I. Introduction – We have one vivid picture of a covenant relationship that we often have before us. These words will be familiar: "I, ___, take thee, ___, to be my wedded husband/wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my faith [or] pledge myself to you." These words signify the bond between husband and wife, made before God. In our text this morning, we see the reminder of the covenant God made with His people. I want us to see 5 characteristics of a covenant made with God.
II. A covenant with God is a covenant that offers mercy (vv. 41-43).
III. A covenant with God is a covenant that reflects on the works of God (vv. 44-49).
IV. A covenant with God is a covenant that requires us to appropriately respond (5:1).
V. A covenant with God is a covenant that is for every generation (vv. 2-3).
VI. A covenant with God is a covenant that requires an intermediary (vv. 4-5).
VII. Challenge – In Christ, we have a covenant relationship with God. It is a new covenant wrought in the blood of Christ. We who are in Christ have entered into that covenant and our lives should reflect this covenant relationship.