Nu 10:33  And they departed from the mount of the LORD three days'
journey: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them in
the three days' journey, to search out a resting place for them.

De 4:13  And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded
you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two
tables of stone.  

Heb 9:4  Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant
overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had
manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;    

As a side note, the Eternal made a covenant of an everlasting
priesthood with Phinehas because he took a javelin and thrust
it through an Israelite man and a Midianitish woman who were
committing adultery.  This was brought on because of
Balaam's cunning devise to get the Israelites to break the
covenant of the ten commandments.  He had the king of
Moab, Balak to send beautiful women into the camp of Israel
to cause them to lust after them and break their covenant with
the Eternal, knowing what would happen.  It was his hope that
the Eternal would destroy the Israelites altogether and in this
round about way give Balak what he wanted, a curse on the
Israelites.  Because Phinehas stood up for the covenant of the
Eternal, he received a special covenant for himself and his
descendants.  This was known as "the covenant of an
everlasting priesthood."  Notice how Satan always tries to sly
around and get God's people to sin or become trapped in false
doctrine.  Every one of us is now a part of this priesthood
covenant and we see what the Eternal wants us to be like.  
Phinehas was hot for the covenant of the Eternal and so must
we be, or we are lukewarm and not fit to be a part of the
priesthood of God.

Nu 25:13  And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the
covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his
God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.  

Warnings are given throughout the Bible about forgetting the
covenant.

De 4:23  Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the
LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven
image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath
forbidden thee.  

Again, no covenant was to be made with the people of the land
who did not understand the covenant and who were therefore
not a part of the covenant.  No mercy was to be shown unto
them.  Sometimes people wonder why we seem to not have
"love" toward people who don't understand the covenant and
who are therefore not a part of the covenant.  It is our desire
that everyone should come to understand the covenant, but
until they do, we cannot make a covenant with them.  If they
wish to be a part of the covenant, great!  But, until they
understand the covenant and become a part of it, they are the
students and we are the teachers.  They are in a learning
position.  All of these examples worked out through the
Israelites happened to them for our admonition today!  The
Israelites of old were just going through the paces.  Except for
a very few, they were not even promised eternal life.  They
went through what they did, and the instructions given to them
was really given for us!  

De 7:2  And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee;
thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no
covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:

1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples:
and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the
world are come. {ensamples: or, types}  

The Eternal will not fail to keep His covenant with us, even to
a thousand generations!  But notice the stipulations for us: we
are to love Him and keep his commandments.

God said a thousand generations!  That is very telling.  
Considering that a generation is 30 years, that adds up to
30,000 years!  Obviously the Eternal expected His ten
commandments to be around for at least 30,000 years.  We
have a ways to go yet!

De 7:9  Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful
God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and
keep his commandments to a thousand generations;  

Notice again that we are told specifically what the covenant
consisted of.  It was the ten commandments.  Clean and
unclean meats were not part of the covenant!  Nothing is said
about clean and unclean meats in the ten commandments.  
This does not mean that we should eat unclean meat, but the
reason is different to why we keep the terms of the covenant
and why we eat clean meats.  Tithing is not part of the
covenant!  Again, this does not mean that we are not to tithe.  
The covenant was specifically the ten commandments.


De 9:9  When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of
stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you,
then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat
bread nor drink water:  

De 9:11  And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights,
that the LORD gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the
covenant.  

De 9:15  So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mount
burned with fire: and the two tables of the covenant were in my two
hands.  

What was to happen to a man or woman who transgressed the
covenant?  Verse 3 below says that anyone who worshipped
the sun was to receive this punishment.  Those who worship
the sun do so on the day of the sun.  It is called Sun-day.  
Anyone who keeps Sunday is either knowingly or ignorantly
worshipping the sun god, who is Satan!  The evil was to be put
away from them by stoning them to death!  The Eternal takes
His covenants very seriously.

Deut 17:2  If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which
the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought
wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his
covenant,
3  And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either
the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not
commanded;
4  And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired
diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such
abomination is wrought in Israel:
5  Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have
committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that
woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
6  At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is
worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he
shall not be put to death.
7  The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to
death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the
evil away from among you.

Sometimes, the book of the law is confused as the Old
Covenant.  This is because most Biblical commentators have
confused the added laws with the Covenant itself.  The
Covenant is in the book of the law, the Torah: Genesis,
Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.  However, the
ten commandments, the covenant, was written on the two
tables of stone and placed inside the ark of the covenant.  The
Torah was put in the <side> of the Ark of the Covenant as a
witness against the Israelites.  For God and Moses knew that
the Israelites would go after other gods as they have unto this
day.  

De 31:26  Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of
the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness
against thee.  

After the Israelites had entered into the promised land, Achan
stole a wedge of gold and some silver coins of the spoils of the
battle of Ai.  They were specifically told not to take any of the
gold or silver because that was to be given to the treasury of
the tabernacle.  Notice that a sin had been committed.  This
sin was a transgression of the covenant.  Which point of the
covenant did it transgress?  The one that says, "You Shall not
steal."   

Jos 7:11  Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my
covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the
accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they
have put it even among their own stuff.   

And, what was to be done with this man who had done this
wicked thing?  He was to be burnt with fire because he had
transgressed the covenant of YHWH!  Now you know why we
must be very careful to always uphold the covenant and not
take for granted that someone may break that covenant, even
ignorantly, and not be held guilty and have to pay the penalty
of death unless he repents.

Jos 7:15  And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing
shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath
transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought
folly in Israel. {folly: or, wickedness}  

True to what Joshua told the people, they transgressed the
covenant and went after other gods.  Therefore, the Eternal
was <hot> against Israel.  Remember that in Revelations we
see that one, who is neither hot nor cold, will be spewed out of
God’s mouth.  The Eternal is <hot> for His covenant.  He
expects us to be the same way.  If we are just ho-hum about
the covenant, saying that someone may break a point of the
law here or there, that they don't even have to know about
some point of the covenant in order to be in covenant with the
Eternal, we projecting a lukewarm attitude.  We need to be
either hot or cold for God’s Covenant!

Jud 2:20  And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he
said, Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I
commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice;
21  I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the
nations which Joshua left when he died:
22  That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the
way of the LORD to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.
23  Therefore the LORD left those nations, without driving them out
hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua. {left: or,
suffered}

The following verse is very interesting.  When I read it, I was
reminded of the “Christians” of today.  These Israelites got
very excited about the ark of the covenant, but it wasn't
because of what was inside the ark.  The ark had become to
them like a god.  They weren't at all concerned about the
covenant in the ark - the very reason for the ark being made.  
No, here was something they could look at.  They believed it
had magical powers.  But their joy was for something that was
on the surface, not the deep inner rules of consciousness that
lay inside the ark.  So it is today.  Religion is something that is
surface, not of very great value.

1Sa 4:5  And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the
camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang
again.

By the time that Solomon had built the temple, the ark of the
covenant had only the two tables of stone left in it.  Horeb is
another word for Mount Sinai.  So, the words of the covenant
were still protected in the ark of the covenant at that time.

1Ki 8:9  There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone,
which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant
with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.

Because Solomon did not keep the covenant, the kingdom was
taken from him and given to his servant, Jeroboam.  Solomon
was the wisest man on the face of the earth and he turned his
back on the covenant of the Eternal and went after other
gods.  The terms of this covenant were of so great a value that
Solomon lost his kingdom because he did not obey the words of
the covenant.

1Ki 11:11  Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as
this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my
statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom
from thee, and will give it to thy servant. {is done...: Heb. is with
thee}   

The history of Israel is abundant with records of their
breaking the covenant and receiving due punishment.  Then
the Eternal renewed His covenant with them and gave them
another chance, but they went after other gods and turned
their backs on the covenant and the Eternal allowed them to
be punished by their neighbors.  This happened time and time
again.  But they never learned the lesson.  Finally the
Northern Kingdom of Israel was taken into captivity because
they never learned to keep the ten commandments - the
covenant of the Eternal.

Now the Passover was not part of the covenant, but it was in
the book of the covenant.  An old book was found in the
temple.  It may have been the very Torah that Moses had
written.  Of course, it could have been a copy of the book that
Moses placed in the side of the ark.  The covenant was in that
book, therefore it was called the book of the covenant.  But
the covenant was what was written on the two stones and
placed in the ark itself.  Many other laws were added to help
the people keep the covenant.  They were not the covenant,
however.

2Ki 23:21  And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the
passover unto the LORD your God, as it is written in the book of this
covenant.  

As an aside, the Eternal made a covenant with David that he
would always have an heir to sit on his throne.  That very
throne is in England today and David's heir is Queen Elisabeth
II.

2Ch 21:7  Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David,
because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he
promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever. {light: Heb.
lamp, or, candle}

Jer 33:20  Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the
day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day
and night in their season;
Jer 33:21  Then may also my covenant be broken with David my
servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and
with the Levites the priests, my ministers.

The psalms have several references to the Covenant of God.  
It tells what good things will happen if we keep the covenant.  
And what bad things will happen if we don't keep the
covenant, and shows that Israel forsook the covenant.

If the <stranger> would keep the covenant and keep from
polluting the <Sabbath>, he would be brought to the holy
mountain of the Eternal.  But no exception was to be made for
the stranger about the Sabbath.  The Sabbath was binding on
<everyone>, along with the rest of the Ten Commandments.

Isa 56:6  Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the
LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his
servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and
taketh hold of my covenant;
7  Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful
in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall
be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house
of prayer for all people.   

A curse was on the man who did not obey the words of the
covenant.  If we understand how much God loves His covenant
and how much He wants His people to keep it, we will study
the words of the Ten Commandments and make sure we
understood what they say.  For they are for our good, and not
just something to be cast aside as an unclean thing like some
of today’s teachers have done.

Jer 11:3  And say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel;
Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant,

Jer 11:8  Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every
one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon
them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do;
but they did them not. {imagination: or, stubbornness}

Jeremiah gave a prophecy about the New Covenant.  God said
that He would put His law (covenant) in their minds and in
their hearts, in the New Covenant.  The New Testament says
that the New Covenant is to be made a part of us.  We are to
have the law (the covenant or Ten Commandments) in our
minds and in our hearts by the power of the holy spirit.  We
are to always have them on our minds and we must have a
great desire to keep them.

Jer 31:31  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a
new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32  Not 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: {although...: or, should I have continued an husband
unto them?}
33  But 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.

Jer 32:40  And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I
will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear
in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. {from them: Heb.
from after them}

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