August 4, 2022
“For if that first covenant had been faultless, no opportunity would have been sought for a second one. But finding fault with His people, He says: ‘Look, the days are coming...”
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“For if that first covenant had been faultless, no opportunity would have been sought for a second one. But finding fault with His people, He says: ‘Look, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah – not like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand to lead them out of Egypt.’” Hebrews 8:7-9a
I have been in the record business my entire adult life. A few years ago, I began making arrangements for my 16th commercially released music project. The terms of my first recording agreement outlined that (if the company wished) I was obligated to record six albums. Well, they DID wish, and I ended up recording eight projects for them. I was blessed.
Most artists record one or two successful projects, but typically their music sours in the marketplace by album #3. Every artist dreads that phone call from the record executive when they are politely “dropped” from the label.
It has been said that a record deal is like borrowing money from your grandmother. If your record is a flop, “granny” won’t make you pay her back. But she’ll also probably never loan you money again! Very few record companies would endure long-term market failure just because they loved the artist and wanted them to grow and succeed on a personal level. After all, it’s not “show friends”; it’s “show BUSINESS.”
In music industry terms, God is the world’s most benevolent A&R guy! (Artist & Repertoire)
A covenant is a contract, and there are MANY covenants in the Bible. Here’s a short list: Edenic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Covenant with Lot, Caananic, Davidic, National, Personal, and of course, the NEW Covenant.
If God were a record company, and mankind’s existence was based on market performance, we’d have all been dropped from the label long ago!! But all those covenants, taken as a whole, paint a compelling picture of a Holy God’s desire to have a personal relationship with His human creation.
Let’s praise the Lord that our redemption through His “New Covenant” is not based on our performance/faultlessness but Jesus’. There is indemnity/security in our salvation because Jesus, Himself, is the guarantor.