Bible Reading Plan
February 19th: Covenants, part 1 -- Dr. Tim Mackie (bibleproject.com)
The God of the Bible is committed to working out his good plans through covenant human partners. Humans continually mess up their end of the covenant, but God remains devoted to his decision to partner with humanity. Today and tomorrow we are reflecting on God’s surprising plan to make up for humanity’s role in the covenant and how we can now live as renewed partners with him.
Listen to a short message from Dr. Tim Mackie on the word Covenants in the Bible, read the passages, and spend time reflecting on the questions.
Read AND DISCUSS
God is able to do his work in the world independent of humans, but he doesn’t. He is committed to working out his divine will through human covenant partnership, even when humans continually fail to uphold their end of the agreement. In Jesus, God becomes human to create a new humanity who is empowered to live in Jesus’ new covenant as partners with God.
Question 1: Reflect on the passages above. How does God describe his new covenant plan? Why and how will he make this new covenant? How is it different from the old covenant?
Question 2: Consider God’s relentless commitment to partner with humanity despite its violent and foolish history. What do you think this tells us about God’s character?
Question 3: Reflect on the sufferings of Jesus and how God himself was willing to absorb humanity’s violence and foolishness to reverse the past and start anew. What questions, thoughts, or feelings come up for you as you reflect on this?