When we talk about covenant we are talking about a subject that seems to be lost in today’s soceity, especially in America. We are a soceity that views much of what we have as temporary, which unfortuniately includes our relationships. How we veiw things, most often is the way our own relationships will go. This is not the case from the beginning, Yahweh never viewed relationships as temporary or disposable. In fact Yahweh ties our relationships with our relation with Him. In Matt. 25:21-46, Yahweh say that how we treat or minister to one another is the same way we are ministering to Him. This passage goes on to identify who we really are and our eternal destination based on our relation with Him as shown through our brothers.
Baptism has for many years become a symbol of conversion which symbolizes new life, and it does, but it goes much deeper than that, and believe it or not has to do with the covenant of marriage. In Rom. 6:1-14, Paul talks about baptism symbolizing our identification with Yahshua Messiah in His death, burial and resurrection, but Paul also speaks in Rom. 7:4, Pual explains that it is unlawful for a women, meaning us, to remarry while her husband lives or she is called an adulteress. But it is only after the husband dies that she is free to marry another. In Jeremiah 31:32 it says that Yahweh had married us. S0 Yahshua died so we would be free to marry Him and be set free from the bondage we were under.
Communion is really not what we have been doing in our churches for ever since I can remember. This idea of Communion is really the Passover and unleavened bread as outlined in Exodus 12. The meal that Yahshua was at was a supper that had been given in His honor. This supper was just before Passover in which the Seder would have been done. You can find this in Matt. 26 and John 13. It is this meal that He chose to reveal the true meaning of Passover. Is it part of a covenant relationship? Absolutely, and is the only way to enter into the covenant.
Covenant Eschatology is about Yahshua’s return for His bride. Much of what we have been taught needs to be refocused on what Yahweh told Abraham in Gen. 15 which was the Ketubah of Yahweh to His people and the sign of that was circumcision. It was about freeing His people out of bondage and bringing us into His household as His bride. We are still in that promise to this day, and will end in the last chapter of Revelations.
Worship is a natural expression of the Covenant relationship we are in with Him. If we look at all that He has done for us and realize He has become our Husband who laid His life down so we will live, and live with Him there is no other response than to worship Him with my whole being. Like Ps. 84:1-5, “I long and yearn for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh cry out for the living God. Even a sparrow finds a home, and a swallow, a nest for herself where she places her young–near Your altars, LORD of Hosts, my King and my God.
How happy are those who reside in Your house, who praise You continually. Selah. Happy are the people whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.