God is Ready to Make “Covenants” With People
Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines “Covenant“ as a binding agreement between two or more parties expressly for the performance of some action. God’s love and grace shows His readiness to make covenants with people. When God promised Noah that he would not again destroy the world with a flood, he made a covenant with him (Gen. 6:18; 9:9-17). A very important covenant existed between God and Israel (Ex. 24:1-8), which is pictured in the book of Hebrews as the “old covenant.” When the people repeatedly broke that covenant, God promised a new covenant based on forgiveness and the writing of His law on people’s hearts (Jer. 31:31-34). Jesus inaugurated this new covenant with His blood (Mark 14:24; 1 Cor. 11:25). (The Shaw Pocket Bible Handbook, Walter A. Elwell, Editor, (Harold Shaw Publ., Wheaton , IL; 1984), p. 348).