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.
“… And enter into a curse and an oath to walk in God’s law that was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord and his rules and his statutes.”
Here is the culmination of much of what we read in Ezra and Nehemiah.
All of God’s people come together. The elders, the teachers and preachers, the church administrators, the heads of local and tribal/state and national government, and all the people.
Together in one accord.
They covenanted many things. To keep the Sabbath holy. To refuse intermarriage with unbelievers. To give back to the Lord from what He had given to them. To keep God’s house.
They bound themselves in obligation to the Lord, willingly.
This is an important event.
So what happened? By the time of Jesus, what had happened to these covenants?
It is as we have seen throughout this first half of the old testament this year.
We cannot keep any covenant with God! A generation might remain faithful, but then a new generation rises up and rejects the Lord!
Praise God that in Jesus, God the Son become flesh (dwelling amongst us), He keeps both sides of His covenant for us – We live in His righteous keeping of the covenant!
And in Jesus we are able to walk in obedience under God’s sovereign will, striving day by day to walk in His paths, striving in His strength, with His wisdom, His word written on our hearts.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* God Above,
Thank You for Jesus – In whom we have life!
Thank You for Your word – That we see in flesh in our saviour, God the Son, King Jesus.
Please help us to walk in obedience today Lord God, to do what You tell us to.