A Better Covenant, Founded on Better Promises

thekingThe kings of Israel and Judah could variously be classed as good or bad, depending on how godly their reign was. Some of the good kings were David, Asa, Josiah and Hezekiah; while the list of the bad kings included Ahab and Jehoram.

Other kings started well and ended badly, like Saul and Solomon, while others had rocky beginnings, yet ended much better, like Manasseh. One cautionary word here: we often say it’s not how we start, but how we finish that’s important. That is strictly speaking, true. The grace of God means that 100 wasted years followed by 10 minutes of repentance takes us straight to heaven.

I noticed though, that very few kings of Israel or Judah started badly but ended well. Many more started well but ended badly. This should motivate us to guard our hearts, as so aptly put in Hebrews 3:

12 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

In Isaiah 38, King Hezekiah became ill and cried out to God for his healing. God healed him and what is notable is one line he wrote after his recovery. In Isaiah 38:9-11, he said:

9  A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery: 10 I said, “In the prime of my life must I go through the gates of death and be robbed of the rest of my years?” 11 I said, “I will not again see the LORD, the LORD, in the land of the living;

Did you notice that? Hezekiah, under the Old Covenant said he would not again see the Lord … in the land of the living.

If Hezekiah could boast of seeing (experiencing deeply) the Lord on earth, how much more should we expect to experience deeply the Lord under our covenant, which eclipses the old. Hebrews 3:16 says:

6 But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.

Most of us would be excited to have lived during periods in the Old Testament when Israel experienced God’s miracles and tangible glory. Sad, isn’t it, that our Christian life in these days of the Latter Rain are less characterized by the miraculous than the days of Moses, Elijah, Elisha, and David?

Beloved, we should not settle for this. If Hezekiah could boast of “seeing God” , experiencing Him under an inferior covenant, we should expect to walk in more power, more miracles and more of the presence of God. We were birthed (the New Birth) by a miracle and we go miraculously to be with the Lord when we die. Should our life in between be devoid of miracles? That makes no sense, biblically.

May we press on in the faith until we walk in the fullness of the New Covenant and its better promises. Amen.

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3 Responses to "A Better Covenant, Founded on Better Promises"

  1. Jennifer says:

    I am so glad to have found your blog. Especially the list of ways God heals. I just printed that one out. 🙂

  2. author says:

    Yes, I find it really useful myself in ministry situations. I pray it is a practical help to you also in ministry. Many blessings.

  3. Ewan says:

    I agree with this,
    Can you please pray for complete healing for my dearly loved God given wife Cecily from stage 4 cancer.

    Thank you and God bless,

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