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: 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.
Exchange names: through the exchange of names we become part of the same family, in this case the family is called the house of Israel. We are gathered in spiritually and then physically if necessary. In the first three steps we become one physically and spiritually and then in step 4 we are gathered into one family. Gods name is YHWH. In making a covenant with Abram He gave him an H and he became Abraham and He gave Sarai another H and she became Sarah and God became known as the God of Abraham.
The covenant terms are actually all of the word of God for we are told in Isa 55:11
So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth; it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.God has no doubt about His word and if we have a covenant relationship then we will also have no doubt about the word of God. We will grow to the point where we will only say things that are in harmony with the word of God. This means no more backbiting or murmuring or worry or fear etc.
A memorial meal we are familiar with but the way we have approached communion needs improvement because we have not understood the true nature of the covenant relationship.
Plant a memorial, such as a tree or make some permanent reminder as an altar of stones. Notice that after we become one and join the house of Israel based on the word of God then we have two remindersthe scar (symbolic of a broken heart) and this memorial (plant the word in your heart)to remember the covenant. Remember means to do.