A New Name

4th March, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Did you notice? The Bible For Children series has a new name. These three words – God’s Great Covenant – will communicate more completely what makes this Bible course for children distinctive. Let’s look at what those words tell us.

Holman’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary defines covenant as “an oath-bound promise whereby one party solemnly pledges to bless or serve another party in some specified way.” The concept of covenant begins in Genesis 3 and ends in Revelation, and throughout the whole story of Scripture the theme is repeated. God makes a solemn oath-bound promise to His people and then faithfully keeps that promise, even though His people are unfaithful to Him. What is the promise? God says, “I will be your God and you will be My people.”

God’s covenant to His people is “great” in its content and its scope. What could be greater than to be the child of Almighty God, Creator of the universe!  And the covenant, initiated in the Garden of Eden, confirmed at the top of Mt. Ararat after the flood, and renewed with representatives of God’s people throughout Scripture is really only one covenant. With each new administration of the covenant, more details are revealed and more people included, but there’s only one covenant and the message is the same: “I will be your God, and you will be My people.”  What great news from the mouth of our great God!

Finally, it’s God who made the covenant and God who promises to keep it. God’s covenant is a unilateral covenant. That means God is the one making the promise and God is the one who faithfully keeps it. Through the covenant God binds Himself to us. (The word covenant comes from a Hebrew word that means “to bind.”) Isn’t it encouraging that the continuance of the covenant doesn’t depend upon us? God can keep the covenant because of His holy, unchanging nature.

God’s Great Covenant – what blessed words these are! I hope that seeing these words on the covers of this Bible course will be a daily reminder of God’s promise: “I will be your God, and you will be My people.”

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