1 Samuel 18:1-4, 2 Samuel 9:1-9
The Benefits Of Being In A Blood Covenant
The sword stood for protection. Jonathan gave his protection to David by giving him his sword. (1 Samuel 18:4)
- From this day, Jonathan and David became covenant brothers.
- David had all the reason to ask for everyone from Saul’s house to be killed as vengeance for what their grandfather Saul did to him.
- He instead showed kindness because of his covenant with Jonathan.
Machir, who was keeping Mephibosheth, is the same man who rescued David when he (David) fled from his son Absalom (2 Samuel 9:4-5).
The Grace of restoration came upon Mephibosheth.
- He was going to eat from the King’s table, he did not need the proceeds from the land Ziba and his servants were going to till.
- This is the power of a covenant.
We are in a much better covenant and we should understand what this covenant means (Hebrews 8:6)
- If Mephibosheth was restored back everything because of a covenant between man and man, what more you? You are a child of God.
- We are children of God because of the covenant of the blood of Jesus.
- Because we are children of the covenant, God is bound to protect us.
- We have a part to play in this covenant. God expects us to respect the conditions of the covenant.
In the old testament, the Israelites were killed if they violated conditions of a covenant.
- Because of Jesus, we are in a new and much better covenant.
- But this is not a license to sin.
Restoration is part of this new covenant we are in (Joel 2:25).
Under the old covenant, nobody referred to God as ‘Father’
- If they wanted to pray, they addressed God as ‘God of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob’.
- Under the new covenant, we can call God ‘Father’ and He will hear us.
Because of a covenant, God was gracious and respected man (2 Kings 13:22-23)
- Whenever God was reminded of a covenant, calamity was reversed.
- God remembered the covenant with Abraham and sent Moses to Egypt to rescue His children (Exodus 2:23-25).