The Contingencies of the Covenant
The If” of the Covenant is contained in the call to obedience.
The “Then” of the Covenant is contained in God’s intention to bless.
The “If” of the fulfillment is contained in the “I will” of obedience.
The “Then” of the fulfillment is the blessing received: known in the gift of The Land, the Presence in the midst, the plenitude of joy found in family, in labor, in prosperity and peace.
There is a dark side of the Covenant. It is the “If” of disobedience. If a man stands in contempt of the Power that wills to bless, whose promise was once accepted and whose blessing was once claimed, he has violated the terms of the agreement, but the contract still stands.
The “Then” of disobedience is the wrath of God, the consuming fire of the Holy. God cannot remain God and countenance sin in those He has betrothed to Himself. God’s holiness reconciles the goodness of God with the contingency of blessing. The God of the Covenant is known equally in blessing and cursing.
The God of Israel took away Temple, priest and sacrifice. Yet out of His steadfast love which endures forever He Himself became both priest and sacrifice and He makes a temple of all who dwell in Him.
There is still an “if,” a choice of obedience or disobedience, and a “then” that carries a promise of either blessing or cursing.
“Today, if you will hear His voice, [then] harden not your hearts.”