The Scots Covenanters took their practice of public or group covenants from passages such as this in chapter 10. The believers covenant to reform their lives and behaviour in certain specific areas. The list of settlers confirms for them and us the great fact that God has kept His promise through the Prophet Jeremiah – Jeremiah 29:10.
Here is the crunch!
All of God’s people come together. The elders, the teachers and preachers, the church administrators, the heads of local, state and national government, and all the people. Together in one accord.
They covenanted to not intermarry with unbelievers, to keep the Sabbath holy, the give back to the Lord from what He has given to them, not neglecting God’s house.
They bound themselves in obligation to the Lord, willingly.
One thought that popped into my head reading this was – So what happened? By the time of Jesus, what had happened to these covenants?
It’s what we have seen throughout this entire year of readings.
We cannot keep covenant! A generation might remain faithful, but then a new generation rises up that rejects the Lord! It’s happened from the beginning, all the way to now.
Praise God that in Jesus He keeps both sides of the covenant for us! We fail and go astray, but He doesn’t! And in Him (and Him alone) we can covenant to walk in obedience under Him, striving day by day to walk in His paths, to be more and more like Jesus (only through His power).