Summary: God told ancient Israel that they would be His “special treasure” IF they kept His covenant. (Covenant is used nearly 300 times in Scripture)

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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)

March 1, 2015 Chester’s FBC, Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker

A Exodus 19:5-6 (NASB) 5 'Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; 6 and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel."

1 God told ancient Israel that they would be His “special treasure” IF they kept His covenant. (Covenant is used nearly 300 times in Scripture)

a It means “to bind, to cut, divide”, evident in meaning

Genesis 15:17-18 (NASB) 17 It came about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a flaming torch which passed between these pieces. 18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, "To your descendants I have given this land, From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates:

when God directed Abram to take certain animals/birds/arranging them (presumably on an altar) and wait.

aa The cutting/dividing/shedding of blood part of the covenant is seen what Abram did to the animals.

bb The purpose of this covenant was so that Abram and his descendants would be a source of blessing & represent God to the nations so the nations would turn to YHWH as Israel did.

Genesis 12:2-3 (NASB) 2 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."

b Israel was not chosen because they were “Jewish”, but to show the world they were His people and He was their God.

aa This is the message found in the Passover’s Lamb’s blood over the door facings: “We’re marked in blood for Him, we identify ourselves as belonging to Him.”

c The same idea is found in the NT when the Apostle Peter writes about the Church.

1 Peter 2:9 (NASB) 9 But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

aa We’re not chosen people because of what we are (American’s, Baptist): we’ve been chosen to become what we’re supposed to be . . . conformed to the image of the Son/inspire others to do the same.

bb By living by His Word, in the light, being a witness for Jesus . . . we, the Body of Christ, becomes a blessing to the nations.

cc Messiah puts it this way:

Matthew 28:19-20 (NASB) 19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

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