In our psalm today, we say together with the psalmist of Psalm 105: “The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.” It’s good to review the three biggest covenants
- God’s covenant with Noah: Genesis 9. After saving Noah and his family from the flood and the animals, but obliterating the rest–God says he will never do that again. Storms will come, but they will not wipe us away. The rainbow is a reminder. He tells Noah and his sons Ham, Shem, and Japheth (and their wives) to get busy with the repopulating.
- God’s covenant with Abraham: Gen 17. Abraham was sad because it wasn’t until he was 86 that he had had his first son Ishmael (from Hagar), and he was 100 when Issac came along from Sarah. When Abraham was 99, God told him not to worry, that he would have many descendants:
4 “But me, my covenant is with you; you will be the ancestor of many nations. 5 And because I have made you the ancestor of many nations, your name will no longer be Abram[b] but Abraham.[c] 6 I will make you very fertile. I will produce nations from you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will set up my covenant with you and your descendants after you in every generation as an enduring covenant. I will be your God and your descendants’ God after you. 8 I will give you and your descendants the land in which you are immigrants, the whole land of Canaan, as an enduring possession. And I will be their God.””
In return, God tells Abraham to be faithful and to circumcise every male
- God’s covenant with Moses: Ex 34-35. The 10 commandments.
May we hold up our end of the covenant.