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Study Guide #7b—Covenant God

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By Kay Smith and Ruth Wood

Contracts. Covenants. These are ways to express commitment and require a character that is loyal, faithful. God is supremely reliable in His promises, but what does this understanding mean to us in concrete terms?

1. When we say a person is “faithful” (e.g. a faithful worker or a faithful husband), what are we saying about that person?

2. When the Bible speaks of God’s faithfulness, it usually is talking about His fulfilling a covenant, a contract or agreement. Think about human covenants: business contracts, marriage vows, nuclear arms agreements, etc. Why do people make them, and what elements do they contain?

3. To understand God’s faithfulness, we need to know at least a little about the covenants He made. Look at these Old Testament covenants and answer these questions about each: Describe the basic agreement—what did God promise? What were men promising? What would each party receive? Who initiated the covenant and why? Were any of the promises conditional?

Genesis 9:8-17

Genesis 12:1-3; 15:18-21; 17:1-14, 19

II Samuel 7:8-16

Exodus 19:1-6; 24:3-8 (If you want details of this covenant, read Exodus 20-23.)

Jeremiah 31:31-34

4. Did God keep His covenant promises? How? Where it’s relevant, did God’s people keep their promises?

Seen a rainbow lately? See also Revelation 20:11

Numbers 1:45-46; Joshua 21:43-45; Romans 9:4-5, Romans 11:25-29

You can read I and II Kings and I and II Chronicles to follow David’s line, or take my word for it: the Israelite kings continued to be of David’s line. Also read Luke 1:26-33.

Either read Exodus 24 through Nehemiah, or for a summary, read Nehemiah 9:7-38.

Hebrews 9:9-15

5. Describe God’s faithfulness (perhaps compare it to human faithfulness) and what this means to you personally.

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