"My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him as an object of reverence; so he revered Me and stood in awe of My name.
Insights: Yesterday God gave a warning to the priests of Israel. Today, He reminds them of the original covenant He established with the Aaronic priests. There were two parts God gave and two parts the priests gave back to God. Even though we are living on this side of the cross does not mean these aspects of the covenant are not found in the New Testament. Let me explain: The first part of the covenant was that of life. In John 10:10 we are told Jesus came to give us life to the full or abundance. Now this is not a full or abundant life which is propagated on TBN. This is a life of fullness found in Christ and an adventure worth living. There will be challenges and obstacles, but Jesus is right there with us guiding us on the journey and it is a full trip. The second portion of the covenant was that of peace. This peace is not like peace between warring nations. This is the type of peace Paul wrote about when he said it surpassed understanding (Philippians 4:7). Jesus tells us in John 14:27 that He leaves us His peace and that He does not give as the world does. When He gives a gift, He does not take it back and the gift does not break. When we are on this adventure with God and difficult and trying days fall upon us, we can hold fast to God’s second aspect of His covenant and that is His peace will be with us in these painful times as well. God then shares with these priests of Malachi’s day their responsibility for life and peace. First, they were to live in reverence to God. This reverence led to proper acts of obedience. Because they honored God as Father, they would desire to serve Him. Second, they were to live in awe of God. This awe as we have discussed over the past several weeks is an actual fear. E. Ray Clendenen helps us here. He wrote, “As those who know the Lord, we must realize we live every moment of every day in the immediate presence of God whose limitless grace is all that protects us from being destroyed by the boundless conflagration of His righteous wrath. Only a fool could respond with anything but fear and love, which together should motivate diligent faithfulness and obedience.” Beloved, hold fast to the covenant with God.
- Are you experiencing all of the pleasures of being in covenant with the Father?
- Are you complying with your end of the covenant?
Prayer: Father, Your patient love is so amazing. May I walk in Your grace and truly experience life and peace. May my life bring reverence and awe to You. Amen.