LORD’S DAY, MARCH 24
“Take heed … lest ye forget
the covenant of the LORD your God …”
COVENANTAL COMMITMENT EXPECTED
The LORD affirmed that He had made a covenant with the children of Israel. For His part, He would do marvels which had not been done before on the earth, which the people would witness for themselves. The LORD promised to drive out their enemies for them. Then He gave a list of warnings and of what the people must observe to do.
With the Decalogue on the new tables of stones ready to be given to the people again, the LORD reiterated His covenant with the people and reminded them of what He would do and what their covenantal requirements were. They must remember that what God would do for them was contingent upon their fulfilling their obligations. God would surely fulfil His promise regarding the Promised Land. But the blessings the people were to enjoy depended upon them fulfilling their covenantal duties. Covenants have a list of terms and conditions, like a contract. The LORD told Moses to write down this list with the reaffirmation: “Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel” (Exod 34:27). The LORD also made it clear that in His covenant there were blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience (Deut 28). Similarly, when a person takes up a job, he signs a contract in which the company dictates the terms and conditions the person should abide by if he wishes to join the company. And if he meets the terms and conditions, he will enjoy the benefits the company provides. But if he breaks them, punitive measures will be exercised. Some believers today have subscribed to antinomianism. They believe that the Ten Commandments are not to be enforced upon the believer in the New Testament. Beware also of the hyper-grace Gospel that turns God’s grace into a license to sin. In the Covenant of Grace, all believers are saved for eternity. But God’s present blessings as we live for His kingdom are contingent upon obedience. And God will chastise His children when they disobey.
THOUGHT: Blessings for obedience, chastisement for disobedience.
PRAYER: LORD, I want to fulfil my duties as Thy child.