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He turned instead to the One who could. A man with a covenant heart. David knew that the sacrifices of the covenant pointed to something greater. The steadfast love of his God. Cycle of a Covenant People 1 Kings 8. The throne passed from David to his son Solomon. God had anointed Solomon and equipped him to lead the people of the covenant. Solomon began his reign knowing the promises and understanding the conditions. Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven, and said, "O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart… Now therefore, O LORD, God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father what you have promised him, saying, 'You shall not lack a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me as you have walked before me.

If they walked before God as David had walked before God — that is, with all of their heart. God blessed Solomon with everything and more. He lavished the son of his servant David with wisdom and riches and honor. There was no one in all the earth like this King of Israel. Solomon prospered and built a kingdom that stretched from one land to the next. The covenant people multiplied like the sand of the sea, enjoying peace and plenty. God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure so that people of every nation came to hear his counsel.

He built a temple in the name of the God of Israel. A place for the Ark of the Covenant. Solomon dedicated the temple and prayed for the people. He prayed that the Name of the God of Israel would dwell forever within the temple. He prayed that God would keep His promise to dwell among His covenant people. Then, as Solomon finished offering his prayer, he stood before the altar of the LORD, and he blessed the people. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant. May he not leave us or forsake us, that he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments… Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the LORD our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day.

Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the LORD our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments. This is what Solomon prayed for the people. And yet it was the heart of the king himself that would eventually need to be tested. The heart of King Solomon started out true to God, but in time this great king of wisdom and riches and kingdoms would find out what it was he truly worshipped. Now King Solomon loved many foreign women And when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father… 1 Kings Solomon chose false gods over the Covenant God, and in so doing he chose to forfeit the covenant life.

He walked away from the promises that would have made him the father of a covenant people. Instead, beginning with Solomon — a king with a divided heart — the covenant nation would be divided as well. Since this has been your practice and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes that I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you… 1 Kings But even in this defining moment of broken covenant, we find a thread of hope, a hint of something, a promise that would endure.

Yet for the sake of David your father I will not tear away all the kingdom, but I will give one tribe to your son, for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem that I have chosen. The divided heart of Solomon and the divided kingdom of Israel would become the storyline of the future.

One king after another would reject the God of the Covenant and follow the gods of the nations, leading the people to do the same. The tribe of Judah, preserved for the sake of David, would have moments of remembering. Kings like Asa and Jehoshaphat, Jotham, Hezekiah and Josiah would turn the hearts of the people to their Covenant God, and for a season they would enjoy the blessings of the life they were meant to live.

But even the tribe of David would struggle to be wholly true. The cycle that began in the wilderness would continue. People who said — We will — but quickly forgot. People who desired covenant blessings but broke the covenant promises. People caught in a cycle of sin and sacrifice, wandering and returning. People with divided hearts. Covenant Prophecy Jeremiah The covenant was a promise unto death. When God made his first covenant with Abraham, it was rich in meaning. The men who did not keep the terms of the covenant that they made before me, I will make them like the calf that they cut in two and passed between its parts And I will give them into the hand of their enemies and into the hand of those who seek their lives.

Their dead bodies shall be food for the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth. The people were in serious trouble. They had broken the covenant. They would be like the calf cut in two. They had forsaken the protection of the covenant promises and made themselves prey for their enemies. The words of the prophets were mostly words of warning.

Words describing the terrible consequences of a broken covenant. The covenant people had failed to keep their promises. They had not been faithful. Their hearts had been divided. They deserved every penalty and every curse detailed in the covenant conditions. So the prophets pronounced the verdict and delivered the sentence.

No more would God accept vain apologies. No more would He endure this faithless people. No more would He fight on their behalf. The wrath of God had come for the people of the covenant. Israel and then Judah were conquered by enemy nations and for a time they were taken into exile.

Eventually they would come back to the land of the promise and attempt to rebuild and reestablish. But it would never be the same. The days of David were a distant memory. Not quite, because hidden in the solemn messages of the prophets there were hints. I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people… For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Covenant Preparation Luke 1. If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the LORD of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings My covenant was one of life and peace But you have turned aside from the way.

You have caused many to stumble by your instruction. You have corrupted the covenant The people were back in the land of promise, returned from exile, worshipping again at their own temple. You have corrupted the covenant. Four hundred years would pass before God would send another message to his people. Four hundred years of silence, but also four hundred years of preparation. When God spoke through Malachi his message contained more than a rebuke.

It also carried a promise. A very significant promise that would be examined and pondered during the years of waiting. A promise that would ultimately bridge the gap of silence and much more besides. Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.

Four hundred years later, a priest would have his world turned upside down when God at last broke his silence. In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife… and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth were righteous before God. They walked blamelessly with him. And it was to them that God began to reveal an incredible promise.

Zechariah had been appointed to enter the temple of the Lord to burn incense, while the people outside waited and prayed. And there in that temple an angel was sent to deliver a message. The people waiting outside the temple would be left to wonder. Four hundred years of silence had been broken, but it would take nine more months for the word to be revealed.

He was there from the very beginning. He spoke the world into being. The garden was His pleasure, humanity His idea. When the first man and woman left the garden in exile He went with them. He covered their shame and endured their curse. The blood on the doorpost. Slaves set free and people redeemed. And somehow David knows. I will give you as a covenant for the people,.

The entire story was written for him. Every episode included him, pointed to him. There was no Plan B. This was not a chapter inserted to save the story. This was the story as it was always intended. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. And Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet… Matthew 2: And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled… Matthew 2: And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled… Matthew 4: They brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.

This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah… Matthew 8: And many followed him, and he healed them all and ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah… Matthew Jesus was born into the covenant family. The people of the covenant were his people. Their promises were his promises. Their history was his history. The words of the covenant — the law and the prophets, the blessings and the curses — were his heritage and his story.

Jesus was the son of the fathers of the covenant. Son of David — a covenant name that remembered a covenant heart. I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant: I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations. He was the promise embodied in the covenant. The law and the prophets fulfilled. He healed the sick and cleansed lepers. The blind received their sight. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Jesus saw the people through the eyes Ezekiel, the prophet who once spoke for God. He saw the sheep — sick, wandering, confused and misled. He saw shepherds — neglecting, leading astray. Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought… Ezekiel His love burned for His neglected sheep.

Through his prophet God made promises. The promises included a shepherd and a covenant. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered… Ezekiel I am the good shepherd.

The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. They heard His teaching, felt His embrace, walked in His footsteps. His disciples knew Jesus was special. They believed in His miracles, believed in His teaching. They saw the signs and the miracles. They left everything to follow. Now, after three years, this intimate group was gathered to celebrate the Passover. Instructed by Jesus they had made their preparations.

They were looking forward to this sacred and familiar tradition. But this night there was a strange stirring among the friends of Jesus. They knew something was going on. Uncertainty made pulses race, brows sweat. Lately He had said so many things. Things that made hearts ache with longing so deep it could hardly be mentioned out loud. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.

But if I go, I will send him to you. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. Now here He was washing their feet and breaking bread. Familiar mingled with mystery. What was He doing? What was He saying? For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God. The disciples finished the Passover feast and followed the one they loved into the garden.

The evening was quiet but the thoughts racing through their minds were noisy. Too much for mere men to comprehend. And when he came to the place, he said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done. What was the cup that haunted Jesus as He prayed in the garden?

The cup He asked His Father to remove? The agony was intense. Jesus sweat until the sweat turned to blood. There is no other explanation. A covenant required blood. The blood of animal sacrifice. The blood of circumcision. The blood of covenant partners. Life was in the blood. My life for yours. The most remarkable event in history occurred when wrath and love collided, and God interceded for humanity and endured the curse of the broken covenant. Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith… Hebrews The curtain had been torn in two.


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The body of Jesus ripped apart. Jesus had become the ultimate covenant partner. Jesus was the perfect solution. God in flesh died to save His covenant people. The covenant made in blood was bought back in blood. The blood of Jesus. The blood that would change everything. His people could never keep the covenant on their own. They tried and they failed absolutely. It could never be done. But God in his incredible, persevering, fierce and furious steadfast love never intended to accept failure as the final answer. The cup of the new covenant began as a cup of wrath.

But once that cup was poured out, its contents were renewed. The cup was replenished with life — the life of the new covenant. When covenant partners exchange the cup it is symbolic of life shared. You are in me. I am in you. This is the essence of the new covenant. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.

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Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. These were the words of Jesus, spoken to a crowd of listeners. They were puzzling words — words that once divided His followers. How could this man give his flesh to eat? Many stopped listening to Jesus because of His crazy words. Even His disciples were perplexed and grumbling.

When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? Now the disciples reflected in wonder as the truth of everything He once said flooded back with significance and meaning. Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.

There could be no other way. The life was in the blood — His blood. The promise was made in the flesh — His flesh. To consume Him was to consume life. The disciples certainly knew this was important — a comment worth remembering, an event to be pondered. But still they remained confused. The confusion would intensify in the hours that followed. Doubt, fear and cowardice would consume these once brave defenders of their beloved teacher. The night Jesus was betrayed and arrested was a night of panic and chaos. His disciples fled in fear.

Together they huddled in hiding, bewildered and afraid for their lives. Did they remember any of his words? Were they comforted by the many ways He had tried to prepare them for this day? Did they recall Jesus telling them about the sorrow — and the joy that would follow? When Jesus hung dying on the cross, did they remember anything? When day turned to night and the earth shook, did they wonder?

When rumor of the temple curtain, split from top to bottom reached them in their hiding, did the light begin to dawn? The greatest revelation of history hinged on a promise yet to be fulfilled. Three days passed and the rumors began. Wild, hope-giving claims were made by His closest friends. We were at his tomb. We were walking along the road.

We were in hiding, the doors were locked. He reached out His arms and showed them His hands. The scar in His side pierced through by the spear. And then He did something that would change everything. He breathed on them. Breath, intimate and warm. Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.

You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "You heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit… Acts 2: And the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you… John Mystery of the Covenant Ephesians.

And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

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Jesus left his disciples with an assignment, a mission that would change their lives and change the world. The new covenant was taken to the world primarily through one man. A man named Paul — an apostle chosen by God, met by Jesus, and instructed by the Spirit.

Paul began as Saul, and he was an Old Covenant defender through and through. Saul had been raised on scripture, taught the traditions, steeped in the law, and was proficient in the prophets. Saul understood the gravity of the covenant, and he had given his life to uphold it. Righteous anger burned in the soul of this devoted defender, and Saul was determined to do whatever it took to protect the promise of his God. A mystery saved in the heart of God for just the right time.

This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. The covenant was for everyone. They were members of the same body, children of the same inheritance. Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Those who once had no hope were now welcome. The promise was offered to all. Everyone could come near because of the blood of Christ. Strangers joined with the saints — covenant people all. Together they would be the temple — a dwelling place for the Spirit of God. In the years that followed, the friends of Jesus would find their reality turned upside down. Nothing would be as it once was.

Everything would be relearned. The New Covenant would become the new lens through which they would see all of it. Every story, every prophecy, every word of God and act of God.

The blood of Jesus had opened a new and living way that would shake the world. The old covenant was preparation. A copy and shadow of something better that was coming. When God initially chose to bind himself to humankind through a covenant oath, He alone made the promises. He was the sole covenant partner. He made an agreement that would last forever, a pledge that could never be broken. When he invited His people into a covenant relationship, God knew this would be a temporary arrangement, an experiment of sorts.

A season of preparation for a future unveiling of something so much better, it would make the first arrangement obsolete. The law that is so often associated with the first covenant was not the promise, but the conditions of the promise. It was added when the second party joined the agreement. The law, too, was only a shadow of the good things to come. But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.

For he finds fault with them when he says: For they did not continue in my covenant,. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel. I will put my laws into their minds,. And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor. For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,. In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

A covenant is all or nothing. You are all in, or all out. There is no compromise, no covenant by halves. You make a promise with your life, you break it and you die. The law written on stone promised one thing and one thing only. The law written on the heart would be a different law in every way. This was the law of the Spirit. The law enabled by the Spirit and empowered by the Spirit. This was the law of life. The conditions of the first covenant were carved in letters on stone and executed by man.

The conditions of the second would be written on the human heart and executed by the Spirit. The difference would be radical. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. It is Jesus living his life in me.

It is being in a perfect covenant relationship with God forever. When God made his covenant with Abraham He promised Abraham that he and his wife Sarah would have a son. And Abraham believed God. But time passed and the child of the promise did not arrive, so Abraham came up with a plan.

He would help God with His promise. The plan worked, and at last a son was born to Abraham. A boy named Ishmael. When God promised a son to Abraham and Sarah, it was to be a child of their own union. A child of the promise. A boy named Isaac. This is the difference between the Old Covenant and the New. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. If we walk in the Spirit we are free of the flesh. If we are led by the Spirit we are free of the law. We can trade the law that condemns and leads to death for the Spirit that perfects and leads to life.

Never had such good news created so much confusion. Even the apostles struggled to figure it out. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? The apostles knew the answer. They had been given the Spirit — The Helper who had revealed everything they needed to know.

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The law had been written on their hearts. Never before had obedience flowed so freely. Courage and zeal consumed their lives. This new way of the Spirit made all things possible. Together these followers of Jesus, guided by the Spirit, would relearn the covenant. The law written on their hearts would become their way of life. God promised a new covenant, and God always keeps his promises. Because of Jesus, the conditions of the old covenant were changed forever.

But the Covenant God will never change. Ministers of the New Covenant 2 Corinthians. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. When the jar cracks, which clay jars are apt to do, the treasure that is inside will leak out. Moses was a minister of the Old Covenant. It made him radiant. We are ministers of the New Covenant, the covenant of the Spirit.

It makes us radiant. The glory that made him radiant faded. And his ministry led to death. Our ministry is permanent. The glory that makes us radiant is always increasing. And our ministry leads to life. There are people everywhere who are still living as though they are under the Old Covenant. They still struggle under the law that condemns. They are still trying to keep that law in their own strength.

They are still trusting in their flesh to make them good enough. Paul says there is a veil that remains over their hearts and keeps them from living in the freedom of the New Covenant. Only Jesus can remove that veil. Covenant of Love Revelation. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. One day there will be a covenant celebration unlike anything we have ever seen or imagined.

It will be the marriage of Jesus and his Bride — Christ and the Church. Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,. And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. The bride will be radiant, dressed in the white robe of pure linen given to her by her Beloved.

All of creation will be in attendance, holding its breath in expectation. Suddenly a rumble, a sound like thunder in the distance, gaining in intensity until the atmosphere is filled with a roar like pounding ocean waves. Then an audible voice breaking through the din — Hallelujah! The heavens will part as He makes His appearance. He rides a great white horse, majestic and powerful. The armies of heaven are His entourage, a great crowd of valiant defenders in perfect formation, soldiers dressed in white, mounted on white horses.

The Groom is magnificent. A mighty warrior, fierce and beautiful, resplendent in passion. He is clothed in a robe — a robe dipped in blood. This is the One who has conquered the enemy, destroyed the foe. He has fought to the death for his Bride, and now He reigns in victory. She is the mystery revealed — all who belong to the promise. The cherished recipient of his steadfast love. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. The Bride is a city. The holy city, the new Jerusalem. She is radiant with His glory, adorned with jewels, the riches of His grace.

This Bride — this People — is the dwelling place of God. The two are one for all of eternity. He will dwell with her and she will be his. The Lamb is the temple; the Bride is His dwelling. You are in me, and I am in you. The enemy has been conquered forever. The war is over. No more tears, no more death, no more pain.

The former things have passed away. Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. The water of life, flowing from the throne, through the middle of the street of the city — the city who is the Bride. Prayer Contact Calendar Live Go.

God broke into history with His covenant of blood. Before the Covenant Genesis 2 Everything good thrived in the garden. What significance do you see in the names of the two trees? How does God lavish you with His creative gifts, even today? The man and the woman hid from God. The Covenant Story appears in the midst of such evil. Covenant Protection Genesis 6 The descendants of the first man and woman multiplied and began to populate the earth.

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Noah walked with God. They were covered by the promise of Covenant. The God of creation unleashes His compassion. It is time for the next chapter of this covenant story. God answered Abram in such a way that he would never have to wonder again. God sealed His promise with a covenant of blood.

Covenant Partners Genesis 17 Abram encountered the covenant-making God again when he was ninety-nine years old. God responded by saying to Abraham — then that is who I will be to you. Covenant of the Righteous Genesis 22 "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"—and he was called a friend of God. Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness. Is it possible that righteousness is at its purest level simple belief in God? A three day walk. A sacrifice on a mountain. What was the difference between the first time God made a covenant with Abraham, and the second?

How does the Covenant Story shine new light on this concept?


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  • What stands out to you as new or especially significant in the story so far? Hesed is Covenant Love. Covenant People Exodus 12 Finally it was time for the next chapter. God would send His rescue through a man named Moses. But the children of Israel would live. What happened next is truly amazing. The people knew without being told that this was the covenant pledge of the people of God.

    The Law of the Covenant Exodus 32 Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. While the people waited. So Aaron, the brother of Moses And the seventy who ate the meal And the people who saw the fire of God All came together with their doubt — and their gold — to create a new god.

    So then, what was the promise? Remember your steadfast love. What are the implications of the Passover in light of the Covenant Story? Covenant Heart 1 Samuel 16 This is a story about a promise. It is also a story about the heart. One who trusts completely in his Covenant Partner. So David cried out to his God: Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love. If only… Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven, and said, "O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart… Now therefore, O LORD, God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father what you have promised him, saying, 'You shall not lack a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me as you have walked before me.

    Even their sacrifices had ceased to be sufficient. Hints of another promise. Hints of something that was coming. What conditions of the covenant did Solomon mention in his prayer for the people — and why does it matter? Covenant Preparation Luke 1 "And now, O priests, this command is for you. He is Here He was there from the very beginning. When the flood came and one righteous family found safety in the ark, He was there. The animals cut in two, the fire and the smoke.

    Do you see Him? Abraham leading his only son up the mountain to become the sacrifice. It could only be Him. He was there in the circumcision, the shedding of blood, the mark in the flesh. He was there in the blessing and there in the promise. There in the song of victory.

    There in the manna and the water flowing from the rock. The bronze serpent begs us to see Him. The law points to Him.