Everlasting Covenant – Isaiah 24: 1-5
God does not enter into any relationship without entering into a covenant. A covenant must consist of a relationship between humankind and God; and, it is eternal, which is why it is called an everlasting covenant. The everlasting covenant can only be broken if man fails to maintain an intimate and personal relationship with God or chooses separation from God through sin, as was the case with Israel. Their hearts had strayed and many sins entered their lives. It was not God who divorced Israel, but Israel’s sins broke the everlasting covenant with God that produced a temporary separation from Him. However, in His loving mercy, He had a plan of salvation that would involve not only Israel but, all of humankind with an everlasting covenant that would reconcile those who desired to be in a relationship with Him. This section will discuss the identity and significance of the everlasting covenant to show that God was faithful to keep His promise of the everlasting covenant
An everlasting covenant is a promise from God that is characterized as eternal. Charles Spurgeon describes the significance of a covenant as, “the only ladder, which reaches from earth to heaven.” Covenants have historically connected to many passages all throughout the Old Testament; however, eternal covenant is mentioned in the New Testament as well (NIV, Hebrews 13:20). The reason eternal covenant is only mentioned once in the New Testament is because the Blood of the Lamb is the only needed element, as the work of the cross covers all sins for all people. An example of an Old Testament covenant is the Noahic Covenant , which is still significant today, is God’s promise to never flood the earth again (NIV, Genesis 9:13). Every time it rains, we are reminded of this covenant by viewing the unexplainable rainbow in the sky. “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth” (KJV, Genesis 9:13).
The identity of the everlasting covenant in Isaiah 24:1-5 is Israel; however they are not solely the only focus anymore, but the entire earth. The entire city of Israel is chaotic (NIV, Isaiah 24:10) and because of this chaos, the entire world now has to suffer to learn what it means to be righteous (NIV, Isaiah 26:9).
The larger context of the everlasting covenant in connection with Isaiah 24-27 is that God is speaking of the forthcoming Savior, His Son who will seal the everlasting covenant with His blood, by presenting the gift of salvation to the world. The everlasting covenant will keep the righteous in perfect peace whose mind stays focused on Yaweh (KJV, Isaiah 26:3). Isaiah 9:6 prophecies that Jesus will be called the Prince of Peace. More so, God will send peace to the world (His Son) (NIV, Isaiah 54). And the righteous will be resurrected and live with Him eternally (NIV, Isaiah 26:19) He also describes the everlasting covenant with a promise that in the new world...