What makes blood so important to God? It is because life is in the blood. To shed blood requires a life. It is only by the shedding of blood that atonement can be made for sinful man (this will become more clear as we later study the New Covenant.) The high cost of sealing a covenant in blood allows us to see how profoundly God takes His Covenants (Lev 17:11; Heb 9:22).
GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION
As Christians – and particularly as Christian leaders – it is important for us to know that the Bible was given to us by God. The books of the Bible have been assembled to present in very clear terms:
- The origin and history of mankind.
- God’s plan for mankind, through which man would find that it is impossible to please God by his own efforts or works.
- The means by which God would fulfill His redemptive work for mankind.
How will we present the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, unless we know and understand God’s plan for the salvation of man? This plan was to be accomplished through Jesus the Messiah (Hebrew word for savior) or Jesus the Christ (Greek word for savior).
This plan of God – which He initiated – is seen from the time of the Garden of Eden and throughout the Bible! The entire Old Covenant (or Old Testament) speaks of the anticipation and yearning to see the New Covenant of Grace initiated and fulfilled through the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
GOD DOES NOT MAKE MISTAKES
God already knows the outcome of every event that will take place. This principle that God knows everything (including what each person may choose to do) is called His forethought or foreknowledge.
God initiates His plans in order to accomplish His purposes. Even though God knows what a man will do, man still has the God-given ability to make freewill choices for either good or bad (Ps 94:11).
For instance, we read in the Scriptures that “we love Him because He first loved us” (1John 4:19). God loved us first.
Another example of God initiating an action is: “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” (John 6:44). God initiates His plans. But each person must still choose how to respond to God’s action, invitation and will.
We will look at the eight primary covenants that God initiated in succession. It may seem that when one covenant “failed,” God created another covenant to replace the previous one. Nothing could be further from the truth! God never fails and He never makes mistakes.
As we study the covenants, we will find important lessons as to why man failed to keep covenants with God. But thankfully, God did not give up on mankind!
MAN’S LIMITED UNDERSTANDING
God knows everything. It is man who is limited in his understanding. Often man – instead of believing God’s truth and acting on it – chooses to experience the truth through trials, tribulations and testing.