They will ask the way to Zion and turn their faces toward it. They will come and bind themselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten. Jeremiah 50:5
Contracts are drawn up every day all over the world. Some are between individuals, while others are between corporations and even nations. They are agreements that both parties will do something or not do something. Every contract is binding in some way, holding each one responsible for their part.
The purpose of the contract is to keep each other accountable for what is supposed to be done or not done. It is binding for the length of the contract, which is dependent on what has to be done.
During the time of Jeremiah, Israel and Judah had gone into exile. God tells of a time when they will return. They will seek God and bind themselves to Him in an everlasting covenant.
People bind themselves to many different things for many different reasons. Often the binding is done verbally and not written down. It is an agreement between two different people. Friends often bind themselves in this way.
Before believing in God, people are bound to the ways of this world, living in sin and rejecting God. Once they become a believer, they are bound in contract with God through belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
This contract with God is binding for eternity in two ways. One is that the believer will continue to believe in, obey and follow Jesus. The other is that God will love and save the person.
Once a person believes and follows Jesus, this is for eternity. He is to never go back to sin and break the contract with God, because it is binding and gives life, eternal life.
If you have chosen to believe in and follow Jesus, you are under contract with God. God has already done His part in removing all sin and giving you life. You must now live your life for God.
Do not allow yourself to break the contract and go back to a sinful lifestyle. Do not make a new contract with the world or the devil.
Live the full, abundant life that Jesus has promised you. God will uphold His part of the contract and will give you the strength and ability to do your part. All you have to do is choose to do it.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will bind yourself to God; that God will break the bondage you have in your life to sin; and that you will choose to live for God everyday.
Tell them that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Cursed is the one who does not obey the terms of this covenant–the terms I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace.’ I said, ‘Obey me and do everything I commanded you, and you will be my people, and I will be your God.’ Jeremiah 11:3-4
Everyone who is in a position of authority wants to be obeyed. They want those under them to obey their every command. That is a right that comes with the position.
In most work places, if one does not obey the boss, there are repercussions. It may start out with a reprimand, but can end up with a firing from the position.
God is reminding the people of Israel that they were to obey His command He gave them when He brought them out of Egypt. If they didn’t obey, then they would be cursed. Obedience meant that they would be His people.
Even though Jesus has come and provided salvation, the command is still there–to obey God. Jesus said if one loves Him, he will obey Him. Obedience is not an option.
Yet, many believers feel that obedience to God is optional, especially with certain commands. Sin is sin and there is no excuse for sinning. God never gives room for a person to purposefully sin against Him.
Jesus gave forgiveness, but also told people to go and sin no more. If one does not obey Jesus and strive to turn away from sin, he is still cursed. Jesus said that in the end that He would turn many away because He did not know them. The reason He didn’t know them is because they did not obey Him.
Every believer must obey God in every area of his life.
If you want to be a child of God and receive the salvation Jesus has provided, you must also obey God. It is easy to say that you love God and believe in Him, but it is another thing to obey Him and not just obey in some areas, but in every area of your life.
God says to love, are you loving? God says to forgive, are you forgiving? God says turn from all sin, are you turning away from all sin?
Think about the commands that Jesus had given. How hard are you striving to obey them? Or are you allowing yourself to be cursed by God?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey all the commands of God; that you will not follow false gods in your life; that you will turn away from all sin towards God; and that you will be a child of God.
Jehoiada then made a covenant that he, the people and the king would be the LORD’s people. 2 Chronicles 23:16
Contracts are made every day around the world. Most contracts are done between a person and a business or between two businesses. They are done to protect both parties in the contract.
In the contract are the rules of how each party will act or react and what the consequences will be for either action. It is an agreement that both parties will do or not do something very specific. If an action, that is supposed to be done, is not done, then there will be a negative consequence.
Most contracts are written down as a permanent record of the agreement. There are also many that are done verbally, just off of the words said.
Jehoiada was the priest of God who helped lead the people back to God. As Joash was made king, Jehoiada helped guide him in leading Judah. One of the things Jehoiada did was make a covenant with the people and the king for everyone to be God’s people. They were to go back to serving and worshipping God and not the idols of the land.
A covenant was the old way of saying a contract, or an agreement. God had called the people to His people, so the covenant was agreeing with God to be His people and making it official.
Although a written contract is not done when working with God, people today can make a contract with God to serve Him and be His people. It is making a agreement with God to serve Him alone and obey all of His commands. It is agreeing to build His kingdom for His glory.
When Jesus died on the cross, He made it possible to become God’s people in His kingdom. All a person must do is agree to the contract Jesus made possible, to believe in Him and serve God with all of one’s heart.
Make the choice today to sign a contract with God to be His people. He wants you to be His child in His family and His kingdom. All you must do to be saved and become His child is believe in what Jesus did–dying on the cross, raising from the dead and removing all sins. Then dedicate your life to serve God with everything in you.
Jesus paid the price for the contract, will you accept it today?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make a contract with God to be His people; that you will agree to live your life for God; and that you will do the work God has for you in this world.