Summary: The word “Covenant” appears specifically 313 times in the Word of God. This word is defined as an agreement between God and man. It is often referred to as a contract a covenant is much more than a contract.
Sermon Title: The Covenant of God
Big Idea: The word “Covenant” appears specifically 313 times in the Word of God. This word is defined as an agreement between God and man. It is often referred to as a contract a covenant is much more than a contract. A contract is an agreement between two or more parties that is dependent on the participants of the contract to preform or keep the provisions of the contract. A contract has a limited time specification which will end or become null and void on a predetermined future date. It also provides penalties for violation of the provisions of the contract.
Strong’s Concordance define the Hebrew Word “Covenant”
OT:1285- beriyth (ber-eeth'); from OT:1262 (in the sense of cutting [like OT:1254]); a compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh): -confederacy, [con-] feder [-ate], covenant, league. (Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
The first use of this word “beriyth” is seen in Gen 6:18 when God tells Noah of His intentions to destroy the world by flood and that Noah and his family has found favor in the sight of God and will be saved. It is important to note in the definition a “covenant” is made by passing between pieces of flesh. Hebrews 9:22 that it is only in the blood can forgiveness can be found.
A “Covenant” is not limited by date, time, or actions as the contract. However, there are two types of “covenants” in the Bible. First it the “conditional” covenant and second is the “unconditional”. The “conditional” covenant can be seen in:
• Psalms 89:34 My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips. NKJV
There are two types of “Covenant’s”
The “Conditional” Covenant
• EDENIC covenant (conditional), Gen. 1:26-31;2:16-17
The “Unconditional” covenants are evident in:
• ADAMIC covenant (unconditional), Gen. 3:16-19
• NOAHIC covenant (unconditional), Gen 9:1-18 –
• ABRAHAMIC covenant (unconditional), Gen. 12:1-4;13:14-17; 15:1-7; 17:1-8
• LAND covenant (unconditional), Deut. 30:1-10
• DAVIDIC covenant (unconditional), 2Sam. 7:4-16; 1Chron. 17:3-15 –
• NEW COVENANT (unconditional), Jer. 31:31-40
The God’s Word expressly use the word “covenant” 313 times and provides us insight into the nature and character of God from Genesis to Revelation.
The concept of “Covenant” is clearly seen in creation as God speaks in the existence the creation of the world. In Genesis 1:26 God forms man out of the dust of the earth and give Adam charge over His (God) creation it is a conditional covenant which limited Adam and Eve to living in the garden and having access to everything in the garden with the exception of the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” (Gen. 2:8). Which is the only condition of God’s covenant placed on Adam while they are living in the garden.