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Transcript
Covenant – Lesson 1
The progressive revelation of the blood of the eternal covenant was made by God the
Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The covenant was made through blood.
Review
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When Adam and Eve sinned, God promised a redeemer
God provided a covering of skins of innocent animals
We see that God sheds blood to cover man’s sin
Genesis Chapter 4
 We saw the first blood offering to honor God
 Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin
 Seth was the son of Adam and Eve, from Seth came Enosh, then Enoch
Hebrews 11 tells us that Enoch walked by faith
Genesis 5 gives the generations of descendants
Genesis 6:3, 5-6
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Then the LORD said, " My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because
he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty
years."
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Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and
that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6The
LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in
His heart.
 Kay’s children are a delight to her, but what if they were wicked?
 God was grieved because He made man in His image and that image had become so
distorted
Genesis 6:8
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
 Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord
 Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth
Genesis 6:18
"But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark--you
and your sons and your wife, and your sons' wives with you.
 I will establish My covenant with you
 This is the first mention of the covenant
 Beriyth – means a covenant or contract made through pieces of flesh
Genesis 6:22
Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.
 God commands Noah to build the ark
 Noah is in the ark and God destroys everyone else on earth
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Genesis 8:20-22
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Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and
of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21The LORD
smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, "I will never
again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man's heart is
evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I
have done. 22"While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and
heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
 Noah built an altar to the Lord and offered the clean animals and birds as
sacrifices
 There is blood involved in Noah’s sacrifice
Genesis 9:1
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and
multiply, and fill the earth.
 God makes a covenant – tells Noah and his sons to multiply and fill the earth
 Genesis 9:9-16
 God promised never to destroy the earth again through flood
 God put a bow in the sky to remind of the covenant
 God made the covenant with Noah and all his descendants
 Every human on earth is a descendant of Noah
 God also made the covenant with all living creatures on the earth
 God did not promise that He would never destroy the earth, only that He would
never destroy it again with flood
Jeremiah 17:9
"The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can
understand it?
 The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked
 We will see at the end of this course how to deal with our deceitful hearts (Kay
says it’s so good you won’t be able to stand it)
Noah
Shem
Ham
Eber
Cush
Peleg
Japeth
Nimrod
(king of Babel)
Nahor
Terah
Canaan
Abram
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Ham was the one who saw Noah naked – some believe that Ham didn’t understand
what God had done with the flood
Because of Ham’s disregard of his father, Canaan was cursed
Shem is where the Semetic people come from – this will eventually be the line of
Israel
Japheth will be blessed by his association with Shem
Genesis 10:8-10
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Now Cush became the father of Nimrod; he became a mighty one on the
earth. 9He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, "Like
Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD." 10The beginning of his kingdom
was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
Nimrod became the King of Babel
Genesis 11:1-4
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Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. 2It came
about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar
and settled there. 3They said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and
burn them thoroughly." And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for
mortar. 4They said, "Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower
whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name,
otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth."
 God had told them to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth (Genesis 9:1)
 These people didn’t want to, they wanted to stay in one place and build a tower that
reached to heaven
 They wanted to worship the heavens and not the God who made them
 They were going to make a name for themselves
Genesis 11:5-8
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The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men
had built. 6The LORD said, "Behold, they are one people, and they all have
the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing
which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. 7"Come, let Us go
down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one
another's speech." 8So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the
face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city.
They went in different directions according to the languages they spoke
Genesis 11:9
Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the
language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them
abroad over the face of the whole earth.
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Genesis 11:16
Eber lived thirty-four years, and became the father of Peleg;
 Why do we talk about Peleg? What did he do that was significant>
 Kay believes that this shows how God made the blood covenant known throughout
the whole earth.
Genesis 10:25
Two sons were born to Eber; the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days
the earth was divided; and his brother's name was Joktan.
 God is giving genealogy
 In chapter 11, He tells about Nimrod, then about Babel. Then He backs up and gives
more genealogy.
 In both chapters (10 & 11) He mentions Peleg
 What is God telling us in this verse?
Genesis 1:9
Then God said, "Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one
place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so.
 When God created the world, He had one big body of land and one big body of
water
 But in the days of Peleg, the earth was divided. What was God doing?
 Earth is the word erets this is the same word used in Genesis 1:10, Genesis 10:25
and Genesis 10:32.
 The word divided is palag (Genesis 10:25) – it means to split or divide
Genesis 9:25-27
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So he said, "Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants he shall be to his
brothers." 26He also said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem; and let
Canaan be his servant. 27"May God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the
tents of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant."
 Shem has the truth, he is the one God has chosen
 Does that leave the earth without a witness? No, because the three men (Shem,
Ham, and Japheth) took the knowledge out where they went
 The problem is that as they took the knowledge they distorted it
Illustration 1
 Don Richardson wrote a book called Peace Child about the Sawi tribe in
New Guinea
 They Sawi were isolated from the rest of the world and lived in a stone
age culture until 1962
 They were cannibals and they were masters of deceit
 The highest honors in the tribe went to men of treachery
 The Sawi lived fighting among themselves and Don got nowhere with them
at all. He eventually threatened to leave.
 One day, the Sawi came to him and told Don (they called him Twan) not to
leave. They said they would make peace.
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 Then one man picked up his infant son and walked toward through the
village and toward another village. When he got to the other village, he
offered his son. A man in the second village went and got his son and they
exchanged their sons.
 Twan asked why they did this and they told him that it is impossible to
have peace without a peace child
God brought his only Son to make peace with us
 The two villages began to exchange gifts and exchanged names
 Don used the peace child to show the Sawi the gospel of Jesus
 How did they know about the concept of a peace child?
When God divided the earth, He did not leave the earth without the redemptive analogies
of covenant
Illustration 2
 Don Richardson’s other book Eternity In Their Hearts is about a Muslim
village that has a group by the name of Karen prophets
 The Karen prophets did not adopt the Muslim religion
 They had songs that had been passed down from generation to generation
 One of the songs goes “Y’wa (can you hear Yahweh) formed the world
originally, he appointed food and drink…”
 The song is the story of creation and Adam & Eve
 These people had no written language, but passed the creation story down
through song
 The truth – the blood of the eternal covenant has been passed down
Abraham
Abram’s father was an idol worshiper and Abram didn’t know God until God appeared to him
Genesis 12:1-3
This is the gospel that God gave to Abram
Now the LORD said to Abram,"Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father's house,
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."
Galatians 3:8
The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith,
preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "ALL THE NATIONS
WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU."
Here is the pattern of the blood of the eternal covenant
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Genesis 15:1
After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying,
Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great."
 After what things?
 Canaan is a horrible, wicked land
 When Abram gets to Canaan, Abram’s nephew Lot moves down to Sodom to live
 One day a king comes along and takes the people in Sodom captive
 It comes to the ears of Abram and he goes down to rescue his nephew. When he’s
down there, the king of Sodom comes to Abram and offers him the spoils of war.
The king of Salem also comes down.
Genesis 14:18
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a
priest of God Most High.
God most high is El Elyon – the One who is the sovereign ruler of the earth
Genesis 14:19-20
He blessed him and said, "Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of
heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your
enemies into your hand. "He gave him a tenth of all.
Hebrews 5:10; Hebrews 7:1-2
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being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of
Melchizedek
For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met
Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed
him, 2to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all the spoils, was
first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then
also king of Salem, which is king of peace.
We have insight into Melchizedek
Hebrews is all about covenant
The end of the name Melchizedek is the word for righteousness
He is living in the middle of the wicked
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Hebrews 7:2-3
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to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all the spoils, was first of
all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then also king
of Salem, which is king of peace. 3Without father, without mother, without
genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like
the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.
 Salem means peace (the king of peace)
 Abram finds a witness (Melchizedek) in the land that is wicked and supposedly
without a witness
 Abram pays tithes to the king of Salem
 David later would conquer Salem and change the name to Jeru-Salem (Jerusalem)
meaning the city of peace
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Genesis 15:6
Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.
 God makes a covenant with Abram
 Abram believes God when he promised Abram a seed (the Messiah)
 The word believe means a total committal of oneself to another
 The blood of the eternal covenant has been made known down through the ages
because God is faithful
 Are you going to be faithful telling the same testimony?
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