Welcome back to online Bible study at the Womens Bible Cafe! This week we are discussing Week Five, “The Oneness of Covenant” from the workbook Covenant by Kay Arthur. Our weekly lessons included:
- The Covenant of Marriage
- A Reminder of Covenant
- The Blessings of Covenant
- A New Name
- A Covenant Meal Between Friends
Kay Arthur writes, “The oneness of covenant was often sealed by a cut in the flesh and the commingling of blood. Having cut covenant, sometimes the covenant partners would seal the incision in some way so that it might become a permanent scar–a constant reminder of their covenant promise.”
When I was a little girl, I recall running to go play outside. The screen door of my home was never latched, but this particular morning it was latched, and as I tried to run through the door a piece of loose metal from the screen pierced my forehead causing a gush of blood to flow freely. Although I was very young when I suffered this injury, I will never forget that day, because the permanent scar on my forehead is a constant reminder of the pain I endured that uneventful morning. Pain and suffering always accompanies permanent scars whether physical or emotional.
What permanent scars do you bear in your life today?
Jesus bears the permanent scars on His hands and feet as a constant reminder that He paid the penalty for our sins by shedding His blood on the Cross. What a perfect reminder to us that we are in a covenant relationship with Him. By His scars we have been set free. Therefore, He knows each of us personally, because He has written our names on the palms of His hands.
“Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands…” Isaiah 49:16
Kay Arthur writes “The word translated inscribed is aqaqand, which has the primary meaning of cutting in or engraving in stone as hewing a tomb in the rock and as drawing a picture on a brick or a wall.” A more modern term would be tattoo. Our generation today is all about tattooing the body as a permanent reminder of something or someone they want to remember. How awesome that Jesus Christ has tattooed our names on His hands!
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students!
- Basic Study: Complete Week 6 in the Covenant workbook, about 20-30 minutes each day.
- Optional due to cost: Watch Session 6 video or listen to the audio and follow along in your workbook on page 87.
- Write a prayer to God asking Him to heal you from the pain of any permanent scars you are holding onto. You can write this in the margin of your workbook or in your journal.
- Digging Deeper: Do a word study on “inscribed” (Isaiah 46:16). Use the resources at www.blueletterbible.org
- Instructions on how to use this tool is included in “Files” in the WBC Covenant chat room. Write down your findings in the margin of your workbook or your Bible next to the Scripture.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment here)
- How does the oneness of marriage demonstrate the oneness of covenant? (Pages 110-113).
- Just as a ring reminds us of our covenant relationship in a marriage, what reminds the Lord of His covenant people? What marks or scars does Jesus bear from being in covenant with you personally? (Pages 114-115)
- If you are in covenant with the Lord and He bears the mark of covenant in His hands for eternity, do we ever bear any marks in our bodies because of covenant? Explain your answer (Page 116)
- How is the name change as part of covenant a new understanding for you? (Page 119)
Bonus Question: What personal blessings are you enjoying as a result of being in covenant with Jesus Christ? (Page 117)