Hear, Israel, the decrees and laws I declare in your hearing today. Learn them and be sure to follow them. 2 The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. 3 It was not with our ancestors that the Lord made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today. (Deuteronomy 5:1-3 NIV)
Moses speaks these words as they are preparing to enter and conquer the promised land.
Moses says this covenant is not for their ancestors but for them… not for those who came before but for this generation.
Some of them were not alive when God gave the law at Sinai…?
Moses tells the people of Israel as they are about the enter the land of promise that the covenant God made was made with them. But some of those listening were born on the journey – they were babies or not yet born when God made the covenant with Israel.
Every generation needs to hear for itself that God makes a covenant with them – even Christians who live under the new covenant of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection! We need to reclaim that we were there at Sinai, that we were exiles, that we stood at the cross, that we were there at Pentecost.
God’s covenant is being renewed and re-offered to those who will hear it. Today, as Christians, we appropriate it by our entering into the covenant but not once for all but once and then a lifetime of renewing and re-engaging and re-living. God makes a covenant with me today… will I obey, will I hear, will I follow?
God of Covenant and Promise, I stand with Israel at that moment before they entered the land. I stand and hear that you make a covenant with me and not just with people long ago. You make promises to me and not just to my spiritual ancestors. To me. May I hear, may I follow, may I obey, may I respond with “yes” each day as I stand at that day’s dawning and that day’s struggles. In the name of the one in whom all the covenants are made new, and all promises are fulfilled – Jesus. Amen.