Psalm 89:34:37 – 34 My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips. 35 Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David: 36 His seed shall endure forever, And his throne as the sun before Me; 37 It shall be established forever like the moon, Even like the faithful witness in the sky.” Selah

Number 23:19 – 19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good.

Ephesians 6:10-17 – 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

References for Ephesians 6:12


13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

In my last write up I outlined some ancient covenant practices in the context of scriptures. In this piece, I will continue to outline these ancient covenant practices in bible times and explain it’s relevance to us as God’s covenant people.

  1. Each representative removed his coat and weapons and exchanged it with the other representative. The coat and weapons represents the strength and authority of each family. This implies that they would fight each other’s battles for one another. This is what the bible means in Ephesians 6 when the bible instructs us to put the whole armour of God. It is a covenant statement. God is saying to us emphatically that because of our covenant with Him he has given us all his strength and authority and he will fight with us against our enemy the devil. This implies that total victory is guaranteed.
  1. Each representative then cuts themselves either on the wrist or the hand in order to mingle their blood together. This means the two have become one. They lifted their hands so everyone could see the cuts. They then swear oaths to one another. Gunpowder is rubbed on the wound. The purpose of this process was to affect their memories. The bible tells us that Jesus bore our sins and sickness in his own body and by his stripes we were healed. We are identified as joint heirs with Christ.  Also Paul said in his epistle that he bears on his body the marks of Christ. This implies that Jesus and you are one. He is the head and we are his body and one with Him. So when you move he moves, when He speaks you speaks. Jesus said ‘I and the father are one’. You are never alone.
  1. Then the two families exchange names. Actually they join their names together and make it one. In Genesis 17:2 God said to Abram, ‘No longer will your name be called Abram but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations’. The name Abram means exalted father but the name Abraham means father of many nations. The change of name and expansion of territory came because of covenant. Only God is the father or creator of nations but because of covenant, Abraham inherited the name and the ability of God. Friend, you have the ability to create nations because of covenant with God through Christ. Your gift and ability is not for few but for the benefit of nations. A similar thing happened to Jacob when God changed his name from Jacob to Israel, from a cheat to a prince with God (Genesis 32:28). For us in the new testament we are called after Christ (Christians) because we are now  one with him the bible calls us joint heirs, that means we have the same status and position.(Romans 8:17)
  1. They then have a covenant meal of bread and wine. The bread represented the body and wine represented the blood. This means each family is giving themselves to one another to the point of dying for one another if need be. They ate in remembrance of what they did that day in cutting a covenant together. This was what Jesus was highlighting to the disciples in, 1 Corinthians 11:24-25, Matt 26; 28, Mark 14:24 and Luke 22 during the supper. He instituted the communion table to re-enforce the covenant but under a new dispensation. The word remembrance in the above scriptures goes beyond reminding yourself. This is what it means, if you have ever mistaken cut yourself with a sharp object, you will never forget the pain and blood loss you suffered. Whenever you remember that incident it is as if you undergo the trauma of the incident as well. It is said that trauma does not reside in the event; it resides in the body of the person that experienced the incident. So the remembrance informs that you are never to forget the experience that came with cutting the covenant and receive confidence and boldness that comes with the assurance that God will never fail you.

Further Study

Number 23:19 – 19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good.

Questions for you to reflect on
  • What has your knowledge of your covenant with God done to you?
  • Do people around you think you are reliable and trustworthy?
  • How often do you remember that you have a covenant greater that your problem?