In the book of Jeremiah we read that the covenant God made with his people during the time of the Exodus was not the Law of Sinai. He did not establish the decrees and the Ten Commandments as the covenant with his redeemed people until after the Exodus. The Law was added later by Moses and confirmed through angels, the Bible says. This is the covenant that God established with his people at the beginning. ” Listen to my voice, and do all that I command you.” “So shall you be my people, and I will be your God, that I may confirm the oath that I swore to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as at this day.” This is also the covenant that God established with Abraham. The Bible says ‘Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness’. In Hebrews we are told that it was Abraham’s obedience in his willingness to sacrifice Isaac that typifies God’s sacrifice of his own son Jesus on the Cross.
Obedience is better than sacrifice, the Bible says. “If you love me”, Jesus says, “you will obey my commandments”. ” If I am in you and you are in me you will not sin”, Jesus says. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and all your strength. It is the overcomer who inherits the kingdom of God the scriptures say. “Be faithful unto death and I will give you a crown of life”. These are not the sayings of someone who has already done it all for us. We have a part to play in our salvation. We have a covenant to keep with God. We have a cross to bear. The word of the Lord to us today is “my yoke is easy and my burden is light”.
God is a covenant keeping God, we need to be a covenant keeping people. It is becoming more treacherous for the believer in the world and we need to be able to run to God and to the everlasting arms and protection that only he can provide. Nothing else will protect you in the coming days.