Thursday, August 18, 2016

Covenant Relationship

Then Moses climbed the mountain to appear before God. The LORD called to him from the mountain and said, "Give these instructions to the family of Jacob; announce it to the descendants of Israel: 'You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself. Now if you will obey Me and keep My covenant, you will be My own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to Me. And you will be My kingdom of priests, My holy nation.' This is the message you must give to the people of Israel." So Moses returned from the mountain and called together the elders of the people and told them everything the LORD had commanded him. And all the people responded together, "We will do everything the LORD has commanded." So Moses brought the people's answer back to the LORD. (Exodus 19:3-8 NLT)

Covenants are about two or more individuals coming together.  They get on the “same page” with each other.  This is why we often call it a “covenant agreement.”  The term, as it states, indicates that the two are in agreement on the terms of the covenant.  The LORD and Israel came to terms on a covenant agreement.  Moses was the intermediary who communicated the agreement from God to the people.  The covenant, though, was more than just an agreement.  That’s because getting on the same page with God builds relationship.

When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, he wasn't aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the LORD. So when Aaron and the people of Israel saw the radiance of Moses' face, they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called out to them and asked Aaron and all the leaders of the community to come over, and he talked with them. Then all the people of Israel approached him, and Moses gave them all the instructions the LORD had given him on Mount Sinai. When Moses finished speaking with them, he covered his face with a veil. But whenever he went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with the LORD, he would remove the veil until he came out again. Then he would give the people whatever instructions the LORD had given him, and the people of Israel would see the radiant glow of his face. So he would put the veil over his face until he returned to speak with the LORD. (Exodus 34:29-35 NLT)

Moses had a close covenant-relationship with God.  How about you?  Are you on the same page with God?  Does being on the same-page with God also build your relationship with God?