Lesson #10 The Covenant Relationship is the spiritual equivalent of the physical steps of the ancient Hebrew Covenant.
This means that the physical steps of the ancient Hebrew covenant are a type for the spiritual covenant we are to have today. Although these steps are not all found in any one place, they pervade all scripture. The steps are:
- Exchange robes
- Exchange belts
- Cut the covenant-raise right arms-mix blood-make a scar
- Exchange names
- Give the covenant terms
- Eat a memorial meal
- Plant a memorial
Exchange robes: our robe is called filthy rags (Isa 64:6) and Gods robe is called the robe of righteousness
(Isa 61:10; 2N 3:56). We obtain righteousness by making and keeping a covenant. It is not something we can earn. God gives it to us through faith (Rom 3:22). This robe is also symbolic of all we have of a material nature.
Exchange belts: this is the weapons belt. We offer to give our life in defense of the other person if necessary. This step shows that the endowment comes through the covenant relationship because the endowment is Gods weapons belt. In this step we become one in power with God just as we became one in material resources with God in step 1 (Deut 8:18). This step tells us that the covenant is stronger than physical life. This is why the covenant relationship is so powerful. It overcomes the fear of death and replaces it with the fear of the Lord which is defined as awe and reverence.
Cut the covenant: The Hebrew word for covenant means to make an incisionthe mixing of physical blood is symbolic of spiritual unity. Jesus prayed in 3N 9:23, "that they may believe in Me, that I may be in them as thou, Father, are in Me, that We may be one"Jesus is in us through the covenant relationship. To make a scar is the mark of the covenant that the devil will copy with the mark of the beast. References that mention "in Me," "in Him," "in Christ," etc. are all referring to this step of the covenant. This is an example of how pervasive the steps of the ancient Hebrew covenant are throughout scripture.