Kenneth Copeland - God Is a Covenant Keeping God
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Open your Bible with me tonight to the 11th chapter of Mark gospel. Then somebody said, Brother Copeland said, is that all you know? Pretty close. Praise God. Mark chapter 11. Thank you Lord for your Word, and I'm asking you, my dear father, that not one person tonight, not one person leaves this room untouched by the power of the living almighty God. Whose we are and whom we serve and we pray it in the matchless, wonderful, magnificent name of Jesus. Amen. Mark chapter 11; Jesus, answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. Who is God? That's a good question isn't it? Who is God?
Let's go to the 17th chapter of Genesis, verse 1. When Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; But now wait a minute. I am the almighty God. You want me to tell you what he said it? Well, I'm going to anyway. He said to Abram, I am El Shaddai. El, God, I am El. Let's just to stop right there. I am El Shaddai. The root to the Hebrew word Shaddai is referring to a woman's breast. She is the life giver. When you and I were babies, my mama was it, brother. I mean that was my life. I mean she had my food, she had everything. My daddy didn't have nothing for me. I couldn't even say mama. She could understand me. You know now, now, I'm going back.
One of the kids. Gloria, what's the matter with him? He's hungry. How you know that? Because she had the milk. I just work here, you understand? I am the almighty God, I Am El Shaddai. I Am the God that's more than enough. I am the all sufficient God. I'm everything you need. I'm everything you will ever want. I'm everything a human mind can think of and conceive. I am El Shaddai. That's who God is. He's who he says he is. Whew. I believe I will. Thank you Lord Jesus. He is the almighty God that heals today. He is the Jehovah Rapha. I am the Lord that healeth thee. I'm El Shaddai Rapha. Well Brother Copeland now. I don't want to hear it. I believe that healing's passed away. When did he change his name? He's the same yesterday, today, and forever and ever and ever. He is Jehovah Jireh my provider. He's my financier. He's the high priest of the church. Glory to God.
Here men that die receive tithe, but there it is. Witnessed that Jesus, the high priest after the order of Melchizedek receives my tithes. That's who he is. My my my. Who is Jesus? He's more than enough. He's all you'll ever need. He is the source. John chapter 14, remember now, John 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 was all at the covenant supper. The covenant was being cut that night. Jesus is about to become the sacrificial lamb of God and in the 27th and 28th chapters of the book of Deuteronomy, Oh, why is it so many glorious miracles in the first covenant, glorious miracles in the second covenant, glorious miracles in the book of Acts, right on through and including the book of Revelation.
And now here we are and this predominantly Western culture and we're in such... compared to that, we're in this place and I've done it and done it and done it over the years. What is it? I can read it to you in two verses of scripture. Don't lose your place there and John in fact, don't even turn here, I can read it to you. You already know it anyway, right here in the second chapter of the book of Ephesians verse 11, wherefore remember that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh who are called uncircumcision by that which is called the circumcision in the flesh made by hands. At that time you were without Christ being aliens from the Commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, without hope and without God.
Now you can be a stranger from the covenants of promise and be born again, Holy Ghost baptized, tongue talking, healing, believing Christian and not know the first thing about a covenant blood relationship with almighty God. But why then has so many miracles in other places. Why did Ryan Hart Bunkey, who is in the heaven tonight and I miss him already, but in the place where covenant is still being cut in Africa. Still being practiced and the miracles are there. Well, no more. We'll no longer being strangers to the dynamics and the power of the gospel of the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whose we are and whom we serve. Hallelujah, we're in a blood relationship with a covenant keeping God, a covenant keeping Savior.
And that first covenant, the first blood shed in covenant with Abraham, he was Abram was the blood of the animals, cut from the head to the rear down the spine and allowed those halves to fall and the blood made a trail between those animals. Read it for yourself in the 15th chapter of Genesis. And God walked in that blood and said, so shall thou see me. See the stars? You can't count the stars, you can't count your offspring. But the first book of a human being was in this 17th chapter when he said you and all your male offspring and all in your house will be circumcised. Man's blood is now between God and man. Hallelujah. And there they are.
In that 27 chapter beginning there, one group on this mountain, the other group on this mountain, and this side over here, I mean all the people together down and they're hearing from these two mountains. One is pronouncing the blessing, the other is pronouncing terrible curses. Now you know, there's no chapter in numbers that's put in there you know by folks like us that needed help and there's nothing wrong with that, but it's wrong if you don't know where the numbers go. And it flows right on into the 28th chapter. Turn there. Now just right here in the 27th chapter, you got this one group on one mountain, the other group on mount Ebal. One shouting blessing and the other shouting curse. This is covenant practice. Flows right on down and it shall come to pass.
You don't start. You don't just start a thought with and. You don't walk up to somebody sometimes and. You don't come up to somebody and say however, no man, it don't work like that. And it shall come to pass if you'll hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God to observe and to do all his commandments, which I command thee this day, the Lord thy God will set thee high above all nations of the earth. And all the people said, amen, they were supposed to shout that back. Amen. And they're all out there hearing this. And then you come down to the 15th verse, but it will come to pass if you're not harken to the voice of the Lord thy God to observe and do all his commandments. All these curses shall come on you and overtake you. Curse shall you be in the field.
Now, what bothered me for so long, the Lord shall send upon you cursing. The Lord will make you pestilence.. The Lord will smite thee with consumption, and I thought, I don't know. No, no. God's not smiting anybody. No, we just missed the whole nine yards. He didn't intend for these people to be cursed. It's covenant right and ritual. All human covenants came from this one. You can go back to the book of Genesis when Adam and his wife, sowed themselves a fig leaf suit. In the first place, they didn't know anything, what does sow mean? And El Shaddai said, come here, boy, and he made- Are you listening? He made them clothes out of skins. Greg, the first blood that ever seen the light of day was not Able's blood. It was the blood of that animal that provided covenant blood with which God could clothe his man and his woman.
Covenant was made and that sewing of those fig leaves was man's first attempt to meet his own needs without God. Right then Oh, glory I've done preach me happy. Hallelujah. I get excited over this. I'm a covenant man. Hallelujah. Well, all these curses were shouted at them back and forth because you serve not the Lord good God with joyfulness and gladness of heart for the abundance of all things. And all of these curses are going to be on you. And that wasn't enough in the 61st verses says, and any sickness, any disease, any plague, not written in this book of the law will come on you, but now wait a minute. Stop. God did not intend for these people to be cursed. It is, it, it. There had to be a law established and that for them there was no law. Why didn't God execute Cain for murder? It was not against the law. You can't execute for something that's not against the law. Where there's no law there's no transgression. This had to be written. This book, the two covenants combined. This created law between man and God. Hallelujah.