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Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 10:40:02 -0200
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COLUMN: GUEST WRITER

The Covenant for Everyone
  by Steve Preston

There are two major covenants God made with man,
contained within the pages of the Bible. Most
people understand these as the Old Testament and
the New Testament.

The Old Testament was a national law, given only
to the children of Israel (Deuteronomy 29:10-13;
Exodus 6:1-10; 31:17; Psalm 105:10).

Similarly, the New Testament is given to all, but
its benefits are not for everyone, save those who
choose to obey (Ephesians 1:3; Mark 16:16; Matthew
10:22; Luke 13:23-30; 1 Corinthians 1:21).

There is also a third covenant that God has
established between himself and every living
thing.

After the great flooding of the earth, Noah and
his family left the ark. God spoke to him and
said:

   "And I will establish my covenant with
   you; neither shall all flesh be cut off
   any more by the waters of a flood; neither
   shall there any more be a flood to destroy
   the earth. And God said, This is the token
   of the covenant which I make between me
   and you and every living creature that is
   with you, for perpetual generations: I do
   set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be
   for a token of a covenant between me and
   the earth. And it shall come to pass, when
   I bring a cloud over the earth, that the
   bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will
   remember my covenant, which is between me
   and you and every living creature of all
   flesh; and the waters shall no more become
   a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow
   shall be in the cloud; and I will look
   upon it, that I may remember the
   everlasting covenant between God and every
   living creature of all flesh that is upon
   the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is
   the token of the covenant, which I have
   established between me and all flesh that
   is upon the earth."        Genesis 9:11-17

No less than six times in this passage does our
Lord tell Noah about the covenant that he is
making with all the living of the earth.

This covenant is for everyone; not a single soul
is left out of this "contract" between God and
man. One does not even have to be faithful to God
to get the benefits of this covenant.

This promise from God, not to ever again destroy
the earth with a flood, has confirmation even to
this day thousands of years later.

The rainbow, such a beautiful work in the sky, was
given to man to show the sincerity, the sureness
of this particular covenant. What great comfort
Christians today can get from seeing a rainbow!

As corrupt as this present world seems to be, is
it worse than what Noah and his family had to deal
with? We cannot know for certain, of course,
though, even if it were, there will never again be
a flood as in the time of Noah.

The world will end when God's appointed time
comes. Be watching and waiting, not for the next
great flood, but for the coming of Christ.
_______
Steve writes BibleTalk, short messages from the
Bible, twice weekly.
http://freegroups.net/groups/bibletalk/

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