Summary: We spent last Sunday morning learning what a covenant is and what being in one means. 1 It means to bind, cut, divide (the way Abraham cut/divide the animals on presumably an altar before God) the binding is the people of Israel to God.
America’s Fork In The Road: Keeping or Cutting Covenant Series
(Based up Perry Stone & Bill Cloud’s book, America’s Controversy with God’s Covenant)
“America’s Ancient Covenant with the God of Israel”
March 15, 2015 Chester’s FBC, Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A We spent last Sunday morning learning what a covenant is and what being in one means.
1 It means to bind, cut, divide (the way Abraham cut/divide the animals on presumably an altar before God) the binding is the people of Israel to God.
a As long as Israel upheld their end of the covenant (Love God/Love Neighbor) God would protect them, bless them, make them awesome.
b If Israel stopped loving God (worshiped other gods) and their neighbor (stopped being a witness that drew them to God) then God would stop protecting, blessing, make an example of them through judgement.
aa When Israel kept covenant, they were blessed; failed to keep covenant they suffered.
bb Before they suffered/judged, God would send a warning/harbinger.
2 Today, I want to show you that America and the God of Israel are linked together (We are more than a nation under God, we are in covenant with Him, too).
a In 1620, when the Mayflower landed at Cape Cod, the passengers drafted a document called the Mayflower Compact (America’s first governmental document.)
aa “We whose names are underwritten, loyal subjects of our dread sovereign Lord, King James . . . have undertaken for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith and honor of our King and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do they these present solemnly and mutually, the presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid . . .”
bb In 1647, Governor of Plymouth, William Bradford penned Of Plymouth Plantation, describing his fellow colonist.
“Last and least, they cherished a great hope and inward zeal of laying the foundations, or at least making some ways toward it, for the propagation and advance of the gospel of the kingdom of Christ in the remote parts of the world, even though they should be but stepping stones to others in the performance of so great a work . . . Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; . . . Let the glorious name of Jehovah have all the praise.”
b The pilgrims at Plymouth viewed themselves as being in a binding covenant with God and with one another.
aa They saw what they were doing/building as a part of the design by the Great Architect.
bb They saw what they were trying to build spiritually here just as important as building roads, schools, & fences.
3 A hundred years later, the Revolutionists (Washington, Revere, Hancock, Adams, and others) would build upon the colonists spiritual foundation.