I Will Wait

Inspired by Krista Williams' 'God's Promise to Abram' on First5, I want to share with you what I've learned today.

God's promises are unchangeable and eternal, and through Jesus Christ, we've already been blessed to receive them.

['He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.' - Gal 3:14]

All we have to do is obey, wait, and (through unwavering trust in God) drive away the vultures of doubt, fear, and discouragement.

This led me to look into what exactly His covenant blessings are and it's all good news, people!

THE OLD COVENANT(S):
1. God's covenant with Noah
['18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.' - Gen 6:18-20]
2. His covenant with All of Creation
['I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.' - Gen 9:9]
3. God's covenant with Abraham
['18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates' - Gen 15:18
'1 ...the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers...' - Gen 17]
4. His covenant with Israel
['...Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession...' - Ex 19-24]
5. God's covenant with the Levites
['19 Whatever is set aside from the holy offerings the Israelites present to the Lord I give to you and your sons and daughters as your perpetual share. It is an everlasting covenant of salt before the Lord for both you and your offspring.' - Num 18:19
'20“This is what the Lord says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, 21then my covenant with David my servant—and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me—can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne' - Jer 33:20-21
'4And you will know that I have sent you this warning so that my covenant with Levi may continue,” says the LordAlmighty. 5“My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name.' - Mal 2:4-5]
6. His covenant with Phinehas
['12 Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him. 13 He and his descendants will have a covenant of a lasting priesthood...' - Num 25:12-13]
7. God's covenant with David
['...16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever...' - 2 Sam 7
'“If my house were not right with God, surely he would not have made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part...' - 2 Sam 23
'...Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.' - 1 Kings 8:23
'I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor to rule over Israel.’' - 2 Chron 7:18
'Don’t you know that the Lord, the God of Israel, has given the kingship of Israel to David and his descendants forever by a covenant of salt?' - 2 Chron 13:5
'Nevertheless, because of the covenant the Lord had made with David, the Lord was not willing to destroy the house of David. He had promised to maintain a lamp for him and his descendants forever.' - 2 Chron 21:7
'20“This is what the Lord says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, 21then my covenant with David my servant—and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me—can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne' - Jer 33:20-21
'...‘I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.... 29 I will establish his line forever, his throne as long as the heavens endure....' Ps 89]

THE NEW COVENANT:
His covenant with us through Jesus Christ
['...But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises. For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.... 10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 11 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” 13By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.' - Heb 8
'23 ...You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.' - Heb 12:23-24]

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