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Abrahamic Covenant Part One
Part of the Biblical Covenant Stories Series
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I hope this story telling account of History and the Biblical Covenants is of help to you. I know we all have questions when it comes to life. When I was young, I was the oldest of 5 children. My youngest little sister was filled with so many questions as she grew, but the first question was why? Not just why, but why, why why why, why, why, but why and so on. It taught me patience for sure. But it also helped me understand that inquisitive nature. So, here we go again, As I attempt to answer some of the background info to the why questions to give us a better understanding of WHY God did what He did. Of course we won’t know it all this side of Heaven, but I hope it’s a good start to get you digging into the Biblical Covenants on your own.
Last time we got together and looked at the Covenants, Noah and his family were fresh off the boat, ok a really big boat, ok, an Ark!
After exiting the vehicle, God had instructed the family once again with one direction being repeated which was for them to be fruitful and multiply, for the entire earth needed repopulating.
The smell of a good BBQwas still wafting in the air including the fat from the animals that were given to God in sacrifice by Noah on an altar, revealing an obedient heart, with the rainbow overhead as a symbol of the unconditional covenant between God and mankind and all the animals.
God promised He would not flood the entire earth again. After establishing the family in the last covenant between Himself and Adam, God has now established government for mankind through the covenant with Noah. This covenant will remain in effect as long as there are rainbows. It does my heart good when I see a gorgeous double rainbow in the sky after a storm here in North Idaho. If you have any pictures of one in your area, I would love it if you would share them on the Moments with Moni facebook page. Let’s all remind each other of this promise from God.
Ok, back to the story.
Well, the beauty of the fresh new earth didn’t last that long. Fresh off the boat, Noah decided to be a farmer, and planted a vineyard. Yes, I realize there is passage of time, but in the very next verse, Noah drank that wine, and you guessed it...Noah got drunk.
Evidently there was a scandal that went on inside the tent, for the Bible reads, “Noah, drank of the wine, and was drunken, and had it happened today Ham would have been considered a journalist wanting to make headlines
Some say there may have been more going on, but many scholars believe that the scene was just what it was written as, which you can read in Genesis.
Do you remember after Adam and Eve sinned and made clothing for themselves out of fig leaves? The timeline from this Antedilluvian age to the Last Days before the coming of Christ, may make this moment look like no big deal.
But remember the standard of this world by the One who created it and all that is in it, rises above such lewdness.
After Noah woke from his drunkeness, it says that he knew what had happened.
I used to think that Noah just yelled at his son because he was mad at him. However, the Bible paints a different picture. Noah was now in his right mind, and since he was the head of the family, and now the head governing member of society, he has proclaimed blessing and cursing in this instance.
The guilty party is now proclaimed a servant to the other two sons, one of whom receives a spiritual blessing and the other a temporal one. We also read in this account of History, that Noah lived another 350 years after the flood and he died.
As the Bible continues, descendants of these three sons are mentioned. It looks like a dry read of names if at first you open your Bible to read them, but if you dig in to the meaning of these names, and catch a bit of history that is thrown in with them, it actually reveals a lot. But that is for another story. Our main take away for the Covenant series is that the earth was being repopulated rather well. All of these were the families of Noah’s generations, and the nations came out of these three sons families.
So what happens when you get together a lot of people who want to do things their own way? Well, since they all spoke the same language, they got together in their pretensious pride, and decided to not scatter across the earth and fill it, but to build a tower that reached all the way to Heaven. Pride and arrogance is strong and well in the hearts of mankind once again.
As a mom, I get the picture of a toddler who want out of the play pen so they can get back into the forbidden cookie jar, maybe even skip the jar and go straight for the hot cookie sheet coming out of the oven. Why stop at one, when you can have the whole batch. Mom would gently pick the toddler up and put them back in the play pen and distract the little one with a toy or a book.
It makes me laugh when I think of God, talking amongst Himself, saying “watch this”. “Let us confuse them with different languages.”
There are some that would think, Oh that God!
He never let’s me do what I want to do. Yet, if we look at it from God’s point of view, He is putting them safely back into the play pen so that the whole human race won’t all get themselves into danger once more. It’s all in our perspective isn’t it?
It was during this time that the life span of humans was steadily shortening, and Abram steps on to the page of world History. This was during the Patriarchal society, and Abram, was married to Sarai, who was barren. She had no child.
Childlessness in a society like this was considered a curse. However these two loved each other very much.
The lifestyle of people at that time was filled with little pocket gods. Graven images of false gods that people worshipped instead of the one true God.
It was at this time, that God called to Abram and told him to get out of the country he was in, and directed Abram out of Ur of the Chaldeans.
God said, “Leave your land, your relatives and your father;s house and go to the land that I’m going to show you.”
But guess what?
Abram did as the LORD directed, and left Ur of the Chaldeans, after his father died, and took his nephew Lot and his wife Sarai, and all the possessions and the servants and they set out for Canaan.
Can you imagine packing up and leaving everything you know and love behind without even knowing where you were headed?
I remember when my husband couldn’t get work when we lived in Northern CA, and he was offered three jobs in North Idaho. He went on ahead to secure lodgings and connect with the employer and came back for the family. He and the boys were in the U-haul truck ahead of me, and I followed them up in the car. It took us a few days, but as we came down out of the big city in the neighboring state of Washington, it was nearing dusk. As we continued to drive, it got darker and darker, until we met new friends that helped us unpack the truck that night in the dark. It wasn’t until the next morning when I ventured out for some breakfast to bring back to the guys, that I saw the beauty of the forests all around me, praising God for the place He had brought me to, sight unseen. Trust is such a little word, that requires a big heart.
For Abram and Sarai, trust encompassed more that just a move. God promised the land He brought them into, to his descendants. So Abram built an altar to worship God and continued on into
Egypt because there was a famine in the land. While in Egypt God tells us a story of how Abram lied to the Pharaoh about his wife Sarai, for he knew she was a beautiful woman, and was afraid he would be killed by pharoah and she would be taken away. But God revealed this lie by afflicting Pharoah and his household with severe plages. Pharoah called Abram out and sent him and Sarai out of the country along with many sheep, oxen, donkey’s servants and camels.
It’s pretty bad when someone who does not even believe in the same God you do, calls you out in a lie.
By this story, we can see that Abram was a sinner. He lied to save his own skin, even though he put his wife’s life in danger. And yet, God chose Abram to make the next Covenant with. Abrams response to God was in faith.
As time passed, Abram began to wonder how the promise that God had made to him would come to be, Abram waited a loooooong time for this promise to come true, but God knows that we need reminding now and then, which is a perfectly painted picture for us today when we read
And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
God didn’t just tell Abram of the promise again, but gave him an illustration. God had Abram look up at the night sky and pointing out that Abram’s physical descendants would be as innumerable as the stars in the sky, through Abrams actual flesh and blood child, and that the land that God shows Abram will be the land that his descendants will inherit.
One of these descendants is called the Bright and Morning Star. (Rev. 22:16)
Then Abram believed the LORD and the LORD counted it to Abram as righteousness. Or we could say that God credited faith to Abram’s account as righteousness. Abram was still a sinner like you and I but just as someone today looks back at the finished work of Jesus on the cross, and Abram looked forward to God’s promise, we are counted as righteous before God.
That’s a pretty big promise, and I think I would have questions, and yes, Abram asked God How ill I know, or how will I be able to show the nations what You have told me?
This is where the making of a covenant comes in. We discussed this in a previous episode, but in review, God asked to Abram to prepare animals for a covenant ceremony, which Abram did.
A deep sleep fell over Abram
A burning torch passed between the sacrificial animal. Usuallay both parties of a covenant would pass through together in a figure eight, which also signified eternity, but in this case it was God who took full responsibility of this covenant and passed through alone after Abram fell asleep. It would be another fourteen years after this ceremony that the Lord would appear to Abram again.
Have you ever lost sight of a promise that you KNOW God made to you? Have you gone on your merry way trying to do life on your own, thinking you are honoring God but really, you are walking in the flesh, walking all alone down a dark alley with a light at the end that might be a train!
Well, Abram and Sarai, were doing just that. Instead of walking with God, they stepped ahead of Him and took matters into their own hands to try to fulfill the covenant promise they KNEW was theirs. Sarai came up with a plan, which was common in those days, when it came to infertility. You see, it was considered a curse to be childless in those days, and Sarai and Abram, were both getting up there in age, near 100 hundred years old!
In those days, to ensure a child, an heir to childless couples, the wife’s handmaiden would, as we would say today, be a surrogate mother for the couple.
Just as Adam and Eve focused on the fruit rather than on God and took matters into their own hands, so did Abram and Sarai. Along with this came consequences that we live through and will continue to live through until the end of time.
The child that came from the union of Abram and Sarai’s Handmaiden, Hagaar the Egyptian, was named Ishmael. Even though Sarai wanted this child, Hagar now despised Sarai. Then Sarai quickly blamed it on Abram and then Abram threw it back at Sarai saying, paraphrased like this of course…Hey, she’s not my handmaid, you do what you want with her.
My husband and I were just watching a program about spotting liars a few weeks ago, and it strikes me as a similar scene here. Firs the blame game and tossing the blame back, but also no admission of guilt, just do what you want with her. Hey, it’s not problem, you deal with her.
So Sarai dealt harshly with Hagar, so harshly that Hagar ran away. But an angel of the LORD told Hagar that she must go back to Sarai and submit to her authority.
Again, we don’t know how much time has passed, but in the very next verse of the Historical account in the Bible, God announces to Abram that “I AM God Almighty! Live in constant awareness that I’m always with you, and be blameless so that I may make Amy Covenant between me and you and may multiply you greatly.
God speaks, and on his face Abram goes as God continues.
Behold my covenant is with you and you shall be the father of a multitude of Nations.
God revealed Himself to Abram as El SHaddai, The God who pours out blessings richly, abundantly, continually.
God made it clear to Abram what He expects of him. The word blameless means “whole”. God expects Abram to give himself wholly to God. A complete commitment.
Even though it had been many years since the promise was first made to Abram, God didn’t forget anything.
As we walk through this world, waiting for God to “make good” on his promises, does it build our faith or does it cause us to mock God’s seemingly forgetfulness? Mockers have reminded us many times during these last days before Jesus return for His bride that,
“Oh, it’s been more than two thousand years already and your god hasn’t returned for you yet! Just give it up!”
Should there be a momentary lack of faith, of doubt on my part, it’s time for me to fall on my face and spend time with the One who loves me, with God Almighty, who reminds me of His faithfulness as I look back over the altars that have been erected in my own heart when God has taken me by the hand and walked me over the river and through the woods, not to grandmothers house, but to a place of deeper trust and faith in Him. And just like God changed Abrams name, He promised to give me a new name as an overcomer in Him!
Right now as we walk with our Lord, He calls us saints, righteous, ambassadors, the chosen, a royal priest hood, children of God, and Beloved, and each one of those will be fulfilled by God, through God, in us.
Abram and Sarai through a wrench into the plans of God, but once again God knows the beginning from the ending of time, and He knows what our choices will be, which is another reason for the making of this covenant.
Rather than just the “official” offspring of God’s Covenant with Abram, there is now another son that will create another Nation. The lives of these two sons, and their descendants are still at war today. If it weren’t for the Son of God Himself, that promised Bright and Morning Star, there would be no end to the war of the Nations that come out of mankind, once again choosing to do life on their own terms, rather than the perfect plans of God.
There is just so much more to unpack in this covenant and the lives of Abraham and his two sons, but we will have to take another look at the rest of the story next time.
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End of part one of The Abrahamic Covenant.
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The Covenant Series:
The Covenant Stories #47
The Covenant Stories #49 (The Making of a Covenant)
Overview of the Biblical Covenants #51
The Biblical Covenants, Edenic #53
The Biblical Covenants-Adamic #55
Theme Song "Brand New" written and performed by Brad & Monika Hardy
Listen to the Podcast here...Noahic Covenant
Last time we left Adam and Eve just outside the Garden Eden in their new, animal skin covering, that God made for them. Even though they disobeyed God, He was kind and merciful to them and instructed them in the way they should go as they entered the new realm of life that included pain, suffering, weeds, thorns and thistles.
It’s at this point we need to remember that it was their own doing that brought them to this place. There was no one else to blame for the state they were in.
We continue today in Genesis to set the stage for the scene on the Earth before God made the next Covenant.
And Adam knew Eve, his wife and she conceived and gave birth to Cain….let’s stop right there…
I have always heard “knew” described as Adam and Eve had physical relations, hence she conceived a child which is mentioned later in the verse. But there is so much more to the word “knew”
I “know” how difficult it is to translate some words from German to English, since German is my native tongue. There are words that have to go through several rounds of translating in my head before they come out in the proper American version. Such as Untersetz, which is an important word to know in the moment you need to share it. Give me an untersetzt. My kingdom for an untersetzt! Now please!….Unter means under, setzt means to sit….ok, I that thing that sits under…. I need that thing that sits under this hot pot of spaghetti sauce before I drop it! Finally the word comes to me…which is not an American word at all, but a borrowed French word….A TRIVET! Yes, that’s it, I need a Trivet!
“Gemütlichkeit” is another word that always gives me trouble in translating to English. Americans would consider it hospitality, but the term has so much more meaning behind it. It is a sense of warm coziness, with friends and family, inside with candles, and conversation, and warm drinks, away from the outside world.
The primitive root of to know, according to the Strongs Concordance, Know (Which properly means to ascertain by seeing) is used in a great variety of our senses.
All of these can be included in the term knew in “Adam knew his wife,” as:
observation, care, recognition, instruction, designation, acknowledge, advise, appoint, to be aware of, to discern, discover, make self known, mark, respect, teach, tell, understand, and have understanding of.
Do see what I see?
I see a recognition on Adam’s behalf of the things he should have been doing. He is now living in an understanding manner with Eve. As my husband mentioned when we were discussing this, “We could roll all those terms into one as…intimacy”
It looks as if Adam is walking as head of his household now, although most likely not perfectly as there is sin in the world, but at least it seems as if his heart is in the right place.
The rest of verse one goes on. Eve said, I have gotten a man child from the LORD!
If you and your husband were the only people in this new realm on earth? Might you wonder if this man child was the fulfillment of the promise that God made? Might this man child be the one who saves you from the consequences of sin? But in the very next verse of this Historical record we hear of the birth of another man child.
Time flies when we read the account of these two verses.
In the third verse we learn, Cain was a tiller of the ground and Abel was a keeper of sheep. And in the process of time, it came to pass, that both sons brought an offering to the Lord.
Do you notice what I notice?
More time had passed and the sons of Adam and Eve are bringing a sacrifice to God.
Abel brought the best of his flock of sheep with the fat and God had respect for his offering.
Cain brought his offering of grains to the Lord, but the Lord did not respect this offering.
There was nothing in Genesis at this point to indicate why these sacrifices brought about acceptance or not, but we do learn from our parents as they teach us. Adam and Eve were taught by the best teacher after they sinned. God showed them that blood needed to be shed to cover the sin they had committed. Perhaps Adam was still acting as the head of his household and teaching his children well.
In was written in later accounts of history in Leviticus and Hebrews that blood was to be shed as an acceptable sacrifice. This helps me see how important it is to still teach our children well when they are young, before they read the written word, and to hide these truths in their hearts.
Cain became very upset and depressed
So the LORD asked Cain….
Why are you so upset?
Why are you depressed?
If you do what is right, you will be accepted won’t you?
But if you don’t do what is right, sin is crouching near you, turning towards you.
However, you must take dominion over it.
Instead Cain lured his brother out to the wilderness and killed him.
Once again we hear similar words from God…
Where’s your brother Able?
Instead of coming clean with God, CAIN shrugs it off and answers, how am I supposed to know? Am I my brother’s keeper?
Once again, God questions CAIN. God knows exactly what CAIN did, but gives him a chance to come clean. But CAIN’S heart refused to admit what he had done to his brother.
What did you do? Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. From here on out, you will till the ground, but it will not yield it’s fruit to you and you will be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth.
CAIN then lived as an exile, out of the presence of the Lord and lived in the land of Nod on the east of Eden with a mark on him so that others knew not to kill him.
Once again there is mercy on the children of God even though they chose to live in disobedience to the One who made them.
Cain went on to have many children, and so did Adam and Eve. But it wasn’t until Enos was born that humans began to call upon the name of the Lord again.
That took a LONG time.
In those days mankind lived a long lives. Adam, after having another son, Seth, lived 930 years and then he died.
All the way to Noah’s day who was 500 years old, and he became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
In the middle of this account of History, there is a whole chapter on Genelogies in the Bible. Instead of a boring account of me reading this to you, I share a snippet of the Skit "Christ and the Veil" It was written by my son, and he shares it around the kitchen table at dinner time with his children.
You can find more info on this
"Christ and the Veil" on Stephen Hardy's Facebook Page at "Christ and the Veil- A One Man Play" or to request a booking for him to share this skit at your church or Park or gathering.
At this point the Earth was being filled with many people that God wanted to love, and be loved by in return, but as usual, He’s merciful and will not force others to love Him.
He did however, see that the evil deeds of humans were growing more and more and even their thoughts were becoming only evil on a continual basis.
Then the Lord regretted having made humans and He was deeply grieved.
God was deeply grieved.
When things go wrong on earth mankind is quick to cry out and blame God for all the evil.
We are quick to ask where is God when these catastrophes happen?
Why isn’t He helping?
Have you ever wondered what grieves God’s heart?
He could see where the future was going for mankind.
So. Once again, even though God dealt out consequences to disobedience on all of mankind, Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Grace: kindness, favor, graciousness, in the sense of bending or stooping in kindness to an inferior. To favor, bestow, to have pity on , to have mercy on.
So God talks with Noah, and tells him The end of all flesh is come. The earth is filled with violence through mankind, and I will destroy them and the earth.
And here we come to the instructions for the beginning of the move towards the next Covenant, because sin on the earth had now bloomed to full flower and it was time for judgement and mercifully, another reset.
The Noahic Covenant
The Noahic Covenant was to secure the Earth as a stage for the restitution of all things.
Even though it had never rained on the earth before, God told Noah to make a huge Ark, He gave him the instructions on how to build it, what to make it out of, and to cover it in pitch, inside and out.
This pitch was a tar like substance used as a coating made from the henna plant which was used for dyeing, was the color of dried blood. Figuratively this pitch was a redemption price.
The root word is of pitch is
kaw-Far … to cover, condone, appease, to make an atonement, cleanse, forgive, be merciful, pacify, pardon, to purge, to RECONCILE.
So Noah did all that the Lord commanded him to do. Did you hear that? Noah actually obeyed God. Noah and his sons built the ark so that Noah and his wife, and his three sons Ham Shem and Japeth, and their wives and the animals that God instructed would all be safe in the Ark when the waters came.
And in this, God established the Covenant with Noah and all the living humans and animals to come.
When Noah was 600 years old, they all got in the Ark and God shut the door.
600 years old.
What are we doing with a life that lasts about 100 years?
The flood lasted 40 days.
Can you imagine the sounds of the cries of those outside the ark as the first of the rain drops began to fall and reality began to set in? Then as the waters began to grow deep.
Let me in, Let me in. But by then it was too late.
The ark began to float, and the ark didn’t come to land until the highest mountains were covered in water, and everything that had breath, had died.
Only Noah and those in the ark were left and they floated around on the waters for another 150 days until the waters receded and the Ark landed on Mt Ararat. Eventually God instructed Noah and his family to get out of the Ark, and Once again the instruction to be fruitful and multiply the earth was given.
Noah’s reaction to the instruction of God remands me of
traveling out of my own Country and after only 6 weeks elsewhere, I was so thankful to be back on familiar soil.
I witnessed someone kiss the ground after getting off the plane.
Noah may have done the same, after getting off the ark, but that is not recorded for us in scripture.
What he did do, was built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
There are tears in my eyes as I think of the heart of Noah at this moment. I look for meaningful moments in life, and this is definitely one of them. For the smoke that rose to the LORD from this altar brought a pleasing aroma in such contrast to the stench of the world for so long that made God’s heart grieve. It breaks my heart to know that we break God’s heart when we sin against Him.
It’s not the smell of a good bbq, but a heart of obedience that pleased the LORD… and He said:
“I will never again curse the ground because of man and the evil intentions of his heart, and neither will I strike down every living creature as I have done.”
The first thing Noah did on dry ground was to worship God through sacrifice. His heart was filled with gratitude for God. The magnificent scope of being saved from destruction brought praise in his heart for God’s leading and guiding.
God also let Noah in on a few changes for the future life on earth.
“while the earth remains, there will be seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night”
No longer will there be a blanket like vapor covering the earth as it was emptied during the flood. From now on there will be seasonal and temperature changes. Many commentators believe this is the reason for a shorter life span in mankind after the flood.
Another insight of mass extinction revealed fossil records of the animal. Some skeletal remains of animals reveal sudden destruction while eating, or hunting another animal.
Here we finally arrive at the front porch of the Noahic Covenant, Genesis Chapter 9 Where God, once again instructs His children for life in a new world.
God tells Noah and the family….
After the instructions are shared, God again makes a covenant with man and this time includes all of creation.
Imagine standing just outside the ark smelling the aroma rising to heaven, as you watch the animals leave the ark, as you realize they are afraid of you now.
There may have been a little vegetation that survived the flood, the animals are now afraid of you and you must find them if you were going to be able to eat.
The reserves brought on the ark, if any were left, would not last long. I don’t remember reading any whining or complaining from Noah or the family about these things. With our own fires, and hurricane and floods, and destruction these days, it’s easy to get into an attitude of complaining rather than an attitude of gratitude when our eyes are focused in the wrong area.
As the eight humans stand in awe of what God has done to save them, God begins to share another unconditional covenant.
“I make this Covenant with you, and all of mankind, and even with the animals.
Never will I destroy all flesh on the earth in a flood again.
Never again will there be a flood to destroy the entire earth.
As a sign of this Covenant that I make with you, I will put a rainbow in the clouds, and when I see it I will remember my everlasting covenant with you.
This promise from God originated in His own heart. God’s promise was freely made on His part and was not dependent on Noah or any other human descendant or what they may or may not do in the future.
Can you see The attributes of God shine through in this Covenant? He is Omniscient, all knowing, Omnipresent, ever present, Omnipotent, all powerful, compassionate, merciful sovereignty and grace shine briliiantly like the facets on a diamond in the sunlight….kind of like the rays of sunlight through the clouds like a rainbow.
If you haven’t noticed by now, God’s Covenants foreshadow the work of Jesus that is fulfilled in and through Him.
These Covenants require some sort of faith response in our own lives.
Do we believe them or not?
Are we going to trust God and His word or not?
Are we going to choose life on our own terms like Adam and Eve, and all those that lived on earth before the flood?
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Yes, pain can often be masked by humor, and we need to be careful not to hide the pain. So if you know of anyone in your life that is constantly up and seems to hiding pain, pray and see if there is something that God would have you do to help. Because our Nation, really the world, had been shut down for so long, there may be many hiding in homes that are hurting. Reach out, be a good neighbor. Knock on the door, drop off some toilet paper on the porch and give them a smile from a distance.
As I spoke with Laura over Zoom about a month ago, it was at the beginning of the fire season of 2020, and within a few weeks, most of the west half of the country is on fire. The smoke was at Laura's place in Colorado and mine in North Idaho as we spoke. We are remembering all of those brave souls out there fighting the fires, and praying for them and their families at home, waiting for their safe return.
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Laura is a multi-published, multi-awarded author and dancer. Her two nonfiction books “Dolores, Like the River” and “Jesus in Shorts: Twenty-five Short Stories of Life-Changing Jesus Moments” are among her many published works. With a passion for helping others see their worth and value through the lens of Jesus, she shares stories of God’s love and lessons in her journey of almost seven decades as a writer, dancer and teacher. Through her monthly blog, “Livin’ What You’re Given” she speaks with humor and authenticity into the truth that we are valuable and have purpose at every age and every stage. She also has been published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul” as well as many online Christian publications. As she shares stories in written word and dance, she encourages others to find healing and inspiration for their life’s purpose in the Risen Christ. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, and proud native of Colorado who lives in Montrose, Co with husband Keith. She holds an MA in storytelling through creative movement from Regis University.
What's so special about a promise? I mean promises are made and kept, but some promises are made and broken.
Adamic Covenant Podcast Link
A short review of the Edenic Covenant from last time: The Ednenic Covenant was a conditional covenant between God and Adam. Which means there were conditions to this covenant regarding creation and life in the Garden of Eden. It was a time of innocence. Adam was to live in the land that God had given him, and God set before him a choice to do things God’s way, or his own way. Just one simple test of obedience while Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden.
Let’s set the stage for the Adamic Covenant
It begins with Chapter 3 of Genesis:
Enter, stage left, the snake, the whisperer of magic spells, an enchanter. One who hisses. All these descriptions come from the Strongs Concordance, but the snake is not clearly identified as Satan in this particular passage.
Since the entire Bible is sixty six books connected to tell the entire History, we can understand this hissing creature a bit better through their addition.
Ezekiel chapter 28 tells us this creature was in Eden, the Garden of God and every precious stone was his covering, that he was beautiful and when he was created he was able to sing with his pipes and make music.
Revelation 19 and 20 describe the snake as the great dragon that was cast out of heaven, the old serpent called the Devil,
That Satan who deceived and deluded the whole world!
He was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
So yes, this serpent was more subtile, crafty, or cunning, then any beast of the field. This serpent is referred to in Ezekiel as one who’s heart was lifted up against God. This serpent who led others in worship of God, who used to be the worship leader in heaven, thought himself to be greater than God. It was this serpent who was cut down and cast out of heaven along with a third of the angels. Dr. Luke in chapter 8 tells us a story about the devils or demonic beings under certain circumstances, having the ability to indwell human or animal bodies.
In Lukes story, it was a herd of swine.
Now that we can see how the serpent in the garden is tempting Eve, and who this serpent is, you may have even more questions before we continue.
Likewise, you husbands, dwell with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
The enemy’s first attack was causing Eve to question what God had said, by trying to undermine the Words of her Creator!
Do we see the enemy trying to undermine God’s word so much more in our day? So many today are ripping out the passages of scripture that they don’t believe are true, right out of the Bible, and rewriting or reconstructing them to draw even more souls away from the Truth!
God does not mention where Adam was when Eve was conversing with the the serpent. Eve noticed the fruit was pleasant to her sight, and was convinced it would make her wise. She then shared it with Adam, and he ate of it as well and drum roll please…they both understood what they had done.
They became aware of their nakedness, and tried to hide it right away by sewing fig leaves together to hide their nakedness, and hide themselves from God when He came into the Garden in the cool of the day as God asked...
Where are you?
Don’t think for a minute that God lost his created beings. He knew full well where they were. Just like your mom knows where you are hiding when you get into the cookie jar and hide behind the door to eat them.
The first game of kick the can was played, and the shame and guilt was passed on from Adam to Eve to the snake. The conditional promise of innocence in the Garden of Eden was now obviously broken and the consequences were rolled out. God could have destroyed them right then and there, but by His mercy, but He didn’t.
Some commentators blame this all on Eve, some all on Adam, but in looking at scripture, I agree with other scholars who see the responsibility was on Adam, as God gave Adam the commands on how to live in Eden and the responsibility was on Adam to teach his helpmeet, his wife these commands.
God set Adam up as the head of the household. It was God who told Adam “not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil” It was Eve who told the serpent that “we are not to eat from the tree in the midst of the garden, and added that they were not even supposed to touch it.
So without proper instruction, Eve was ignorant of what God’s commands were.
We have a scenario of beings reaching out for the power to be like God. The ironic thing is that the fruit itself was a picture of what God already was for them.
Mankind still reaches out for things to fill their senses with pleasure and power and wisdom, things that do not require submission to anyone. To this day, some see God as the old white haired being in the clouds with his finger on the smite button, someone ready to destroy us. In reality we see a picture of God full of mercy and forgiveness. Not only did God not destroy Adam and Eve on the spot, He made another way for them to be reconciled to Him and to bring others with them.
Here come the consequences of breaking the Edenic Covenant and thankfully walking into another Covenant with God.
God saw that Adam and Eve tried to hide their shame of what they had done with fig leaves, but God in His wisdom knew that this would not do. SO God made robes of animal hides which meant there must have been death of an animal for the first time. A foreshadow of a time in the future.
The Two realms of Heaven and Earth are now breached. God said Behold the man has now become like one of “us” in knowing good and evil. Now, so that man doesn’t reach out and also take of the tree of eternal life and eat God sent them out from the Garden to work the ground from which he was taken. But first God made proper garments for them to wear. It was time for Eve to begin her experience of sorrow, dependence and subjection on her husband, and Adam to enter into a new career of hardship and toil of the ground, to work by the sweat of his brow.
This next Covenant is an unconditional one. God does not put any conditions on Adam or Eve to keep, but God keeps the Adamic Covenant promise Himself. er scriptures that God is not a liar, we can trust that He will keep this Covenant Promise.
As a result of Adam’s sin, his breaking of the Edenic Covenant, there is now hatred between the descendants of Eve and of Satan, there will be painful childbirth for women.
Adam will have to work the soil which is now filled with thorns and weeds. Marriage will no longer be harmonious and life will be a struggle to survive. Death has now entered the world. But even in the midst of God’s curse on the pair and the land, there is a glimmer of Hope. God’s salvation plan shines through as He puts enmity between the offspring of the woman and satan. One born from the line of the woman will crush the serpents head. Satan will be defeated one day by the offering of the woman!
se into the far future of mankind of salvation through Jesus.
And so God’s loving, gracious, provision for the salvation of mankind, shines above the darkness of sin that has entered the world.
I Corinthians tells us that in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive!
Late in Chapter 15 of Corinthians it says, and so it was written, the first man, (which was Adam) was made a living soul, the last Adam, (referring to Jesus was made a quickening spirit
So if we trust in Adam’s work then we are thrusting in the flesh
If we trust in the finished work of Jesus, then we are trusting in a living soul.
Since Adam didn’t keep the original conditional promise with God, all mankind suffers in sin, but because another, Jesus came later to be the perfect sacrifice for sin, all mankind is justified. By the animal sacrifice for Adam and Eve, the sin of disobedience was covered up. By the then future sacrifice of Jesus, mankind is made justified…meaning just as if we had never sinned if we trust in the sacrifice of Jesus made for us. (But that is another covenant podcast in the future)
This promise, The Adamic Covenant is unconditional and is made with Adam and all mankind. God will keep this Covenant on His own, and it will last as long as there is sin on the Earth. So this Covenant with the inhabitants of the Earth of all time ahead experience
Sounds like gloom and doom to me, but remember it was chosen over perfection by own of our own kind.
There are many sects of religious groups that still reach out to become like God. This type of thinking is not relegated to the past with Adam. Others may knock on your door with opportunities for you to become like God, but the word of God is clear. If any of these come to your door peaching a different gospel, telling of different good news, send them away, have nothing to do with them and don’t even send them off with a blessing, just send them away, and read your own Bible to make sure you have the whole truth, so help you God.
As we read the whole truth of God’s word we can see that DNA thread or as some say, that red thread of the blood of Jesus through out the book and connects the dots of the stand alone stories some of us know so well.
What was it that Eve said to Adam as she offered, or better said, …tempted him with the fruit?
Take and eat
Do you remember hearing that somewhere else?
I Corinthians 11:24-26
He’s coming back soon to an Earth near you
Let’s get our hearts ready for His return!
The Edenic Covenant
Travel back with me in time to before Covid,
Before the Gulf War,
Before both the World Wars,
Before the building of the Ancient pyramids
To a time where time began...
The History of this time is not written in chronological order.
This account of History begins with....
In the Beginning God..if we have trouble with these four words, we won’t be digging any deeper to find the gold hidden in the rest of the account.
The beginning verses go onto describe a beautiful new home created by God for humans, created in not His but “their Image” revealing a God head in three parts, yet one. A bit confusing?
Picture a family... Dad and a mom and a child, all three parts of the same family yet three distinct, and separate people. The analogy breaks down, but helps us understand the picture.
So we have a beautiful new home with waters and land, and shrubbery, birds, animals, stars, sun moon, and humans. The humans are the crown of God’s creation. Again, He made them in His Image. He made them with a body, soul, and a spirit and wanted to to be their God and spend eternity with them.
Here is where I turn to the user manual to explain what the warranty entails. You know, the user guide that comes along with the new smart tv you just purchased. After pushing all the buttons on the remote for a few hours to make things work, you resort to the user guide to read the fine print.
Except God made things very clear to Adam and Eve, he didn’t hide things in the fine print. It’s right there in the super large print Bible for all to see and it’s even in the very first chapter.
Let’s make man in our own image, to be like us. And let mankind rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created male and female in His own image. And God blessed them.
Here come’s the to do list:
In chapter 2 we are told that God planted a garden toward the east where He placed the man that was created. In this Garden was an orchard with trees that are pleasant to their sight and good for food.
In the midst of this Garden were TWO specific trees that God describes.
And there were rivers.It was in this Garden that God placed Adam to care for it. God gave Adam work to do. Adam was to WORK in and GUARD the Garden.
BUT, here comes the list of Dont’s...The Test
Just like the Smart TV user guide that says: Whatever you do, DON”T push the red button! We can’t be upset with a God that provides a beautiful Home for us that He created for our pleasure including everything we could ever need, just because He gave us important instructions to go along with living in this new realm...can we?
BUT...DO NOT eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil
Not only is there a Don’t List, but it comes with a consequences
When you eat of the tree...you will surely die!
It’s difficult to imagine this place, for we have never known it’s like. A place of innocence, perfect creation, blessings on a Land that is all yours, However there is a condition on this Covenant Promise to Adam...IF you are obedient to the One who made and gave it to you.
WIth all of this placed before you, what would you or I have done?
I have offered what I thought was a safe answer to this in past to some who have requested an answer of me...well, we will never know because it wasn’t me standing in Adam or Eve’s bare-feet.
However, if you listened in last week, you heard me give an example of a helicopter being outside of time as a weak example of predestination...or seeing the the beginning, the middle and the end of a parade at the same time. Because God is outside of created time, He can see the future events of our choices. Because this Covenant is based on Adam’s obedience, it is considered a Conditional Covenant. Because Adam fails The Test of obedience, the covenant will come to an end after only two chapters in to the account of History in Genesis.
However for now, for the sake of these first two chapters in History, we leave Adam in the perfectly created Earth, tending a Garden where he named the animals and met with God in the cool of the evening. Adam even got a helper, a companion for himself from God, as some joke, for just the price of a rib, who he called Woman because she was taken from man. The very breath of God created a soul in mankind.
The Biblical commentator Leupold shared “ The ideal state of sinless man is not one of indolence without responsibility. Work and duty belong to the perfect state”
Much further in the account of History, in I Peter 3:7 God tells husbands to recognize that they are one with someone different, someone whom they must understand: Likewise you husbands, dwell with them (the woman) with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel.
Elizabeth Elliot was quoted as saying after being asked if men and women are different, are they equal? Replies...In what sense is red equal to blue? They are equal only in the sense that both are colors in the spectrum. Apart from that they are different. In what sense is hot equal to cold? They are both temperatures, but beyond this it is almost meaningless to talk about equality.
The chapter concludes with the marriage principle of Adam and Eve becoming one flesh, husband and wife. This institution of marriage was propagated by God even though many want to believe that marriage, home and family was invented by 50’s television.... Adam and Eve are the original family.
In this time of innocence, before sin, Adam and Eve were naked before God and not ashamed. Nakedness goes beyond nudity, it has the sense of being totally open and exposed before God. Nothing to be ashamed of, and nothing to hide.
Life is Divinely given. How are you spending your gift of life? Is it being used to further the the good news of salvation and spiritual maturity in this divinely inspired dust?
Let’s ponder the salt and light of the words of this account of History. This Biblical perspective gives us opportunity to consider that this body is the temple of thee Holy SPirit
That the Holy Spirit is of God within us is a gift from God
And that with both body and spirit we are made to glorify our Creator.
FB Meyer once shared:
Every human being is entrusted with a garden, that we may keep it. Guard it.. God’s Goodness is no excuse for idleness. Whether your heart and life will produce weeds, or flowers and fruits, depends on what we do with this gift of life.
Two last examples from scripture:
I went by the field belonging to a lazy man, by a vineyard belonging to a senseless person. There it was, overgrown with thistles, the ground covered with thorns, its stone wall collapsed.
Guard your heart with all for out of it are the issues of life
Listen to more at Moments with Moni Podcast #53
I was so honored to have Chris Staron on the Podcast this week! Chris brings a freshness to the conversations between people as well as when he relates History with journalistic tools and clever addition of sounds and music to his podcasts.
I was blessed to catch him between work and preparing for a weekend camping trip in the wilds of beautiful Wyoming.
Chris was going to meet a friend and ride bikes down dirt roads to camp under the stars. With most of America at home for these past many months doesn't it just sound lovely to be on your back looking up at the stars out in God's beautiful creation?
Well, while Chris was out in the wilds, and then back at his computer,
I have been editing and preparing to share his Testimony with you all.
Below is a short Bio of Chris with links to this week's Podcast as well as
TRUCE Podcast, which Chris Hosts. If you get a chance, stop by his Podcast and listen in for some excellent History information. While you are there, leave him a review and let him know Moni, from Moments with Moni sent you!
Chris Staron is the award-winning filmmaker behind Bringing up Bobby and Between the Walls. He’s also the author of the dramatic Christian thriller Cradle Robber. His heart is for people who are on the outside edges of popular Christianity: the under-represented, the skeptics, those hurt by the church.
Truce is a vehicle to express the unmet needs of the outsiders. When he’s not juggling multiple episodes at the same time, Chris enjoys hiking, cross country skiing, improv comedy, and teaching Sunday school.