee shall all families
of the earth be blessed.

"And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite [was] then in the land. And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him" (Genesis 12:5-7).

Notice that this promise that the LORD made to Abram was based on his faith in God to leave his own county, his kindred and his father's house to travel to a land that he had not known, which the LORD would show him. It was in the land of Canaan that the LORD would bring about HIS promise to Abram, to bless all the families of the earth.

The promise given to
Abram's descendants
Unto thy seed will I give this land.

God promised Abram that in him all of the families of the earth would be blessed, but how would this be possible when Abram had no children of his own? Again, the LORD came unto Abram and said to him in a vision, "Fear not, Abram: I [am] thy shield, [and] thy exceeding great reward. And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house [is] this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

"And, behold, the word of the LORD [came] unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness" (Genesis 15:1-6).

In her desire to help Abram fulfill the LORD'S promise, Sarai came unto him and said, "Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes." "And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael. And Abram [was] fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram" (Genesis 16:2-4,15,16).

Notice: that Abram's wife Sarai, tried to fulfill the LORD'S promise by doing what she thought was right. As a result of Sarai giving her maid to Abram to be his wife, Hagar conceived and bare Abram an heir of works and not the heir of promise by the LORD.

Abram's heir
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"...When Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I [am] the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant [is] with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

"And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

"And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. This [is] my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.

"And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which [is] not of thy seed. He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant" (Genesis 17:1-14).

The Promise of God to
establish HIS covenant

I will make my covenant between me and thee
I will multiply thee exceedingly
My covenant is with thee
I have made thee a father of many nations
I will make thee exceeding fruitful
I will make nations of thee, and
kings shall come out of thee.
I will establish my covenant between me and thee,
and thy seed after thee in their generations
for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee,
and to thy seed after thee
.
I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee,
the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan,
for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

This was God's Promise of the covenant
to Abraham and his descendants.

The token or sign of rememberance of the promise
of God's covenant with HIS people
- - - - - - - - - -
Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin;
and it shall be a token of the covenant
between ME and you.

This was the part Abraham and his descendants
were to keep as a sign of remembrance of the Covenant
that God would establish with them.

From all the families that exsisted on the earth that came from the descendants of Noah, God had chosen Abraham and his wife Sarah to establish through them HIS everlasting covenant. It was through them and their descendants, through each generation that God would establish HIS everlasting Covenant, to be a God unto Abraham and his descendants after him. It was in Abraham that the LORD said, "In thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed. The sign of circumcision was a symbol, that they were selected by God to keep HIS covenant, that HE would be a God to them and they would be HIS people. Any male child who did not receive circumcision in the household of Abraham, he was cut off from his people, because he had broken the sign or the token of the covenant which they were to keep.

Any male child or man who breaks the token of God's covenant, he would not only be cut off from his own people, but would also be cut off from the LORD his God. This action, of being cut off from his people and his God, would be symbolized as the result upon those, who would break the covenant of God, which the token of circumcision represented. This circumcision was the mark in their flesh, that they were a chosen people by God from all nations on the earth.

Paul, who being a descendant of Abraham would later clearly define the true children of Abraham.


The Covenant being established with Abram's descendants

After four hundred years of being in bondage to the Egyptians and serving them and being afflicted by them, God appeared unto Moses and said, "Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses said unto God, Who [am] I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this [shall be] a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain" (Exodus 3:10-12).

Even though Moses was once in the household of Pharaoh, he recognized that he had no ability or power of himself to go unto Pharaoh and bring forth God's people, the children of Israel out of Egypt. To this recognition, God said unto him, "I will be with thee" to bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt. The Power to accomplish the Will of God was not of Moses, but of the Power of God. For it was the LORD, WHO did HIS work through HIS Word, and HIS Word by His servant Moses, that Moses might glorify the Word, even as the Word glorifies the Father.

In providing for the children of Israel on their journey from Egypt, the LORD sent HIS Power to the children of Israel as Bread and Water to give them Strength for their journey as they came to the presence of the LORD their God. In order to prepare their hearts to know the LORD, the LORD instructed Moses to lead them into the wilderness to build their faith in HIM through HIS Word.

Bread for the Journey

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By working through and with HIS servant Moses, the LORD God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt unto Himself at the mount of Sinai. "And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and [how] I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth [is] mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These [are] the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

"And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him. And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD" (Exodus 19:3-8).

The covenant established
with the house of Jacob

Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians,
and [how] I bare you on eagles' wings,
and brought you unto myself.
Now therefore
Condition
If ye will obey my voice indeed,
and keep my covenant,
then ye shall be a peculiar treasure
unto me above all people:
for all the earth [is] mine:
And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests,
and an holy nation.

All the people answered together, and said,
All that the LORD hath spoken we will do.

Because the LORD had selected the descendants of Abraham to be HIS people, HE presented a token of remembrance to Abraham and his descendants, that they might remember HIS promise of HIS covenant with them. Likewise, HE established another sign or token with the children of Israel, that they might know that they are HIS people. This covenant, which establishes the children of Israel as being a peculiar treasure unto HIM, was based on the condition of their obedience to HIS Voice and the keeping of HIS covenant.

The LORD revealed to the house of Jacob through HIS servant Moses, that it was HE, WHO brought them out of the house of bondage unto HIMSELF. "Now therefore", HE said unto them, if they will obey HIS Voice and keep HIS covenant, they shall be a peculiar treasure unto HIM above all people of the earth. And they shall be to HIM a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.

As the LORD was with Moses, who recognized that he had no power of himself to do the will of God, but was chosen and called by the LORD to serve HIM in taking HIS Word to the children of Israel, in like manner, the LORD would be with the children of Israel, who had no power to free themselves from the bondage to which they were being afflicted, but were chosen by God to be unto HIM a peculiar treasure above all people of the earth and to be unto HIM a kingdom of priests and a holy nation, that through them all the earth might be blessed in receiving the Word of God.

But the children of Israel did not even recognize that they had no power of themselves to keep the law, or the covenant of the LORD. Yet, they all with one voice answered the Word of the LORD, and said, "All that the LORD hath spoken we will do". After returning the words of the children of Israel unto the LORD, the LORD said unto Moses, "...let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them" (Exodus 25:8).

In the Ark of the Covenant
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The LORD promised Abraham (the father of many nations) that in him will HIS covenant be established and all the families of the earth will be blessed. The LORD Kept HIS promise by establishing HIS law, which is HIS covenant of love with the descendants of Abraham. They were not to be a people, who worshiped other gods as the other nations were doing, but were to be a peculiar treasure unto HIM above all people.

Through Moses, the LORD revealed by HIS Word to the people and said, "Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so [to do]. The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.

"And the LORD said unto me, They have well [spoken that] which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require [it] of him" (Deuteronomy 18:13-19).

The Promise of a Prophet, Who would speak
in God's NAME the Word of God among them.

He would be raised up by God among them
He would be from among their brethren
He would be like unto Moses
They must hearken unto Him, the Voice of God
HE will veil the great fire, that they die not
The LORD will put HIS words in HIS Mouth
HE will speak all that the LORD shall command Him
At the end, whosoever do not accept the Word in HIS
NAME, the Word would be required of him.

Notice that the LORD was restablishing the condition that was presented to the children of Israel, that if they will obey HIS Voice and keep HIS covenant, then they shall be a peculiar treasure unto HIM above all people. The Word of God is given by God as a free Gift to all men, but if men do not accept the Word of God, Which is the Light and Life of men, God would required It of them.

Yet, the children of Israel disobeyed the Voice of the LORD, and broke HIS covenant which they promised to keep. And the LORD said, that HE will establish a new covenant with HIS people, the house of Israel.

Notice: In order to discern whether or not the New Testament Christian should observe the Law of God to do them, read each section in the order presented.

1. Introduction   2. The Covenant   3. The New Covenant   4. Covenant Fulfilled  
5. Principles of God's law   6. God's Law of Love   7. Conclusion  

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