The Power of a Covenant

As I write this letter to you, I pray that you will heed what I am about to say. I will give you two chapters of the bible that I encourage you to read and ask God to help you understand the power of covenants. It is also my prayer that you will engulf yourself in the word of God after reading this letter.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we can no longer be ignorant of the enemies’ devices, and when I say enemies, I am talking about the things that people do to alter one’s destiny. One of the ways that destinies can be altered is through covenants formed in dreams and life. Therefore, we live in a time where we need to seek God about everything, and I mean everything. The two chapters that I am going to give you to read and study are Joshua chapter 9 and 2 Samuel chapter 21.

In Joshua chapter 9, we will see a covenant made through deception.

When all the kings beyond the Jordan in the hill country and in the lowland and all along the coast of the Great [Mediterranean] Sea toward Lebanon, the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites heard this, 2 They gathered together with one accord to fight Joshua and Israel. 3 But when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai,4 They worked cunningly, and went pretending to be ambassadors and took [provisions and] old sacks on their donkeys and wineskins, old, torn, and mended, 5 And old and patched shoes on their feet and wearing old garments; and all their supply of food was dry and moldy. 6 And they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the men of Israel, we have come from a far country; so now, make a covenant with us. 7 But the men of Israel said to the Hivites, Perhaps you live among us; how then can we make a covenant with you? 8 They said to Joshua, We are your servants. And Joshua said to them, Who are you? From where have you come? 9 They said to him, From a very far country your servants have come because of the name of the Lord your God. For we have heard the fame of Him, and all that He did in Egypt, 10 And all that He did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, who lived in Ashtaroth. 11 So our elders and all the residents of our country said to us, Take provisions for the journey and go to meet [the Israelites] and say to them, We are your servants; and now make a covenant with us. 12 This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we set out to go to you; but now behold, it is dry and has become moldy. 13 These wineskins (bottles) which we filled were new, and behold, they are torn; and our garments and our shoes have become old because of the very long journey.14 So the [Israelite] men partook of their food and did not consult the Lord. 15 Joshua made peace with them, covenanting with them to let them live, and the assembly’s leaders swore to them. 16 Then three days after they had made a covenant with [the strangers, the Israelites] heard that they were their neighbors and that they dwelt among them. 17 And the Israelites set out and came to their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth, and Kiriath-jearim. 18 But the Israelites did not slay them, because the leaders of the assembly had sworn to them by the Lord, the God of Israel, [to spare them]. And all the assembly murmured against the leaders. 19 But all the leaders said to all the assembly, We have sworn to them by the Lord, the God of Israel, so now we may not touch them. 20 This we will do to them: we will let them live, lest wrath be upon us because of the oath which we swore to them. 21 And the leaders said to them, Let them live [and be our slaves]. So they became hewers of wood and drawers of water for all the assembly, just as the leaders had said of them. 22 Joshua called the men and said, Why did you deceive us, saying, We live very far from you, when you dwell among us? 23 Now therefore you are cursed, and of you there shall always be slaves, hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God. 24 They answered Joshua, Because it was surely told your servants that the Lord your God commanded His servant Moses to give you all the land and to destroy all the land’s inhabitants from before you. So we feared greatly for our lives because of you, and have done this thing. 25 And now, behold, we are in your hand; do as it seems good and right in your sight to do to us. 26 So he did to them, and delivered them out of the hand of the Israelites, so that they did not kill them. 27 But Joshua then made them hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the Lord, to this day, in the place which He should choose.

As you can see, because Joshua and the Israelites did not seek the Lord according to verse 14, a covenant was established with the Gibeonites. After reading Joshua chapter 9, I ask how many covenants we have made without consulting the Lord. How many friendships, relationships, and marriages have we entered into without consulting the Lord. If you are like me, there are some relationships that you now know that had you consulted; the Lord would have prevented you from being mishandled or mistreated. As I have stated in my previous letter, when you enter into these marriages without knowing whether or not they worship The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, or some other deity, you are coming in covenant with their God. That’s not all; allow me to go a step further. I will show you the power of a covenant and its effect on generations that have no idea what the previous generations have done. Let’s proceed to 2 Samuel chapter 21.

In 2 Samuel, chapter 21 reads

There was a three-year famine in the days of David, year after year; and David inquired of the Lord. The Lord replied, It is on account of Saul and his bloody house, for he put to death the Gibeonites. 2 So the king called the Gibeonites—now the Gibeonites were not Israelites but of the remnant of the Amorites. The Israelites had sworn to spare them, but Saul in his zeal for the people of Israel and Judah had sought to slay the Gibeonites—3 So David said to the Gibeonites, what shall I do for you? How can I make atonement that you may bless the Lord’s inheritance? 4 The Gibeonites said to him, we will accept no silver or gold of Saul or of his house; neither for us shall you kill any man in Israel. David said, I will do for you what you say. 5 They said to the king, The man who consumed us and planned to prevent us from remaining in any territory of Israel, 6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered to us, and we will hang them up before the Lord at Gibeah of Saul, [on the mountain] of the Lord. And the king said, I will give them. (2 Samuel 21:1-6)

The first thing that I want you to see is this David was a man after God’s own heart, but he couldn’t stop the covenant from taking its course. You need to understand because you have given your life to Jesus Christ, that is not enough. God is a God of order, and just how this world has laws, the spiritual world has laws. So David had to inquire (seek) the Lord to understand and know that there was a covenant made over 300 years ago and because Saul killed the Gibeonites, a 3-year famine took place. Still, it did not stop until David inquired with the Lord and made an atonement (sacrifice) to break the famine and bless the people. The sacrifice we make to today is one of fasting and praying. There are some things that require prayer and fasting in our lives.

Ladies and gentlemen, you have to read the word of God to acquire the knowledge necessary for your everyday life. The answer to your questions is in the word of God. Please, I am pleading with you to seek the Lord in ALL that you do. Please, for the sake of your children, families, and generations to come.

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