Summary: A covenant is a strong agreement between two parties. It is a contract with its terms clearly spelt out and the sanctions attached to its breach unambiguously stated at the outset.
CURSES, COVENANTS AND PROFESSIONS
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
We shall begin our message of this week by briefly examining the meaning of these words- covenants and curses.
A covenant is a strong agreement between two parties. It is a contract with its terms clearly spelt out and the sanctions attached to its breach unambiguously stated at the outset. The Bible reinforces this posture in Psalms 89:34: “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” In Genesis chapter 2, God made a covenant with man, with obedience attached as the condition for its continued observance. In Genesis chapter 9, God made a covenant with Noah that there would not be another flood, and in Genesis chapter 12, God made a covenant with Abraham and his descendants. And because our God is a covenant keeping God, that covenant is still in existence till today. In Genesis chapter 12 we see the covenant where God said, “Those who curse you, I will curse, those who bless you, I will bless.” Now, we have a new covenant, a spiritual covenant of God in Christ with His followers. The day you give your life to Jesus and become born again, you enter into a covenant with God in Christ, as stated in Hebrews 8:6- 7:“But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.”
A marriage is a covenant. Man can make covenant with evil spirits. The Bible tells us that some people even boast about their evil powers simply because they have made a covenant with the spirit of death. This can be seen in Isaiah 28:18: “And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.” A man once made a covenant with death. He was a messenger in an office, and whenever people were promoted in that office, he made sure that those of them who were not children of God were killed. As a result, people preferred not to be promoted. This was the situation until a brother who was a child of God was promoted. This messenger told him that he would die within seven days. The brother ensured that he prayed daily. On the seventh day, while he was asleep, he saw this messenger in a vision with a tall black man (an agent of death). He ordered the tall black man to kill the brother but the tall black man refused, saying that the man was a child of God. He told the messenger that if he failed to kill the brother, he would kill him. My prayer for you is that God will deliver you from every stubborn pursuer, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Sometime ago, a “big” man came to me for counseling. He confessed that he went to bed with a strange woman he met at a party and when he went to ease himself at night, he found that the woman put her legs on the wall. He was scared for he had heard that witches behave like that. The demonic association left him with a strange deposit, which he lived with for years. Of course, hospitals became useless and he would have died in that state but for the mercy of God.
A covenant binds two parties together; hence one must be careful of what one says. Immediately God entered into a covenant with Abram, several things began to happen. God changed his name to Abraham and that of Sarai, his wife, to Sarah. Circumcision was the seal and God began to fulfill His part immediately. God did not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah until he told Abraham about it because of the existing covenant between them. It is amazing to know that God instructed Lot and his wife not to look back, but Abraham looked back and watched the ruins but did not become a pillar of salt. Lot’s wife looked back and became a pillar of salt; this was because of the covenant between him and God. Abraham appealed to God in a way that would daze the present day believer. He bargained with God from 50 to 10 holy men and God listened to him because of the covenant. God could not forsake the Israelites even after their 430 years in bondage. He had to send Moses to take them out because of the covenant. A covenant can also be described as bondage. God put Himself into this absolute bondage with Abraham. So, as long as the terms of the covenant were kept, there was no problem. Battles were won by the Israelites with ease. Food and water were obtained freely but once disobedience was allowed to creep in, sufferings came fiercely upon them.