The highway of covenant holiness stood out to me when the Advent Candle reader recited Isaiah 35 in our International church. The words, even if they are fools, they shall not go astray (v. 8). Wow, I thought, we who are in God’s covenant way, the Way of Holiness – even when we are fools, even when we go astray, even when we say or do stupid things – the Loving Lord who provides a covenantal connection will still redeem us!
Last winter, a Persian couple invited me to join them for their choir practice at Prestonwood Baptist outside of Dallas, Texas. I thought, Oh my but left with an Oh-wow-feeling!
Is absolute divine truth less than relative truth?
I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall know that I am the Lord – Ez. 16:62
God’s relational covenant with his people traces how the Bible defines a covenant marriage. Isaiah 55:3 states, “Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.” A divinely witnessed promise of love summarizes the covenant way in salvation, this divine-human relationship re-echos in marriage.
In reading, Searching Below the Surface: A Deeper Look at Covenant and Contract, one expects simple answers to complex issues. However, exploring a much-needed contrast between how the God of the Bible functions in a covenant manner and the Islamic Allah in a contractual way will take the reader into a Scripture dig. The foundations help one to understand marriage as an outcome of these beliefs, leading each of us to discover why biblical marriage is covenantal, not contractual – like Islam.