The Palestinian Covenant
Dr. Joe Temple

Review

Open your Bibles to the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 29. As we begin our study, we want to refresh your minds concerning the analysis of the book which we have been using. The book of Deuteronomy is made up primarily of three discourses. The first discourse you find in chapters 1-4, and if we gave a title to it, we would refer to it as A Review of Past Failures where Moses reviewed for the children of Israel the failures for which they were responsible during their wilderness wanderings. The second discourse is the one which gives its name to the book we are studying because it is a repetition of God's law, and it is found in that portion of the book of Deuteronomy that begins with chapter 5 and concludes with chapter 26. The word Deuteronomy simply means “the law the second time.” The third discourse is found in chapters 27-31, and if we were giving it a title, we would refer to it as A Revelation of the Future . You will recognize, because I have asked you to turn to chapter 29, that we are in the midst of the discussion of this third discourse.

In addition to the three discourses, in chapter 32 you will find what is referred to as the Song of Moses. We have mentioned to you that this is a song which was sung upon the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egypt. It will be a song which will be sung in Heaven along with the Song of the Lamb, a song or two songs in which every one of us will someday have the opportunity of joining.

Then in chapter 33, we have a blessing which was pronounced upon the children of Israel by Moses by way of prophecy—that blessing to come true. The last chapter of the book of Deuteronomy we have labeled an obituary, because it describes the manner in which Moses died, the manner in which he was buried, and emphasis upon the fact that nobody knows where Moses is buried until this day other than our Heavenly Father. He does know and at the day of resurrection, Moses' body will be raised as well as the bodies of all the saints of God.

The third discourse, which we are thinking about at the present time, begins with chapter 27 and concludes with chapter 31. We have analyzed it in this fashion: In chapter 27 we discovered a picturesque ceremony in which the children of Israel were divided into two divisions—six tribes on Mount Gerizim, and six tribes on Mount Ebal. On Mount Ebal was a monument upon which was written the Ten Commandments and an altar as well upon which the hand of man had not been used for construction in the sense of hewing out the stone. On Mount Gerizim there was nothing but the people who were pronounced a blessing. In between the two mountains was Joshua, some of the Levites and the Ark of the Covenant. When the Word of God was read, the people on both mountains were to say “Amen.” We pointed out to you that that meant more than just a word which in our day is sometimes said for the point of being heard rather than indicating the real sense of the word. We told you that the word amen is a transliterated word, and if we tried to tell you its real meaning, it would be We will be faithful . That is the very literal rendering of the word itself.

In chapter 28, we had prophetic blessing and cursing , which you might think was the same as was contained in chapter 27, but we found it to be different—blessings upon those who were obedient and cursing upon those who were disobedient. Then in chapters 29-30, there is a discussion of the Palestinian Covenant. You will recognize that that is our lesson, but we go on in this third discourse, reminding you that in chapter 31, Moses presented some personal charges to the nation of Israel which they were obligated to obey.

Two Types of Covenants

I said that we are going to discuss with you the Palestinian Covenant, but before we do that in detail, it would be wise for us to remember that God has dealt with His people always on the basis of Covenants. Generally speaking, there are two types of covenants presented in the Word of God, keeping in mind that the word covenant simply means an “agreement between God and man.” These two covenants are indicated by the word unconditional and by the word conditional . The unconditional covenant is always followed by the statement “I will.” God says, “I will,” and absolutely nothing can change the picture. Those words, “I will,” are presented over and over and over again in relation to the unconditional covenants of God.

It would be wise for us to recognize that the unconditional covenants introduced by the words I will are accompanied by prophetic blessings and cursings, which to the minds of some people make them conditional—that is, if you obey, certain blessings will come. If you disobey, certain curses will come, but that does not change the tenor of the covenant at all as we shall see before we are through.

The conditional covenant is always accompanied by the phrase “If ye will.” “If ye will do so and so, then I will do so and so.” These are the agreements which God makes, so fix in your minds that there are two types of covenants. One of them a conditional covenant, accompanied by the words “If ye will.” The other is an unconditional covenant, accompanied by the words “I will.” When you see those phrases, “I will,” and “If ye will,” you will be able to determine the covenants that are under discussion.

We are not going to mention or even attempt to study all of the covenants which are presented in the Word of God, but since we are studying the book of Deuteronomy and the nation under the subject of discussion is the nation of Israel, we are going to mention to you the covenants which are related to Israel. Keep in mind there are more covenants than these, but these are the ones which are related to Israel.

There is one conditional covenant related to Israel. It is the Mosaic Covenant. It is related through the Ten Commandments that are known to you, and you can understand why the phrase, “If ye will,” is presented, because God says, in relation to the Ten Commandments, “If you keep these ten commandments, you shall live. If you disobey these ten commandments, you shall die.” Absolutely nothing changes that.

The unconditional covenants related to the nation of Israel number four. The basic one and the first one is the Abrahamic Covenant , which was presented in Genesis, chapter 12. It was re-emphasized in chapter 15, and doubly emphasized in chapter 17 of the book of Genesis, but the basic reference is found in Genesis, chapter 12.

The second unconditional covenant related to the nation of Israel is the one that we have for our discussion, the Palestinian Covenant, which is recorded in Deuteronomy, chapters 29-30.

The third unconditional covenant related to Israel is the Davidic Covenant, which is recorded in II Samuel, chapter 7.

The fourth unconditional covenant related to Israel, we refer to as the New Covenant and it is found recorded in Jeremiah, chapter 31.

Though we are now going to discuss the Palestinian Covenant, I would like for us to be able to understand how all these other covenants are related to the Abrahamic Covenant since it is the basic one. Turn with me to Genesis, chapter 12, and you will see why I say to you that these four unconditional covenants are all basically related to the Abrahamic Covenant. We will find that these four covenants actually are an amplification of the Abrahamic Covenant as far as its individual conditions are concerned.

In Genesis, chapter 12, you will notice these words. God is addressing Himself to Abraham, and we read:

Genesis 12:

1Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

This is the Abrahamic Covenant in its embryonic form. It is emphasized in other places as I have already suggested to you. Basically, it is related to a threefold promise. God said to Abraham that if he would leave the Ur of the Chaldees and obey Him, He would send him out to a land that he knew nothing about. In other words, “Abraham, I have great plans for you. Leave this land where you are, and I am going to give you a land for your very own.” The details of the manner in which God was going to give that land is found in the Palestinian Covenant. So we talk about the amplification of the Abrahamic Covenant, recognizing that in Genesis, chapter 12, verse 1, land was promised. The manner in which the land was promised is presented in the Palestinian Covenant.

Pre-Millennial Interpretation of Scriptures

In Genesis, chapter 12, verse 2, you will recall that God promised Abraham a seed—not only a child, as Isaac was, but descendants through Isaac so that he would be given not only descendants, but a dynasty as well. That dynasty was headed up in David because he was the outstanding king of Israel and because of a promise that the throne of David would never be vacant, that God would see to it that it would be filled again in all of its wonderful glory.

I am going to suggest that we turn to II Samuel, chapter 7, so that you will be able to fix that in your minds, for you will find that a great many people who do not agree with our school of thought, theologically speaking, will not accept what I am saying to you. I belong and I teach a school of theological thought known as the pre- millennial interpretation of the Scriptures. The opposing view to the pre-millennial interpretation of the Scriptures at one time was known as the post-millennial view. That has been rejected by most people because it has been untenable in these last years. Many people now hold what is called the a-millennial view of the Scriptures. This word means what the prefix indicates. They are against any millennium. They just don't think there is going to be any such thing. We pre- millennialists believe that one day when the cup of iniquity of this earth has become full, the Lord Jesus Christ is going to return to this earth and He is going to set up a righteous reign of Christ upon the earth for one thousand years which will be known as the Millennium . That is the reason we use the term. It means “one thousand years.”

The Davidic Covenant

Christ will reign upon the earth during that thousand year period, but another truth, which is not often emphasized unless we are in a special study such as this, is that David will be resurrected, returned to this earth and rule as vice-regent upon this earth. This is related to the Davidic Covenant. You will recall that David wanted to build God a house. God said in so many words, “David, I cannot let you build the house because you are a man of blood. You have fought too many wars; your hands are stained. I will let your son Solomon build me a house, but I will not leave you bereft, without promise. As a matter of fact, David, I am going to do something for you that is far greater than you could do for Me. I am going to build you a house.” What God promised concerning the building of David's house constitutes the Davidic Covenant which is an amplification of the Abrahamic Covenant in relation to the seed which was promised to Abraham. Will you notice in II Samuel, chapter 7, verse 11, where we read:

II Samuel 7:

11And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the Lord telleth thee that he will make thee an house.
12And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
13He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

Up to this point, we are talking about Solomon. Now notice:

II Samuel 7:

14I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men [We are still talking about Solomon.]:
15But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee [For Solomon and his descendants will be the dynasty through which will rule the world].

Then in verse 16:

II Samuel 7:

16And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

And though at the present time the throne of David is unoccupied, as far as God is concerned, the throne of David has never gone out of existence. It will someday be occupied by the Lord Jesus Christ when He returns to this earth to reign and to rule for one thousand years.

If you will recall what we read in Genesis, chapter 12, verse 3, you will remember that we read that through Abraham and his descendants, which would include David, which would include the Lord Jesus Christ, the whole world would be blessed. The world has not seen that blessing in its fullness because the covenant which is related to that blessing has not been put in force in its entirety. I refer to the New Covenant.

Turn with me, please, to Jeremiah, chapter 31, and notice a brief suggestion about the New Covenant. When God is speaking about the future prosperity of the nation of Israel—the nation of Israel gathered again into the land of Promise, everything settled, God working as He has never worked before—He will do an unusual thing. When He gave the Mosaic Covenant, He gave it from a mountain from which steam, fire and smoke came. No man could even touch the mountain lest the sentence of death be upon him, and the law was written on tables of stone. That was the Mosaic Covenant. That is the Old Covenant; but the New Covenant did not come from a mount that smoked with fire. It came from a mount upon which stood a Cross upon which the Son of God died. It came from a mount which if men touched, they would not die; but rather, they would live. The New Covenant was not written upon tables of stone; it was written upon the fleshly tables of the heart. The New Covenant was not related to man's efforts to obey; it was related to a new creature who found a new life and in that new life found a new experience of obedience. Notice verse 31:

Jeremiah 31:

31Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

There could not be a better description of the New Covenant than this which we have just read. If you are thinking—and I hope that you are—you are probably saying, “But, that New Covenant sounds so familiar. Was it made exclusively with the nation of Israel? The answer is “No,” for the Lord Jesus Christ came to die not only for Israel, but He came to die for the whole world. So any individual, be he Jew or Gentile, who is willing to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, becomes a recipient of the conditions of the New Covenant. God writes the law in the hearts of men and He puts the want to for obedience within the innermost being of the person involved.

Having said that, let me suggest that you be very careful in your comments, in your observations and in your statements because if you are not, you will take the position the a-millennialists have taken—that the New Covenant is fulfilled in the Church. Therefore, there is no further need to talk about God's plan for Israel, and all the promises related to Israel are either ignored or are spiritualized out of actual existence. The New Covenant has not been fulfilled to its fullest extent. One good illustration is found in verse 34, where we read:

Jeremiah 31:

34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

If the New Covenant had been fulfilled in its entirety, then there would be no need for Bible classes. If the New Covenant had been fulfilled in its entirety, there would be no need for us to meet together on Sunday morning. There would be no need for you to witness to your friends at school and at work and at various other places, for everybody would know the Lord, and there would be no need for anybody to try to explain to anyone anything about Him because everybody would know Him. You know without my emphasizing it that that is not the case. There are more unsaved people in the world now than there were when the Gospel was first proclaimed in that first little period of time after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. You can't explain that by increase of population. You can explain it only by one thing and that is that instead of hearts being open to the Gospel, they are becoming increasingly closed; and the truth of the Gospel must be emphasized, re-emphasized and hammered away because men do not know the Lord. During the millennial reign of Christ, when the New Covenant is actually fulfilled, all men will know Him.

Reason for Amplification of Abrahamic Covenant

You probably noticed in our amplification of this Abrahamic Covenant that we said very little about the Palestinian Covenant, because that is the subject of our discussion. Please turn back to Deuteronomy, chapter 29, and notice the very first verse of the chapter, so that you might see the reason for our amplification of the Abrahamic Covenant. You probably will notice in that first verse a reference to two covenants. One of them the Mosaic Covenant, the covenant that was given at Horeb. The other was the covenant that was given right at that particular time when Moses was giving to the people the reference to the covenant about which we are speaking. Notice as we read:

Deuteronomy 29:

1These are the words of the covenant, which the Lord commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, [Keep in mind they were encamped on the other side of Jordan in the land of Moab waiting to go into the land of Canaan.] beside the covenant which he made with them in Horeb.

You see the language there. One covenant was made in Moab; one was made in Horeb. The covenant that was made in Horeb was the same one that was made at Sinai. Sinai was in Horeb. The one that was made at Sinai was the Mosaic Covenant, and so the covenant that Moses is speaking about here in Deuteronomy, chapter 29, is the Palestinian Covenant which we are going to discuss first by pointing out to you what we might refer to as the prelude to the covenant or the introduction. Notice with me verses 1-8:

Deuteronomy 29:

1These are the words of the covenant, which the Lord commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant which he made with them in Horeb.
2And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land;
3The great temptations [testings] which thine eyes have seen, the signs and those great miracles:
4Yet the Lord hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.
5And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot.
6Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the Lord your God.
7And when ye came unto this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, came out against us unto battle, and we smote them:
8And we took their land, and gave it for an inheritance unto the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half tribe of Manasseh.
9Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do.

I repeat, this represents a prelude to the presentation of the Palestinian Covenant and the prelude is comprised first of a review of what God had done in the past. Notice verse 2:

Deuteronomy 29:

2And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land;

If you are familiar with the book of Exodus, you know what was done. And in verse 3:

Deuteronomy 29:

3The great temptations[testings] which thine eyes have seen, the signs and those great miracles:

Miracles that He performed in the wilderness are too numerous for us to mention. Then notice verse 5:

Deuteronomy 29:

5And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: [Here are the miracles.] your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot.

Some of you ladies, I am quite sure, and some of us more vain men, would not want to wear clothes for forty years. Can you ladies imagine wearing the same dress for forty years? Even though it lasted, you wouldn't want to do it, and some of us men are vain enough not to want to wear the same suit for forty years. God said that He kept their clothes from wearing out for forty years and their shoes from wearing out for forty years. This is indeed a miracle. Then you will notice in verse 6:

Deuteronomy 29:

6Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the Lord your God.

You might wonder about that statement. You might ask, “Is God advocating drinking wine and strong drink?” No, what He was saying is this: “Ordinary people had to live on bread or meat and wine and strong drink, but you didn't. I rained down manna from Heaven— heavenly food that I provided supernaturally for you so that you did not need to live on the ordinary food more familiar to mankind.” Then in verses 7-8, He mentions how they defeated two of the most outstanding enemies and gave the land to the tribes of the children of Israel. This is a review of what God had done in the past.

Israel Unable to Perceive

I wonder how deeply you are thinking. I am not going to ask the question because I don't think it would be fair to put you on the spot because this may not have occurred to you, but do you realize that none of the people to whom Moses was talking ever saw these things literally? The generations which had seen these things, other than Moses, Joshua, and Caleb, were dead. They died in the wilderness. They never had seen these things.

The reasons that I am calling this to your attention are twofold. One is that the critics will call it to your attention. You see, one of the problems that we have with young people who are brought up in Bible-believing churches is that the Bible is taught, but it is never pointed out that some things in the Bible give the critics something to stomp on. Then when young people brought up in Bible-believing churches are told by some so-called intelligent professor in an impressive way something like I have said to you, it floors them. They say, “Well, maybe something else isn't true.” You see, we endeavor, when God brings it to our mind, to point out to you the stomping ground of the critics and then tell you that they have nothing to stomp on really because if they knew their Bibles as well as they don't know them, they would realize that there are no real contradictions in God's Word.

When Moses was saying, “You have seen all of these things,” he was speaking in the same manner that we have spoken any number of times when we have related some experience to our children, or perhaps in relation to new math, which I refuse to get into. Those of you who know something about it, go over the problem over and over and over again and say, “Can't you see that? Why can't you see that? I have told you and told you and told you.” That is what Moses was talking about. Moses was saying, “You have seen this,” but he didn't mean at all that they saw it with their literal eye. He meant that they had the opportunity of seeing it because it had been constantly reviewed before them.

You have every right in the world to ask and the critic would ask, “What right do you have to say that?” I re-emphasize what I have said so often, that anytime that I say anything that is not as clear as it might be, or anytime that I say anything that you question in your minds, please question openly when you have that opportunity. I have no right to say anything that cannot be backed up by the Word of God. Many times I have a reason for it that time does not permit to giving or it just does not occur to me to give it. So, why do I say this? The answer is found in a realization that the prelude to this Palestinian Covenant includes not only a review of past experiences, but it includes a solemn realization which Moses had to admit. That realization is found in verse 4, and it reads:

Deuteronomy 29:

4Yet the Lord hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.

“You have seen it, but you haven't understood it. I have told you about it. I have reviewed it for you. I have gone over it again and again and again, but you have not seen it.” That this is a characteristic of the nation of Israel with which all men had to deal can be made evident by glancing at more than one passage of Scripture. Turn in your Bibles, please, to the Gospel of Matthew, and recall that the Lord Jesus Christ said the very thing that I am saying to you—that the nation of Israel, even though history had repeated itself again and again and again, still was not able to see and was not able to perceive. The Lord Jesus Christ does not quote Moses. He quotes Isaiah because more than one of the masters of Israel brought this fact to their attention. Notice Matthew, chapter 13, verse 13, where we read:

Matthew 13:

13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

The Lord Jesus Christ said to Israel in His day, “You are no better off than the Israel that stood in the plains of Moab on the east side of Jordan waiting to cross over. Moses reviewed for them the manner in which God had dealt, but they did not see. They did not perceive and neither do you.”

The Apostle Paul emphasized the same thing. If you will turn to II Corinthians, chapter 3, you will understand why even in the day in which we live so few of Israel come to know the Lord. Thank God some do, but so very few do. One of the reasons so few come to know is that such little effort is put forth to tell them. Of all the mission programs which are carried on by the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, the least effort is put forth to reach the Jew for Christ; but even so, few are coming to know the Lord. Notice verse 13:

II Corinthians 3:

13And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
14But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

He is saying that when the Jews read the Old Testament (They have nothing to do with the New Testament.), the veil is still over their face. Then still cannot understand. The real reason that they cannot understand is the veil is not only over their faces; it is over their hearts. In verse 15, you read:

II Corinthians 3:

15But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

What is being said to our hearts is that Israel, without turning to Christ, will never be able to understand the Old Testament; but thank God, in turning to Christ, Israel will be able to understand the Old Testament. If you will look at verse 14, you read:

II Corinthians 3:

14…which vail is done away in Christ.

Then notice verse 16:

II Corinthians 3:

16Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

Why am I saying all of this? To emphasize to you that there is no point in your trying to convince a Jew that the Bible is true. If he has an honest question, answer it; but don't waste your time trying to convince him it is true. You can't. He is blind. Only when he turns to Christ will his eyes be opened.

I am going to say something that is not related to Israel and I must say it because it is true. Turn back in Corinthians, please, to chapter 1, and notice that what is true of Israel is true also of the Gentiles, but for different reasons. While you are turning to I Corinthians, may I say to you that I am grateful for all of the so-called modern versions of the Scripture. I don't think we should speak lightly of them. They represent a great deal of work on the part of a great many sincere men. I will say what I have always said to you—that you must be very, very careful in your use of them because there are errors and oftentimes you will not recognize those errors, so you should never have one of these so-called modern versions by itself. You should have a King James Version . Oh, I am well aware of the fact that the King James Version was good enough for Paul and Silas. I know they didn't have it, but I say to you that it is my considered opinion that there are fewer mistakes in the King James translation (Please note I said translation .) There are no mistakes in the original text, but there are fewer mistakes in the King James translation than any other, so it is more dependable. If you use the modern versions, use them with the King James Version . You will discover oftentimes that they make things clearer. Often times I have made reference to them because of limited time. We could go to the original text and tell you what this word means and what this word means and this word means and offer you a translation, but there wouldn't be time, so we offer you some of the other translations which are available. I am saying all of that to say this: Every so-called translation that has been made with the effort to put the Bible in the language of the man on the street has failed in its purpose if that purpose has been to help people to understand the Bible because there is no way, no way in the world, for a man without Christ to understand God's Word. You are spinning your wheels, wasting your breath, if you spend your time trying to make Him understand it. Now, notice I Corinthians, chapter 2, verse 14:

I Corinthians 2:

14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

Don't spend your time trying to convince anybody of the truth of God's Word. If there is an honest question, answer it. If an individual is seeking information, give him the information, but if he says, “I can't see it,” don't wonder why. Recognize that he needs to know Christ, for only as the individual is born again is there an opportunity to understand God's Word.

One last thing I would say to you. Look again at Deuteronomy, chapter 29, verse 9:

Deuteronomy 29:

9Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do.

Here is an illustration of what I have told you. The Palestinian Covenant is an unconditional covenant as we shall see before we are through with our study. God has given the land of Palestine to the nation of Israel. They have never possessed it in its entirety. God has given it to them and absolutely nothing is going to change that. Moses reminds them that if they obey, they will prosper while they are in the land. If they do not obey, they will be, as we shall see, “rooted out of the land” until they learn to obey, for God intends to people His land in the heart of the earth with an obedient people.

Conclusion

In our next lesson, the Lord willing, we will talk about the perpetuity of the covenant. If you don't know what that word means, look it up in the dictionary; it will be a good mental exercise for you. Then we will talk about the provisions of the covenant. Then you will see the real significance of this covenant which is a tremendous one indeed.


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