The Covenants

By Wes Myhre

I have been studying out the Melchizedek Priesthood and looking at the differences and similarities between the law of the covenant, Moses law, and YHWY’s law.  As I have been investigation the assumption that there exists a difference between the covenants prior to the golden calf incident as opposed to the covenant after the said occasion, I found there are several theories as to what for ever means.  This turned out to be somewhat of an in depth study.  So with that said, let us get down to business.

There exists a “rule of thumb” or what some in the biblical hermeneutic community call “the law of first mention.” I am not certain if this is a law because I cannot find any biblical proof by having two or three witnesses approving the concept as something YHWH instituted; nor, has it been revealed through a prophet; however, I do find the usefulness of the meat of the matter.  Usually, when a term is first used in the bible, a definition of it will follow.

Hence, we are discussing the word for ever, and it is used in Genesis 3:22. So let us discover what it means.

20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. 21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever (`owlam (H5769)): 23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.  Genesis 3:20-24 (Emphasis added.)

How big a deal is it to live for ever (H5769`owlam )? Looking at YHWH/Yeshua’s actions it is such a big deal that He closed up the Garden of Eden and set Cherubim as guards.  Also, we see that by eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil Adam and Eve “became as one of us (YHWH/Yeshua)” and if they took of the tree of life, then they would live for ever.  Therefore, what this means then since they ate of the one tree and became as YHWH/Yeshua –knowing good and evil- then if they had eaten of the other tree, they would also have become like YHWH/Yeshua and live for ever.

Let us investigate and see if YHWH /Yeshua lives for ever.  Do we have three witnesses, is it revealed through a prophet, and does it prohibit the changing of YHWH/Yeshua?  The following are proof texts and they clearly show YHWH/Yeshua has always been and will always be. He lives for ever.

And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God.  Genesis 21:33 (Emphasis added.)

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them. Deuteronomy 33:27 (Emphasis added.)

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Psalm 90:2 (Emphasis added.)

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Psalm 100:5 (Emphasis added.)

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 1:8 (Emphasis added.)

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Revelation 22:13 (Emphasis added.)

But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. Isaiah 45:17 (Emphasis added.)

Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Ephesians 3:21 (Emphasis added.)

In Hebrews 7:3 we find the Melchizedek defined as “Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.” (Emphasis added.)

Here is how the Hebrew word `owlam is definded in the Blue Letter Bible, “long duration, antiquity, futurity, for ever, ever, everlasting, evermore, perpetual, old, ancient, world; ancient time, long time (of past); (of future); for ever, always; continuous existence, perpetual; everlasting, indefinite or unending future, eternity.”

So we actually find that “`owlam (H5769)” really means forever, everlasting, without end.  Not the end of an age which some people claim, so that if fits nicely with in the structural framework of dispensationalism.  Here yet is another brace taken out of the flimsy support system of this heresy.

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We need to be careful not read into the text what is not there.  For instance, I have always been taught that YHWH/Yeshua performed the first animal sacrifice by killing animals and giving the skins to Adam and Eve.  However, a careful read of that passage Genesis 3:21 “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” We find that killing an animal is not mentioned.  Many students of the bible are veering away from this interpretation and digging deeper into scripture. It is possible that YHWH/Yeshua clothed Adam and Eve in physical skin.

You must remember they lost their glorified bodies.  Recall they walked with YHWY/Yeshua but no longer due to the fall.  And food for thought, Moses radiated light so much after being with Yeshua on the mount that he covered his face to hide the glow.  Moses was born into sin living in a fallen world, but Adam and Eve did not.  They had perfect spiritual bodies before the fall.

So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  Genesis 1:27

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Genesis :26

Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. Genesis 9:6

And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Colossians 3:10

15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. 17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:15-18


For a man indeed ought not to cover [his] head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
1 Corinthians 11:7

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  2 Corinthians 4:4

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Colossians 1:16

Doug Hamp writes extensively about this in his book, Corrupting the Image.

Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened as to their spiritual state, physical, and mental stated.

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? Genesis 3:7-11

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. Genesis 3:7

Immediately their eyes opened.  Where else does immediacy happen with eyes.

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  1 Corinthians 15:52-53

So then, sandwich the following verses between Genesis 3:7 and 1 Corinthians 15:52, and this may enlighten a person as to what YHWH/Yeshua really did in the garden when He clothed Adam and Eve in skin.

And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. Genesis 6:3

And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: Ezekiel 11:19

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41

Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. Mark 14:38

Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. Luke 24:39

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John 3:6

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:4

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Romans 8:9

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Romans 8:13

To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 1 Corinthians 5:5

Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Galatians 3:3

But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Galatians 4:29

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Galatians 5:17

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Galatians 6:8

For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:3

For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. Colossians 2:5

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 1 Titus 3:16

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 1 Peter 3:18

For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. 1 Peter 4:6

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.1 John 4:2-3

As suggest, it might not have been animal skin but possibly the organ of skin that cover’s the human body.  The Bible does not state what type of skin YHWH made.  Furthermore, in Jasher the skins YHWH gave to Adam and Eve are mentioned.  Ham stole them from Noah and gave them to Cush who in turn bequeathed them to Nimrod.  Furthermore, Jasher does not describe the type of skin YHWH made.

  1. And the garments of skin which God made for Adam and his wife, when they

went out of the garden, were given to Cush.

  1. For after the death of Adam and his wife, the garments were given to Enoch,

the son of Jared, and when Enoch was taken up to God, he gave them to

Methuselah, his son.

  1. And at the death of Methuselah, Noah took them and brought them to the ark,

and they were with him until he went out of the ark.

  1. And in their going out, Ham stole those garments from Noah his father, and he

took them and hid them from his brothers.

  1. And when Ham begat his first born Cush, he gave him the garments in secret,

and they were with Cush many days.

  1. And Cush also concealed them from his sons and brothers, and when Cush

had begotten Nimrod, he gave him those garments through his love for him,

and Nimrod grew up, and when he was twenty years old he put on those

garments.

  1. And Nimrod became strong when he put on the garments, and God gave him

might and strength, and he was a mighty hunter in the earth, yea, he was a

mighty hunter in the field, and he hunted the animals and he built altars, and he

offered upon them the animals before the Lord.  Jasher 7:24-30

So I have a challenge for you, the reader, using the three simple steps of Biblical hermeneutics lifted from the pages of the bible: YHWH/ Yeshua is never changing: was, is, and will be; YHWH/ Yeshua will reveal a matter to His prophets; and it takes two or three witnesses to establish a matter, prove YHWH/Yeshua drew first blood by killing the first animals, and giving Adam and Eve the skins of those animals for a covering.

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My hope in the above example is to show that we cannot read anything into the text.  We need to listen to what is written and look at the meanings of the words at the time they were penned and understand the idioms of that particular culture and period in history.  So with this in mind let us look at some other areas with which we should question.

We need to understand that YHWH made a promise to Abraham that his decedents would be vast and through them YHWH would bless the whole world.  Some of you, readers, may have an idea about dispensationalism, as it purports there are several different dispensations in which YHWH saves people differently.  If you subscribe to this notion, please read this blog, Begin at the Beginning.  In it is shown how the theory of dispensationalism is false by using the biblical principles: YHWH/Yeshua is never changing, He will reveal a matter to His prophets, and it takes two or three witnesses to establish a matter.

Remember, we need to sift everything through these three simple lenses of Biblical hermeneutics lifted from the pages of the bible.  That proof can be found in this blog, Introduction.

We also need to understand that YHWH/Yeshua continued a covenant with Abraham building on that covenant down through the ages.  Yes, there were set backs as seen with Adam, Noah, and the golden calf incident where His people broke the covenant they had just made with Him. However, one of YHWH/Yeshua missions on the cross was to bring His people back on course.

First though let us look at the laws YHWH/Yeshua had given prior to Moses.  We know this because of what it says in Exodus 18.

13 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening. 14 And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even? 15 And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God: 16 When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws. Exodus 18:13-16 (Emphasis added.)

Remember, this is before YHWH revealed His Torah to the Israelites at Mt. Saini.  That revelation occurred when YHWH made His covenant with Israel in Exodus 19:20. So, what were the laws before the covenant with Israel?

Here is a list of the laws prior to Moses with scripture to follow, taken from web page Devoted to Truth, Web Master Richard Anthony.

  1. The law of the sabbath ( 2:3).  Ex. 16:23; 20:10; 31:13-17.  Deut. 5:14.
  2. The law of the place to worship ( 3:24; 4:3, 4, 16; 9:26, 27).  Ex. 25:8.  Deut. 12:5-7.  Lev. 17:3, 4.
  3. The law of the acceptance of sacrifice by fire from heaven ( 4:4, 5).  Cp. strange fire, Ex. 30:9.  Lev. 6:9; 10:1.
  4. The law of sacrifices ( 4:4; 15:9; 22:2, 13).  Ex. 29:36.  Lev. 1:2-5.
  5. The law of clean and unclean ( 7:2; 8:20).  Lev. 11.  Deut. 14:3-20.
  6. The law of the altar ( 8:20; 12:7, 8; 13:4, 18; 22:9; 26:25).  Ex. 20:24.
  7. The law of eating flesh ( 9:3).  Deut. 12:20.
  8. The law against eating blood ( 9:4).  Lev. 7:26; 17:10-14.
  9. The law against murder ( 9:5, 6).  Ex. 20:13.  Deut. 5:17.
  10. The law of parental authority ( 9:25; 18:19; 22; 37:13).  Ex. 20:12.  Lev. 19:3.  Deut. 5:16.
  11. The law of polygamy (4:19; 29:23-30; 30:1-24; 31:17; 32:22; 37:2). Deut. 21:15-17; 22:13, 22.
  12. The law against adultery ( 12:18; 20:3, 9; 26:10, 11; 38; 39:9; 49:4).  Lev. 20:10.
  13. The law as to (1) priesthood ( 14:18).  Ex. 28:1(2) priestly garments (Gen. 27:15; 37:3).  Ex. 28:4.
  14. The law of tithes ( 14:20; 28:22).  Lev. 27:30-32.
  15. The law as to covenant-making ( 15:10, 18; 21:27, 32).  Ex. 34:27; 19:5.
  16. The law of intercession ( 17; 18; 20:17; 24.)
  17. The law of righteousness ( 17:1).  Deut. 18:13.
  18. The law of circumcision ( 17:9, 10).  Lev. 12:3.
  19. The law of hospitality ( 18).  Lev. 19:33, 34.  Deut. 10:18, 19.
  20. The law against licentiousness ( 18:20).  Lev. 18.
  21. The law against fornication ( 34:7).
  22. The law as to oaths ( 21:23; 24:41; 26:28).  Ex. 22:11.  Num. 5:19.
  23. The law of binding sacrifices ( 22:9).  Ps. 118:27.
  24. The law of birthright ( 25:33).  Deut. 21:16, 17.
  25. The law of anointing with oil ( 28:18; 31:13).  Ex. 40:15.
  26. The obligation of vows ( 28:20-22; 31:13).  Deut. 23:21.  Num. 30:2.
  27. The law against idolatry (implied in the word “dominion”, 1:26; 31:32, 35).  Ex. 20:3-6.  Deut. 5:7-10.
  28. The law of uncleanness ( 31:35).  Lev. 15.
  29. The law against marriage between circumcised and uncircumcised ( 34:14).  Deut. 7:3.
  30. The law of ceremonial cleansing for worship ( 35:2).  Ex. 19:10.
  31. The law of drink offerings ( 35:14).  Ex. 29:40.  Lev. 23:18.
  32. The law of marrying the brother’s widow ( 38:8).  Deut. 25:5-10.
  33. The law of preaching ( 2:5).  Lev. 10:11.  Deut. 33:10.
  34. The law of dowry ( 34:12).  Ex. 22:16

If you the reader have not looked at the testing of Dispensationalism from Begin at the Beginning blog, please do so at this time.  You will have to understand the follies of this doctrine in order to grasp the importance of covenant.  First, we need to know what covenant is.

A covenant is a legal, binding agreement between two or more people or groups, individuals or nations. Covenants were made between a great king and vassal kings, which had been conquered and let live as well as to exist under the great king’s rule and control. Many types of covenants exist, but the main element is who it is between.

In antiquity covenants generally had six parts: preamble, prologue, stipulations, token or sign, witnesses, and sanctions.

  • The preamble identifies the parties of the covenant. Here is an example of a preamble, “I’m the Lord God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, that is who I am, and you are my people.”

–     The prologue background information as to how the covenant came about.

–     The stipulations are the laws, all the various kinds, that indicated what the covenant is. For example: You do this;  these are the laws. Or, “If you do this, I will bless you, I will protect you and watch over you. I will be your God, and you will be My people.”

–    The sign of the covenant shows evidence to the parties.

–    The witnesses are called, for example, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you this day…”

–    Sanctions are promises of blessings which will come if the covenant is kept and maintained, or if not maintained and kept the sanctions list the curses which would befall the parties.

In this study I will not identify the parts of each covenant as listed above, but I will provide biblical reference to the covenant.  Now let us look at the covenants YHWH/Yeshua made with His people.

YHWY/Yeshua made covenants with Adam, Noah, and Abraham.  These are the three biggies.  Yes there also exist other covenants but they are sub-covenants, if you will, of the Abrahamic covenant.

First, we will look at the covenant with Adam, and we must remember most church doctrines begin with the Edenic Covenant and shortly thereafter teach the Adamic Covenant, but we need to understand both were made with Adam.

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. 29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. Genesis 1:26-30

15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 2:15-17

The provisions of this covenant are to procreate, have dominion over animals-not eat them; work the garden, and not to eat of the tree of good and evil. The penalty is death, and curses are placed on man and serpent, but the promise of a Redeemer through the seed of the woman is given as well assurance of Yeshua defeating the serpent.

Now let us ask the big question does this covenant still apply to man.  Yes, we experience death on a daily basis as well as to witness the deterioration of the world around us both physically and ideologically.  These are the signs in which we know we are still under the dominion of this covenant.

YHWH/Yeshua made the next covenant with Noah.  First thing you as the reader will need to recognize is that YHWY/Yeshua had not removed death as a penalty of the covenant with Adam.  All man suffered the consequences of Adams failure and felt the sting of that covenant.

In fact death plagued Noah’s era prior to and as well as due to the flood. Death permeated all around Noah.  Here is the covenant YHWH/Yeshua made with him.

Noah: But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. 15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. 16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. 17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. 18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. 20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. 21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them. 22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he. Genesis 6:8-22 (Emphasis added.)

1And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. 11 And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. 12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: 15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. 17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth. Genesis 9:1-17

The provisions of this covenant with Noah are to never devastate the earth through a worldwide flood, to not murder, continue to procreate and have dominion over the earth and animals.  YHWH/Yeshua provided the rainbow as a sign.  Man was to till soil by the sweat of his brow, woman continued to travail in childbirth, and a Redeemer through the seed of woman also endured.

So death came through Adam and continued with Noah.  Nothing has changed.  We still face death today.  It is as much a constraint on today’s society as it was with Adam and his family.  The same goes for the flood.  Each time we see a rainbow, we know YHWH/Yeshua promised Noah that man would not suffer a catastrophic flood ever again.  We know this by the covenantal promise made to Noah.  Yes, we are still affected by the covenant with Noah today.

As you most likely have noticed, I did not mention eating all flesh as a provision of the covenant with Noah.  Notice, “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things” Does this mean we can eat humans? Remember it says everything that liveth shall be meat for you.  I have included another essay by John Vujicic.  He is a vegetarian and has a website about biblical vegetarianism.  The article expounds on the point of mistranslation of this particular text, which would lead us way off topic.  However, if you are interested in investigating it click the following link for more information on if YHWH/Yeshua “Allowed Noah to eat meat” after the flood.

Abraham:

1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. Genesis 12:1-4 (Emphasis added.)

1After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness. And he said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. 10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. 11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away. 12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. 17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. 18 In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, 21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites. Genesis 15:1-21 (Emphasis added.)

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. 10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. Genesis 17:1-11 (Emphasis added.)

And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. 10 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. 11 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. 12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. 13 And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me? 14 Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered. 15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael. 16 And Abram was fourscore and six years old (86 YOA), when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram. Genesis 16:9-16 (Emphasis added.)

The provisions outlined in this covenant contain land given to Abraham and his many descendants and great blessing to and through his descendants which will bless the whole world, Messiah would come through Abraham’s lineage. The sign in this covenant is circumcision.

Furthermore, the provisions of the covenant with Noah still apply: never devastate the earth through a worldwide flood, do not murder, continue to procreate and have dominion over the earth and animals.  We have a rainbow to remind us of this as well as the sign of death reminding man of the covenant with Adam where man still tilled the soil by the sweat of his brow, woman continued to travail in childbirth, and a delivering of the Redeemer through the seed of woman.

So death came through Adam and continued with Noah.  Nothing has changed.  We still face death today.  It is as much a constraint on today’s society as it was with Adam and his family.  The same goes for the flood.  Each time we see a rainbow, we know YHWH/Yeshua promised Noah that man would not suffer a catastrophic flood ever again.  We know this by the covenantal promise made to Noah.  Yes, we are still affected by the covenant with Noah today.

We need to recognize in these first three covenants man disobeyed YHWH/Yeshua’s commands, and we also need to recognize YHWH/ Yeshua did not say, “Oh, that covenant did not work let us try another.”  However, we must realize the common three strand rope securing these three covenants together is love, grace, and mercy, which YHWH/Yeshua has given to the world and all its inhabitants. All of this exists within the confines of Yeshua.  It is not only in His physical birth into this world through the seed of woman, who survived through the flood and enduring on through the lineage of Abraham; nor, is it just His death on the cross as the blessing of the whole world.  It is the finished work of a new heaven and a new earth taking us back to how YHWH/Yeshua intended this world to be from the beginning. The entire blessing allows us to freely love YHWH/Yeshua with all our heart, mind, and spirit in a lawful manner.

Finally, the theory of dispensation of grace beginning after the cross, clearly is erroneous, when we understand YHWH/Yeshua’s love, grace, and mercy kept us from being annihilated from the beginning. Really the execution of grace began prior to the setting the foundations of the world.

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:8 (Emphasis added.)

 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. John 17:24 (Emphasis added.)

 4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:4 (Emphasis added.)

Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 1 Peter 1:20 (Emphasis added.)

In the next blog entry we will look at the covenant made with Moses and another sign of covenants building, that of Yeshua, and how the how the covenant with Abraham is not completed, yet.

  1. `owlam (H5769)” The Blue Letter Bible Online, The Blue Letter Bible, n.d. Thur. 21 July. 2016.
  2. Anthony, Richard. “Laws Before Sinai” http://www.ecclesia.org/truth/sinai.html  August 10, 2016
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